Global Conference 2010
Special Assistant for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, U.S. Department of Education
Michael Lach is Special Assistant for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education at the U.S. Department of Education, leading education efforts in those areas. Previously, Lach was officer of teaching and learning for Chicago Public Schools, overseeing curriculum and instruction in the nation's third-largest school district. Lach began his professional career teaching high school biology and general science in New Orleans in 1990 as a charter member of Teach for America; he later joined the national office of Teach for America as director of program design. He has served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, advising Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) on science, technology and education issues. He was lead curriculum developer for the Investigations in Environmental Science curriculum developed at the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools at Northwestern University. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Carleton College, and master's degrees from Columbia University and Northeastern Illinois University.