Jessica Parker's slides online

Available as a movie on YouTube and below.

Started by Michael McKean Dec 7, 2016.

Jessica Parker's Fall 2016 SEEE Talk Online

Jessica Parker's talk on the Modern Maker Movement is now online (YouTube):

Started by Michael McKean Dec 6, 2016.

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A forum on how STEM education interrelates with economics and social equity…


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THE STEM EDUCATION, ECONOMICS AND EQUITY (SEEE) SEMINAR SERIES presents:   The (Modern) Maker Movement and its Impact on Education:  Opportunities, Challenges, and Insights on Educator Practice," on Tuesday, November 29, 4:00-6:30 PM, at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA. 

See Maps/Directions for directions and free parking.

Attendance is free--A voluntary donation of $10 to offset expenses is welcomed at the door.

The Maker Movement is made up of a community of tinkerers, creators, innovators, and designers, who make things for many different reasons, including for fun, for profit, for a challenge; makers tend to value learning through doing, sharing their process, and giving and receiving feedback.  Guest Speaker, Dr. Jessica Parker will explore the conditions that have led to a recent growth in the Maker Movement. From issues of agency and equity to standards and assessment, she will discuss opportunities, challenges, and insights of the Maker Movement, including an analysis of its impact on education.

Prior to our speaker, we will showcase a group of local exhibitors making and sharing their materials.

Schedule on Tuesday, November 29, 2016: 

4:00 - 4:50 pm Reception and Exhibits

4:50 - 5:00 pm Welcome and Introductions

5:00 - 5:50 pm Guest Speaker

5:50 - 6:30 pm Question and Answers

Speaker:  Dr. Jessica Parker is the Education Community Manager at Maker Ed. With 10+ years teaching in higher education and secondary classrooms, Jessica went to Maker Ed with a passion for making and the Maker Movement, expertise in the field of digital media and learning, and extensive experience in supporting professional learning networks. Before working at Maker Ed, she was an associate professor in the department of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education at Sonoma State, where she co-founded the Maker Certificate Program. She is the author of Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids: Bringing Digital Media into the Classroom. Jessica earned her degrees in Mass Communication and Education from UC Berkeley.

Exhibitors include:

  • build IT @SDSU Library
  • Elementary Institute of Science
  • FabLab at Preuss 
  • Fleet Science Center: Tinkering Studio
  • InforMath @ SDSU Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE)
  • Open Source Maker Labs
  • Spring into STEAM @ San Diego Public Library
  • STEAMMaker Workshop
  • ZIP Launchpad - Rapid Product Development (including 3D4E--3D printing for everyone--Mechatronics--SWE (Society of Women Engineers)


See Maps/Directions for directions and free parking.

Attendance is free--A voluntary donation of $10 to offset expenses is welcomed at the door.


STEM Education, Economics, and Equity (SEEE): A Leadership Education Initiative

This initiative offers a series of seminars centered on presentations by economists, political scientists, educators, and leading thinkers who are experts on some of the "big questions" about how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education relates to economics and social  equity.  Each seminar includes a talk and a subsequent discussion held by a panel of local leaders who will raise questions and reactions to the presenters’ ideas.  Transcriptions of these talks and discussions will be posted in this website hosting an online forum which will gather ongoing contributions from diverse participants, links to other resources, and accompanying materials.  We anticipate two seminars per year for a period of five years.  The initiative is led by an editorial committee, including members from different constituencies such as universities, school districts, and businesses.  This editorial committee looks for funds to support the initiative while preserving total autonomy in decision making, such as in deciding on speakers to invite and on the structure of the website.

Many parents, educators, administrators, politicians, and businessmen worry about the state of STEM education and strive to support programs and policies to improve its quality and broaden access.   Over the years numerous debates have spread across the nation on which programs and policies are more likely to foster students' quality preparation and interest in mathematics, science, and engineering.   Many of these efforts take the form of exposing leaders and stakeholders to selected programs, innovations, and evaluations in an effort to ascertain which ones are the most deserving of support.  These types of activities are useful because they help familiarize leaders with an array of ongoing initiatives taking place in formal and informal education.  However, they rarely elicit discussions about the "big questions" that ultimately must orient educational reform, such as:

  • Economics.  How does economic development at local, regional, and national levels relate to the state of STEM education?  How does a nation's investment in STEM education translate into economic and cultural benefits for its population? In what ways does formal education impact the availability of an educated workforce in a certain geographical region? 
  • Equity.  How do changes in demography and cultural roots of the population affect and are affected by STEM education?  What does the educational and economic history of the country tell us about these matters? What makes STEM education more or less relevant to the life of culturally diverse students?  How does testing affect the educational trajectory of students across cultural and economic differences?
  • Educational Policy.  What are the trade-offs between centralized and local control on education?  What are major differences between liberal and conservative "agendas" regarding STEM education?  In what ways do educational policies facilitate or impede the contributions of informal institutions (e.g. after school programs, museums, community centers) to STEM education?  How do teacher constituencies position regarding policy initiatives proposed at national and state levels?

While we will pursue broad attendance and participation in the seminars, the main desired impact of the initiative is not necessarily media attention but educational leadership.   We hope that over the years this initiative will offer support for political, economic, and educational leaders in Southern California to become better educated on the different viewpoints at the intersections between STEM education, economics, and culture.  Furthermore, we expect that this richer and deeper understanding will help catalyze other initiatives striving to influence educational policies in Sacramento and Washington, as well as local innovations benefiting students and families in the San Diego area.


The Editorial Committee is formed by:

  1. Penny Adler, Education Committee, League of Women Voters - San Diego
  2. Mike ChapinRetired CEO, Geocon, Inc.
  3. Luke Duesbery, Director, San Diego State University (SDSU) Center for Teaching Critical Thinking & Creativity (CTCTC)
  4. Jacque Nevels, Education Committee, League of Women Voters - San Diego
  5. Ellen Peneski, Program Coordinator, City of San Diego
  6. Randy Philipp, Director, SDSU CRMSE
  7. Candice Price, Professor, University of San Diego (USD) College of Arts & Sciences
  8. Kathryn Schulz, Regional Director, San Diego Science Project, UCSD CREATE
  9. Joi Spencer, Associate Dean, USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES)
  10. Bill Zahner, Associate Director, SDSU Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE)


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