Prairie View A & M University of Texas Celebrates Women’s History Month

Thursday, 11:00 AM, March 7th at the John B. Coleman Library at Prairie View A & M University of Texas celebrates Women’s History Month:  “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in (STEM).”

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Saturdays Should Be Declared Permanent National Days Of Service

For schools to achieve desired outcomes with student achievement in America, it will require hard working American adults doing their part. Every Saturday of the year is a great day for Americans to take time out and volunteer for STEM learning projects at elementary, middle, and high schools.

VolunteerFact-300x293Real world experiences are vital to a student’s understanding of how to apply textbook content towards solving problems. When businesses engage in focused STEM opportunities, through community service projects that give back to classrooms, students, and teachers, they are in fact enhancing learning and enriching lives such that entire communities and economies are transformed.

CSTEM volunteers are appreciated and valued for their drive and understanding of the importance of giving back.  The most powerful thing about CSTEM volunteers is their service and investment of time, through which they convey knowledge and skills to teachers and students alike that they will hopefully always carry with them. It is in this spirit that we offer that Saturdays ought to be permanently recognized as the American Day of Service.

Celebrating Women Role Models in STEM

In celebration of women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), STEMconnector™ unveils in hard copy and online its inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication. The heroines included in 100 Women Leaders in STEM share stories about their commitment to serving as mentors and sponsors of those who are next in the STEM jobs pipeline. 100 Women Leaders in STEM showcases the careers and initiatives of more than one hundred women leaders who are active role models for the underrepresented segment of women in America’s growing shortage of STEM professionals. Also included are insiders’ perspectives about the traits needed to advance in the STEM professions, and how women in particular can make a difference. The publication features profiles of leaders in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, including CEO´s, Presidents and key public officials. Also included are Opinion Editorials featuring interesting data and perspectives about women in STEM.

“We need you and we need this generation of women to stand up and serve as role models to encourage young women to develop the critical skills needed for the competitive workforce of tomorrow.” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

“We need to be more aggressive in showing girls and young women role models and highlighting stories of successful leaders.” Susan O’Day, SVP and CIO, Disney

“It is fun when you see that light bulb go off and when you know you’ve helped someone see STEM in a different way.” Ellen Kullman, Chairman and CEO, Dupont

