Ron Ottinger

Guest Blogger

Director, STEM Next

San Diego, California

A national leader and expert in STEM learning, Ron Ottinger is known for his expertise in building collaborations between schools, science centers, communities and afterschool programs that increase STEM learning opportunities for young people. Currently Ron serves as co-chair of the national STEM Funders Network. At the University of San Diego, Ron continues the work he began as executive director of the Noyce Foundation. For the past eight years, he led the foundation’s strategies and initiatives in informal and out-of-school-time science, focusing on field-building efforts that are marrying afterschool and science.

Prior to joining Noyce, Ron served for 14 years as national associate director of the non-profit AVID Center (Advancement Via Individual Determination), which disseminates AVID, the nationally acclaimed college preparation program for low-income students. He was elected to three terms on the San Diego City Schools’ Board of Education from 1992-2004, during a period of major reform of the school system, and was the longest running board president.

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Posted Feb. 4, 2016

Closing the Belief Gap With STEM

“I believe you can be…an astronaut, a scientist, an inventor, a coder….” Belief is a powerful word. It inspires, motivates…

By Ron Ottinger

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

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By Tom Rademacher

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