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After School, the Learning Continues - My Experience with Citizen Schools

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Today is a special day that marks the conclusion of my 10 week experience as a volunteer with Citizen Schools. It underscores for me the importance of after school or "extended school day" experiences, especially for students in underserved communities.


This fall, HP colleagues Andre Kuper, Lesley McNorton, Scott Starks, and I had the privilege of volunteering with Citizen Schools to share our love of photography with middle school students in East Palo Alto. The students were amazing. For many, it was the first time they used a camera; for all of them, it was the first time they seriously thought about photography.


Perhaps more importantly, are participation in experiences like this give these students experiences they would likely not have had otherwise - and a chance to find the confidence to stand up and share what they've done with pride and a sense of accomplishment. What I experienced in person was the opportunity gap being filled.


This afternoon is our exhibition, where we've invited the public to see the photos and meet the students. I know most of you can't come in person, but you're still "my community". So I invite you to enjoy the photos in print or online via HP Magcloud:




Net proceeds from the monograph and downloads go to support future Citizen Schools apprenticeships like this…


I look forward to your feedback! Thanks for your support...









Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Global Education Program Manager
Sustainability & Social Innovation

Follow me on Twitter @jgvanides


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Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is...
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  • A former K-12 district administrator and adjunct professor of communication, Elliott has won over 60 state and national awards in school public relations, is a past columnist for Electronic School, School Administrator and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many leading educational publications. Recently, Elliott helped developed models for personal learning, which in testing increased successful completion of algebra from 33% to 71% versus traditional classroom instruction. His work is featured by HP at www.hp.com/makeitmatter
  • I am part of the HP Calculator team, working on the HP Prime graphing calculator. I taught mathematics for 20 years and have extensive experience in the professional development of teachers of mathematics. My area of interest is mathematics education; specifically, how technology affects the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
  • Mike is a passionate education advocate dedicated to helping schools design, build and deliver solutions that solve the complex instructional challenges that face K12 leaders every day. Mike is interested in working with individuals and organizations that share the same level of commitment to improving Instructional outcomes with and through the use of technology

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