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COLLEGE STATION --

Education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has become a priority across the state of Texas, and Texas A&M University's role in this effort will be discussed at Monday's Texas Tribune symposium in Dallas.

Jennifer Whitfield, a mathematics professor at Texas A&M and program director of aggieTEACH, will serve on a panel discussing teacher training, preparation and recruitment as part of On the Road: A Symposium on STEM Education, set for 8 a.m. Monday (May 5) at the University of Texas at Dallas' Clark Center.

The free event, which is open to the public and part of the Texas Tribune's Festival on the Road series, will feature topics ranging from teacher training and workforce development to changes in the state's curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as innovations in classroom technology.

aggieTEACH is a national peer-reviewed teacher preparation program that has helped Texas A&M lead the state of Texas in university trained mathematics and science teacher production for the past eight years.

"We want to ensure that the next generation of students is proficient in the STEM fields in order to meet the needs of Texas and the nation," Whitfield said. "We need to prepare and inspire middle school and high school students before they get to college. For me, that means training our pre-service science and mathematics teachers to collaborate with engineers early on and to incorporate 21st century teaching methods into their classrooms."

Whitfield will be joined on the panel by a diverse group of panelists and presenters who will open up a number of STEM education issues for discussion.

In addition to Texas A&M, representatives from Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Education Service Center Region 20 will be featured at the symposium along with several state representatives.

Click here for additional information on the event or to see the archived video online.

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Contact: Lesley Henton, (979) 845-5591 or lshenton@tamu.edu or Jennifer Whitfield, (979) 458-2087 or jwhitfld@tamu.edu
  • Jennifer Whitfield

    Texas A&M University's Jennifer Whitfield, a mathematics professor and program director of aggieTEACH, will be featured on a STEM panel Monday in Dallas as part of a Texas Tribune symposium. Whitfield, who also serves as director of the Texas A&M STEM Teacher Preparation Academy, was honored in February as a 2013-2014 member of the Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of teacher education across the Texas A&M University System.

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