PAST Foundation recognized by President Clinton for outstanding work in STEM education

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PAST Brings Innovative Education to Teachers and Students at Rural and Native American Reservation Schools

The PAST Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to redesigning education in America and also a partner with Dakota Wesleyan University to offer a Masters in STEM Education, was recognized by President Bill Clinton during his opening remarks at the CGI America 2014 (Clinton Global Initiative America) for its innovative and successful approach to providing STEM professional development for teachers.

“In 2012 the PAST Foundation and its partners committed to improve STEM education in rural and Native American reservation schools in South Dakota by equipping 450 teachers with the necessary training to implement an innovative, culturally relevant approach to teaching.  It’s now known as the South Dakota Innovation Lab, a statewide STEM professional development program that so far has provided 8,300 students with access to quality education that meets them where they are and prepares them for the modern economy,” President Clinton said.

PAST Foundation and PAST Innovation Lab provide professional development in STEM-focused transdisciplinary problem-based learning to educators. This includes an online Masters in STEM Education program for teachers through Dakota Wesleyan University, online/in-person professional development courses and workshops for educators and programs for students. DWU also hosted a week-long Art and STEM camp for children in June, focusing on robotics, art, and Minecraft mathematics.

Dr. Annalies Corbin is the founder and CEO of PAST.  As a member of CGI America’s STEM working group, Corbin was in the audience for Clinton’s remarks, unaware that PAST would be recognized for its commitment and service.

“I have been extremely fortunate over the years to have had many opportunities to be proud of the work and the people who make up the PAST Foundation.  Today was one of those days.  To my utter surprise and true joy I had the opportunity to listen to President Bill Clinton tell the world about our partnership and work in South Dakota with the South Dakota Innovation Lab.  I will fully admit that I sat in the crowd of colleagues and strangers with tears flowing as I heard our story told by a former U.S. president,” Corbin said.  

The South Dakota Innovation Lab (SDIL) is made possible through the dedication and partnership with the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative and Sanford Research.

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