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In Focus: STEM+Arts Education - Best Practices for Teacher Development

Thursday, October 9, 2014
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
The California Club
538 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $500.00
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Join your grantmaking colleagues for SCG’s fourth 2014 In Focus: STEM+Arts Education session. We'll explore a successful example of how to use cross-sector collaboration to implement district-wide systemic change through teacher development in STEM education.

The Mathematics Leadership Corps (MLC) is a collaborative partnership between Loyola Marymount University and the School of Education’s Center for Math and Science Teaching System (LMU-CMAST), the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, and the Culver City Unified School District, with generous support from the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation and the Louis L. Borick Foundation.

Learn about this very effective collaborative partnership that seeks to guide district implementation of the recently adopted Common Core Standards in mathematics by working closely with teacher leaders and administrators and providing professional development that promotes mathematical thinking, deep conceptual understanding, and mastery of fluency skills.

This session will feature partners of the collaborative:

  • Gregory Nicholson, Director of Advancement, Project Tomorrow
  • Kathy Clemmer, Director of the Mathematics Leadership Corps Partnership, Loyola Marymount University.
  • Kati Krumpe, Assistant Superintendent, Culver City Unified School District

This series includes five meetings in 2014. Each meeting builds on information and discussion from earlier sessions, so we encourage participants to plan to attend all five meetings or to send a representative from your organization if you are unable to attend. The final meeting in this series will be held in December 2014 on Next Generation Science Standards (more to come).

About In Focus:
Tackling an emerging trend or policy issue of concern to philanthropy, SCG’s In Focus program series convenes funders to learn about a specific topic, exchange ideas about how philanthropy can address the evolving issue, and share updates about their work. By bringing together funders over the course of one year, In Focus provides a platform for funders to address key issues through collaboration and action.


Kathy Clemmer
Director of the Mathematics Leadership Corps Partnership, Loyola Marymount University

Kathy Clemmer holds a dual clinical faculty appointment in the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) School of Education and Seaver College of Science and Engineering. She is an award-winning educator, founder of the innovative and locally recognized Common Core Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) program, and recently selected Director of the Mathematics Leadership Corps Partnership at LMU. Clemmer has received more than two million dollars in grant funding to pursue her passion for writing and teaching leaders how to customize, implement, and assess curriculum that transforms math and science teaching and learning. She as an expert practitioner, whose teaching and research focus is on increasing teacher retention.  Clemmer’s main focus is middle and high school student engagement through teacher leadership by implementation of an innovative leadership training she designed for adult learners. She remains connected to the field as a part-time high school Calculus teacher and also serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Math Advisory Panel. Clemmer completed a degree in mathematics at LMU, and she holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Loyola Marymount University. She also attended the University of Leningrad during the Soviet era.

Kati Krumpe
Assistant Superintendent, Culver City Unified School District

Kati Krumpe is Assistant Superintendent for Culver City Unified School District. In her former role as Director for State and Federal Projects for the Torrance Unified School District, she was credited with taken a traditional and isolated instructional learning culture to a data-driven, collaborative and student centered empire. Dr. Krumpe took a fairly straight forward, top-down-decision such as textbook adoption process and turned it into an opportunity to help mentor and develop teachers. This new teacher-empowering shift changed the way professional development occurred district wide. Dr. Krumpe has also served as Principal of Edison Elementary School, Assistant Principal at Torrance High School, Department Chair and a science teacher. She is an adjunct Professor at University of Southern California and a guest lecturer at Loyola Marymount University Master’s in Administrative Leadership Program as well as a guest speaker at Loyola Marymount University Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. Dr. Krumpe has her Doctorate from LMU in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. She began teaching in LAUSD as a high school biology teacher at both Locke and Garfield High School.

Gregory Nicholson
Director of Advancement, Project Tomorrow

Gregory Nicholson is Project Tomorrow’s Director of Advancement. He is committed to securing the resources needed to achieve Project Tomorrow’s mission, through fund as well as partnership development.  Previously, Nicholson was Assistant Director at the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING where he was responsible for the recruitment of districts, schools, and teachers into the ART of TEACHING, as well as communications and partnerships.  In that role, he co-founded the Mathematics Leadership Corps in Culver City to promote improved teaching and learning in mathematics throughout the K-12 district.  He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Michigan State University, where he was a University Distinguished Fellow and the author of the university’s decennial re-accreditation report.  Prior to graduate school he worked in nonprofit management in social services and education.  He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for membership. For eligibility requirements, click here.

SCG members: you must log in to your SCG account to register online.

Non-members: If you already have an SCG account, log in to register. If you do not have an account yet, contact [email protected].

Space is limited. Participants are encouraged to attend all five meetings of the In Focus: STEM+Arts Education series. For participants unable to participate in one or more future meetings, a representative from your organization may attend in your place.

SCG members: free
Eligible non-members: $500 (includes all five sessions)

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