KANSAS CITY – Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer gave the keynote speech yesterday, March 28 at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference in Missouri.
The March 27-30 conference is “devoted to improving technology education and engineering through the use of technology, innovation, design, and engineering experiences at the K-12 school levels.”
Mayor Spicer is the president of the ITEEA for the 2018-19 year.
The theme for 81st annual conference is “Technology and Engineering Bring STEM to Life!”
“As we educate, we nurture the life of our students and their dreams. We help them to grow into a space where the world around them, whether it’s digital or virtual reality, prepares them for the next chapter,” said Mayor Spicer.
“This year, as we focus on new ideas and challenges in the STEM field, the ITEEA conference provides an opportunity for us to share our collective knowledge, explore innovative ideas, and build collaborative partnerships. Technology is forever changing, and the demand to challenge ourselves starts in the classrooms across America,” wrote Spicer in welcoming attendees to the Conference.
” As a 33-year technology educator and administrator, I have always challenged my students to bring the best of themselves to everything and to commit to excellence. Now, as Mayor of the great City of Framingham, Massachusetts, I still can create excellence and shift the dynamic of how we view STEM-related opportunities. In my city, I am working closely with our leadership team to ensure that our nearly 10,000 students are scientifically and technologically literate. It’s all deliberate, to create program initiatives to encourage my residents to build bridges that all our very diverse residents can cross over,” said the Mayor.
“My experience over the years at the ITEEA conferences has helped me to develop relationships and have access to resources that have provided fresh perspectives and outlooks on my work in the STEM field and beyond. This year’s conference will be filled with many opportunities to get involved and stay engaged. I strongly encourage you to attend and meet professionals and educators from across the country who, like you, are on a mission to educate, coach, and promote the finest minds in our field.”