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03/09/2018 By Aylissa Kiely , 717-903-0219

Lauren Beal, Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor for STEM at the Lancaster- Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, has been accepted as one of 36 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors Program, which aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM Learning ecosystems, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

Ambassadors met for its inaugural training session today at the Center for Schools and Communities, a statewide training and consulting organization that offers a continuum of efforts around education topics. 

Representing leaders and emerging leaders in corporate, PreK-12 and higher education, and afterschool programs from 18 counties, PA STEM Ambassadors have agreed to invest the next nine months in training and education to share expertise and content knowledge with influential stakeholders to help develop a stronger voice in shaping STEM education policy issues.

“In order for Pennsylvania to be competitive and lead in STEM policy, we need to develop leaders who find bipartisan support in advancing STEM Education policies and have the respect and influence to affect change,” said Laura Saccente, director of Pennsylvania Statewide afterschool and Youth Development Network (PSAYDN).  “The PA STEM Ambassadors will be a vital part in shaping these policies.”

PSAYDN collaborated with the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), the national STEM Education Coalition, the Afterschool Alliance and staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, through the PA STEM Education Coalition, to provide training support to the ambassadors.

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services to schools and communities across the state and beyond.  The STEM Team, a part of the Instructional Services Department at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, offers a comprehensive collection of Innovative Solutions for STEM Education, ranging from membership in a STEM Consortium to on-site support. A variety of workshops, institutes, and grant-funded/sponsored professional development opportunities for teachers are also part of the unique offerings that are focused on assisting schools and districts to increase student learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

About PSAYDN: Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) promotes sustainable, high-quality out-of-school time youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and families. PSAYDN believes all children and youth deserve access to programs that encourage positive youth development and support the successful transition to adulthood. PSAYDN is managed by the Center for Schools and Communities. More information is available at