SIIA President Ken Wasch and I, Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director of Education Policy for SIIA, were excited and honored to be invited to the White House today for President Obama’s remarks on “Education to Innovate.” The Administration initiative includes a “campaign to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).”
In support, SIIA joined a dozen other national business groups in signing a letter to the President pledging to establish and grow partnerships between our member companies and education groups, scientific societies and state leaders to improve and promote the teaching and learning of STEM-related knowledge and skills.
Of course, many SIIA members are leading providers of software, digital content and related learning technologies critical to teaching the STEM subjects. And SIIA is very supportive of the Race-to-the-Top priority around STEM education, and made several recommendations aimed at enhancing the role of instructional technology. SIIA and SIIA members believe we must Innovate (our education system, practices and curriculum) to Educate.
Among the many public-private initiatives highlighted by the President was an announcements that The MacArthur Foundation and Sony are launching a nationwide challenge to design compelling, freely available, science-related video games, an area where SIIA has been a leader in advising developers and educators.