We are pleased to welcome the following local community members to a panel conversation about the future of learning, moderated by Paul Rosenblatt, Vice President, Board of Trustees.
Director, Remake Learning Network
Sunanna T. Chand is Director of Remake Learning. She identifies and nurtures multi-sector collaborative opportunities that provide remarkable learning experiences for youth in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Remake Learning, active since 2007, is a network of 500 organizations igniting engaging, relevant, equitable learning in support of young people navigating rapid technological and societal change. Learn more at remakelearning.org/about.
Prior to Remake Learning, Sunanna served in the Mayor-President's office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, leading a network of cross-sector organizations working to collectively impact public health outcomes. She began her career teaching first and second grade. Sunanna earned an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University in International Education Policy & Management, and holds Bachelor's Degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Illinois.
Learning Instigator. Love Activist. Transformer.
Michelle King is a learner first and foremost as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher and has taught over 22 years in public schools in Western Pennsylvania. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 16 years. In her quest to instigate courageous conversations about learning and children, she ventured to The Environmental Charter School and their principles (Catalyst. Character. Collaboration. Commitment.) She co-taught Cultural Literacy, an integrated social sciences and English/Language Arts course. She is constantly seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students.
Her current interests are in game-based learning, design, restorative justice, equity, social justice, the environment, and teacher empowerment. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Center for Urban Education, UrbanKind Institute, Green Building Alliance, SocialVR, Carnegie Science Center FAB Lab, Girl Up, CREATE Lab, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Remake Learning ecosystem, ThinkZone Games, and other provocateurs, Michelle is helping to create equitable, empathetic, learning experiences for all Pittburghers.
Director of Strategic Foresight, KnowledgeWorks
Jason Swanson is the Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks, where he helps lead the organization’s research into the future of learning, develops publications, and works with education stakeholders to generate actionable insights. Jason holds a B.A. in Public Policy from West Chester University and an M.S. in Foresight from the University of Houston. He is a fellow with the Royal Society of Arts, serves on the Remake Learning Council, and is a board member of the Association of Professional Futurists.
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