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Trend Panel: Alternative Approaches to Learning


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Trend Panel: Alternative Approaches to Learning

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Whether it's in a classroom, at the workplace, online, or on the go, people of all ages are engaging with innovative learning models everywhere they look. 

Spend an evening exploring alternative learning models, and hearing from leaders practicing diverse approaches to 21st century skill acquisition. We'll talk about approaches to interactive learning, how we choose relevant skills, and what new technologies are making waves in the education ecosystem. 


6:00pm - 6:30pm - Networking, Light Appetizers + Drinks

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Welcome and Panel Discussion

7:30pm - 8:00pm - Q&A

8:00pm - 8:30pm - Networking



Diana Stepner 
VP of Innovation Partnerships & Developer Relations, Pearson 

Diana is the VP of Innovation Partnerships and Developer relations at Pearson. She helps business units accelerate digital innovation, drives global partnerships with startups, builds relationshps with developer communities, including incubators and startups, and runs the Pearson Catalyst for Education accelerator program.


Jane Yu
Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy, AltSchool

Jane heads up partnerships and philanthropy for AltSchool. Previously, she worked in Strategic Partnerships for Samsung's Open Innovation Center and in Marketing Programs and Sales Development at Google. She earned a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nick Almond
Head of RocketU, RocketSpace

Nick is the head of RocketSpace's education program RocketU, a web development bootcamp for full-stack python engineers. He previously held senior executive positions at Princeton Review, Kaplan, Disney, and CITI. He has an MBA from UCLA and BA from University of Stirling in the UK. 


Nick Kappelof
Director of New School Development, New Tech Network

Nick works on the development of New Tech Network schools where he works nationwide with schools, districts and communities to develop innovative public schools that enable students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow. Nick previously worked at the Bronx Lab School in New York City, and he has a Masters in Education Leadership from Columbia University.


Aaron Vanderwerff
Creativity Lab and Science Coordinator, Lighthouse Community Charter School

Aaron Vanderwerff is passionate about engaging students in "making" and independent inquiry in the classroom, particularly students underrepresented in STEM fields.  Over the past four years, Vanderwerff has integrated making (a combination of engineering practices, science, arts, technology, and crafts) into a class culminating in students exhibiting their independent projects at the Maker Faire.  This year, he has worked with teachers K-12 on integrating making into their classes. Before joining Lighthouse, he taught ninth-grade physics, was science department chair, and coordinated interventions at San Lorenzo High School; and taught math in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso.


Presented by Pearson:

Pearson is the world's leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information, visit www.pearson.com and watch our video here. Follow @PearsonLabs and the #PearsonCatalyst hashtag on Twitter to get the most up-to-date news about Pearson Catalyst for Education.


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When & Where

RocketStudios at RocketSpace
180 Sansome St.
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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