Smithsonian Science Education Center and Howard University Join Forces To Increase Diversity in STEM Teaching

February 23, 2017
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To tackle the issue of underrepresentation of people of color in STEM education and leadership, the Smithsonian Science Education Center in collaboration with Howard University will host a teacher leadership summit funded by Shell Oil Co. and powered by Teach to Lead Feb. 24–26. At this summit, teams of educators will create a plan for attracting, retaining and developing a diverse STEM teaching workforce in their districts to become catalysts for systemic change. The aim is that by increasing representation among STEM teachers, schools will in turn increase the diversity of STEM students and subsequent career opportunities available to them. This work is made possible by a steering committee composed of education thought leaders, including representatives from FSG Consulting, Howard University, Shell Oil Co. and the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

About the Smithsonian Science Education Center

The mission of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), formerly the National Science Resources Center, is to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for K–12 students. The SSEC is nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of its programs and its impact on K–12 science education.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university that is composed of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The university operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 60 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330 or visit

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