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In Focus: STEM+Arts Education - Next Generation Science Standards

Monday, January 12, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PST
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Join us to learn about the recently adopted Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed to be rich in content and practice, and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

This two-hour interactive session will bring together members of the philanthropic community with California State Board of Education Vice President Dr. Ilene Straus and Samueli Foundation Executive Director Gerald R. Solomon. The Samueli Foundation is one of the leading funders in the United States on NGSS and is part of a national collaborative leading the adoption and implementation of the standards.

Solomon and Straus will provide an overview and status update on the standards, and help lead a conversation on ideas and best practices for how philanthropy can support successful adoption and implementation strategies.

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Ilene Straus
Vice President, California State Board of Education

Dr. Ilene Straus served as the Assistant superintendent for Educational Services in the Beverly Hills Unified School District before retiring in 2011. Straus currently focuses her time on State Board of Education priorities and responsibilities, consulting, and educational projects. She began her career as a teacher in the Lennox School District, and was later named Principal of Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica. In 2002, Straus was named Chief Educational Officer-Principal of Santa Monica High School, where she guided the redesign of a comprehensive high school into six smaller learning communities. She next served as Senior Director of Secondary Education for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and joined Beverly Hills Unified School District in 2006 as Assistant Superintendent. Straus has taught graduate courses in educational leadership, supervision, and curriculum and instruction at several universities. She received her MA in educational administration from California State University, Northridge, and her EdD in educational Leadership from University of Southern California.

Gerald R. Solomon
Executive Director, Samueli Foundation

Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Samueli Foundation’s Executive Director since 2008.  Prior to the Samueli Foundation, he served as CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises, where he transformed the organization into a national provider of public health services and funding, operating in 31 states. During his tenure at Samueli, the Foundation has achieved many significant goals, including: redirecting the Foundation from a responsive to an initiative based grant-making model; establishing a secondary operating foundation entitled Anaheim Ducks Foundation to address community health disparity issues through the use of hockey; developed multiple funder collaborative initiatives addressing systemic safety net needs in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education within the K–16 continuum, as well as funding collaboratives in community health broadening the focus from a bio-medical diagnostic model to one of community health, wellness and prevention. Solomon currently serves on UCLA’s School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council; UCI’s School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council; Health Funders Partnership of Orange County; National STEM Funders Network; OC STEM, and the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. He has led several highly successful nonprofit as well as for-profit organizations, including an 18-year career as a civil trial attorney and Judge Pro Tem.


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.

In California and across the nation, momentum is building in support of learning models that integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the arts. The intersection of the arts with the STEM fields can enhance student engagement and learning, and promote creative thinking and innovation that will benefit our communities far beyond the classroom.

Past meetings in this series:

February 2014: Best Practices for Collaboration with Laura Zucker, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and James Herr, California Community Foundation

May 2014: Regional and Statewide Updates with Christopher Roe, California STEM Learning Network, and David Rattray, LA Area Chamber of Commerce.

August 2014: Amplifying Collective Impact with Yasmin Fodil, GOOD/Corps.

October 2014: Best Practices for Teacher Development with Gregory Nicholson, Project Tomorrow, Kathy Clemmer, Mathematics Leadership Corps Partnership, Loyola Marymount University, and Kati Krumpe, Culver City Unified School District

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: $100