100 Women in STEM Profiles

Cecilia Kimberlin
VP, Quality and Regulatory
Adecco Group North America
Bernadette Rotolo
SVP, Applications Development and Maintenance
Aerospace Corporation
Wanda M. Austin
President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Marion Blakely
President and CEO
AES Corporation
Victoria Harker
Chief Financial Officer/President, Global Business Services
Aetna Inc.
Meg McCarthy
Executive VP, Information, Technology and Service Operations
Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America (ASTRA)
Mary Good
Dean Emerita, Donaghey College of Engineering & Information
Technology, University of Arkansas
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Shirley Malcom
Director of Education and Human Resources
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Linda Hallman
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Madeleine Jacobs
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Chris McEntee
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Victoria Rockwell
Immediate Past President
Kris Rinne
Senior Vice President, Network Technologies
ATK Defense
Karen Davies
Vice President, Business Integration and Operations
Xiaochun Luo
Group Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
BAE Systems, Inc.
Linda Hudson
President & CEO
Bayer USA Foundation
Rebecca Lucore
Executive Director
Beverly Wills Architecture Foundation
Beverly Willis
Founder and Co-Chair of Board of Directors
Boeing Defense Space & Security
Laurette Lahey
Vice President, Engineering, Flight and Controls
Bunengi Group
Savannah Maziya
Chairman and CEO
Cargill Incorporated
Jeanne McCaherty
Vice President/Regional Director, North and South Americas Texturizing Solutions
Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)
Ann Randazzo
Executive Director
Center for Excellence in Education (CEE)
Joan DiGenaro
Cessna (A Textron Company)
Cindy Halsey
Vice President, Interior Design, Engineering and Development
Change the Equation
Linda Rosen
Chief Executive Officer
Padmasree Warrior
Senior Vice President Engineering, Chief Technology Officer
Coca-Cola Company
Rhona Applebaum
Vice President, Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer
Michele Kang
Founder and CEO
CommuniCard, LLC
Sylvia Acevedo
CEO, CommuniCard/Commissioner President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Conrad Foundation
Nancy Conrad
Founder and Chairman
CSC Corporation
Sharon Hays
Vice President, Office of Science and Engineering
Reagan Flowers
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dell, Inc.
Adriana Karaboutis
Vice President and Global CIO
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Janet Foutty
National Managing Director, US Technology Practice
Discovery Education
Cindy Moss
Director of Global STEM Initiatives
Susan O’Day
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ellen Kullman
Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Lisa P. Jackson
Express Scripts
Sharon Frazee
Vice President, Research and Analysis
Fluke Corporation
Barbara Hulit
Charlene Begley
President & CEO, GE Home & Business Solutions /Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, GE
General Mills
Susan Crockett
Vice President, and Senior Technology Officer for Health and Nutrition
Girl Scouts of the USA
Anna Maria Chavez
Executive Director and Board Member
Girls Inc.
Judy Vredenburgh
President and CEO
Great Minds in STEM (GMiS)
Anna Park
Chief Executive Officer
Harris Corporation
Sherry Covell
Vice President, Intel Programs
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF)
Lisa Gable
Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.
Carey Smith
Linda Sanford
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation
Ingersoll Rand
Neddy Perez
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Intel Corporation
Diane Bryant
Vice President/General Manager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group
Intellectual Ventures
Adriane Brown
President and COO
International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC)
Kimberly Reed
Executive Director
ITT Corporation
Denise Ramos
CEO and President
JP Morgan Chase
Phyllis Campbell
Vice Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Region
Lynne Doughtie
Vice Chair – Advisory
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Jean Spence
Executive Vice President of Research, Development & Quality
L-3 Communications Corporation
Susan Opp
Corporate Senior Vice President, L-3 Communications Corporation/President, L-3 Communications Systems Group
Lanmark Technology, Inc.
Lani Hay
Founder, President, and CEO
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Sondra Barbour
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business Services/Chief Information Officer
Manufacturing Institute (MI)
Jennifer McNelly
Marathon Oil
Annell Bay
Vice President Global Exploration
MasterCard Technologies
Joan Kelly
Group Executive, software Development
MCI Diagnostic Center
Colleen Payne
Founder and CEO
Microsoft Research
Jennifer Chayes
Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England/New York City
Miss America
Laura Kaeppeler
Miss America 2012
Lori Garver
Deputy Administrator
National Academy of Engineering
Catherine Didion
Senior Program Officer
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
Mimi Lufkin
Chief Executive Officer
National Association for Equal Employment in Higher Education (NAFEO)
Lezli Baskerville
Chief Executive Officer
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Lucy Sanders
CEO and Co-Founder
National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)
Karen Peterson
Chief Executive Officer
National Grid
Ellen Smith
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
Mary Ann Rankin
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Cora Marrett
Deputy Director
National Science Resources Center (NSRC)
Sally Shuler
Executive Director
New Hampshire
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
New York
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
North Carolina
Senator Kay Hagan
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Linda Mills
Corporate Vice President/President, Information Systems
PAST Foundation
Annalies Corbin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Peabody Energy
Lina Young
Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter
Senior Vice President, Research & Development Global Foods
Posse Foundation
Deborah Bial
President & Founder
Robin Saitz
Senior Vice President, Solutions Marketing and Communications
Peggy Johnson
Executive Vice President and President, Global Market Development
Lynn Dugle
Vice President Raytheon/President, Intelligence and Information Systems
Rockwell Collins
Nan Mattai
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology
Rolls-Royce Corporation
Lisa Teage
Director, Research & Technology Strategy
RTI International Metals, Inc
Dawne Hickton
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Amy Alving
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride
President and Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Foundation
Jeniffer Harper-Taylor
Society for Women Engineers (SWE)
Betty Shanahan
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Society Of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Pilar Montoya
Chief Executive Officer
Southern Company
Jennifer Grove
Workforce Development Coordinator, Gulf Power Company
State of Iowa
Kim Reynolds
Lt. Governor
Symantec Corporation
Janice Chaffin
Group President, Consumer Business Unit
Target Corporation
Beth Jacob
Executive Vice President, Target Technology Services/Chief Information Officer
Teach for America
Melissa Gregson
Managing Director, STEM Initiative
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES)
Jan Morrison
Alka Dhillon
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Technology Access Foundation (TAF)
Trish Millines Dziko
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Ten80 Foundation
Beverly Simmons
Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TGCP)
Tricia Berry
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Melendy Lovett
Senior Vice President/President, Education Technology
U.S. Department of Defense
Laura Stubbs
Director, Science and Technology Initiatives
Mina Elias
Vice President, Service Delivery & Assurance National Operations
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Karenann Terrell
Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer
Senator Maria Cantwell
Sophie Vandebroek
Chief Technology Officer, Xerox /President, Xerox Innovation Group

CSTEMbreak, Social Network For Teachers and Students is On The Rise


In the 21st Century, social networking spaces are permeating work places and learning environments; and we are not simply talking about the popular mainstream social networks like Facebook.  Teachers and students are more likely to seek out platforms that support the establishment of networks that offer the privacy, safeguards, peer-to-peer connections, teacher to student connections, and parental and business community engagement.  Furthermore, social network platforms in education ought to support resource sharing that meets specific instructional needs, conclusions drawn based on my experience with thousands of teachers and students across the globe.

