FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 07.09.12
Heidi May, Discovery Education
Lorena Fimbres, STEMconnector
DR. CINDY MOSS HONORED IN INAUGURAL 100 WOMEN LEADERS IN STEM
– Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, Dr. Moss recognized for paving the way for girls and women in STEM –
Silver Spring, Md. (July 9, 2012) – STEMconnector has honored Dr. Cindy Moss in its inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication, which recognizes women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Dr. Moss has more than 25 years of experience in STEM and currently develops and implements initiatives for Discovery Education to inspire students’ curiosity, prepare students for future careers and support educators worldwide. She also partners with organizations that set the vision and national policy for STEM education.
“As our nation’s economy relies more than ever on a prepared STEM-workforce and with only 25 percent of women currently in STEM fields, the goal of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication is to celebrate role models and attract more girls and women to STEM, said Edie Fraser, CEO, STEMconnector. “We are pleased to recognize Cindy and other leaders who paving the way for women and girls in STEM.”
100 Women Leaders in STEM showcases the careers and initiatives of women who are active role models for the underrepresented segment of women in America’s growing shortage of STEM professionals. The publication features profiles of leaders in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, including CEOs, key public officials including four U.S. senators and the EPA/NASA administrator and deputy administrator respectively. The women included in the publication share stories about their commitment to serving as mentors to those who are next in the STEM jobs pipeline. They also share their perspectives on the traits needed to advance in STEM professions and how women in particular can make a difference.
Prior to joining Discovery Education, Dr. Moss was director of STEM for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), where she led the district’s efforts to improve science teaching and was responsible for overseeing STEM curriculum for more than 130,000 students. Under her leadership, CMS teachers earned national awards and schools partnered with businesses to provide real-world STEM lessons for students. Dr. Moss also taught biology, chemistry and other high school science courses.
In addition to being named among the 100 Women Leaders in STEM, Dr. Moss was recognized with the North Carolina Science, Math and Technology Administrator Award in 2010. She also was recognized with a 2010 Woman of Distinction in STEM Award from the Charlotte Girl Scouts, and in 2001, she won a National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. Dr. Moss has given presentations across the globe on best practices in science teaching and authored numerous articles, textbook chapters and books for the National Parks Service and the National Science Teachers Association. She is a member of the National Council of Supervisors of Math and the Urban Math Leaders Network, among many other STEM-related organizations.
“Cindy is an expert in developing programs that effectively integrate STEM curriculum into classrooms to ignite students’ curiosity,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education. “Cindy’s leadership and passion are helping to advance STEM education around the world. Being named among the 100 Women Leaders in STEM is a well-deserved honor.”
The 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication was launched at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit June 27-29 in Dallas, Texas. A follow up celebration for the 100 Women Leaders in STEM will be held on Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C.
STEMconnector™ is a STEM information aggregator that supports corporations with integrating STEM best practices to develop their STEM workforce pipeline. Our mission is to provide information and resources that increase communication, encourages collaboration and promotes sustainable and replicable approaches to STEM education interventions. By pursuing this mission we aim to realize efficiency gains through eliminating duplication and quality improvement by sharing best practices. Accomplishing these ambitious goals requires that we leverage our collective experience and that of our partners to develop innovative communications and products that reach diverse audiences in impactful and meaningful ways. Visit us at www.stemconnector.org.
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