“If they can’t see it, they can’t dream it.” High school students are hardly “one-size-fits-all,” and so many have entrepreneurial ambitions. As educators, it is our goal to support every student’s vision for their future. Especially when business partners may be hard to come by, entrepreneurial opportunities are a great way to provide work-based learning experiences for students. This panel of educational leaders discusses how to provide rich and robust opportunities for aspiring young entrepreneurs, dives into the some of the programs that schools around the nation are offering, and shares success stories including that of Illinois D214 student featured on Shark Tank, Martin Dimitrov (CEO of SnapClips).
Dr. David Schuler
Dr. Dave Schuler Dr. David R. Schuler, a national education leader and superintendent in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is passionate about preparing all students to be college, career and life ready. Dr. Schuler launched Redefining Ready!, a national initiative around post-secondary readiness, and was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year and AASA National Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Kamela Patton
Kamela Patton is in her ninth year as Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). She joined the district in June of 2011. During the last eight years, Dr. Patton has enhanced existing programs, instituted new technological tools, improved internal and external communications, and initiated new programs that resulted in a direct increase in student achievement. Over the past eight years, Dr. Patton has received a number of accolades and awards. Most recently, Dr. Patton has been recognized as Naples Top 100 from Naples Illustrated, received the 2019 Leadership Collier Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2018 Lavan Dukes District Data Leader of the Year Award, the 2018 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Distinguished Leader Award, the 2018 Florida Music Association (FMEA) Superintendent of the Year Award, and was named one of Naples Illustrated 20 Leading Ladies of Naples.
Dr. Maurice Flurie
After 35 years as a public school educator and administrator throughout central Pennsylvania, Dr. Flurie serves Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) families by combining the best elements of traditional public education with the flexibility inherent in public cyber education. Dr. Flurie came to CCA as assistant CEO in 2009 and was named CEO of Commonwealth Charter Academy in 2011. In this role, he leads a team of CCA employees that includes more than 600 professionals, who serve nearly 11,000 students in grades K-12 across Pennsylvania. He previously served as assistant to the superintendent at Lower Dauphin School District and as a building-level administrator and teacher at secondary schools throughout the region. He also shares his expertise as an adjunct instructor at Wilkes University, teaching graduate courses in educational law, current issues in education, school finance and educational psychology.
Margarita worked with the founding Uncharted Learning team to create INCubatoredu entrepreneurship and an organization with the mission to bring *real* into the classroom. Margarita’s passion lies with building partnerships with schools, districts, and charitable groups to enable student success nationwide. Prior to this, Margarita held VP Directorship roles at Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, served as chairperson and trustee for the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, and was a trustee for Barrington Youth and Family Services. She earned a MS in Advertising at Northwestern University, Medill School and a BS in Communications at Northwestern University.
Karen Roberts is entering her 26th year of teaching business education and is an INCubatoredu master teacher as well as a 2019 Illinois CTE Exemplary Teacher recipient. She currently teaches at Buffalo Grove High School in Illinois, where her Entrepreneurship class is a college level dual credit class. During the 2015-16 school year she instructed Hoodie Hoop who received funding in the D214 Startup Showcase and Skunk Aid whose product is sold in multiple stores.
Tammy Diedrich is the manager of Internship and Business Programs for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Annapolis, Maryland. Throughout her 34-year career her focus has been on student success and cultivating meaningful partnerships with local organizations. She began her career as a career and technology teacher equipping students with skills for success by connecting them with real world work experiences. In her role as manager of internship programs she has been passionate about creating opportunities that allow students to apply classroom knowledge in the workplace to expand understanding of themselves while providing students with insight into the career fields that interest them.
Tim Brickley has taught business education for 21 years at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa. He teaches Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Web Design, Advertising and Sales, Law for Business and Personal Use, and an Entrepreneurship class. The Entrepreneurship class mixes opportunities for students to start their own businesses and work on real world projects like naming a new subdivision or developing a logo for local elementary students. Students can also earn 3 credits from the University of Iowa for this class. Tim earned his degree in Business Education from the University of Northern Iowa.
Finances can be a huge barrier to students applying to college, and many families need guidance and support when filling out the FAFSA, finding scholarships, and mapping out a plan to pay for postsecondary education.
We’ve assembled college counseling experts to host a free webinar that will give you tips, information and insights to support your students through the financial aid process. We’ll focus on:
Hosted by Ann Herbener, Transeo Education Services Manager, and Leah Nicholson, Director of Student Financial Assistance for the Kansas Board of Regents
As the second part to our series on re-starting WBL after the pandemic, join industry leaders in education who are more excited than ever to share best practices, collaborate on what worked (and didn’t), and exchange ideas for continual growth. In this webinar, our panelists will zone in on creating positive outcomes from WBL programs, how to expand business partners, track student engagement, and discuss ways to provide equitable post-secondary pathways in our post-pandemic economy.
As we learn to adapt and recover from the pandemic, join our webinar to hear education leaders discuss how they are managing to re-start their WBL programs. Join in discussion on how the pandemic has shifted our workforce and learn how to provide equitable post-secondary pathways for the post-pandemic economy.
In today’s world where educators, counselors and administrators are diligently working to provide quality education to all students, there is an even greater need to ensure ALL students have an advantageous path after graduation.
By starting exploration early, students are able to see the world of options open to them. Career exploration experiences and opportunities can improve academic performance and students' knowledge of available career options, encouraging them to develop and work toward goals during the critical years when they are also beginning to venture beyond the orbit of their parents.
Join us on Tuesday, October 27th as we bring together a panel in a roundtable discussion to share how they have created and hosted Virtual Career Fairs. From getting started, formatting, and onboarding business partners, to student participation and outcomes.
