Melissa W. Lomax. Ph.D.,
Critical components for Advancing STEM in New Mexico
Program directors, industry leaders, and policy makers within the State of New Mexico discuss critical components of effective STEM initiatives within the state. Directors from three specialized projects engaging students from middle schools, high schools, and postsecondary institutions discuss critical elements of STEM as students progress throught the education and training pipeline leading to careers in STEM industries. Educational policymakers, leaders, and advisors address aspects of educational support for STEM initiatives, and industry leaders remark on current and future workplace demands for careers in STEM fields.

NETS for Administrators

1. Visionary Leadership. Educational Administrators inspire and lead development and implementation of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformation throughout the organization. Educational Administrators: a. inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital-age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders b. engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement, and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision c. advocate on local, state, and national levels for policies, programs, and funding to support implementation of a technology-infused vision and strategic plan 2. Digital-Age Learning Culture. Educational Administrators create, promote, and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture that provides a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education for all students. Educational Administrators: a. ensure instructional innovation focused on continuous improvement of digital-age learning b. model and promote the frequent and effective use of technology for learning c. provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners d. ensure effective practice in the study of technology and its infusion across the curriculum e. promote and participate in local, national, and global learning communities that stimulate innovation, creativity, and digital-age collaboration 3. Excellence in Professional Practice. Educational Administrators promote an environment of professional learning and innovation that empowers educators to enhance student learning through the infusion of contemporary technologies and digital resources. Educational Administrators: a. allocate time, resources, and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration b. facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture, and support administrators, faculty, and staff in the study and use of technology c. promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital-age tools d. stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning
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