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Real Career Experiences for K-12 Students: Exploring Ideas and Spotlighting Successes

Monday, May 8, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

A yellow gear that says "Workforce" is connected to a gray gear that says "Development."

Presented by Susan Auchincloss, Project Director, CS-PLAN, Sacred Heart University (CT); Shannon Marimon, Executive Director, ReadyCT; and David Conelias, Educator, Engineer, and Entrepreneur, Milestone C

Sponsored by Milestone C and Stemi

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Career skills, exposure, and tech skills are all needed, but how can a K-12 environment provide that? This edLeader Panel explores ideas, spotlight successes, and hear from folks doing it right NOW! Viewers learn how to provide students with paths to success in their futures!

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Susan AuchinclossAbout the Presenters

Susan Auchincloss brings her experiences in the corporate and education sector fueling her passion for meaningful education. She spent her early career in various corporate sciences industries managing teams before becoming a certified science teacher. Susan has worked on three National Science Foundation Grants, Project{Future}, a federally funded EIR Grant integrating computer science into K-5 classrooms, is a CSforALL certified SCRIPT Facilitator, former K-12 Education Chair for the Tech Talent Fund and co-chair of the 2020 CSforCT Summit. Currently, Susan directs the Computer Science Professional Learning Action Network (CS-PLAN) at Sacred Heart University, a Regional Partner which works with school districts scaling K-12 computer science education through a contract with the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Shannon MarimonShannon Marimón joined ReadyCT in 2018 as executive director. ReadyCT is a statewide nonprofit that sits at the intersection of K-12 education and workforce development. As a graduate of Connecticut public schools, she is committed to improving outcomes for all students through career-connected programming, advocacy, public awareness, and capacity-building of schools/districts. Before stepping into her role at ReadyCT, Shannon was Director of Talent and Operations for the CT RISE Network, focused on student college/career readiness. Prior to RISE, Shannon was Division Director for Educator Effectiveness at the Connecticut State Department of Education, was a Partner with TNTP, and spent seven years in higher education. Shannon holds an MBA from Yale University, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. She resides in West Hartford, CT, with her husband, Michael, and her two daughters.

David Conelias jumped into entrepreneurship in the education industry running afterschool and summer camps, evolved into being a full-time classroom teacher, and is now a well-rounded STEM educator who loves sharing his experiences and teaching others. Before education, Dave worked in both large and small engineering companies holding a variety of positions including leadership level. His career was cross-disciplinary in electrical, pneumatics, hydraulics, systems, design, and manufacturing. Dave supported production, prototype, and development programs throughout his engineering career.

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Milestone CStemi

STEMwave is an initiative developed by Milestone C and STEMI to connect education and industry through Edtech companies. It aims to transform schools into Schools of the Future and prepare students for the workforce of the 21st century. STEMwave offers career-connected STEM programs using a deep learning platform based on a NonLinear Learning philosophy. The program encourages critical thinking, collaboration, and confidence building, and expands students’ foundations for informed career decision-making. The partnership has recently expanded to include Infobip, a market leader in AI technology, in the promotion of their latest program, AI-Driven Communication (AIC). STEMwave brings industry technology into Edtech programs and seamlessly integrates them into schools to ensure preparedness for the real-life challenges, applications, technology, and processes that students will encounter in their future careers.

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Monday, May 8, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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