While a lot of teachers and students are on Facebook, similarly useful for keeping in touch with peers and connections is CSTEMbreak.  A social network for teachers and students that engages and supports the sharing of information around STEM learning, research, projects, scholarships, and internships as well as career and workforce opportunities.  In this environment the teachers and students interact while maintaining their perspective roles along the education continuum.

Over the past five years, educators’ use of popular networks like Facebook and Twitter has increased overall, as has their use of platforms like CSTEMbreak.  However, one area of challenge is the inability of school systems to evolve with technology, preventing the use of social networks for education.  As a result, more teachers and students are inhabiting the internet on educational social networks via mobile technology instead of desk or laptop computers at school.  In this way— teachers, students, and other communities continue to experiment and socialize over online networks, enriching their experiences in work places and learning environments.

Dr. Reagan Flowers named in 100 Women in STEM

Dr. Reagan Flowers named in 100 Women in STEM

June 27, 2012 – In celebration of women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),  STEMconnector™  is ready to unveil the hard copy and online versions of its inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication. With this publication, STEMconnector’s™ goal is to advance the cause of attracting more girls and women to STEM careers as our country´s economy relies more than ever on a prepared STEM workforce. Major credit is due to these 100+ women leaders who are paving the way for millions of women and girls in the STEM education pathway to STEM careers as we move beyond the 25% of women in STEM fields, according to Edie Fraser, CEO, STEMconnector™.

100 Women Leaders in STEM showcases the careers and initiatives of more than one hundred women leaders who are active role models for the underrepresented segment of women in America’s growing shortage of STEM professionals.  The publication features profiles of leaders in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, including CEO´s, Presidents and key public officials, including four US Senators and the EPA / NASA Administrator and Deputy Administrator respectively. (See complete list below).  Also included are Opinion Editorials featuring interesting data and perspectives about women in STEM. Commentary included is from the Society of Women Engineers; Abt Associates / TERC; Center for

Energy Workforce Development; American Association of University Women; Girls, Inc; National Science Foundation; US News and World Report; The American Institute of Architects, Aerospace Industries Association and Bayer USA Foundation.

Featured in 100 Women Leaders in STEM is Dr. Reagan Flowers, Founder and CEO of CSTEM Teacher and Student Support Services™, Inc. She is honored for her pragmatic understanding of effective STEM education reform in classrooms, which has been instrumental in developing curricula that remain focused on teacher development and student engagement in STEM.  “Nationally, ethnic-minorities and females are underrepresented in many STEM industries, which limit their participation in a variety of well-paid, high growth professions. It is through targeted efforts that women leaders are able to take advantage of the rich diversity of perspectives and inspiration that drives the very important work we do as role models and developers of the next generation of STEM leaders,” says Dr. Flowers.

Other women included in 100 Women Leaders in STEM share stories about their commitment to serving as mentors and sponsors of those who are next in the STEM jobs pipeline. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says, “We need you and we need this generation of women to stand up and serve as role models to encourage young women to develop the critical skills needed for the competitive workforce of tomorrow.” Also included are insiders’ perspectives about the traits needed to advance in the STEM professions, and how women in particular can make a difference. As Susan O’Day of Disney reflects, “We need to be more aggressive in showing girls and young women role models and highlighting stories of successful leaders.”

The 100 Women Leaders in STEM launch takes place at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit in Dallas, TX on June 27, 28 and 29th. A reception hosted by Deloitte and AGU, will take place at 5:00PM on June 28, 2012. To view the full details of the launch and RSVP, visit  A follow up celebration for the 100 Women Leaders in STEM will be held in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2012 at 5 PM.

