Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Laying the Foundation for U.S. Success

I am extremely honored and humbled to be asked to lead the United States back to being a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The U.S. ranked 23rd in Science and 31st in Math for the 2009 PISA results which is just wrong.  We will not be an economic leader if our students lag so far behind all other countries in STEM knowledge and performance.

The answer is simple but difficult;

  1. Provide the resources to increase the skills and knowledge of teachers who teach STEM subjects
  2. Provide better classroom resources for students
  3. Start in Middle School
That is exactly what Laying the Foundation does - it is a non-profit that focuses on helping middle and high school STEM teachers improve their practice and results and it provides classroom resources to help students get excited about mastering STEM subjects.  The goal is to provide a solid foundation so that these students will eventually take and pass STEM AP exams.

Next Monday I will officially become the CEO of Laying the Foundation.  My modest goal is to bring the United States back to at least a top 5 ranking on the PISA results and ensure our country can remain an economic super-power for years to come.  

We have our work cut out for us.  Our team is amazing, our programs are outstanding and we are ready to help your state or district take a giant leap forward.