K-12 Education Crisis: Technology and Innovation Step Up

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 6:00pm-8:45pm
Location: Ericsson
200 Holger Way
San Jose, CA. 95134

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Answering the Call of an Education System in Crisis

April 10, 2014 / 6:00PM – 8:45PM / Ericsson, 200 Holger Way, San Jose, CA. 95134

As business leaders who have an insatiable need for top talent, we should be alarmed. Our K-12 education, especially in the state of California—and even in the hallowed halls of Silicon Valley—is in dire need of help. According to changetheequation.org, “Only 45 percent of U.S. high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college work in math and 30 percent were ready in science.“ Some say that the newest technology, the latest apps, and an interdisciplinary approach in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are the answer. Others say we need more involvement from our teachers and public administrators. Could it be that the ACG Silicon Valley community—forward-thinkers driven to succeed—have some solutions on how to turn reform into reality?
Come hear from the frontlines—from a panel of education leaders fighting battles in the trenches, whether running top-flight charter schools or experimenting with innovative approaches in hard core public schools.

Let’s join with them in the fight to change the course of our education system—and change the course of lives. Our future depends on it.



Preuss School at the University of California, San Diego

Mr. Scott Barton is a founding member of The Preuss School UCSD. For eight years he served as the Dean of Students and was named Principal/Director in 2007. Mr. Barton received his MA in Education and administrative and teaching credential from San Diego State University. His credential is in the area of social studies with a supplementary authorization to teach mathematics. He has been in education for 31 years and his teaching experience includes social studies, math, computer literacy, student government and yearbook at the middle and high school levels. He enjoys reading, bodysurfing and spending time with his family. He has thoroughly enjoyed the 15 years he has been at The Preuss School UCSD, and looks forward to continuing to guide students through middle and high school and to help prepare them to be successful in college.


Envision Academy, Oakland

Kirsten has been the Principal at Envision Academy for two years and was EA’s Vice Principal of Student Services for two years before that. Prior to her time at Envision, Kirsten was a founding lead teacher at Centennial College Prep Academy, an Aspire middle school, where she was also a math coach and an advisory/after-school director. Kirsten also taught through Teach for America and interned at the Harlem Children’s Zone. She graduated from Duke University where she was able to embrace her love of basketball. She was also the Manager of the Duke Men’s Basketball Team when they won the 2001 NCAA Championship.

Board of Directors
Silicon Valley Education Foundation

In the 21 years since founding DJM Capital Partners, John Miller’s sharp entrepreneurial instincts, impeccable market timing and real estate investment acumen have grown the company to $1 billion in assets and produced extraordinary returns for partners and clients.

Working in commercial real estate for over 30 years as a broker, investor, manager and developer, Miller made the decision to form DJM Capital Partners, Inc. in the early 90s to participate in the massive liquidation of commercial real estate in the United States resulting from the savings and loan crisis. From 1993 through 1995, he acquired over $75 million in bank-owned apartment and retail properties in California, subsequently selling the portfolio at a significant return.

Since DJM’s initial, opportunistic investment success, Miller has continued to apply smart acquisition and development strategy and a thorough asset management program focused on adding value through property renovation/ retrofit, re-leasing, change of use and financing. This program, implemented for a growing portfolio of properties held by DJM’s various private equity funds, continues to generate attractive returns and prove increasingly lucrative for partners and clients.

Miller holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated cum laude.


Franklin McKinley School District, San Jose

Franklin McKinley School District, San Jose
John R. Porter Jr. is currently the Superintendent of Schools in the Franklin-McKinley School District, San Jose, California. Formally, he held the same position in Ridgewood, New Jersey as their Superintendent. Prior his New Jersey experience, he was the Director, America’s Choice School Design: High Schools at the National Center on Education and the Economy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing and enriching education and human resource institutions through policy analysis and development, institutional design, and technical services. There he led the implementation of the America’s Choice School Design in 32 high schools and twelve districts around the country. He also coordinated three regional educational reform initiatives with business leaders and higher education partners.

Besides being a former teacher, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of schools, Dr. Porter has created over the past thirty years a series of unique school, district, and community designs using the concepts embedded in the standards-based reforms, academic and applied learning integration, and new forms of youth apprenticeships as one holistic model. He created Project A.L.I.V.E. (Academic Learning Integrating Vocational Education) Pasadena Partnership Academies as a model school-to-work initiative with seven different business-industry groups. In Chicago and Columbus (Ohio), he combined the best features of the Career Academy model with those design elements of modern apprenticeships and middle college high schools to create ‘Career Institutes’ leading to post-secondary degrees and employability credentials.



Santa Clara County Board of Education

Leon Beauchman is currently serving his 13th year on the Santa Clara County Board of Education. He is the president of the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators, and director of the Wireless Communications Initiative, which is a Joint Venture Silicon Valley project. In this capacity, he works with wireless carriers, cities and community organization to improve the wireless communications infrastructure in Silicon Valley. Previously, he worked as Area Manager in the External Affairs organization at AT&T and is a 24-year veteran of the company.Leon has served on the board of Directors for both the California School Boards Association and California County Boards of Education. He previously served on the Campbell Union School District Board of Trustees and the California High School Exit Exam Panel, the California Education Master Plan Committee and San Jose Mayor’s Education Task Force. In addition, Leon has served in leadership positions for several community organizations.

Leon graduated from San Jose State University with a Masters in Business Administration. He has been married for over 30 years and has three adult sons who have graduated from college.

Hosted cocktails, dinner, after event wine bar and business networking.
Business attire please.

Registration Information

ACGSV Members
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Other ACG Chapter Members – $150.00
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