Town Hall Journal

"Full STEAM Ahead: Creative Solutions to Classroom Crisis"

To prepare this country’s 21st century workforce, our schools need to go full ‘STEAM’ ahead. That means science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Studies show that students need these vital subjects to develop real-world creativity and innovation – the essential skillset of tomorrow. But recent trends in federal legislation have prioritized core subjects over the kind of wholistic learning that educators advocate. And in a down-turned economy, even the most passionate teachers feel stifled by lack of resources. Can big business help? This week, we reprise the second of two programs based around a recent Town Hall Los Angeles conference in which educators and business leaders convened to talk about creative solutions – and how both teachers and businesses can profit from them.

“What Do Teachers Want from Business?”
Town Hall Speakers:
Dean Gilbert, Science Consultant, LA County Office of Education
Tara Chklovski, Founder & CEO, Iridescent Learning
Dr. Kadhir Rajagopal, California Teacher of the Year, Grant Union High School
Dr. Kichoon Yang, Executive Director, National Council of Mathematics Teachers

“What Does Business Want from Teachers?”
Town Hall Speakers:
David Baia, Global Resources Industry Capability Development Lead, Accenture
Nan Bouchard, VP Program Management – Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company
Teresa Hoffman, SVP – Manager of Recruitment, City National Bank
Joseph Rivera, Director of Engineering, The Gas Company

Town Hall Vault Speaker:
Chris Whittle, Founder, Edison Schools (1995)

Full transcripts of Town Hall programs are available. Please contact media@townhall-la.org; Subject line: Transcripts.


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