Education Professor Attending White House Symposium on STEM Education

The symposium brings together government, education and nonprofit leaders from throughout the country to highlight successful STEM initiatives.

Kristopher J. Childs

Kristopher J. Childs

A Texas Tech University education professor is in Washington, D.C., today (April 21) to participate in the White House Early Learning STEM Symposium.

Kristopher J. Childs, an assistant professor of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the College of Education, was approached by the president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NSCM), of which he is a board member, to create a proposal on behalf of NSCM. His recommendations included partnering with Texas Tech to focus on increasing teacher content knowledge.

That proposal led him to Washington for this event, which is intended to promote active STEM learning for the youngest students in the nation and highlight the range of public and private sector leaders committed to promoting STEM learning. More than 200 groups submitted examples of innovative STEM work representing government entities, foundations, nonprofits, media, technology companies, research institutions and museums.

Presenters at the symposium include the Department of Education on new research grants, an update on President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, Girl Scouts of the USA, the Lawrence Hall of Science, Nickelodeon and the LEGO Foundation. All will discuss the various ways they are expanding access to STEM education and how other organizations can duplicate their activities.

"The goal is to impact and engage students in the early grade levels to provide them with a solid foundation for future academic courses," Childs said. "This will be accomplished through conducting school-based events at schools serving underrepresented students in STEM."

Follow Childs' updates from the symposium on Twitter and Instagram. Watch the symposium live here.

College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.