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More Than 20 Superintendents Gather on Campus

Discuss STEM Partnerships at Chancellor’s Breakfast

Discussing partnerships between local school districts and the University at the recent Chancellor’s Breakfast were, from left, Prof. Regina Panasuk, Lawrence Superintendent Marylou Bergeron, Prof. Carol Barry and Reading Superintendent John Doherty.

By Sarah McAdams

Superintendents from more than 20 Massachusetts school districts joined UMass Lowell academic deans and administrators at the University’s Inn & Conference Center for the fourth annual Chancellor’s Breakfast for Superintendents on Oct. 7. The breakfast was created to allow University and school leaders to discuss ways in which they can team up in teaching, learning and research partnerships.

The focus of this year’s event was STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) partnerships and featured a panel presentation on STEM initiatives. The presenters were:

  • Plastics Engineering Prof. Carol Barry, director of the Nanomanufacturing Center, who spoke of K-12 outreach activities and encouraged districts to participate in the regional Science Fair sponsored by the Center;
  • Mathematics Education Prof. Regina Panasuk, who described her work helping Lowell and Methuen teachers build their knowledge of mathematics;
  • Marylou Bergeron, superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools, who outlined the district’s several partnership programs with UMass Lowell, including a Women in Engineering day held on campus; and
  • John Doherty, superintendent of the Reading Public Schools, who described his district’s technology initiatives and engaged the audience in texting to demonstrate new teaching tools.

The breakfast was co-sponsored by the Office of School Partnerships (OSP) and Meehan, who spoke at the event, as did Provost Ahmed Abdelal and the OSP’s David Troughton, convener of the Superintendents’ Forum.

Faculty and staff who would like more information about collaborating with K-12 school districts should contact OSP Director or