President and CEO of TIES/Executive Director of 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 been deeply involved in the national movement to catalyze STEM for 30+ years—even before we ever called it STEM. In 2012 STEM Connector named her “One of the 100 Leading Women in STEM”.
Jan is the STEM advisor to the STEM Funders Network and has been since its launch in 2011. Jan, an architect of this unique collaboration of more than 20 STEM funders, supports their vision seeking to fund STEM for the USA with greater return on their investment and therefore for the nation's students. Jan and the TIES team also manage and provide technical assistance for the SFN’s STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative which was announced at Clinton Global Initiative 2015. This Initiative is working to build a robust Community of Practice around STEM by actively engaging flourishing STEM communities in cross sector collaboration to accelerate and scale STEM programs of promise.
Jan 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 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 Ecosystem design and implementation.
Always seeking the best in emerging tools for teaching and learning Jan cofounded Fab Ed with the Fab Foundation to design the curricular bridge between Fab Labs (digital fabrication) and schools. Jan and the TIES team work with school districts and other partners to explore the potential and design Fab Labs to ignite a passion for engineering in students and more broadly drive economic development in a community.
Jan designs STEM platform schools including MC2STEM High School in Cleveland, the USAID Egyptian STEM Schools, Decatur County School District (GA), Oakland Unified School District (CA), Baltimore City Public Schools (MD), Tulsa Public Schools (OK) and many more.
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, Tulsa and Union 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.