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ITEEA Honors Yvonne Spicer

April 07, 2012

On March 16, 2012, the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) honored Yvonne Spicer, EdD, (photo on right) as a Distinguished Technology Educator (DTE). Dr. Spicer is vice president for advocacy & educational partnerships at the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). She was one of five educators so honored this year.

The ITEEA created the Distinguished Technology Educator (DTE) program to recognize outstanding performance and accomplishments in professional technology and engineering education. One of the field's highest honors for professional achievement, the DTE designation recognizes the exceptional attainments of technology and engineering educators.

"I am deeply moved by the ITEEA's acknowledgement," Dr. Spicer says. "This honor reflects the respect my colleagues have for my contributions to the field of technology and engineering education." This trail-blazing educator has challenged stereotypes about people of color, women, and technology education since 1985. Concerned how many children in the U.S. "are shut out of technology and engineering," she makes a powerful case for closing the gap in engineering for people of color. Dr. Spicer says, "I have tried to build bridges over which others can walk. I will use every tool I have to try to reach young people."

Criss-crossing the country advocating for pre-college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, Dr. Spicer works with education, industry, and government leaders to help them integrate technology and engineering into their schools. She also advocates for the Museum's K-12 curricula, Engineering is Elementary®, Building Math, and Engineering the Future®, and she leads the Gateway Project, which originated in Massachusetts and is being used across the U.S. as a model to build leadership capacity for technological literacy. The Gateway Project helps school districts develop a strategic plan to implement K-12 technology and engineering programs. The Gateway community totals over 400 educational leaders representing 78 urban, suburban, and rural school districts in Massachusetts; the model has been replicated in Maine and Texas.

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