KEY NOTE SPEAKER Session
How America's Strategy for STEM Education supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Dr. Jeff Weld
Executive Director for the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council
Professor at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa
former senior advisor for STEM Education, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Jeff Weld PhD directs Iowa’s widely acclaimed statewide STEM education program on behalf of the governor. A decorated college professor, scholar, and former high school teacher, Jeff frequently writes for, speaks to, and strategizes with groups aspiring to unleash the transformative power of STEM education at the national, state, and local levels. In late 2017, he accepted a White House invitation to join the Executive Office of the President as senior policy advisor for STEM education in the Office of Science and Technology Policy to lead the production of America’s Strategy for STEM Education, a nonpartisan five-year plan to guide federal agencies and to rally the nation around STEM education. Returning to the helm at Iowa’s STEM program in 2019, Jeff continued to serve the Office of Science and Technology Policy part-time for nine more months, helping to develop federal strategies that translate lofty STEM policies into practical, measurable and impactful federal agency programs. In his recently published memoir, Charting a Course for American Education (Torchflame Books, 2021), Jeff takes the reader along behind the scenes and between the lines on a twenty-one-month adventure imbued with personal and policy intrigue, illuminating the shadows of American education policy-setting at the heights of American government. Dr. Weld is on extended leave from a faculty position in the Department of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa, where he prepared future science teachers and naturalists, generating $7 million in external grants and publishing over 70 peer-reviewed research articles, essays, and book chapters on science education. He also published the landmark STEM book Creating a STEM Culture for Teaching and Learning (NSTA Press, 2017), and the textbook The Game of Science Education (Allyn & Bacon, 2004). In 2014, the Triangle Coalition bestowed upon Jeff the STEM Champion award, and in 2013 the University of Iowa recognized Weld with the College of Education's Alumni Accomplishment Honor. In 2007 Jeff was named National Collegiate Biology Teacher of The Year for four-year institutions by the National Association of Biology Teachers. A decorated secondary science teacher through the 1990's, Jeff was the Ciba-Geigy Life Science Teacher of the Year in Iowa, Pella Corporation's Focus on Teaching Excellence award recipient, and a National Access Excellence Fellow of the Genentech Corporation. Dr. Weld earned his doctorate in Science Education, as well as Masters and Bachelors degrees at the University of Iowa. In his free time Jeff is an avid skier, writer, and restorer of vintage Honda motorcycles. Married thirty-five years to wife Mary, they have two grown sons David of Austin, TX., and Andrew of St. Paul, MN.
Learning for tomorrow: the role of school science
Dr. Myeong-Kyeong Shin
Professor, Science Education Department, Gyeongin National University of Education,Incheon, South Korea
Ph.D. Science Education, May 2000 Iowa City, IA
The University of Iowa
Thesis: A Study of the Effectiveness of the Iowa Chautauqua Staff Development Model for Reform of Science Teaching in Korea
MED. Science Education, August 1993
Seoul National University Seoul, Korea
Thesis: The Development of SATIS Teaching Model in Korean Secondary Earth Science (Astronomy) Education
B.S. Science (Earth Science), February 1991
Seoul National University Seoul, Korea
2006-present: Assistant and Associate Professor at Gyeongin
National University of Education
2015-2017: Director of International Affairs Center of Gyeongin
National University of Education.
2013-2014:visiting professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
2005-2006:Research professor at the Kongju National University
2004-2005:Researcher at the Gifted Education Center of
Cheongju National University of Education
2003-2004: Research staff for the research project of
’ the Informal learning in Natural Science Museum ‘
1998-2003 :Co-Director of Korean Science Teachers Workshop
The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Coordinator of
Korean Science Teachers Workshop
1996-1997: Web-Design for Science Education Center,
The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
1999-2000: Administration Associate, Science Education Center,
The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
=Research Funds involved as a PI=
2017-2020:Proposing New Topology of School Science for 2040:
Developing Convergent Science Activities Embodied
with Computational Thinking Sponsored by National
Research Foundation ($30,000)
2014-2016: Practical Work in School Science: from
Epistemological Practice to Hermeneutical
Understanding Sponsored by National Research
2013-2014: Exploring School Science Inquiry Norms as
Disciplinary Inquiry through Comparative Analyses of
Characteristics of Communicative Interactions Found in
Science Classes of Korea and U.S.Sponsored
by National Research Foundation ($30,000)
Dec-Jan, 2013: ‘Designing future science classroom’ Sponsored
by Korea Foundation for the Advancement of
Science and Creativity ($10000)
2011-2013: ‘Rebuilding the Scientific Inquiry Norm for Science
Education on the Bases of Hermeneutical Study of
'Practical Work' Found in Science Classes’ Sponsored
by National Research Foundation ($150,000)
2012: ‘A Study for the Development and Application of Global
Curriculum towards Reinforced Science Education’
Sponsored by Korean Ministry of Education ($30,000)
2011-2009: ‘Building the Understanding Epistemological Practice
of Practical Work in the Science Classes : Focusing on
Multi-dimensional Analyses and Synthesis of
Constructing Knowledge, Inquiry, and Interaction’
Sponsored by National Research Foundation ($150,000)
2010: ‘Developing a Cycling Model of Exhibit Materials for
Science Museum’ Sponsored by National Science Museum
of Ministry of Education. ($40000)
2009: Analysis of Communicative Pattern in Best Earth Science
Classes for Characterizing Earth Science Inquiry Sponsored
by National Research Foundation ($7,000)
2008: Defining Discourse Patterns and Participant Structures
Corroborated with Developing and Practicing Science Writing
