JASON Learning Promotes Smalley to CEO, Builds Board for Broad Reach in STEM Education

ASHBURN, Va. – JASON Learning, a world-renowned, non-profit, science education organization, is excited to announce the promotion of Dr. Eleanor Smalley to President and Chief Executive Officer and the expansion of its Board Of Directors to include a broad range of diverse stakeholders committed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

"We are very excited about this expansion," said Dr. Smalley, formerly the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of JASON. JASON reaches approximately 3 million K-12 students each year with its in-school and out-of-school curricula and programs. "Our reach has continued to expand and we are positioning the organization to have an even greater impact in delivering STEM education throughout the country."

JASON provides schools with curricula that cover core content areas in STEM fields such a geology, climate, forces and motion, energy, and ecology, and are designed to be used as replacements for traditional textbooks or as enriching supplemental materials in upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms.

The multimedia curricula include reading selections, hands-on activities, videos, and online games for students, and lesson plans, implementation tips, and a powerful digital platform for educators. In addition, JASON provides out-of-school programs through organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide further STEM enrichment for young learners, along with opportunities such as its Student and Education Argonaut program, which each summer gives participants an immersion experience alongside real scientists in the field.

Joining the JASON Board will be representatives of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the New York State Council of School Superintendents (The Council), ProEventa and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, as well as an international at-large Board member. The National Geographic Society and Sea Research Foundation will remain active on the Board.

"School districts across the country are looking for solutions that will train our future scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians," said Dr. Smalley. "With this expansion, we are poised to help educators everywhere in their quest to provide students with state-of-the art STEM learning." 

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About JASON Learning JASON Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded 25 years ago by Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic. Named for the mythological Greek explorer, JASON is a nationally acclaimed, exploration-based program that links students—inside the classroom and out—to real science and scientists through technology-intensive, inquiry-based curricular experiences. Learn more at jason.org.