STEM ACT Conference

Friday - Sunday, May 5th-7th, 2006



Organized by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Institute (STEM Ed)
and the School of Education


University of Massachusetts Amherst



May 5th-7th, 2006

Doubletree Hotel, Crystal City, Arlington VA 


[Conference Photo Gallery] [White Papers (Final Versions)]

STEM ACT will bring together representatives of three groups interested in alternative certification for science teachers.  These include

  • academic researchers and administrators


  • policy makes in states and large cities


  • alternative certification providers and teachers who have gone through these programs

There will be three corresponding threads in the conference. Everyone attending will be expected to present a paper or to respond to a specific paper. Expenses will be covered for approximately 60 people, but others may request the opportunity to attend at their own cost. More details. 


Conference papers will be published on the web. The conference will produce three summary documents:

  • A research agenda.


  • A short policy document or white paper targeted at decision makers.


  • A best practices document.

More on dissemination


HOTEL: The Crystal City Doubletree Hotel is conveniently located on the Metro just outside Washington, DC. Note that special conference rates are available.