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Pave the Way Virtual

In lieu of an in-person conference in 2020, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) will host a series of webinars focused on strategies to advance equity, increase college readiness, and broaden access to higher education in Washington State. Pave the Way aims to ensure historically marginalized students receive the support they need to succeed. 

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Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

This webinar will highlight findings from WSAC’s recently released report Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The report presents lessons from the Great Recession and observations from the growing body of evidence around students' and workers' experiences during the current crisis, highlighting COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on marginalized populations, and discusses priority areas for addressing educational inequities and economic challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. Space is limited.

September 24, 10:00-11:30 A.M. via Zoom - Register Now!

Schedule & Registration

Schedule & Registration

Upcoming Events

Pave the Way Virtual webinars will take place via Zoom. Details of upcoming events in this series will be posted as they are available.

Date TIME Topic Registration

September 24, 2020

10:00–11:30 A.M.

Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Register for 9/24

Presenters & Panelists

Presenters & Panelists

September 24 – Lessons on Recovery: The Value and Potential of Higher Education in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

PTW September 24 PresentersPresenters: 
Isaac Kwakye, Director of Research at Washington Student Achievement Council

Isaac Kwakye is director of research at Washington’s state higher education agency, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). He is leading WSAc's efforts in evidence-based policy decision-making. Isaac has researched many different policy areas, including education, welfare/income assistance, and health initiatives in Canada and the United States. Prior to joining WSAC, Isaac worked with MDRC in New York performing econometric analysis, and with SRDC in Canada as a senior social policy researcher. He has a master’s degree in Applied Economics, an MBA(MIS), and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Emma Kibort-Crocker, Assistant Director of Research at Washington Student Achievement Council

Emma is an assistant director of research at the Washington Student Achievement Council. Her work focuses on promoting evidence-based policies to increase access to higher education and reduce equity gaps in educational attainment in the state. Prior to working at WSAC, Emma conducted higher education research in Boston. She holds a Master’s of Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s of Comparative Literature from University of Washington.

PTW PanelistsPanelists: 
Jude Ahmed, Student at Western Washington University

Jude Ahmed is a Senior at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She is pursuing a double major in Economics/Political Science and German. As a first-generation Egyptian-American Muslim, her college career has centered around exploring that part of her identity and how it intersects with other unique identities and the global political climate. She is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the WWU Associated Students, and looks forward to helping her fellow students get involved in legislative advocacy. In the future, she is interested in researching international and individual responses to mass transnational migration and exploring how the discussions around these phenomena impact policy. 

Marc Casale, Founder & Director of Kinetic West

Marc's expertise includes strategy development, data analytics, program design, and capacity building. Marc was a Project Leader in the Boston Consulting Group's Seattle office, where he worked on a variety of social impact projects. Prior to consulting, Marc worked as a 5th grade teacher in the Bronx. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master's in teaching from Pace University in New York, and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University. Marc also serves on the board of Techbridge Girls.  

Angela Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM

With a strong belief in community sustainability and generational growth through access to education, Angela brings 25+ years of passion, service, and leadership in Washington’s P-20 public education systems. Prior to her role at Washington STEM, Angela served at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Spokane Public Schools, and the Wapato School District. Leadership roles included Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President of University Advancement, Chief of Staff, and Director of Employment and Reconciliation Services. Along with her passion for education and her leadership experience, Angela brings a strong background in community engagement, fundraising, equity, communications, system cohesiveness, and community service. She received her JD from Gonzaga University School of Law, her MS in Communications from Eastern Washington University, her BA in English/Language Arts, and her initial teaching certificate from Washington State University.

John Krieg, Professor of Economics & Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Western Washington University

Prior to joining the faculty at Western Washington University, Dr. Krieg was a professor of economics at the United States Naval Academy. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, a Co-Director of the Teacher Educator Learning Collaborative, and as a visiting faculty member at Aalto University in Finland. Professor Krieg studies the economics of education with particular interest in teacher training and teacher labor markets. His academic research has appeared in 20 different academic journals including Economic Inquiry, the American Education Research Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Contemporary Economic Policy. He earned his B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon.

Jan Yoshiwara, Executive Director of the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

Jan Yoshiwara is executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, an agency which administers Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. The State Board sets policy, allocates state operating and capital funds to the colleges, strategically plans the two-year college mission, and approves educational programs. Jan assumed the role of SBCTC executive director in July 2017 after serving as deputy executive director for the State Board’s Education Division. She started with the agency in 1984 and worked as associate director of planning and information services and associate director for student services and minority affairs. Jan earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of California, Davis, and Master of Education in student personnel administration for higher education from Western Washington University.


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