Project Tomorrow - AeA
3rd Annual Innovation in Education Summit:

Preparing Today’s Students to be Tomorrow’s Global Citizens
October 24th, 2008

"The Innovation Summit has given me insight as to what I can do with science, math and technology. Sparking an interest is what will get students started in science and math courses and also will make them continue on."

Student participant on the 2007 Innovation Summit

  • About the Innovation in Education Summit

The 3rd annual Innovation in Education Summit was held Friday, October 24th in Anaheim, CA.  Hosted by Project Tomorrow, this annual Summit brought together education, business, community, political, and parent leaders in Orange County to discuss and evaluate the challenges and opportunities for improving K-12 science, math, and technology education.  

The goal of this half-day summit was for the participants to formulate key strategies they can work on together, to ensure that Orange County graduates are prepared for the 21st century.

The 2008 Summit included a keynote address from Lance Dublin, of Dublin Consulting, and a presentation on Workforce Development Trends from Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Research and Communications at the Orange County Business Council.  The Leadership Panelists represented education, parent, student and business leaders who shared their perspectives about essential 21st century skills and opportunities for developing these skills.  During the Working Groups, participants brainstormed strategies for:

  • Increasing Student Interest and Awareness in STEM Careers
  • Stimulating Innovation in K-12 Science and Math Teaching and Learning
  • Developing 21st Century Skills for the 21st Century Workplace
  • Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Collaborative Learning
  • New Economic Realities for Tomorrow’s Global Citizen
Results from the summit will be compiled into a community action plan and posted here.

Summit recap: Preparing Students to be Global Citizens

Welcome and Introductions
Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Kathy Bihr, Executive Director, Tiger Woods Learning Center

Opening Keynote Address
The Future is Not What it Used to Be
Lance Dublin
Chief Solutions Architect and ‘Creative Abrasionist’

Panel Discussion – Point of View: Leadership Panel
Education, government, business, and student leaders discussed their perspective of how K-12 education is preparing students for the global economy and essential 21st century skills. Panelists included:

  • Serena Gallenstein, Vice President, Business Transformation, Emulex
  • Dr. Gwen Gross, Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District
  • Gary Toyama, Vice President of Operations – Southern CA, The Boeing Company
  • CA State Assemblyman Jose Solorio,  69th Assembly District
  • Shamim Bata, 12th grader, Global IT Academy, Brea-Olinda High School

Moderated by Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Orange County’s Workforce of the Future
Wallace Walrod
Vice President, Research and Communications
Orange County Business Council

Panel Discussion – Point of View: Student Leaders
Students discussed what they think about their current education and how it prepares them for their future, essential skills for the 21st century and the role of science, math and technology. Panelists included 9th through 12th grade students from local Orange County schools:

  • Brea-Olinda High School, Brea-Olinda Unified School District
  • Capistrano Valley High School, Capistrano Valley Unified School District
  • Kennedy High School, Anaheim City School District
  • Savanna High School, Anaheim City School District

Moderated by Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Action Plan
Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
View Working Group Action Plan

  • Please Join Us!

    If you are interested in getting involved in this on-going dialogue, please contact Julie Evans at jevans@tomorrow.org.  Join us for the 4th annual Innovation in Education Summit in Fall 2009.
  • Learn More
  • To get involved, contact:

Marianne Miller
Program Support Coordinator
949-609-4660 Ext. 12
E-mail: mmiller@tomorrow.org