Laura Rasmussen Foster

Laura Rasmussen Foster, Program Director of Adult Education Studies at RTI International, presents at the How Kids Learn Conference in Berkeley, CA on December 10, 2015.


Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Information Sciences at UCLA, presents at How Kids Learn Conference in Los Angeles, CA on January 21, 2016


Darius Simpson

Darius Simpson presented at the How Kids Learn 5 Conference in Berkeley, CA on December 10th, 2015, and Los Angeles, CA on January 21, 2016. Darius Simpson, a Poet-Activist & Political Science Major at Eastern Michigan University, opened each conference with drumming and spoken-word performance. He is an African American poet-activist born and raised in Akron, OH. He is 22 years old and currently studying Political Science at Eastern Michigan University, where he is completing his Bachelor’s degree. He is very involved in his community especially in bridging local government to community needs. He is an award winning, globally recognized poet and was featured in the feature film documentary, Finding the Gold Within.


Jenny Nagaoka

Jenny Nagaoka presented at the How Kids Learn 5 Conference in Berkeley, CA on December 10th, 2015. Jenny Nagaoka is the lead author of the recently released Wallace Report entitled, Foundations for Young Adult Success. She will review the framework from this report and show how it links to preparing youth for work and career success. Jenny is Deputy Director of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, where she has conducted research for the past 15 years. Her research interests focus on policy and practice in urban education reform, particularly developing school environments and instructional practices that promote college readiness and success.


David Miltzer

David Miltzer presented at the How Kids Learn 5 Conference in Berkeley, CA on December 10th, 2015. David Militzer, Education Programs Specialist of 21st Century Learning and Middle Grades Career and College Transitions Division at the California Department of Education, spoke on the importance of work-based learning and initiatives within the California Department of Education. He has over 25 years’ experience in education, economic development, counseling, and organizational and career development, including after school program policy advocacy. His current portfolio at the California Department of Education’s Career and College Transitions Division includes career readiness, Career Technical Education, middle grades, and 21st century learning. David believes that developing sound career ready strategies and practices for all is not only a good idea, but an idea whose time has come. He promotes the use of child and youth development principles, 21st century skills, and purpose-driven teaching and learning strategies to unlock the intrinsic motivation in all of our students – and educators.