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Tuesday, November 1 • 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Building Effective STEM Communities

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What is needed to assemble a successful STEM Team in your city or town? During this session, members of the Easton STEAM Education Team will discuss the genesis and evolution of their group and its accomplishments to date. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm resources and assets in their own communities and then share out with others to gain ideas for developing and strengthening STEM support for their own districts. This session is best suited for K-12 Educators and Administrators who are looking to generate support for STEM initiatives and interest, but business/industry leaders are welcomed to get ideas on how to approach the educators in their region and offer their perspectives.

We would like to share the process we used to begin dialogue with the business community, why we believe a model that is inclusive of diverse stakeholders has been a benefit, and how we have leveraged the relationships we have built to provide greater support for the initiatives of the school department and opened communication with the citizens of the town.

We will show you that once a team is formed and you chart your course, you will inevitably encounter paths you did not imagine. From there, you will develop relationships and collaborate with businesses, politicians, and citizens in your community in a way that is of great benefit to your students. There are limitless possibilities!


Lisha Cabral

Assistant Superintendent, Easton Public Schools

Dottie Fulginiti

Selectman, Town of Easton

Paula Martel

Human Resources Manager, North Easton Machine Co., Inc.

Kerri Murphy

Easton STEAM Education Team Chair; Math Teacher at Oliver Ames High School

Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:55pm - 3:45pm EDT
Junior Ballroom