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A STEM Bridge of Black Swans
Tuesday November 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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As Steve Trevor accidentally discovers the island of Themyscira, he asks Diana Prince, “What is this place? Who are you people?” Wonder Woman responds, “We are a bridge to a greater understanding.”
Superheroes have always held an attraction for Dr. Eleanor Smalley, President & CEO of JASON Learning. In this edWebinar, she discusess how in a rapidly changing world, STEM has become much more important as a future design for girls. These rapid changes are called “black swan events.” She also discusses how these events have led a bridge to a greater understanding of the importance of women in leadership and careers in STEM fields.
Dr. Smalley collaborated along with colleagues in Real Women, Real Leaders, edited by Kathy Hurley and Priscilla Shumway, and has a passion for offering the adventure of STEM learning to all children. There will be time for questions after the presentation. Grades 6–10 educators and administrators are invited to watch this recorded session.
About the Presenter
Dr. Eleanor Smalley is the president and chief executive officer of the JASON Project. Dr. Smalley has returned to the JASON Project after working at the University of Virginia for the Darden Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, aligning leadership and business practices between state and district superintendents. While at Darden Curry, Dr. Smalley served as the senior project director, working with the Aligned Leadership model, a Wallace Funded Project, The Turnaround Program and with School Board Development. Dr. Smalley served 30 years in public schools, with 12 years as a superintendent. While Superintendent, she promoted a zero dropout rate, an accelerated learning model, a collegiate learning model with James Madison University, and was recognized by Newsweek as a national leader in The Challenge Index. Her focus on early childhood programs was recognized as a model for the state of Virginia. Dr. Smalley holds a master’s degree and doctorate in education leadership from the University of Virginia. She has served as an adjunct professor for the Curry School of Education for 12 years. She co-authored in 2011 a book along with Dr. Daniel Duke, entitled District Case Studies and Individual Lessons in Leadership.
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