No matter where students are in their exploration, we can all help them on their journey to one day obtain their goals.
Dr. Don Fraynd
Don is an experienced educational leader and has served in the roles of teacher, principal, and Chief School Improvement Officer. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Don accepted a position as principal in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and under his leadership, his school was rated one of the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Later, he co-founded TeacherMatch, a research consortium focused on helping districts make more effective hiring choices. Don is now excited to help schools and districts transform their communities by empowering students with the Transeo community service platform.
Meet the Panelists:
Sabari is the co-founder and CEO of fast growing, Austin-based edtech company, Nepris Inc., a first of its kind cloud-based platform connecting industry and education to inspire students through real-world connections and career exposure. She has worked in education technology for over 18 years, leading product and content strategy, business development, publisher relations, and emerging market growth strategies. She is passionate about working with educators to translate their needs into scalable technology solutions. Sabari is on the board of Friends of Texas Public Schools(FOTPS), Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and Champions board of Texas Girls Collaborative. She has special interest in engaging girls and minorities in STEM and also speaks on the topic of entrepreneurship and education technology at such venues as SXSWEdu, Smartbrief, TEDx and TCEA.
Sabari has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from India, Masters in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and an Executive MBA from Cox School of Business, SMU. She lives in Austin, Texas and is also a busy mom with 2 teenage boys.
Michelle is the College & Career Preparation Coordinator and Counselor for Pattonville High School, a public high school located in St. Louis, Missouri. In this role, Michelle assists 1800 students with their career and post-secondary pathway exploration, planning, and implementation. Prior to coming to Pattonville, Michelle worked in various educational and career counseling roles, including, Associate Professor/Counselor at Southwestern Illinois College, Career Counselor at Washington University, and Associate Director of Career Services at Webster University. In addition, Michelle contributes to the profession through several professional committees, including serving on the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) Executive Board as the statewide College Fair Co-Chair and on the Professional Development Committee for St. Louis Graduates.
Recently in response to COVID-19 restrictions across Missouri, Michelle and her MOACAC Co-Chair, Andrew Laue of Webster University, led the creation and launch of Missouri's first-ever virtual college and career fair, the 4 week "Show-Me My Future" fair. Michelle is a National Certified Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, and has her M.Ed. in Community Counseling, with additional certification in Secondary School Counseling.
Kari is the co-founder and Executive Director of Hire KC & the KC Social Innovation Center. She works passionately to leverage technology to design and develop quality, inclusive, accessible education and impact programming in Kansas City. Kari has been instrumental in bringing the IEEE Smart Core Cities project, LRNG digital badge platform and Village Capital’s VilCap Communities - education innovation and edtech sector accelerator programs to the KC region. She serves on KC Digital Drive’s KC Education Innovation team, Cristo Rey High School Technology Advisory Committee, PREP KC TechStart Academy Advisory, KC STEM Alliance EcosySTEM Advisory Council, and is a member of the Kauffman Foundation’s Education Innovation Task Force and the Forbes Nonprofit Council.
Career and College Manager Cherie Clark works to build partnerships between the Willamette Education Service District, the regional workforce, and over 30 school districts. Over the past five years WESD has been working with educators, workforce, and industry professionals to understand the challenges that come with a rapidly changing economy, fueled by constant changes in technology, delivery systems, and innovation, in addition to a strong competitive and global marketplace. Navigating this challenge leaves employers, educators, and students struggling to balance the current needs of building a workforce while preparing for future workforce readiness skills and abilities.
Career sales professional and leader Chase Nugen joined Belton Schools with a passion for helping students access real life experiences in high school. The district is in its second year working within the Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) framework to transform Belton High School and add wall to wall academies and work based learning.
How are you helping students transition back to school? What resources are you using? Please join us as leaders in school counseling, share their best practices.
Date/ Time: Thursday, August 5th @ 9 am Pacific Time
Meet the Facilitator & Panelists:
Providing virtual work-based learning experiences for students has been top of mind for many as we navigate the continuation of providing rich experiences for students that enable them to build upon their skills. As we build upon our last webinar on the topic of designing and managing virtual work-based learning experiences, we invite you to join us for this deeper dive into step 3, scoping out a specific project plan with a business partner. Take away tangible examples of how to navigate this process and build virtual opportunities for your students.
Dr. Don Fraynd, CEO of Transeo
Don is an experienced educational leader and has served in the roles of teacher, principal and Chief School Improvement Officer. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Don accepted a position as principal in Chicago Public Schools, and under his leadership, his school was rated one of the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Later, he co-founded TeacherMatch, a research consortium, focused on helping districts make more effective hiring choices. Don is now excited to help schools and districts transform their communities by empowering students with Transeo.
Gregg Brown, CAPS Network Coordinator, KS
Gregg is a thirty-year veteran of the telecommunications industry having held leadership positions in marketing and network management. For seven years, he was the Global Business instructor at the Blue Valley School District Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) where he taught entrepreneurship, marketing and economics. Gregg now serves as the CAPS Network Coordinator where he is diffusing the CAPS Learning Innovation Model to other high schools across the nation. The CAPS Network serves 120 school districts in over 60 programs.
Erik Sill, MNCAPS Coordinator, MN
MNCAPS (Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies) is a profession-based immersion program, offering opportunities for current juniors and seniors from Prior Lake High School and Farmington High School to earn both high school and college credits through experience learning. The program's vision is to develop innovate leaders for a global economy. Erik Sill is the MNCAPS Coordinator and has served in this role since 2017. He started his career at Minnetonka High School (MN) in 2005 and during that time, he taught business and marketing, coached varsity basketball and 9th grade football, established their DECA program, and created the VANTAGE program. (Minnetonka's version of MNCAPS.)