EnCorps Speaker Series and Workshops

The EnCorps Speaker Series and Workshops are professional development sessions for EnCorps Fellows and STEMx Tutors. The Speaker Series and Workshop offer you the option to attend the live event or watch a recording followed by a live discussion with your fellow EnCorps Educators. Save Your Seat Today!

AI for STEM Educators: A Joint Webinar with Pedagog.ai

May 29, 2024,  4:00 PM PST

Explore how AI can revolutionize STEM education in our upcoming joint webinar hosted by Pedagog.ai. EnCorps Executive Director, Amy Kim, and EnCorps Educator, Yujia Ding, will join Pedagog.ai leaders to discuss the transformative potential of AI-driven tools for educators, including the creation of engaging lesson plans, assignments, assessments, and more.

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to AI in Education: Benefits and Examples
  • Contextualizing AI for the STEM Educator
  • Experiences of STEM Teachers in the Age of AI
  • Adapting STEM Education to Embrace Teaching with and about AI
Cathleen Beachboard


  • Amy Kim, Ph.D: Physical Chemistry and Executive Director of EnCorps, Inc.
  • Dr. Yujia Ding, M.A., M.A.Ed., Ed.D: EnCorps Educator
  • Nina Bamberg: Director of Growth at Pedagog.ai

The Future of STEM Education in the AI Era

March 13, 2024,  4:30 PM PST
Group Discussion: April 3, 4:30 pm PT

A pervasive topic in education, Priten Shah, the author of “AI & the Future of Education: Teaching in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” set out to demystify the implications of AI in the realm of education. This session will focus on AI’s impact on STEM education as well as how to incorporate teaching AI literacy as part of STEM while workshopping AI Integration in the classroom.

Cathleen Beachboard

Priten Shah is CEO of Pedagogy.Cloud, which provides innovative technology solutions to help educators navigate global challenges in a rapidly evolving world. He is the author of Wiley’s Jossey-Bass publication, “AI & The Future of Education: Teaching in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.“ Priten is also the founder of the civic-focused nonprofit United 4 Social Change. He has a B.A. in philosophy and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard University.

The Joys of Teaching and Learning

Live Event: January 18, 2024, 4:30- 5:30 pm PST

Group Discussion: January 30, 4:45 PM PST

After a difficult first year of high school teaching, Rebecka discovered the One Good Thing blog. She found that highlighting the beautiful and positive experiences in her classroom helped her prevent burnout and to stay in the profession. In this session, Rebecka will show how to build relationships, focus on the moments of joy, and celebrate teaching and learning.

You must be an EnCorps Fellow or STEMx Tutor to attend. Register today!

Alex Kajitani

MEET YOUR HOST – Rebecka Peterson

Rebecka Peterson is the 2023 CCSSO National Teacher of the Year, having taught for 11 years in math classes ranging from algebra to AP calculus. She believes that listening to students’ stories is a way to better understand them, and credits teachers who celebrated both her math abilities and identity as a proud immigrate of Swedish-Iranian heritage with informing her efforts in the classroom today. She plans to use her platform to highlight stories of joy happening in classrooms around the country.

How to Make Math Interesting, Engaging & Cool

Live Event: October 25, 2023, 5:00 – 6:15pm PST

Group Discussion: November 8, 4:30 PM PST

Before students can be motivated to achieve in math, they must first see its value in their own lives. Engaging, effective teaching speaks to students where they live. This session offers teachers the tools, courage and expertise to combat negative stereotypes of mathematicians as “nerdy” and “boring” and delivers easy-to-implement, hands-on strategies that turn even the most hardened student into one that says, “Hey, that’s pretty cool – and so is my teacher!” In this fast-paced and engaging session, we’ll cover how to:

  1. Help students see the true value of math in their own lives.
  2. Persevere in math despite frustration.
  3. Deliver short & highly engaging math activities that will excite and engage students!

You must be an EnCorps Fellow or STEMx Tutor to attend. Register today!

For EnCorps Educators Only

Alex Kajitani

MEET YOUR HOST -Alex Kajitani

Alex is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. He is known around the world as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” and his videos and programs have received hundreds of thousands of views. He is the creator of the wildly popular times tables program MultiplicationNation.com, and is the author of several books, including Owning It, which was named “Recommended Reading” by the U.S. Department of Education. Alex has a popular TED Talk, and was honored at The White House and featured on The CBS Evening News, where Katie Couric exclaimed, “I LOVE that guy!” (and you will too!). For more, visit www.AlexKajitani.com.

Relationship Building with a DEIJ Lens

Live Event: September 18, 2023, 5:00 – 6:15 PM PST

Group Discussion: October 3, 4:30 PM PST

EnCorps recognizes that the key to creating impactful learning environments starts with building and maintaining relationships throughout the school year.  In the Relationship Building with a DEIJ Lens workshop, EnCorps Educators will gain personal awareness, culturally responsive tools, and tangible action items to create a safe and effective learning environment for this upcoming school year.

You must be an EnCorps Fellow or STEMx Tutor to attend. Register today!

For EnCorps Educators Only

Cathleen Beachboard

MEET YOUR HOST – Jessica Velasco

Jessica is an effervescent speaker with ten years of experience as an educator, diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, and group facilitator.  Jessica works with executive leaders, managers, educators, individual contributors, and students worldwide to learn, unlearn, and create brave learning spaces. Jessica can ease complex characters while holding space for audience members through engaging and memorable learning experiences.