Helios Names Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez as Vice President of Educational Practice

Posted on: February 6, 2014

Helios Education Foundation has named Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez as the new Vice President of Educational Practice.  In this newly formed role, Dr. Vasquez will be contributing to strategies around Helios’ investments and will be  creating alignment of those strategies throughout the education continuum. 

As Helios works toward its mission of creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education, the Foundation has developed an Education Reform Agenda in which Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Completion are identified as the most critical reform priorities. 

In light of this Education Reform Agenda, the Foundation has adjusted its investment strategy as it relates to STEM education.  Helios will continue to elevate STEM education as a key component of college and career readiness but will no longer be funding projects that are exclusively focused on STEM.  Instead, the Foundation will actively seek investments in which STEM is a component of a larger effort toward increasing academic rigor and relevance for students.

Dr. Vasquez will play a critical role in helping to align the Education Reform strategies as well as in providing technical assistance and support to partnerships in the areas of education reform including Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, STEM education and assessments.

Category: Foundation Feature

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