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May 29th, 2012
Posted by: Nikki in Projects, Reflections / Comments Off on Teach For America Partnership Recap

This year, I had the opportunity to support managing the Teach For America–Arizona State University partnership. The partnership continues to grow and mature in new and exciting ways. Some highlights from the past several months included the inaugural Frank Rhodes Lecture featuring Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach For America (TFA), and several press […]

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May 29th, 2012
Posted by: Nikki in Projects / Comments Off on Solutions to Solutions? Just maybe . . .

In providing an environment where individuals can showcase or interact with ideas, the 10,000 Solutions Project is part of a growing community of challenge platforms. Since its inception, 10,000 Solutions has also prompted many valuable debates regarding the design of an initiative that aims to be accessible and impactful. For instance, is it better to […]

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April 19th, 2011
Posted by: Nikki in Opportunities, Projects / Comments Off on 10,000 Solutions

What does 10,000 mean? 10,000 minutes in a week 10,000 students attend the ASU Polytecnic and ASU West campuses 10,000 rocks is 2,600 pounds 10,000 steps a day to stay in shape 10,000 students in the W.P. Carey School of Business 10,000 lakes in Minnesota 10,000 solutions from ASU and its community In today’s society, we face many problems. As a New American […]

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April 13th, 2011
Posted by: Nikki in Cool People, Opportunities / Comments Off on Education Entrepreneurs

Today’s education system faces many challenges when working to meet the needs of all students. Last fall, Teach For America and the Sanford Education Project in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College co-hosted an “Education Entrepreneurs: Teach For America and Arizona State University” gathering to focus on solutions and opportunities for others to get involved. Below, learn from some […]

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April 7th, 2011
Posted by: Nikki in Uncategorized / Comments Off on Education Innovation Summit Reflection: It’s About the People

What will be the catalyst to provide an excellent education for all students in America? Based on riveting panels and keynotes with rapid-fire responses, there is no one answer. In fact, there probably are more questions than answers in the education space. Perhaps only two points of consensus so far at the Education Innovation Summit […]

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February 22nd, 2011
Posted by: Nikki in Uncategorized / Comments Off on Mentorship Meetup

About Mentorship Meetup Mentorship Meetup supports student entrepreneurs by connecting them with industry and entrepreneurship experts. As a community, we can nurture students’ ambitions to cultivate innovative ideas and ventures in the Phoenix metro region. This semester, students from all academic disciplines are invited to join the program. Mentors will attend from a variety of […]

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November 15th, 2010
Posted by: Nikki in Projects / Comments Off on How can Arizona develop a technology-based economy?

Before the panel discussion with Jeb Bush last week, Ross DeVol from the Milken Institute presented material from Charting a Course for Arizona’s Technology-Based Economic Development. His presentation detailed Arizona’s position as it relates to science and technology-based economic growth. Compared to other states, Arizona ranks: 13th in the R&D composite, but 26th in academic R&D […]

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October 20th, 2010
Posted by: Nikki in Projects / Comments (2)

Please join President Crow for a panel discussion, “Education Entrepreneurs: Teach For America and Arizona State University,” on Thursday, November 4th from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on the second floor of Old Main in Carson Ballroom. The discussion will focus on what is needed to transform our education system with a group of education entrepreneurs who […]

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September 27th, 2010
Posted by: Nikki in Projects, Thinking / Comments Off on Solutions for Energy Policy: Back to 7th Grade

When I used to inform people I taught middle school social studies, they would often respond, “I’m sorry.” While much of the populace seems to have a carnal fear of Miley Cyrus loving teenagers, the key to any junior high classroom is structure. By providing clear guidelines, expectations and goals – even if they may be challenging – students can flourish […]

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September 15th, 2010
Posted by: Nikki in Cool People, Projects / Comments Off on Fellows’ Forum

The Fellows’ Forum is a space where ideas can be shared and new strategies developed that address Arizona State University’s “8 Challenges Before Us” and innovation at the university. We will proactively engage key experts at ASU and in the Arizona community to co-create a network of shared information that contextualizes the 8 challenges and […]

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