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Cindy Moss    

Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education

Cindy Moss, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is charged with supporting school districts in their work to develop and deploy student initiatives to drive science, technology, engineering and math achievement nationwide.

A nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, Dr. Moss brings over 21 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness. 


Dr. Moss is a sought-after speaker on the topic of student engagement through STEM and was selected by the National Science Foundation to serve on the federal commission, which created the “National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the US Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education System.” In 2012, Dr. Moss was recognized as one of the top “100 Women in STEM.”

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Dr. Moss served as Director of PreK-12 STEM Education for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system, the 17th largest district in the US. Dr. Moss moved into this role after 21 years as a classroom teacher, where she received numerous awards for excellence including RadioShack’s National Teaching Award and the Milken National Educator Award.

Dr. Moss has a BS in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar, a Masters in Science Teaching from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Science Curriculum and Instruction from Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.

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Why STEM? Why now?

This session presents data about why districts need a STEM education plan that includes their local STEM stakeholders, the best practices involved in STEM and the impact this makes on real students in real districts.

Science and Math Strand-Using Technology to Engage Students in Problem Solving

During this presentation participants will see specific examples of how technology is transforming science and math teaching and learning. They will be exposed to STEM competitions, ways to use STEM to grow the capacity of teachers and administrators in their buildings and ways to fund STEM. They will leave with resources to use in their class, school and district and be inspired to implement these strategies with their students.

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