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Dr. Yvonne Spicer is Vice President, Advocacy and Educational Partnerships, of the National Center for Technological Literacy in Boston. She is a national and international speaker and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Concerned by how many children in the US "are shut out of technology and engineering," Spicer makes a compelling case for closing the underrepresented minority gap in engineering and school leadership. She has expertise in technology and engineering education standards development, assessment, and strategic school leadership.
Spicer served on the technology and engineering steering committee for the frontrunner of the first national assessment for technology and engineering in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); and served on the technology and engineering design team for the National Research Council (NRC) "Next Generation": Framework for Science Education in July 2011. She is also an advisor to the National Governors Association on STEM education. Also, she advocates for the Museum's K-12 curricula, Engineering is Elementary®, Building Math, and Engineering the Future®, and she directs the Gateway Project, which originated in Massachusetts and is being replicated across the US as a model to build leadership capacity for technological literacy. Designed to guide systemic change, the Gateway Project helps school districts develop a strategic plan of action to implement K-12 technology and engineering programs. The Gateway community totals over 400 educational leaders representing 80 urban, suburban, and rural school districts.
She earned BS and MS degrees in industrial arts & technology from the State University of New York-Oswego. She is committed to improving opportunities for females and students of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.