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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

May 18, 2006
TO: Education reporters, assignment editors, producers
FROM: Amy Lunday | 443-287-9960 | amylunday@jhu.edu
RE: Education summit to focus on math, science ed for pre-K to 12
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Tuesday, May 23
WHERE: Hodson Hall Auditorium
The Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus
3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore

Innovations in pre-college math and science instruction for all students will be the focus when more than 100 Baltimore/Washington area educators, policy-makers and Johns Hopkins education researchers gather on Tuesday for the third annual Johns Hopkins Education Summit. Sponsored this year by the Center for Social Organization of Schools and the Johns Hopkins Council on K-12 Education, the summit will examine different ways to improve the nation's K-12 mathematics and science instruction, such as

  • encouraging all students to take more math and science courses

  • creating more rigorous math and science curricula in keeping with the demands of the 21st century workplace

  • closing the achievement gap

  • instituting career incentives for teachers, such as a job ladder to enable master math and science teachers to earn $100,000 per year.

  • The summit participants will suggest solutions to the challenges the nation will face as it seeks to improve its K-12 mathematics and science education. Among these proposals may be deploying teachers to take advantage of their expertise, supporting all teachers with better instructional materials, giving extra help to needy students and broadening the use of tests to help rather than hinder good instruction. Reporters are invited to cover the event, which will begin with introductory remarks by Johns Hopkins University President William R. Brody, co-chair of the Council on Competitiveness National Innovation Initiative. Mathematics and science professionals will participate in two panels during the morning program, and the afternoon will offer a series of breakout sessions, focusing on various mathematics and science programs at Johns Hopkins centers and departments. Among those sessions will be developing math readiness in preschoolers, closing the achievement gap among high school students and preparing and recruiting high-quality mathematics and science teachers. For information, including a detailed agenda, visit www.csos.jhu.edu/conferences/Summit06/ summit.htm.

    Organizers are hoping for a lively and productive debate. Reporters interested in covering this event should contact Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960 or amylunday@jhu.edu.

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