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"The National STEM Landscape and North Dakota's STEM Initiative"

Jan Morrison, founder of the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES), came to North Dakota to deliver a public presentation in support of North Dakota's STEM initiative and VCSU's Great Plains STEM Education Center. The presentation was held at 10:00 am, Monday, August 23 at the Pioneer Room of the State Capitol in Bismarck. Jan's presentation, entitled "National STEM Landscape and North Dakota's STEM Initiative," focused on creating awareness and partnerships for advancing education reform in North Dakota through STEM education.

As the Executive Director of TIES, Jan Morrison provides vital support to National and State STEM initiatives most recently serving as the Senior STEM advisor to The White House and the U.S. Department of Education in development of their sweeping Race to the Top and Innovate to Educate education reform programs. Current engagements include Senior Consultant for STEM Education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NASA STEM education initiatives, Battelle Memorial Institute, the Philanthropy Roundtable, the National Governors Association, Innovate-Educate Mexico, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian and the National Academy of Engineering as it developed the SEEK-16 project.

Dr. Annalies Corbin, executive director of the PAST Foundation (Columbus, OH) accompanied Jan that day. The PAST Foundation is dedicated to changing the world of education to encompass transdisciplinary teaching and learning. Dr. Corbin's has a particular interest in working with Native American populations.

After the public presentation, Jan and Annalies had meetings with state officials, representatives of the ND University System, the Department of Public Instruction, the Educational Standards and Practices board, and the Department of Career and Technical Education.