Microsoft hosts panel on modernizing the teaching profession and the importance of STEM

On Wednesday, leading policy makers, educators and industry leaders gathered to address approaches to modernize and elevate the teaching profession to meet the demands of a globally competitive world at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Panelists discussed how critical it is for every U.S. student to have an outstanding teacher, agreed that there needs to be a culture shift in order to elevate the teaching profession and provided examples of great teaching and teaching programs.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) delivered introductory remarks on the critical role that teachers play in our students’ and country’s future, as well as the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and the work that Maryland is doing to improve STEM curricula in its schools.

The panel was moderated by Code.org Director of Education Pat Yongpradit. Panelists included University of Maryland University College President Javier Miyares, CityBridge Foundation Education Innovation Fellow Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox and National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Melinda George.

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Jeff Meisner
Microsoft News Center Staff