A Team Dedicated To STEM Education
TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM education is the country's foremost innovator bringing STEM School design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states and the federal government. TIES design teams work to create and build the finest STEM schools throughout the country. TIES recognizes the importance of school design and STEM professional development for all teachers as the basis to improve and advance the character of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching for students regardless of grade level. TIES understands the need to shift the teaching of STEM education to focus less on fragmented and isolated bits of discrete information and more on scientific understanding and reasoning. STEM education is trans-disciplinary in nature offering students the ability to use project-based learning to address real-world issues that affect their family, their community and their world. TIES works with regional and state economic development organizations to fuel STEM education curriculum and instructional program development for the benefit of all. Our students are digital natives and TIES works to ensure that the Technology and Engineering in STEM drive the relevance of the Science and Mathematics.
Finally, the TIES team consists of the most successful STEM principals in our nation, business leaders who have worked hard to design and implement STEM pipelines in their own economic cluster, and engineers and scientists who have turned their focus from their own research to the problems that face our nation's youngsters. Together, TIES leads STEM education design and innovation for our nation.
For information on how TIES STEM Consulting can work with your organization to launch a comprehensive STEM curriculum program send us an email.
President and CEO, TIES
Executive Director, Envision Excellence in STEM Education
Jan Morrison is the President and CEO of the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) and its 501(C3), Envision Excellence in STEM and has served as the Senior Consultant for College Ready STEM Education as well as Post-secondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Innovate to Educate, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Senior STEM Education Consultant for the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and currently serves as an advisor with the White House and Department of Education. Currently, Jan and TIES serve as the designer for the nascent STEM Funders Network, a collaboration of more than nineteen STEM funders seeking to fund STEM for the USA with greater return on their investment and therefore for the nation’s students. Jan consults with Chevron, Siemens America, NASA, Clinton Global Initiative, Northeastern University, North Carolina New Schools Project, … Full Biography >>
Senior Practice Leader, TIES
Founder of Indigo Strategies
Fellows position with Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Engineers Helping EducatorsTM is the common theme for Rich Rosen as he collaborates with others to improve and transform systems of education. He is a Senior Practice Leader with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM and Rich also holds a Visiting Fellows position with Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Rich is founder of Indigo Strategies, established with the mission of mobilizing practicing engineers to use their systems analysis and design skills to help solve education problems in their local community.
Rich is an invited speaker on education system transformation and leadership practices for education public/private partnerships. He is frequently called on to help facilitate regional, state, and national conversations about transformation and organize new initiatives. Rich is currently collaborating on a range of projects, including: support to the Ohio Board of Regents in … Full Biography >>
Director of Marketing and Program Consultant
Julie has been working with TIES since 2007 and provides marketing and research support on a variety of projects and programs including contributing to; development of the STEM School Design Best Practices Business Plan for The Carnegie Corporation of New York; The Decatur County Schools STEM initiative; MIT / Fab Lab Foundation market potential assessment research and the Fab Lab/ Maker Movement alliance oversight. She also frequently serves as a liaison between the corporate, academic and philanthropic organizations involved in TIES directed STEM engagements in an effort to translate processes and protocols among a diverse group of collaborators.
Additionally Julie served as Director or Marketing and Communications for MC2STEM Hub (The Metropolitan Cleveland Consortium for Science Technology Engineering and Math) of which TIES was the lead STEM consultant from the launch in the spring of 2008. In that capacity … Full Biography >>
Marc has been involved in STEM education for the past 15 years as a teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, administrator and consultant. He started his teaching career in the Chicago Public Schools at Lake View High School and became the founding director of the school's Math, Science and Technology Academy, a school within a school. He has participated in two National Science Foundation curriculum development projects with the Lawrence Hall of Science and Northwestern University. Marc was also the science director for The Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago, a STEM charter school for grades 7-12 that focused on math, science and technology for young women.
In 2004, Marc moved to New York City to become the science director for a campus of small public high schools in the Bronx, an initiative through the New York City Department of Education, where he coordinated science curriculum and instruction … Full Biography >>
Senior STEM Consultant
Director of Design Engineering
Caroline McEnnis is a Senior STEM consultant and Director of Design Engineering for TIES. Caroline received her bachelor's of science in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her master's in Materials Science and Engineering and will be receiving a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012 from Johns Hopkins University where she has received several awards including a NSF GK-12 Fellowship. While at MIT, Caroline worked at the MIT Media Lab where she worked on the initial Fab Lab project, and therefore Caroline also is the TIES liaison to the US Fab Lab Network and Fab Foundation. Prior to joining TIES, Caroline also worked with the Johns Hopkins School of Education and in Baltimore area schools to train teachers in the development and implementation of STEM based curricula. She has also worked with community partners to develop and run several large and small-scale educational programs, including working … Full Biography >>
Director of Development
Michelle brings to TIES 12 years of experience in supporting public education. After receiving her Masters of Public Administration from Kent State University, Michelle spent eight years at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). As the government liaison and public education lobbyist, Michelle represented the CMSD at the local, state and federal levels. In this role, she analyzed policy and legislation, met regularly with public officials as well as staff from education departments and agencies, organized testimony, and coordinated efforts with Ohio's other large urban school districts. These efforts resulted in improved public policy and legislation for formula funding, the school facilities program, Average Daily Membership (ADM) counts, and transportation issues.
