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STEP Conference Sees More Community Interest


Business Leaders Take Behind the Scenes Look at Science and Mathematics Education Conference

The Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Conference Oct. 29 and 30 is getting a boost in attendance from business leaders.

(October 28, 2008)

Pamela Clute, director of  UCR’s Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement (ALPHA), will lead a free seminar for teachers at this year's STEP Conference.Enlarge

Pamela Clute, director of UCR’s Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement (ALPHA), will lead a free seminar for teachers at this year's STEP Conference.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — In addition to 200 teachers, the annual Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Conference held Wed. Oct. 29 and Thurs. Oct. 30 at the Riverside Convention Center, is drawing the interest of several business and community leaders. Congressman Ken Calvert, who is co-founder of STEP and honorary chairman, UCR Chancellor Timothy White, and former California Secretary of Education Dave Long will join other leaders at the event.

Pamela Clute, director of UCR’s Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement (ALPHA), will lead a free seminar for teachers of students in fourth through 12th grades called “Energizing and Inspiring High Performance in Mathematics and Science” from 3:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 that also includes a buffet dinner. Clute’s work through ALPHA Center, like the STEP Conference, is designed to help students graduate with the skills needed in the high-technology industries.

“The teacher segment, which we added last year, is drawing the attention from teachers and others in the community who understand how critical science and mathematics education is to preparing a work force than can compete in a global economy,” Clute said. “Effective teachers are the catalyst to quality student learning. This workshop provides ideas for igniting enthusiasm for the study of mathematics and science.”

The fact that Inland area students are scoring lower on standardized tests in mathematics than other areas of the state is driving higher interest in the STEP program from educators and the community. All three segments are booked to capacity. Students will participate in hands-on exhibits from 9:30-2:00 on Oct. 29; and educators and political leaders will be joined by UCR Chancellor Timothy White, former California Secretary of Education, Dave Long, and Congressman Ken Calvert, co-founder and honorary chairman of STEP for luncheon presentation on Oct. 30 from 11:30-1. All events are at the Riverside Convention Center.

“It is our goal to inspire and energize math and science learning, through the students, through the teachers, and through the community.” Clute, said.

Established in 1999 STEP is a non-profit corporation that produces a science and technology education event every fall.

For information on STEP or the conference, contact (951) 898-3333. For information on the UCR-sponsored teacher’s segment of the conference, contact Candy McReynolds at UCR’s ALPHA Center. (951) 827-5425.


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