April 8th Charter Schools Conference

1. Toxic Popcorn and Roller Coaster Physics

2. Panel Presentation

Panelists Background and Contact Information

Allison Jackson

Emily Hammer
Emily is a Principal with SSP Architectural Group, the state leader in the design of high performance facilities for education. 20 years of experience in communication in the A/E/C industry, specialized in assisting public agencies with community outreach and funding support for their projects. A LEED accredited professional, she is the Chair of the USGBC New Jersey Chapter’s Green Schools Committee, which promotes the link between sustainable school design, operations and environmental curriculum.

John Henry
John holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Studies and Technology Education and is a Program Director for the EIRC. He is a Technology and Problem Based Learning trainer, curriculum designer and a developer of new programs for STEM education. He is a NASA Einstein Fellow, US Green Building Council Green Schools Advocate and serves on the curriculum writing team for NJ Green Program of Study in Sustainable Design, Green Construction and Energy for the Department of Education and the NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.

Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)
856-582-7000 ext. 146

Shannon Greco - PCCM
Shannon Greco is the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Princeton Center for Complex Materials. PCCM Education Outreach conducts STEM k-12 enrichment programs, teacher professional development and public outreach programs to connect people to the materials science research of PCCM.

PCCM Education Outreach

Sally Nadler

Jeanne Perantoni
Jeanne is an Architect, LEED accredited professional, and CEO of SSP Architectural Group, Jeanne is a recognized leader in the design of public facilities, particularly those incorporating “green” design and smart growth principles. Her pioneering work in community school planning has won awards, publication, and recognition from the Governor’s office as the model for integrating high performance features and advanced technology with essential community functions
Carol Rieg
Ms. Rieg is the Corporate Foundation Officer of Bentley Systems, Inc. Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with “engineering” software solutions for sustaining infrastructure with $500 million in annual revenues. As the Corporate Foundation Officer, Carol is responsible for establishing and directing the Corporate Social Responsibility program, involving 2800 employees in 45 countries. Corporate giving centers around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach programs. Previously, Ms. Rieg was one of the creators and subsequently served as the National Director of the Future City Competition (1992-2008). Under Carol’s leadership, more than 500,000 students participated and the program.

Valeria Phillips
WW Market Development Consultant, Public Sector and Education, Managed Enterprise Solutions
Imaging and Printing Group, Hewlett-Packard Company

Valeria is the WW Public Sector Market Development Consultant for the Managed Enterprise Solutions organization within the HP Imaging & Printing Group (IPG). Valeria is responsible for the go-to-market strategy and solutions development for Education. These activities include defining and anticipating Education-specific requirements and translating them into a unique solutions portfolio comprised of hardware, software and services. As a member of HP’s Public sector consulting organization, Valeria has developed the Campus Advantage program and business process assessment methodology to help education customers to streamline business processes, improve teaching and learning while enhancing security and reducing costs.
Prior to joining HP in May 2007, Valeria was a Public Sector Industry Consultant at OKI
Data Corporation, where she was responsible for the sales, marketing, channel and sales operations strategy and solutions development for Government, Education and Healthcare. Before joining Oki Data in 2004, Valeria served as a director of EMEA sales and marketing operations at Tech Data Corporation. She was responsible for the sales and marketing processes improvement, development and implementation of business and technical solutions. During her 15 years with OKI Data and Tech Data Corporation, she held senior management positions in sales and marketing operations, marketing and business development.
A former adjunct professor of French at the University of Central Florida and Simon Bolivar University, Valeria holds Master of Arts degree in French Philology from Kharkiv State University, Ukraine; Master of Information Science from Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela and Master of Business Administration from Rolling College, Florida. She delivers speeches and facilitates customer workshops worldwide, and has been interviewed for many Education industry and technology publications over her career.
She is an AIIM-certified document management practitioner. She resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Chris Anderson
7-12 Design/Technology/Education Instructor, Gateway Regional School District
Adjunct, The College of New Jersey
Past President, New Jersey Technology & Engineering Education Association (NJTEEA)
Consultant, The Center for Excellence in STEM Education, The College of New Jersey
c. 609-234-5574

3. Green Schools Action Plan Scenario

With reports such as Rising Above the Gathering Storm and the Harvard Report, it is clear we need to engage our students in STEM areas and improve workplace readiness skills. One way that is gaining momentum is to teach STEM through the lens of sustainability and by using the systems of a school building and the surrounding area as a learning lab that results in environmental, economic and academic benefits. So… before you leave today from this workshop, your task is to begin brainstorming a draft action plan on how you can green your school and the curriculum.

4. Debrief, Q & A

5. Resources

Harvard Report

Tapping America's Potential http://www.tap2015.org/

Rising Above the Gathering Storm http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11463

Building Minds, Minding Buildings http://www.aft.org/issues/healthsafety/buildingminds/index.cfm

NJ Green Program of Study http://www.njgreenprogramofstudy.org/

6. Workshop Survey