Heuristic Modules in Science Classrooms Sponsored by
National Research Foundation ($12,000)
2007: ‘Defining Socioscientific Norm Found in Science Class
Discourse Analysis in the Context of Teacher Oriented
Action Research’ Sponsored
by National Research Foundation ($7,000)
STEM and STEM Education:
Collaboratively addressing global
challenges of the 21st century
Dr. Pradeep Maxwell Dass
Walkup Distinguished Professor of Science Education
Director, Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Dr. Dass is the Walkup Distinguished Professor of science education at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning. Dr. Dass spent the first 14 years of his career as a high school biology teacher in India, including 10 years at Woodstock (international) School. Since receiving his Ph.D. degree in science education from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, USA, in 1997, he has worked as a science education faculty member in three universities: Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois; Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina; and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona. During his 24-year career as a university faculty, he has taught a variety of science education and biology courses, as well as worked extensively with in-service teachers in various professional development projects.
His research and scholarly interests span the full continuum of teacher professional learning including pre-service teacher preparation and in-service teacher professional development. He has investigated and written about approaches to teaching and learning that promote science education in the context of real-life situations, issues, problems and questions, such as the Science-Technology-Society approach (STS), and pedagogies, such as the Learning Cycle approach, that enable students to engage in and experience authentic scientific practices within K-16 educational contexts. He has conducted numerous workshops for both school teachers and college faculty to promote these pedagogies and help teachers and professors implement more active, student-centered, forms of instruction.
On the disciplinary side, he has investigated the impact of learning about the history and philosophy of science or of a specific science discipline (such as biology) on student understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise. More recently, he has become involved in improving engineering education at the college level and is collaborating with engineering faculty at NAU in this effort.
He has provided leadership in STEM Education at the national level as the president of the UTeach STEM Education Association (USEA), at the state level as the president of the North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA), and regionally as the Regional Director of the Far West Region of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). He has over 60 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, commentaries, book reviews, and laboratory manuals (for college Introductory Biology courses), and has served on editorial review boards of several science education journals, both in the USA and internationally. Funded by both national and state level funding agencies, his research and scholarly activities continue to impact science teaching and learning in school classrooms across the USA and abroad. He has shared his work through 140 conference presentations, workshops, and institutes across the USA, India, and Japan.
Outside of his professional life, Dr. Dass is a musician. He plays the bass guitar in his church worship team. He has been married thirty years to his wife, Priya, who is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Certified Personal Trainer. They have two grown sons, Amaal and Nikhil, who are both avid musicians collaborating together on their own band and music production.
Current integrated STEM education initiatives in Southeast Asia
Dr. John Stiles
Senior Specialist, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)
Dr. Stiles has experience as a secondary school science teacher in Thailand, Kuwait, Belgium, the U.S., and England and as a University faculty member in Teacher Education in the U.S. He has won teaching awards in conservation education and for excellence as a graduate teaching assistant and cited by the Beryl Buck Institute for exemplary use of technology in university teaching. He was previously a Science Education Specialist at the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) in Bangkok and a regional science education consultant in the U.S. Author of 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, he has 25 years of experience developing science education curricula and programs and presenting workshops and STEM and science education courses to teachers around the world. He has been editor of three scholastic journals and is the current editor of the Southeast Asian Journal of STEM Education, an International peer-reviewed online journal. He received his BA in Liberal Arts from Drake University and his MS and PhD in Science Education from the University of Iowa.
Toward a Common Understanding of STEM
Dr. Gillian Roehrig
Professor at the University of Minnesota
Former president of Association for Science Teacher Education
Next president of the National Association for Research in Science Education (NARST)
Dr. Roehrig is a professor of STEM Education at the University of Minnesota. Her research explores issues of professional development for K-12 science teachers, with a focus on implementation of integrated STEM learning environments and induction and mentoring of beginning secondary science teachers. Her work in integrated STEM explores teachers' conceptions and implementation of STEM, curriculum development, and student learning in small groups during STEM lessons. She has received over $30 million in federal and state grants and published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Through this work she has provided professional development opportunities for numerous teachers in Minnesota and across the world, including Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. She has mentored 46 PhD students in STEM Education, who promote and support equitable STEM education across the world. She is a former board member and president-elect of NARST: A worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research and former president of the Association for Science Teacher Education.
