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CA STEAM Symposium

Dec 10-11, 2017 in SF

 Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

As elected chief of schools for all of California, Tom Torlakson oversees the education of nearly 6.3 million children attending over 10,000 schools in 1,100 districts across the state.

 

He began his career as a science teacher and high school cross-country coach – his teams winning 12 championships--before going on to be elected to the Antioch City Council, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Assembly and Senate. In the Legislature, he led successful efforts to improve student health, cut the dropout rate, and develop the largest system of afterschool programs in the nation.

 

Born in San Francisco, Torlakson served as a fireman in the United States Merchant Marine, earning the Vietnam Service Medal in 1969. He went on to get his B.A. and M.A. degrees at U.C. Berkeley.

 Tom Adams, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent, Instruction and Learning Support Branch, California Department of Education

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Tom Adams, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent, Instruction and Learning Support Branch, California Department of Education

In December 2015, Thomas Adams was appointed Deputy Superintendent of the Instruction and Learning Support Branch at the California Department of Education. Previously, he served as Director of the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, and Executive Director of the Instructional Quality Commission, the advisory body to the State Board of Education on curriculum and instructional materials.

 

Dr. Adams has played a pivotal role in improving education for our students by developing curriculum frameworks and instructional materials, and overseeing the adoption and implementation of the California Standards in key subjects. He provides local leadership in education as a trustee on the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education, and holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis.

 Shelly Masur, CEO, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation

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Shelly Masur, CEO, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation

Shelly Masur became the CEO of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation in February 2014. She brings over twenty years of experience working with youth-serving non-profits and in education-related leadership roles to CDEF.

 

Shelly is a well-known and recognized leader in the education community having been named in 2013 one of the “100 Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for her work in education. She is a City Council Member in Redwood City and a former school board member in the Redwood City School District in San Mateo County, where she served for 10 years.

 

She is a frequent speaker on developing and operating community-school and civic partnerships to leverage funding and improve outcomes for children, and on successful community outreach and communication.

 

Shelly holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and lives in Redwood City with her husband and three high school-aged children.

 Blair Blackwell, Manager, Education and Corporate Programs, Chevron

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Blair Blackwell, Manager, Education and Corporate Programs, Chevron

Blair Blackwell is the Manager of Education and Corporate Programsat Chevron Corporation, a position she has held since December 2012. In this role, Blackwell is responsible for leading Chevron’s education focused social investment initiatives in the United States. Blair serves on the Partner Advisory Council for 100Kin10, a network of partners designed to fuel the next generation of innovators and problem solvers by providing America's classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers as well as the Advisory Council of Engineer Girl. Blair has over 15 years of experience with the private sector, nonprofit organizations and international organizations in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and the United States. Previously, she served as director of private sector initiatives for the International Crisis Group.

 

Prior to this position, she was executive director of Princeton in Africa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Slavic languages and Literatures from Princeton University, and is a Board Member of Princeton in Asia.

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