Commonwealth Charter Academy Recognizes Policy Leader in STEM Education

Assistant Principal Kenneth Edwards has been named a 2019 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador


Kenneth Edwards, an assistant principal at Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), has been accepted as one of 31 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program, which aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM learning, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

PA STEM Ambassadors met for an inaugural training session on February 28 and March 1 at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), a statewide training and professional development organization through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education.  

CCA, a Pennsylvania public cyber charter school serving students in grades K-12, offers a variety of STEM-related opportunities to students across the state, including career exploration field trips, hands-on workshops and the addition of a new 6,100-square-foot aquaponics facility, AgWorks at CCA.

Representing leaders and emerging leaders in corporate, PreK-12 and higher education, and after-school programs from 22 counties, PA STEM Ambassadors have agreed to invest the next nine months in training and policy development to share expertise and content knowledge with influential stakeholders to help develop a stronger voice in shaping STEM education policy issues.  

“In order for Pennsylvania to lead in STEM policy, we need to develop leaders across the state to advocate for bipartisan support in advancing STEM education policies and to have the respect and influence to affect change,” said Laura Saccente, director of Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN). “PA STEM Ambassadors have been a vital part in shaping STEM education and workforce policies.” 

"The STEM Ambassador Program has provided my cohorts and I with the opportunity to impact change within STEM education through outreach and advocacy with our state legislators," Edwards said. "STEM education is a vital part of CCA's model and, as an educator, I am proud to be able to inspire young learners to pursue STEM-related opportunities and experiences."

PSAYDN collaborated with the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), the national STEM Education Coalition, the Afterschool Alliance, 2018 National STEM Ambassador Jeff Remington and staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, through the PA STEM Education Coalition, to provide training support to the ambassadors.

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