Friday, June 3, 2016

CEO of ITEEA Speaks at STEM Solutions Leadership Conference

Britton Devier is the offensive coordinator and assistant football coach as well as the assistant girls’ track-and-field coach for Smiths Station High School in Smiths Station, Alabama. During school hours, he is director of credit recovery and advancement for Lee County School District’s distance-learning program in Opelika. To stay current within his profession, Britton Devier maintains membership with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA).

A nonprofit organization begun in 1939, the ITEEA has shifted its focus over the years and now supports technology literacy and innovation within schools. One of its main areas of focus is on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), with a higher area of concentration on the technology and engineering fields.

From May 18 through 20, 2016, the U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Conference took place in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference discusses the shortage of STEM-related skills found in the U.S. workplace. The event brings together educators, corporations, and companies to discuss how to change this pattern. The executive director and chief operating offer of ITEEA, Steve Barbato, gave a presentation titled “What Testing Technology and Engineering Literacy Means for Education.” He has 10 years of classroom experience teaching engineering and technology as well as 13 years of experience as a school district administrator.

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