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Visionaries to Meet in Boston on May 2 to Plot 21st Century Science, Math Curriculum


On May 2, scientists, entrepreneurs and educators will gather in Boston to explore ways to improve American science and math education and inspire children to consider high-tech careers.

Boston, MA, April 24, 2007 --(PR.com)-- What does math and science education need to look like in the year 2017 for the to excel and regain its world leadership?

On May 2, a ‘Who’s Who’ list of high technology business leaders, university-level science educators, medical professionals and inventors, along with teachers and lay leaders from Boston-area Jewish day and other schools, will meet for the first of a pioneering three-part conference series designed to plot the course for 21st century math and science education.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Robert Langer, Institute Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Mass. Institute of Technology, inventor, and recipient of the Charles Stark Draper Prize.

The panel will include Dr. Judah Folkman, Surgeon-in-Chief, Emeritus at Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Cell Biology and Pediatric Surgery at Harvard Medical School; Professor of Health Sciences & Technology at MIT; Dr. Carla Romney, Chair of the Science & Engineering Dept. at Boston University, and Dr. Nitzan Resnick, Co-Director of the New Science and Math Initiative at South Area Solomon Schechter Day School.

Conference convener is the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School of Stoughton, an independent school known for its innovative curriculum including an inquiry-based new science and math curriculum and teaching model designed to instill scientific thinking and experimentation and inspire students to consider careers in the sciences.

The meeting will be held at the offices of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High St., Boston. (Advance reservations required due to space limitations).

Dr. Mark Popovsky, South Area Solomon Schechter School Board Chairman and Executive Vice President and Corporate Medical Director of the Haemonetics Corporation of Braintree, MA, said, “For the first time, we’re convening a panel of top people in their fields to focus on gaps in the educational system, create a vision of where we should be as a country, and develop actionable ideas that can revolutionize the way we approach the teaching of science and math.”

The South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), enrolls over 200 boys and girls in grades K – 8 from 20 communities. Its new campus opening in Norwood (MA) in September will feature state-of-the-art science, math and computer labs.

For more information about the Conference, call 781-341-5033, or email djoiner@sassds.org. The school website is www.sassds.org. -- By Stanley Hurwitz

508-269-0570 – stanhurw@comcast.net

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