About Spark 101

Our free 10-minute classroom videos—co-developed by educators, employers, and our experts—engage students in authentic STEM problem solving. Students learn how real challenges are addressed in business, government, nonprofits, and academic institutions. Professionals from our employer partners guide them to develop solutions and understand the careers. The videos meet national and state educational standards and use a format proven to be effective in schools. An independent evaluation (viewable at the bottom of this page) has pointed to a significant impact on student STEM engagement.

Spark 101 STEM Skills Videos feature real “on-the-job” professional challenges in a format that allows students in traditional classrooms, after-school clubs and summer camps to apply their own creativity and skills. With 20 million students in Grades 8 through 12 entering the workplace as full- or part-time employees by 2020, Spark 101 strives to fill a communication gap between students and employers throughout the United States and around the world.

Spark 101 is a program of the 114th Partnership, a national non-profit organization that ensures productive partnerships between educators and employers that connect classwork to professional pathways so that all students graduate from school prepared for college and career.

 

Questions?

Nikki Malcolm / 240-242-4343 x 103 / nikki.malcolm@114th.org

News & Information

 

 

News

PMIEF funds integration of project management into Spark 101: Press Release

Spark 101 Latest Newsletter: New Video Challenges, Trailers, Partnerships, Educator Opportunities, and More!   Newsletter

Sodexo Challenges Students Nationwide to Reduce Food Waste to Landfills with Spark 101 STEM Skills Video: Press Release

Toyota USA Brings Math to Life On the Assembly Line with Spark 101 STEM Skills Videos: Press Release

Caterpillar Brings Driverless Trucks into STEM Classrooms with Spark 101 STEM Skills Video: Press Release

114th Partnership (Spark 101 parent organization) awarded Guidestar Platinum Status: 114th Guidestar Platinum Report

114th Partnership (Spark 101 parent organization) awarded Guidestar Gold Status: 114th Guidestar Gold Report

Spark 101 Releases Official Evaluation Report: Click Here to View Full Report or Click Here to View Executive Summary

114th Partnership (Spark 101 parent organization) Publishes White Paper: Click Here to View White Paper

Apollo Education Group & Spark 101 - Championing STEM Nationwide

Spark 101 Featured in University of Phoenix Report: Investment Criteria for STEM Education: What Counts for Excellence in STEM Programs

 

Published Case Study

Spark 101 Case Study: Spark 101 in North Texas

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Team, Board of Directors, and National Advisors

Our Spark 101 Leadership Team is comprised of education and industry experts in STEM-related national curriculum, instructional technology and video, professional development, and inquiry-based learning.

114th Partnership Team

Jane Kubasik
Founder and President

Since 2001, Jane has led multiple national and regional educator-employer collaborations designed to prepare and inspire students on the path toward professional readiness. These cross-sector alliances have been grounded in research, with collaborative designs and embedded evaluations for evidenced-based performance management. Jane has led many projects that deliver progress in student understanding, interest, and skills critical to career success, with a special focus on STEM. Her groundbreaking approach is featured in numerous education and business publications, including a 2009 Harvard Business School case study, “Leading for Equity” and a 2014 University of Phoenix report, “Investment Criteria for STEM Education: What Counts for Excellence in STEM Programs?” Jane ensures overall strategies and programming meets criteria for mission alignment and that the organization is effectively collecting and communicating evidence of mission impact on short-term targets and longer-term goals.

 

Emily Rogers
Vice President, Operations

Emily is an accomplished business operations leader with more than 15 years experience in budget design and oversight, financial allocation and forecasting, personnel supervision, production scheduling, contract negotiation, and client collaboration. She has deep knowledge of nonprofit best practices, including governance, legal and accounting requirements. Emily handles all logistical aspects of the grant application process and oversees the infrastructure behind the development and execution of career case challenges that feature high-skill, high-opportunity careers and align those careers to national and state academic standards. Emily is responsible for the accuracy and reliability of operating, programmatic and fiscal data used for decision-making as well as the adoption of consistent, quality project management best practices across programmatic implementations and special projects and events.

 

Tiffany Godbout Williams
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Tiffany brings more than 10 years as a nonprofit development executive with expertise in public-private funding and collaboration for career readiness. She is a proven nonprofit and education professional with extensive experience in business-education partnerships, organizational and fiscal management, program measurement and evaluation, board management, and strategic planning. Tiffany previously served as the executive director for the Washington Hospitality Foundation and the Hospitality High School of Washington D.C. She leads the 114th Partnership® outreach and partnership efforts, responsible for broadening the organization’s network of productive, mission-aligned funders and partners. 

