ELO Distinguished Panel: Improving Quality in Expanded Learning

Free & open to the public

October 30th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cultivate Learning 5001
25th ave NE #201e, Seattle, WA 98105

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided
Please RSVP by October 27thFor more information, please contact us:
206.221.0569 or cultiv8@uw.edu

Meet the Panelists

Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) for the California Department of Education, was appointed to this leadership role in early 2012 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. Under Michael’s direction, the EXLD, in collaboration with a highly diverse group of educators, practitioners and providers, developed “A Vision for Expanded Learning in California, Strategic Plan: 2014 – 2016”, published in January 2014. Prior to this role, Michael founded the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center (SNBC) (www.snbc.org) in San Francisco in 1996, providing engaging programs to approximately 1,100 youth each day and 400 adults each week. He was also appointed by the California Senate to the California Before and After School Advisory Committee, serving in that role from 2006 until his appointment by Superintendent Torlakson. Michael also co- founded and co-led the Learning In Afterschool and Summer (LIAS) initiative, a partnership with Temescal Associates (www.learninginafterschool.org). 

Michael grew up in Idaho on a family potato farm. In college, he earned his Idaho teacher credential and played college hoops. Post college, he was a middle-school science teacher and basketball coach. Following that, Michael became an ordained minister and for 16 years he worked locally and internationally to create social justice ministries to serve the urban and immigrant communities in North America.

Nicole Yohalem joined the Community Center for Education Results in fall 2013 to focus on reconnecting 16- to 24-year-old opportunity youth to education and career pathways in the context of a local collective impact effort called the Road Map Project. Prior to joining the CCER staff, Nicole worked in a variety of roles in the youth development and education fields at the local and national levels. From 2000 to 2013, Nicole worked at the Forum for Youth Investment, leading work on youth engagement, research-practice partnerships and improving youth program quality. Nicole also served as a youth development specialist at Michigan State University, worked in the adolescent division of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation and served as a consultant to the World Bank on education reform in the Latin American and Caribbean region. When not working toward the Road Map Project’s 2030 goal, she is enjoying time with her husband Andy, daughter Zoe and son Theo.

Charles Smith is the owner and managing consultant at QTurn LLC. Charles spent the past decade as Founder and Executive Director of the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and as a Senior Vice President at the Forum for Youth Investment. Charles has 20 years of experience supporting organizations to design, implement, and validate quality improvement systems (QIS) focused on social and emotional learning (SEL) in the out-of-school time and early childhood fields. QTurn was created on the premise that big changes are happening in American education – a turning toward lower stakes quality improvement systems (QIS) that open up staff motivation and incentivize local innovation.