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.
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114th Partnership Team
Founder and Chair of the Board
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.
Tiffany brings more than 15 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.
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.
Content Design Lead
Russ is a 20-year veteran classroom teacher whose experience in education has resulted in a strong understanding of deadlines in an ever-changing environment. He is proficient in many different areas of technology, including work as a School Based Technology Specialist, which required ongoing analysis of data with students and staff. He has a great deal of experience consuming and delivering content as well as working with teachers to provide them with needed digital content.
114th Partnership Board of Directors
Industry Consultant and fmr EVP, Pearson Foundation
Kathy is an education industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, formerly serving as Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Pearson Education. Kathy also led 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.
Patrick J. O’Reilly
Corporate VP of Engineering, L3 and 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 formerly lent his technical experience on emerging strategic technology to government and business leaders as Senior Vice President at Alphabet Technologies, Inc.
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 was formerly 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
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.
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.
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.
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.