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, Morrison and TIES serve as the designer for the National STEM Funders Network, a collaboration of more than twenty-eight STEM funders seeking to fund STEM for the USA with greater return on their investment and therefore for the nation’s students. Morrison and TIES are co-designers of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative of the STEM Funders Network and run its National Community of Practice. Morrison consults with MIT Center of Bits and Atoms, The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Chevron, Siemens America, NASA, Clinton Global Initiative, Virginia Tech, 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, Morrison 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. Morrison 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 Morrison’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 was the technical assistance provider for the Healthcare Core Curriculum Consortia of community colleges funded by the Department of Labor. Currently, TIES is designing and supporting the Computational Science For All Project, associated with the National Science Foundation and many funders to bring Computational Literacy and Thinking to all students. Most importantly, TIES under Morrison’s vision and guidance is the leading designer/installer/support for digital fabrication labs, Fab Labs, throughout the world. Working with the Fab Foundation at MIT, TIES brings a level of skill to all students in schools with Fab Lab capability. With MIT and other partners, TIES and Morrison designed Fab Labs for the military through a DARPA grant and agreement.
Yet, TIES works hardest and most with school districts and states throughout the country and internationally (Egypt, Bermuda, etc.) to design new STEM schools as platforms for change. MC2 STEM High School’s nine years of great success as a result of the design work Morrison 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 Public Schools, Polk County Florida, 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-five years and principal, Morrison helps those she touches to understand the importance of a college/work ready education for all children. TIES incredible group of world-class STEM education, systems engineers and education visionaries with Morrison’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.”