Programming, art and design curriculum with a focus on games and project-based learning
Student creation tools
Student portfolio tools
Encourage digital citizenship
Teacher dashboards/data management
Project based learning
Maker education - robotics, etc.
STEM, literacy, math
Ben Burke is the Director of Entrepreneurship for Arch Grants, a nonprofit organization focused on creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial culture and infrastructure to build successful companies in St. Louis. In this role, Ben oversees the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition as well as the entrepreneurial interface. His experience is deeply rooted at the intersection of entrepreneurship and education. In 2010, Ben served as Vice President of the Midwest Division of Young Entrepreneurs Across America and led the organization into the Greater St. Louis Area. Previously, Ben served as a Teaching Assistant in the Marketing Department and as an Admissions and Student Affairs Representative for the Specialized Masters Programs, both at Washington University in St. Louis. Ben received his B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication from Illinois State University and an M.B.A. from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Nikki Doughty Nikki Doughty currently serves as the Director of External Affairs for City Academy, a nonprofit independent school in St. Louis that offers scholarship support to 100% of its students. She has worked for a number of educational institutions such as Churchill Center and School for Learning Disabilities and the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Currently, Nikki serves as a founding Board Member for Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, a tuition free, all girls STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) school in the city of St. Louis (projected open date 2015). She is currently involved with a number of other non-profit organizations, including Changing Prisms of Great Circle.org and InspireSTL. Nikki received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a M.A. in International Relations from Webster University, and a MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Keith W. Miller
Keith W. Miller is the Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) in the College of Education. His community partner is the St. Louis Science Center. Keith’s research interests include computer ethics, online education, and software testing. At UMSL, Keith works with others at the Technology Learning Center to get future teachers, K-12 students, and college faculty excited about cutting edge technologies and their use in education.
Dr. Miller has written extensively about technology and its impact on society, and his vita includes more than 350 publications and presentations. Keith served as editor of the IEEE quarterly Technology and Society, and was awarded the 2011 Joseph Weizenbaum Award from the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology. He has been the principal investigator for several National Science Foundation grants. Among other projects and research, Keith is currently working on a program that will allow children in hospitals to take “virtual field trips” using telepresence robots. Keith received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa in 1983.
Rena Rockwell Director of Professional Development for the Ritenour School District, was honored with the coveted Making IT Happen jacket for her contributions to the successful integration of technology in education in K−12 schools. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in affiliation with Cooperating School District’s Virtual Learning Community (CSDVLC). Rockwell, who joined Ritenour in 2007, was honored on Feb. 14 at the Midwest Education Technology Conference in St. Charles, Mo. for her dedication to education and successful integration of technology in the classroom. The Making IT Happen program works with state and national organizations to identify individuals who are truly Making IT Happen within their respective state or region. During the award ceremony, Rockwell was described as a talented facilitator and a skilled designer of effective learning experiences for both teaching and non-teaching staff.
Rockwell continues to focus her efforts on integrating technology into education, not only through her position in Ritenour, but also as an adjunct professor at Webster University, teaching online advanced educational technology, special education and literacy courses. She joins a prestigious group of Making It Happen honorees, including classroom teachers, school principals, district superintendents, legislators, governors and even former Secretary of Education, Richard Riley.
Julie Szaj has been an educator for 24 years. She has taught in a variety of educational settings from very small and rural to large, urban districts. For the past 13 years Julie has worked for the eMINTS National Center as an Instructional Specialist. As a coach and mentor she balances her passion for technology with her love for guiding teachers as they discover, explore, and integrate best practices in their classrooms. Julie is an Intel Senior trainer, SMART certified, and a certified Google Education Trainer and Cognitive Coach. Julie has been married for 24 years to Rick, a high school teacher. They have 2 children; a daughter who is a senior in college and a son, a senior in high school. Julie is an avid gardener, foodie, and photographer.
Dr. Jennifer Tiller
Dr. Jennifer Tiller serves as EducationPlus’ Chief Academic Officer. She has served the educational community as a director, principal, assistant principal and teacher in the Fort Zumwalt, Francis Howell, Lindbergh and Pattonville School Districts. She received her Ed.D. in educational leadership from St. Louis University, a master’s in school administration from Lindenwood University and bachelor’s in education from the University of Central Missouri. She serves as an adjunct professor in the administration program at Lindenwood University.
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