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Senator Spilka at MITRE STEM Event

January 22, 2010

Senator Spilka joined Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki (left) and Jim Stanton, Director of The Technology Initiative at the Metro South/West Regional Employment Board, in a discussion of the Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology (LIFT2) Program this morning. 

The LIFT2 Program offers middle school and high school math, science, and technology teachers a professional learning experience that integrates graduate coursework with authentic and relevant externships in industry. 

Through this combination of work experience in industry and a formal program of graduate level study, teachers improve their classroom instructional practice and school leadership abilities in four areas:

  • Experiential and inquiry-based teaching and learning
  • Application of 21st century technology to STEM curriculum and instruction
  • Integration of 21st century workplace skills
  • Integration of STEM career awareness into classroom culture
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