About CSTEM™ – Since the organizations founding in 2002, CSTEM™ (communication, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Teacher and Student Support Services has positively impacted more than 50,000 students grades Pre K-12th and trained more than 500 teachers.  CSTEM™ is research based and designs STEM curricula collaboratively with industry professionals to connect classroom learning to the real world, increasing the STEM talent pool in related careers. CSTEM™ operates in school districts in Maryland, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and the Dominican Republic.  For additional information, visit

Funding STEM education

Funding STEM Education Programs

In a letter written by Greg Babe, President and CEO of Bayer Corporation, he reports that their survey of Fortune 1000 and emerging high-tech company CEO’s shows that they “get it”.  In so many words, these organizations realize that diversity, which encompasses ethnic-minorities and females, is essential to the sustainability and competitiveness of STEM industries.  Greg’s conclusion fits right in line with a position I have often stated, that it is imperative for private industry to partner with public programs that demonstrate a sustainable program model, have historical data showing program outcomes over time, and are scalable in a way that program impact can grow commensurate with the financial investment.

Past experience has shown us that effective private-public collaborations can work in a synchronistic fashion towards a common goal.  Corporations willing to invest both capital and sweat equity in the non-profits they support are better able to achieve intended outcomes.  And in the case of developing a STEM workforce, related industries should be investing for the long haul in public K-12 STEM programs.  Fortune 1000 companies are just that because their business model supports growth and meets the market’s demands; they make smart investments in the people and resources that help the organization operate on all cylinders.

Around 2006, we began to witness an emerging market of public programs focused on STEM education programming, and in 2009 President Obama’s State of the Union Address further cemented STEM education as a national priority.  Since then, organizations with no prior experience in STEM education have developed STEM programs to fit this trend, while still working to fulfill their core mission. This led to an explosion of programs creating STEM initiatives for the sole purpose of securing any available funding, without any real commitment or capacity to sustain these initiatives.  Some of this change was as a result of an internal push to ‘move with the cheese’, and for others it was the external push by corporations who shifted their education investment dollars towards STEM programming.

Many including myself, are increasingly concerned about the continual problems we face in education, despite billions of dollars being spent towards solutions seeking a problem to solve at the federal, state, and local level. People are rightfully beginning to ask, “why do we continue to have the same problems in education, particularly issues of reducing the achievement gap among ethnic-minority and females in STEM, despite all the money being spent”?

The answer in my opinion is simple: the longer we continue to fund initiatives with no track record of success, the further the deepening of the education crisis becomes.  It is time we focus on proven solutions, and developing them to a point where they are sustainable and brought to scale.  These solutions are found in programs that are successful at engaging both teachers and students in STEM collaboratively, and it’s our responsibility to make sure that these successful models are heavily championed, rather than being glossed over for the next NEW thing.

NCLB Ten Un-Intended Years

No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the highly publicized education reform effort championed by the George Bush administration, has not been synonymous with school improvement.  The involvement of the federal government in education at the state and local levels has not translated to improved student and teacher performance, rather NCLB put into place rigid guidelines that were not equitably funded across all schools.

While teacher’s work toward meeting unrealistic federally mandated school performance ratings, creativity and innovation have continued to leave the classroom.  Federal test mandates are so onerous in their implementation at the school level that the focus has shifted from education innovation to test prep for an exam that no college or university recognize as part of the admissions requirement.  The inability of the federal government to manage K-12 education is further proven in the tens of thousands of “failing” public schools, labeled as such because they are not measuring up with standardized test scores; this problem is particularly high in predominantly minority serving schools.

Over the last decade, each state as mandated by the federal government has held schools accountable to assessments that were never required to align with or link to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); the NAEP exam is the standard most often referred to when comparing how we fare academically as a nation.  Furthermore, though certain interpretation of statistical performance data suggest that our students are performing well; however, the drop-out rate continues to rise, direct admissions into a four year college/university is on the decline, and minority students continue to perform at levels below their White and Asian counterparts.

What we need is an accountability system that is connected to measures that indicate college readiness, such as the SAT/ACT.  Many of the standardized tests put into place as a result of NCLB have only been sufficient for meeting minimal high school graduation standards, but not college or STEM workforce ready standards for many students graduating high school.  This has resulted in schools graduating an increasing number of students lacking basic analytical and problem-solving skills.

What all this has taught us is that for federal education policies to be successful, it must be supported by research led by essential questions aimed at determining how to drive student achievement and teacher performance.  Policies that are implemented then have to be accompanied with the proper framework and financial resources required to deliver effective programming and desired outcomes.  This represents the type of education reform schools, across the country, can rally behind, as it would be aligned with the specific needs of the school community, as opposed to forcing a one-size-fits-all approach to getting all students college and career ready upon graduation from high school.   Without taking these critical measures, the federal government might one day face the realization that it is too far removed from where the work is getting done at the school level, and that implementing such sweeping mandates is a task much too difficult to manage from the top down.