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All Hands On Education: Igniting kids passion for learning

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

How do you get children to find the fun and fascination of learning? Join us in the conversation on how organizations such as Citizen Schools, RAFT, and Mouse Squad are helping the education system move into the 21st Century by creating “hands on” learning experiences.

When professionals of all industries work side by side with educators, we have the opportunity to inspire children to dream big, understand the relevance of subjects taught, and how it can lead to unique career paths for all students. We hope you can attend and do a little “hands on” learning too!

About Our Speaker(s)


Keren Pavese

Program Manager, Western Division Office of Sustainability, Community Outreach & Diversity Councils at EMC Corporation


Allison Townley

Executive Director Citizens Schools

Alison joined Citizens Schools California with 15 years of experience in leadership roles at consumer brand giants like L'Oreal, Chevron and MasterCard. Alison made the transition to the nonprofit sector in 2009 when she joined Playworks, a national organization that transforms school climate through play and sports, as their East Bay Executive Director. As the leader of Citizen Schools California, Alison is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for low-income kids through Citizen Schools' unique model of enhanced expanded learning time and hands-on apprenticeships with adult volunteers. Alison attended Harvard University where she rowed Varsity for four years. She is a two-time Olympian in rowing and continues to balance work with hiking, swimming and riding her horse in the Oakland hills.

Jan Half
Program Director Mouse Squad

Jan Half, is the Program Director of MOUSE Squad of CA (MSCA). MOUSE Squad Student Tech Leadership, is the award-winning nonprofit STEM Innovation in Technology program that enables students in grades 4-12 to increase their confidence and learn STEM, Information Technology, and Workplace skills as they engage in technology focused projects.

Jan began her 38-year career as a middle school teacher, and then moved on to School/Business Partnership Manager positions with nonprofits in IL and CA. Jan received her BS in Education from Northwestern U. and a Masters in Career and Adult Education from Northern Illinois University. Currently Jan is an active board member of CA League of Middle Schools and Computer Using Educators and an active member/supporter of WITI-Silicon Valley.

Greg Brown
Senior Director at RAFT

Greg is a Stanford-trained design thinker with 25 years of experience creating innovative educational activities. As Senior Director at Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), Greg develops engaging hands-on STEM activities using creatively-repurposed materials. He has developed successful RAFT partnerships with Scholastic Books, New Teacher Center, Khan Academy, and many other organizations. Previously, Greg was a key player in the start-up of the Tech Museum, where he launched "The Tech Challenge" - an event that continues to inspire thousands of young innovators. Greg has facilitated high-energy brainstorming sessions worldwide, and enjoys nurturing every new idea that comes his way.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at:

    2421 Mission College Boulevard
    Santa Clara, California 95054

All Stars Conference Room

Register Now Space is limited; we encourage pre-registration to guarantee admission.

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Pre-Registration fees are as follows:

  • $15.00 for WITI members
  • $25.00 for non-members
Please plan to pay in advance. We accept checks and credit cards.

Pre-Registration Deadline

All registrations must be received by Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Refund Policy

Please check your calendars carefully, as we will be unable to issue refunds. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to find a substitute to take your place. If you do wish to substitute, please email Tech Support.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Kim Gaxiola ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.