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Edhub STL, a program of Venture Cafe St. Louis just announced their 2019-2020 Fellows. The EdHub STL Fellowship empowers education “intrapreneurs” to develop and/or expand transformative education initiatives with equity at the center.
Fellows lead a mission critical project, program or systems change for their school or school district, government education agency, community organization, or education non-profit. Fellows receive mentorship, training from industry leaders, support of The School of Social System Design at Washington University, free office space at CIC (4220 Duncan) over the course of 9 months and have access to funding.
“I joined the Venture Cafe team to explore ways to re-engage our education and equity efforts, the opportunity to partner with SkipNV came about resulting with the launch of the EdHub STL,” said Sherita Love, Manager of EdHub STL.
2019-2020 EdHub Fellows
- Kelli Best-Oliver is the founder and executive director of LitShop, which provides afterschool and summer programming to middle school girls that pairs literacy opportunities with hands-on building and making.
- Dr. Shenita Mayes is an assistant principal at Parkway Northeast Middle School and developing differentiated professional development opportunities for teachers on equity and anti bias anti racist education. She is also developing a program that supports high school students of color who wish to enter the field of education.
- Dr. Terry Harris is the Director of Student Services in the Rockwood School District and believes that the way forward for our region is the intersectionality of empathy and equity, for these are all our kids! He examines this work with educators from across the region.
- Cynthia Chapple is the Founder of Black Girls Do STEM Cynthia is on a mission to “Diversify Innovation” and bring equity to STEM
- Anna Ojascastro Guzon is a co-founder of YourWords STL, a nonprofit committed to bridging St. Louis’ racial, cultural, and socioeconomic divides by honing the ability of people to tell their stories, while providing opportunities for the community to listen.
- Curtis O’Dwyer is a 7th grade science teacher who is committed to making education more equitable through the expansion of STEAMaster; an initiative that leverages students’ culture and voice as essential building blocks for the science classroom.
- Tavonda Palmer works at Ritenour High School as the Graduation Coach, Leadership teacher and the Game Changers (Social Justice Club) sponsor. She strives to touch students’ hearts to enable their minds so they can excel academically and beyond.
- Arsenia Tate is the Coordinator of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity at St. Margaret of School. School as Sacrament: A Culturally Responsive Teaching Model for Catholic Education. (CARE+).
- Laura Stern is a teacher in the St. Louis Public Schools focusing on increasing the representation of children of color in early childhood curriculum.
- Michelle Franklin is an instructional coach at St. Louis Public Schools Gateway STEM Highschool and wants to create a curriculum that is culturally relevant while meeting students’ needs.
The EdHub STL Fellowship empowers education “intrapreneurs ” to develop and/or expand transformative education initiatives. Over the course of six months, fellows receive mentorship, insight and training from industry leaders to lead a self identified mission critical project, program or initiative for their school district, charter school, government education agency, community organization or education non profit.
Fellows also receive the benefit free co-working space at CIC near Innovation Hall and can apply for funding support. The Education Hub [Ed Hub STL] is a physical and intellectual space for everyone–regardless of where you fall in the educational landscape to experiment, collaborate, and innovate.
For more information about EdHub STL, visit https://innovationhallstl.org/programs/edhub/.