Ron Ottinger

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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
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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 Feb. 14, 2017
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In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. The book…

By Tom Rademacher

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