Michelle shifted her role to serve CMSD through the Office of Institutional Advancement, as the Development Assistant. During this time, she … Full Biography >>
Director of Technology & Project Manager for Learn and Earn
As Director of Technology Barb provides vital support to the TIES team on work including contributions to Race to the Top, Learn and Earn, multiple state STEM networks and individual STEM school design. TIES portfolio of programs exposes millions of students to a robust STEM education in over 500 schools located in 10+ states. Her work is focused on building networks through the capture and sharing of data used to replicate and scale program successes.
As Project Manager for Learn and Earn, she works to connect community colleges with one another and businesses to develop an infrastructure that will facilitate accelerated, competency-based, pathways for students to earn a degree while earning a livable wage. In 2010, TIES convened a team of national experts to create a vision for Learn and Earn in states with existing STEM networks. The resulting Learn and Earn Design Challenge was launched at STEMtech 2010. States created … Full Biography >>
Angie joined the TIES team in July 2011 as the Director of Project Management and Associate Director of Grants. With a diverse background in the non-profit arena, Angie will help identify and create processes to sharpen and expedite all TIES program work and coordinate the organization's various projects and events. In addition, she will support the research of current grant and funding stream opportunities at TIES.
Prior to her current position at TIES, she served as the Development Specialist at College Now Greater Cleveland helping to promote college access and success to underserved populations in the Cleveland region. As an integral member of the development team, she spearheaded the organization's $2 million proposal program by identifying new funding sources and securing ongoing contributions, developing and fostering strategic partnerships and supporting collaborative fundraising efforts to ensure the organization … Full Biography >>
Dr. Rosenblatt earned a doctorate in the history of science from The Johns Hopkins University. Before that he had earned an M.Sc. in Logic and the Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in American Studies from Lake Forest College. He has taught over 30 years, most of that as a high school science teacher at the Park School, a progressive private school in the Baltimore area. He has, as well, taught undergraduate and graduate courses. His background in the history and philosophy of the sciences richly informs his teaching which is highly integrative.
Dr. Rosenblatt is the author of a book on the teaching of science: Rethinking the Way We Teach Science: The Interplay of Content, Pedagogy and the Nature of Science. The book draws upon his many years of teaching experience and his work as a consultant. He brings to his book and his work a fresh take on inquiry, current … Full Biography >>
Justin Duffy first became involved in STEM education upon his acceptance as a student to the Massachusetts Academy of Math, Science, and Technology. Mass Academy is a selective high school program partnered with Worcester Polytechnic Institute for accelerated high school students. As part of the program he spent one year enrolled at WPI as an early freshman, then went on to spend the next nine years involved in education and STEM development work.
While attending Wesleyan University, Justin spent five months living in Cairo as part of his continued study of Arabic and Islamic history. He was awarded the White Fellowship and researched his thesis (an examination of al-Tariqa Muhammadiya and 19th century Islamic Salafist revolt in southeast Asia) in London at the British Library. After receiving honors for his thesis he graduated with a degree in history and a concentration in religion. Soon afterwards he was accepted into the … Full Biography >>
Tiffany, TIES Senior STEM Operations Manager, is a project manager by nature, formally providing project management support to technical programs for over 15 years. During this time, Tiffany has worked with a variety of project teams and understands the need for diversity to enhance team thinking and problem-solving. As such, Tiffany has maintained a focus on diversity, inclusion and recruitment of talent from a variety of backgrounds. With this in mind, Tiffany decided to focus efforts on providing opportunities to excite youth about science and technology, especially women and minorities. Most recently, Tiffany has been managing programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). These programs included the creation of STEM schools and state and national STEM networks. Joining TIES in 2013, Tiffany will focus on management of a variety of STEM programs - governmental, commercial, and … Full Biography >>
Andrea started her FABLab career as a founding class freshman in MC2 STEM High School where she gained knowledge and experience in fabricating. While traveling to regional STEM schools as one of the first few student volunteers in 2010, she displayed a passion for FABLab and leadership that granted her a manager position. In 2011, she traveled to Lima, Peru as one of the youngest students to attend MIT's International FABLab convention. While staying connected to MC2 STEM High School, Andrea is a trainer and technology consultant for Fablab technologies teaching student, teachers and community members how to use a FABLab within a school. After graduating in 2012 from MC2 STEM High school, Andrea continues to represent FABLabs at community events and conferences. Currently Andrea attends Lorain County Community College with a Mechanical Engineering major where she works in the FABLab as a Lab Aid giving tours and offering FABLab … Full Biography >>