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, many state governments seeking to create statewide STEM networks, and many more STEM institutions.
With a national vision for STEM education, Jan was counsel to the National Academy of Engineering as it developed the Engineering for K-12 Education report and reviewed the Achieve-authored Next Generation Science Standards. Jan and TIES organized the Race to the Top STEM Conference which served to educate thirty states on the vital importance of STEM education and public school transformation and is now assisting numerous states as they seek to implement their STEM vision through STEM network design and implementation.
Much of Jan’s work focuses on the Learn and Earn space that offers all STEM students the opportunity to work in STEM fields while earning credits that have real labor market value as they matriculate at community colleges or universities. TIES is currently the technical assistance provider for the Healthcare Core Curriculum Consortia of community colleges funded by the Department of Labor.
Yet, TIES works hardest and most with school districts and states throughout the country to design new STEM schools as platforms for change. MC2 STEM High School’s four years of great success as a result of the design work Jan did in partnership with the Cleveland Metro School District. Many more STEM schools thrive from the TIES STEM School design work including the newly created Egyptian STEM Model School, meant to lead Egypt into a strong and vibrant education reform, Decatur County School District, Oakland Unified School District, Baltimore City Public Schools, etc. With Carnegie Corporation of New York as a funder and supporter, TIES has codified design studio processes that are supporting schools and students throughout the world.
As a former science teacher for thirty years and principal, Jan helps those she touches to understand the importance of a college/work ready education for all children. TIES with Jan’s leadership works to help all children make sense of the world and find themselves STEM literate, STEM capable and excited about make STEM their life’s work.