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Eighty Philadelphia teachers to attend “Empowering STEM” on Monday, April 8th

Empowering STEM is full-day conference supporting teachers in tackling Philadelphia’s STEM career challenge. Mayor James Kenney and Superintendent William Hite are set to welcome attendees.

Issued: Philadelphia

GSK and the Philadelphia Education Fund host “Empowering STEM” a free one-day conference for 80 Philadelphia teachers on Monday, April 8, 2019 at GSK’s Navy Yard Headquarters.

With millions more jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) than workers to fill them, teachers across the country are increasingly being asked to play a more significant role in exciting their students to pursue careers in this high-paying, high-growth sector. 

Following welcome remarks from Mayor James Kenney, Superintendent William Hite, and a keynote address from Judd Pittman, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education’s Special Consultant for STEM, the 80 Philadelphia teachers selected to attend Empowering STEM will examine strategies for connecting classroom lessons to STEM careers.

Empowering STEM will also provide teachers with the unique opportunity to connect with STEM industry leaders, network with City and State leaders in STEM education, and investigate solar energy, explore urban watersheds, learn about local wildlife, and conduct simple science fair experiments.

City and State officials

  • James Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
  • William Hite, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia
  • Matthew Stem, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Judd Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STE<

Conference co-hosts

  • Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager of Community Partnerships, GSK
  • Farah Jimenez, President & CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund

The Philadelphia Education Fund

The Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) drives exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and building paths to college and career success. PEF serves 1,300 teachers and 30,000 students annually through its College Access Program, Philadelphia Scholars Last Dollar Scholarship, and its signature STEM initiatives - the McKinney Center for STEM Education and the 250+ member strong Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem. PEF is a leading provider of STEM teacher training in Philadelphia.


GSK is A science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. Learn more about us.


Philadelphia Education Fund Contact
Dr. Nancy Peter
(215) 760-5308

GSK External Communications Contact
Evan Berland
(215) 432-0234   

GSK US Community Partnerships Contact
Marti Skold-Jordan
(919) 328-0507