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Principal, TVHS gain notoriety at national STEM conference



LiebertTech Valley High School and Principal Dan Liebert gained more national attention at a recent conference that focused on changing the nation's classrooms.

Liebert spoke at STEMx - the first collective of state STEM networks - which took place in  Dallas, Texas. He detailed how TVHS integrates STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - in the classroom.

"It was quite an honor. It was definitely a high-level conference," said the principal.

The June 27-29 conference featured some of the top educators and business leaders from across the country, as well as officials from NASA, University presidents, NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Mort Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Reports.

The goal of the three-day summit was to connect state STEM networks and speed the growth of STEM by helping schools integrate the curriculum.

To that end, Liebert said the hundreds of educators and business leaders in attendance agreed on the need for reforming the way education is delivered in the U.S.

"There was a consensus that we need to develop a population that is ready to meet the demands of the new work place," said Liebert. "The message was the same as we have been saying since we were created (in 2007)."

Besides Liebert serving on a panel discussion, TVHS also received accolades at the event from Johanna Duncan-Poitier, the senior vice chancellor for community colleges and the education pipeline in New York, who praised the school's efforts and implementing STEM in the classroom.

STEM has become a key focus of education reformers across the country as educators look to boost student performance in the U.S. President Obama has even called for more STEM education in the nation's classrooms.

"Prominent organizations across the country are taking action to respond to the changing demands of the 21st century and are hailing STEM as an imperative for all students," materials from STEMx.