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Selly springs forward for STEM

Patty Born Selly, executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education.
Patty Born Selly, executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education.
Photo by Rebecca Zenefski '10.

In her first six months on the job, Patty Born Selly is wasting no time to propel the National Center for STEM Elementary Education forward.

Executive Director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education (NCSEE) at St. Catherine University, Selly leads NCSEE partnerships with school districts that provides professional development in STEM for k-8 teachers and supports the ongoing development of the STEM certificate programs for undergraduate teachers in training at the University. She is also a member of the University’s committee that is planning the new Women in Science Center on the St. Paul campus. 

Selly is an educator, consultant and author of two books, “Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth,” published in 2011 and “Connecting: Young Children and Animals,” that will be released in April.

Her expertise has attracted invitations from two national organizations and a Pennsylvania coalition of business and state political leaders.

Selly has been recruited by the National Science Teachers Association for their Committee on Preschool-Elementary Science Teaching. The committee ensures that the association’s policies, programs and activities meet the needs of preschool and elementary teachers. In early April, she will attend her first committee meeting at NSTA’s annual conference in Boston.

She will address the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission’s Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment in Harrisburg on April 2.  She will join national corporate leaders to discuss the intersections between a thriving economy and early childhood education in STEM.

In May, Selly will be a founding member of 100Kin10’s Partner Advisory Council that will assist the coalition with strategic planning and prioritizing initiatives.

Based in New York City, 100Kin10 was formed in 2011 to foster creative and strategic partnerships between corporations, foundations and educational institutions to “train 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.”

Selly will utilize her extensive elementary education experience to help the organization measure the impact of 100Kin10 partnerships.

“I’m hoping the work of the extensive network of partners that make up the 100K in 10 network will yield some ‘best practices’ that will help elementary teachers to teach STEM curriculum with more confidence and competence,” said Selly.

Meanwhile, back on campus...

Selly will discuss her books at an Author's Tea hosted by the St. Catherine University Education Club and Education Department, Thursday, March 6 at noon in the Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium in Whitby Hall on the University’s St. Paul campus. 

Refreshments will be served and guests may register for a drawing to win “Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth,” published by Redleaf Press.

Learning® magazine named the book a “2014 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom” winner which recognizes excellence in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products. The book will also be for sale at the event. 

More about the National Center for STEM Elementary Education

The National Center for STEM Elementary Education consults and creates custom STEM training programs for in-service teachers at schools and school districts across the country. 

NCSEE also continues to partner with the U.S. government’s international environmental initiative, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program to develop curriculum.

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Feb. 27, 2014 by Julie Michener

See also: Education, Leadership, STEM