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Friday, April 7 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
State of Schools + Social Capital: A New Paradigm

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Join this discussion on diversity, retention and evidence of why social capital (champions, sponsors, mentors) matters and just how important it is that beyond academics’ professionals are prepared for the STEM Workforce. Diversity in STEM matters to compete globally in the workforce. There is currently a strong emphasis in increasing interest in STEM in K-12 Education. However, it is equally important to increase the pipeline of students who actually graduate with college degrees in STEM and stay within the field after graduation.

Current statistics show there needs to be some immediate discussion surrounding retention and diversity in the STEM Workforce: 84 Percentage of working professionals currently in science and engineering jobs in the U.S who are white or Asian males. (Source: National Science Foundation) Women in science and technology jobs, according to Harvard Business Review, are also 45 percent more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within a year as a result of what they consider a hostile work environment.

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Kimberly Lane

Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD
Kimberly began her career in technology education 11 years ago gaining experience teaching students in grades K-12 in Mississippi and Texas. In the latter part of her years in education she also served as a campus technology coordinator. She has also served as a technology consultant for The New Teacher Institute since 2011 and she serves as a guest technology consultant for the Global Academic Technology Essentials Teacher Institute at... Read More →

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Kewanta Greer

President and CEO, Feed the Mind, Inc
Kewanta Greer, President of Feed the Mind Inc, is the author of the upcoming book "What Willy Wonka Taught Me About Parental Involvement: Tips to Become a Highly Effective and Engaging K-12 Educator". Kewanta Greer started Feed the Mind, a non-profit organization, with the mission to educate, elevate, equip, and empower teachers and students. Kewanta has developed several programs including professional development programs for teachers and the... Read More →
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Alicia Morgan

STEM/STEAM Advocate and Social Capital Educator, Consultant
Alicia M. Morgan is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Science Engineering and New Mexico State University with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering.  Her professional engineering experience includes working at Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company and Raytheon.  After thirteen years in engineering, Alicia followed her passion working with youth in the nonprofit sector. Among her many... Read More →
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Joseph Ray

Founder, Joseph Ray Math & Science Academy
After years of teaching public school students, it became clear that a critical problem in the educational system remains unresolved. Scores of young men find themselves stuck in an educational system that leaves them unchallenged, unmotivated, and largely unprepared for academic and economic success. The Joseph Ray Academy of Math & Science was created to reverse that disturbing trend. | | Through a mixture of superior science education... Read More →
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Knikole Taylor

Blended Learning Specialist, Lancaster ISD
Mrs. Taylor has 15 years of teaching experience spanning multiple content areas from early elementary school through secondary education. She believes in learning by doing and using technology as a vital learning tool in the classroom for teachers and students. She is obsessed with learning new ways to reach students and sharing this knowledge with the teachers and students she supports. Currently, Mrs. Taylor serves as a district Blended... Read More →
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Mansoureh Tehrani

Educational Consultant, TriReach Collaborative
A lifelong learner and educator, with more than 35 years of experience in Information Technology and Public Education, Mansoureh Tehrani became the Director of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (METSA) at R. L. Turner High School in 2006 with primary responsibility for high school innovation and 21st Century school development. She previously served as the Department Chair, Instructional Facilitator at Creekview High School and... Read More →

Friday April 7, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Common Desk - Deep Ellum 2919 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226