What Kinds of STEM/STEAM Model does Work for the Real Situations in Japan and Asian Countries Comparing to the Western Countries within the Society 5.0
Dr. Yoshisuke KUMANO
President, East-Asian Association for Science Education,
Professor Emeritus, Vice Director STEAM Education Institute, Shizuoka University, Japan
Director of NPO Shizuoka STEAM Education Development Center
Professor Emeritus and Specially Appointed Professor, Shizuoka University (2021- present)
Vice Director of STEAM Education Institute, Shizuoka University (2021-present)
Director of STEAM Education Institute, Shizuoka University (2020-2021)
Professor of Science Education, Graduate School of Science & Technology (Ph.D. Program), Informatic Section, Graduate School of Education, Faculty of Education, Shizuoka University (from 2005-to 2021)
Visiting Scholar at the University of Iowa
(2012, September–2012 December, Fulbright Scholar)
Associate Professor of Science Education, Shizuoka University (1995-2005)
Lecturer of Science Education, Shizuoka University (1993-1995)
Meikei Hight School, Chair of Science Education (from1981 to 1989, from 1991 to 1993)
1989-1993 The University of Iowa (Fulbright Program), Ph.D. (Science Education.)
1978-1980 The University of Tsukuba, MD. Science Education
1976-1977 Macalester College (Governmental Exchange Program) Geology
1974-1978 Miyagi University of Education, BS.（Geology）
The Best Paper of Japan Society for Science Education in 29th, July1996, from Japan Society for Science Education; Implementation of STS Instruction in Meikei High School - Problems and Realities of Pilot Japanese STS Approach -, The Journal of Science Education in Japan, 1993, Vol. 17, No. 3, 115-124.
The Prize for the Educational Research, The Researches on the Innovation of the Science Education and Earth Science for the Life-Long Learning and High Science and Technology Intensive Society, August 27th, 2008, Japan Association of Education Organization.
The Prize of the Minister of MEXT, the Section of Dissemination of Science and Technology, Dissemination and Promotion of Science & Technology and Conservation of Environment in the Local Setting and National Setting, April 13th, 2010.
Leading Researcher of Shizuoka University, From April 14th, 2011 to March 31th, 2013, selected only 22 researchers from all faculty members by the Selection Committee, Shizuoka University, and April 14, 2011.
The Best Paper of Japan Association of Energy & Environmental Education, The Energy and Environmental Learning using iPad software – Decision making program for high level radioactive waste storage -, Journal of Energy and Environmental Education, Vol.6, No.2, 3-10, August 17th, 2013.
Leading Researcher of Shizuoka University, Second Phase, From January 1st and 2nd, 2014 to March 31th, 2016, selected only 22 researchers from all faculty members by the Selection Committee, Shizuoka University, and December 25th, 2013- March 31st, 2016.
Research Fellow of Shizuoka University, Third Phase from April 1st, 2016 to 2019 March 31st extended up to 2021, March 31.
◆President (2018-2021), Vice President (2013-2017), East-Asian Association for Science Education.
◆Vice President (2018-2020), Executive member of the Society of Japan Science Teaching (2013-2017)
◆Vice President (2010-2013), Auditor of the Japan Society for Science Education (2013-2016).
◆Vice Chair (2007-2010), Executive Committee Member for Science Education, National Curriculum Standards Development Committee in Japan (Middle School Science).
◆Associate Editor (2019-present), International reviewer, International Committee Member, Association for Science Teacher Education, (USA) (2006-2021)
◆International Judge for International Earth Science Olympiad (2002-present)
◆Executive board member and auditor (2012-present), Japan Earth Science Olympiad Committee
◆JICA Specialist and Expert; Development of Science and Mathematics Teaching for Primary and. Secondary Education in Indonesia (IMSTEP) (1998-2008).
◆Adviser (2017-present), President (2011-2017), Japan Association of Energy and Environmental Education
◆President of the Association of the Shizuoka Earth Science Education (2017- present)
◆Associate Editor, “K-12 STEM Education”, The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), Thailand (2014-presnet)
◆Author of science textbooks for elementary & secondary schools, Dainippon-Tosho from 2000-Present that one-third of children has been using our science textbooks in Japan.
◆Director for Science Festival in Ru/Ku/Ru, No.1-24 Shizuoka Youth Science Festival (1997-2020)
〇Recent Publications (Major Papers from 28 edited book chapters and 74 edited papers)
〇Invited Presentation and Presentation (out of 257 presentations)