ASU Morrison Institute update for April 10 — The national STEM teacher shortage threatens future prosperity

| April 15, 2019

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The national STEM teacher shortage threatens future prosperity

RealClearEducation posted a commentary that America’s competitiveness in the global economy depends on our ability to remain at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological production. Although American institutions and business continue to drive innovation in STEM fields, the ability of our public education system to sustain the pipeline of STEM talent is very much in doubt.

More than half of the school districts in the U.S. report that they struggle to recruit and retain qualified STEM teachers. Here in Arizona, the shortage of STEM educators leaves classes without knowledgeable teachers. Just 20 percent of eighth grade students have a teacher who majored in math and 40 percent of administrators surveyed by Morrison Institute at Arizona State University say that they have the most difficulty filling math teaching positions.



Tuesday, April 16, 2019 • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Who are our neighbors in need?
Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Our Community

Arizona Heritage Center
1300 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Join Melissa Kovacs, Ph.D., founder of FirstEval, LLC and associate director for research at Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University and Joanna Lucio, Ph.D., associate dean of Academic Affairs and an associate professor at Arizona State University for a presentation and discussion on who is in need of housing in the greater Phoenix community.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibit I Have A Name, a collection of black and white photographs by Jon Linton of people who live in and around our communities, who have no home to call their own. Attendees are invited to view the exhibit before the presentation.

$5 General Public / $4 AHS Members
RSVP to or 480-929-0292

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Downtown Community Outreach Program on Criminal Justice in Arizona

Westward Ho, Concho Room
618 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Register now!

This will be an action-focused discussion about the recommendations made during 2018 Arizona Town Hall meetings about Criminal Justice in Arizona.

Parking: Pay lots are available at North Central Avenue and East Fillmore Street, just north of the Cronkite School of Journalism building.

HOST: Andrea Whitsett, Director, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University

PRESENTERS: Gregory Falls, Attorney, Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; Alberto Olivas, Executive Director, Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service, Arizona State University; Joe Profiri, Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Corrections; Ron Reinstein, Judicial consultant, Arizona Supreme Court; Kevin Wright, Director, Center for Correctional Solutions, Arizona State University

The program is FREE and will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Complimentary refreshments provided.

If you’re interested in more information about Arizona’s criminal justice system, please review the 2018 Arizona Town Hall Background Report and fact sheet. The Background Report for the 111th Arizona Town Hall was prepared by Morrison Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with Arizona universities and the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee.The program is FREE and will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Complimentary refreshments provided.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Feeding Families: Policies and Programs

Verna McClain Wellness Center
1030 East Baseline Road
Phoenix, AZ 85042

Join us for a dynamic conversation on nutrition research, food insecurity, public policies, and efforts to build community capacity in South Phoenix and throughout Arizona.

PANELISTS: Linda Rider, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition Services, Tempe Elementary School District; Lawrence Robinson, JD, Director, Leadership for Educational Equity, Governing Board President, Roosevelt School District; Angie Rodgers, MSW, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of Arizona Food Banks; Sonia Vega-López, PhD, FAHA, Associate Professor in Nutrition, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University; John Wann-Ángeles, Founding Director, Orchard Community Learning Center

MODERATORS: Gregorio Montes de Oca, MPA, Associate Director Diversity & Community Affairs, Mountain Park Health; James Herbert Williams, PhD, Director, Arizona Centennial Professor of Social Welfare Services and Interim Executive Director, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC), Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University

Register at Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center

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Established in 1982, Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a leader in examining critical Arizona and regional issues, and is a catalyst
for public dialogue. A resource of the Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions,
Morrison Institute uses nonpartisan research and communication outreach to help improve the state’s quality of life.


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