 

 

Nikki Malcolm
Director, Programs and Communications

Nikki is an experienced program director, volunteer coordinator, and organizational trainer responsible for the design and execution of Spark 101 STEM Skills Videos and teacher engagement. She has helped nearly 100 employers design and deliver impactful challenges and works with teachers to ensure that the challenges align with teaching goals. She also curates and communicates Spark 101 impact stories. 

 

Laura Hassner
Director, Innovative Program Design

Laura joined the 114th Partnership in 2011 to leverage her expertise in corporate turnarounds and change management to improve the strategic collaboration between educators and employers.  In her role as Director of Innovation, Laura ensures that research, market, and field-based insights relevant to educator and employer cross-sector collaborations inform impactful program designs and continuous improvements.  By integrating cutting-edge research into all aspects of the organization, she works to deepen the 114th’s brand and expand its impact. 

 

Brittany Pelayo
Program Analyst

Brittany’s professional background consists of project management, prospect research, and data analysis within the consumer market research industry and nonprofit world. In her current role, she is responsible for gathering and maintaining program data, reporting outcomes, and assessing projections to support quality decision making by the team.  She also supports program delivery and assists with content development and communications for programmatic impact. 

 

114th Partnership Board of Directors 

Garrett Gee
Tata

Garrett advises executives in the global chemical, aerospace and defense, and oil and gas industries on strategies that increase revenue and maximize profits. He works on enterprise and business unit strategy, operational excellence, supply chain management, business process transformation, IT systems integration, performance metrics, planning, scheduling, reporting, shared services, and benchmarking.

 

Kathy Hurley
Girls Thinking Global

Kathy is an education industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Pearson Education. Kathy currently leads Girls Thinking Global, an international nonprofit focused on the needs of adolescent girls. Her efforts bring deep relationships with education leaders and extensive knowledge of education technology trends.

 

Scott Loretan
Sodexo

Scott is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Marketing for School Services and joined Sodexo in 1984. In his present position, he has responsibility for all aspects of the School Services operations east of the Mississippi River. Scott has a passion for nutrition and wellness and has been a key advocate for change to the USDA regulations that govern Child Nutrition Programs.

 

Tracey Parrish
AT&T

Tracey is the Program Manager for AT&T’s Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP). TLDP seeks to develop high potential employees who have the leadership aspiration and technical competence to advance emerging technologies through a two-year rotational experience.  With 16 years experience at AT&T, Tracey has expertise in strategic planning, new product development, marketing, and emerging technologies.

 

Lee Peters
ASCD

Lee Peters is currently the Chief Operations Officer at ASCD, a global non-profit member-driven professional learning organization dedicated to the education of the whole child and the teachers and leaders who guide them.  For more than 20 years, he has bridged technology, education technology, and market development work to shape and execute innovative, data-defined, and differentiated local and global go-to-market strategies. Through this work, he has elevated the profile of organizations in new and existing markets.

Spark 101 National Advisors 

Ann Korando
Consultant, Nonprofit Strategy

Ann is one of the nation’s leading experts on fundraising for science education. She has served as Senior Director of Development for the National Science Teachers Association and CEO of EarthEcho, an environmental education nonprofit. Ann specializes in identifying potential alignments between public and private foundations and education nonprofits.

 

Patrick J. O’Reilly
Lt. General, US Army (Retired)

Patrick brings public sector expertise in the emerging needs of military and government employers. He served as the Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and currently lends his technical experience on emerging strategic technology to government and business leaders as Senior Vice President at Alphabet Technologies, Inc.

 

Pamela Roggeman
Academic Dean, University of Phoenix College of Education

Pamela brings experience in teacher graduate and in-service programming requirements, as well as extensive knowledge of emerging needs and innovations in education.

 

Cheryl Anderson
Consultant, Education Strategy and Partnerships

Cheryl contributes marketing experience for transformative teacher service solutions through talent development strategies for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. She is a former classroom teacher and administrator.

 

Susan Badger
Principal, Badger Consulting Group LLC

Susan served as a senior executive at two of the world’s largest publishing companies. Her leadership and management experience currently support K20 innovation and transformation in her work as an adviser to education technology disruptors.

 

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