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STEM Core College Alliance

An NSF INCLUDES Initiative, bringing together members and partners of the STEM Core alliance, with Stanford University researchers in learning science.  Alliance Professional Development is led by Jo Boaler, Nomellini and Olivier Professor in the Graduate School of Education. 

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2020 National Convening on Mathematics and Engineering Pathways Postponed


Tour of the Accelerator Laboratories – Closed-Toe Shoes Required

The tour will be led by Enrique Cuellar, Program Manager, Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Participants on the tour will visit the Klystron Gallery in Building 29 and an advanced machine shop in Building 25


Plenary Session - Kavli Auditorium
Large-group discussion and reflective comments moderated by Matt Horton, Milken Institute and Jane Oates, WorkingNation on framing future recommendations and conducting evaluation

Wrap-up and Next Steps
David Gruber, Growth Sector

Jim Zoval
Professor of Chemistry, Principal Investigator and Alliance Director, NSF INCLUDES Alliance Program, Saddleback College

Dr. Jim Zoval received his Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine in 1996.  He is a Professor of Chemistry at Saddleback College.   In addition to teaching, he has worked in the biotech industry for much of his career.  Dr. Zoval held positions as a Research Scientist at LightSense Inc., Sr. Project Engineer at Nanogen Inc., Research Specialist at University of California, Irvine, and Sr. Manager of Special Projects Research at Burstein Technologies Inc.  Most of his work has been in the chemical and engineering areas of medical and clinical diagnostic platform development.  Dr. Zoval’s professional publications include a course textbook (General, Organic, and Biochemistry), co-authorship in three other books, 30 journal publications, and several patents.  He is the founder and president of, an academic curriculum publishing company.

Jane Oates

Jane Oates is on the Executive Committee of Working Nation, a non profit that works through film and live events to tell the stories of successful training programs. Before joining Working Nation, Oates worked at the Apollo Education Group, managing Corporate Social Responsibilit and working on linking educators with employers through thought leadership events.

Oates served as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the US Department of Labor (DOL) under Secretary Hilda Solis. Managing a $14 billion budget, and a talented career staff of 1100, Oates oversaw the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, guest worker visas, unemployment insurance and Job Corps. She partnered with cities and states to strengthen local economies during the worst economic recession in recent decades. She worked with industry leaders to create policies that would give immediate assistance but also create long term opportunities. With her colleagues at the Department of Education she created the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College grant program with a one-time appropriation of $2 billion.

Oates became a national leader in education and workforce programs during her ten years with Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the US Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP). Oates served as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Council of Higher Education under Jon Corzine. Oates began her career as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools and later the Philadelphia Public Schools. She went on to become the Director of Field Services at the Temple University Center for Research and Human Development.

Jo Boaler

Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of youcubed.  She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK and her book: Experiencing School Mathematics won the ‘Outstanding Book of the Year’ award for education in Britain. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME). She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ‘Early Career Award’, the NCSM Kay Gilliland Equity Award (2014) and the CMC Walter Denham Mathematics Leadership award (2015). She is the author of nine books and numerous research articles.

Her latest book is Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching (2016), and is published by Wiley. She also has an online course called: Mathematical Mindsets that shares over 30 classroom videos. She serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies. She was an Aspen ideas speaker and a White House presenter on girls and STEM. She recently formed to give teachers, parents and students the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics. Her work has been published in the New York Times, TIME magazine, The Telegraph, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and many other news outlets. She was recently named one of the 8 educators “changing the face of education” by the BBC.

For more information, contact:

Anne Palmer, Executive Director Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative

Pacific Northwest  STEM Core Hub Coordinator