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Dr. Gil Noam Named One of the "Top 25 Most Influential People in Afterschool" in the Spring 2014 AfterSchool Today
In the Spring 2014 AfterSchool Today's profile series they featured PEAR's Dr. Gil Noam. Gil shares with AfterSchool Today his accomplishments and his thoughts on opportunities, challenges, and more.
The Boston Red Sox Host First Socio-Emotional Themed Educators' Night
On September 23, 2014 The Red Sox Foundation honored educators who are leaders in the youth socio-emotional and mental health field in the New England area. Representatives from City Year, The Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, and Camp Harbor View of the Boys and Girls Club were invited on the field for a pre-game ceremony honoring their hard work and dedication.
PEAR was honored to work with the Boston Red Sox to plan the event and raise awareness about the importance of socio-emotional well-being in children. Below are a selection of photographs taken from this event. (Click on the arrows on the side of the photograph to browse through the collection.
Click here to view the full album and captions.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using PEAR's Dimensions of Success (DoS) tool to evaluate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teaching and learning at their Summer of Innovation camp for middle school students. The Summer of Innovation project invites middle school students from across the United States to discover and explore science through NASA-related activities and challenges in various STEM fields.
NASA is using DoS to evaluate the quality and experience of students in the program, including STEM engagement. You can find more information on NASA's camp and how NASA is using PEAR's tools such as DoS and the ATIS website in an article written by NASA's Office of Education's Evaluation Manager, Patricia Moore Schaffer.
CAMBRIDGE MA – Patricia Bellinger, a proven leader in executive development, change management and diversity & inclusion, has been named the new Executive Director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL) as well as an adjunct lecturer at the School.
Her appointment was announced today by John Haigh, Executive Dean of HKS.
Bellinger has served for several years as Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School (HBS), where she managed a $145 million portfolio of programs, consisting of more than 130 open enrollment and custom programs. Executive education at HBS is conducted not only on its Harvard campus but also at various locations around the world, including China, Europe, India and Latin America. Heading up a team of 140 people, Bellinger also oversaw substantive campus capital improvements, including four major building projects and the implementation of the School’s first global corporate relations strategy for Executive Education.
“It was a difficult decision for me to leave Harvard Business School, but I was inspired by the tremendous opportunities at CPL,” said Bellinger. “This is a critical moment for the Center, as it enters an exciting new phase in its history, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Bellinger will serve as a co-partner at the Center with faculty directors David Gergen, Public Service Professor of Public Leadership, HKS; and Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, HBS.
The Center for Public Leadership is in the midst of a major re-launch at the Kennedy School. Bazerman joined this spring as co-director and is building a major, university-wide research program in behavioral research. In May, the Center held its first gathering with a new Leadership Council whose members have signaled an interest in funding new fellowship programs for students. On July 1, the Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations merged into the Center, becoming the Hauser Institute for Civil Society. By joining forces, the two organizations will create a potentially powerful platform for training a steady flow of talented, well-prepared students for leadership in social change as well as greater research in the area.
“We are elated that Patti Bellinger has agreed to become our co-partner at such a significant time in the life of the Center,” said Gergen. “Her leadership capacities – built up over the years in both the corporate and civic sectors – as well as her understanding of what it takes to develop others makes her an ideal choice. We are darn lucky that she is coming aboard.”
Gergen added: “On behalf of our CPL team, I also want to thank Donna Kalikow for her six years of devoted service as Executive Director. She helped to bring us to this moment and we owe her a great measure of gratitude for her contributions.”
“Patti Bellinger,” said Bazerman, “is an inspiring leader who brings passion for leadership, creating a diverse workforce, change management, and the many other activities that are so central to our work at the Center for Public Leadership. I look forward to working with Patti on the many fascinating opportunities that lie ahead at CPL.”
Prior to joining HBS, Bellinger worked in a variety of positions in multiple disciplines, including the arts, the energy sector, global corporations and start-up enterprises. She has extensive experience in leadership development, global diversity, change management and organizational behavior. While based in London between 2000 and 2007, Bellinger served as Group Vice President at British Petroleum (BP). There she oversaw leadership development programs while also establishing and leading BP’s global diversity and inclusion transformation. Under her leadership, the percentage of women executives at BP nearly doubled and the employee inclusion index increased substantially.
A graduate of Harvard College and a resident in Boston with her husband, Dick Balzer, and four children, Bellinger devotes considerable time to the non-profit sector, focusing her efforts on youth development and equitable access to education. Until recently she served as Vice-Chair of the Board of the YMCA of Greater Boston, and she is a member of the Board of Directors of Facing History and Ourselves, the Advisory Board of the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR) at McLean Hospital and the Board of Trustees of uAspire.