Dr. Carol Fletcher
Center for STEM Education
Dr. Carol Fletcher is the Deputy Director of the Center for STEM Education at UT Austin where she manages the day-to-day operations of a statewide professional development program for STEM teachers (the TRC) serving over 9,000 educators annually through 57 projects involving all 20 Texas Education Service Centers, 40+ colleges and universities, and 800+ school districts. Carol also leads the WeTeach_CS project to improve the number and quality of CS teachers in Texas. Carol has also been elected to 5 terms on the Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees since 2001, serving as Board President for five years.
Carol is active in legislative and school finance issues as well as issues related to STEM education and school accountability. Her experiencesas a teacher, policymaker, parent and university administrator result in a unique perspective on the challenges and potential solutions our country faces regarding STEM education and workforce development. As a result, she has served in numerous leadership roles that bridge the gap between education, workforce, and policy. In 2014, she convened and chaired the Texas Computer Science Task Force, which resulted in the publication of a white paper called Building the Texas Computer Science Pipeline: Strategic Recommendations for Success. She also helped to found the Texas Alliance for Computer Science Education, now CS4TX, and has served on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Legislative Advisory Council, the Comptroller's Financial Allocation Study for Texas Advisory Board, the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) STEM Action Team, the UTeach Steering Committee, the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) STEM Educator Standards Committee, TEA Math TEKS PD Advisory Board, E3 Alliance College and Career Success Leadership Team, Hill Country Science Mill Advisory Board, and NSF’s Texas Girls Collaborative Project Champions Board.