Join us for our May professional lecture on the Challenger Learning Center. In the aftermath of the Challenger tragedy, the crews' families came together to establish the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. 30 years later, Challenger Center and its global network of Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning and role-playing strategies to help students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate skills needed for future success, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education organization, Challenger Center reaches hundreds of thousands of students, and tens of thousands of teachers every year.
This event will take place virtually on Thursday, May 12th from 12 PM to 1 PM CT. Please register here to receive the information to access the lecture via Zoom.
We hope you can join us for this talk on the Challenger Center's mission, partnership opportunities, and how we can all work together to inspire the next generation of explorers.
Valerie Fitton-Kane leads the organization's efforts to identify and establish strategic partnerships with individuals, corporations, foundations, schools, and government entities. She also leads in the development of the organization's long-term strategy, including the development of new revenue streams that support our educational mission. Ms. Fitton-Kane is the staff liaison to the Board Development and Governance Committee and the Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Senior Leadership team, providing direction on all strategic and operational issues to ensure an effective and coordinated effort to meet Challenger Center's goals. Prior to joining Challenger Center, Ms. Fitton-Kane managed innovation projects at Oxfam GB, led fundraising teams at Sabin Vaccine Institute and LIFT, and spent several years as an Information Technology consultant in the private sector. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, a Bachelor of Science in decision and information sciences from University of Florida, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Northeastern University.
Jenny Leibert is a member of the Development and Partnerships team, which raises funds for Challenger Center through philanthropic outreach and program licensing. In this role, Ms. Leibert establishes and manages relationships with teachers, schools, and school districts nationwide to increase implementation of Challenger Center's Classroom Adventures program. Prior to Challenger Center, Ms. Leibert's education experience includes roles with the Barnes Foundation, The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology & Anthropology, The New Jersey Legislature, and The Mayor's Office of Education in Philadelphia. In all roles, she established partnerships with schools, nonprofits, and informal learning institutions to implement outreach classes and lessons. She also taught in public schools throughout Philadelphia. In addition, she has 20 years of experience in the for-profit world and mentors young educators through the Museum Council of Philadelphia. Ms. Leibert holds a Master of Arts in museum education from the University of the Arts and a certificate in nonprofit development from La Salle University's Nonprofit Center.