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In Focus: STEM+Arts - Findings from the Speak Up Research Project

Monday, September 14, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
California Club
538 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Hear from Project Tomorrow about the results of more than a decade of national research and evaluation on the state of STEM education throughout the nation. We’ll explore data about what works to advance student, teacher, and school success.

Each year Project Tomorrow administers the Speak Up national research project, which polls K-12 students, parents, educators, and community stakeholders about the role of technology for learning in and out of school.  This survey represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voices on digital learning, STEM education, professional development, and college and career ready skills.  Since 2003, more than 4 million education stakeholders have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.

The session will feature senior leadership from Project Tomorrow:

  • Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow
  • Gregory Nicholson, Director of Advancement, Project Tomorrow

Specifically, the presenters will highlight the state of technology integration in education, the disconnect between adult and student views on the value of digital tools to transform learning, and interventions are bridging the gaps.  Together we’ll also discuss what grantmakers should look for when considering funding requests in STEM education.

Speaker Biographies:

Cara Esposito

Executive Director, Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation

Cara Esposito is Executive Director of the Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation, which funds innovative projects and initiatives that serve to benefit Los Angeles County and improve the wellbeing of its communities.  Prior to her role as Executive Director, Cara spent nine years as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, with special emphasis in Juvenile Prosecutions.Cara graduated with a BA from Harvard University, a JD from Loyola Law School, an MPA from USC Price School and Doctorate in Policy Analysis and Planning from the Price School.   Cara sits on the Board of Trustees of CII, and The Price School of Public Policy at USC and Southern California Grantmakers.  She is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles.  

Julie Evans (@JulieEvans_PT)
Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Julie Evans has been CEO of Project Tomorrow, one of the nation’s leading education nonprofit organizations, since 1999. She developed the Speak Up National Research Project in 2003 and has served as the chief researcher on this project and other digital learning national research projects. Previously, Evans enjoyed a 17-year career in national and regional sales and marketing management with Unisys and two education technology startups. She is a graduate of Brown University and serves on the Board of Directors of Project Tomorrow and NCTET, and the Advisory Boards for Reaching At-Promise Students Association, TechSETS and Blackboard K12 Education.  In 2008, Evans was named one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Education Technology over the past 10 years by eSchool News. She is a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on K-12 and higher education issues around digital learning. 

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 and 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.  At Cotsen, 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 was graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.

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

This program is sold out.

SCG members: free
Eligible non-members: $100



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