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 SDCOE´s Nancy Taylor honored at STEM Conference

​​​Nancy Taylor was honored as one of a handful of California’s “Leading Women in STEM” for her achievements in advocating for stronger public-private partnerships and investment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education.

The award came on October 16 at the California STEM Summit 2012.The California STEM Summit is a statewide leadership convening of business, government, education, nonprofit and philanthropic luminaries to spark change in STEM education and workforce development and launch new STEM education initiatives.

“It is an honor as a career K-12 science educator and leader to be recognized among these esteemed women in academics and STEM research,” said Taylor. “In San Diego County science teachers and their students benefit greatly from our strong advocacy for strengthened public-private partnerships and alignment of resources in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

With Taylor’s leadership, STEM partnerships have been developed and expanded throughout San Diego County. Taylor and STEM community partners developed the San Diego Science Alliance a non-profit 501(c3) organization, where she serves as Executive Director. Taylor manages a dynamic network of community collaborators; K-12 schools, San Diego’s innovators in research, industry and higher education, dedicated to providing STEM resources in class and out-of-school.

Taylor connects SDCOE/SDSA’s large network (SDSTEM Collaboratory) of professional educators, education researchers and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals actively collaborate to improve science education for K-University in San Diego County’s 700 public schools. Currently she serves on the California delegation to review Next Generation Science Standards, the California Department of Education’s STEM Taskforce and leads a regional alliance with the California STEM Learning Network.