Ideal: Imagine a world where young people are strong problem solving, geographical thinkers with solid 21st century career skills who actively contribute to the good of their local and global communities. Esri actively works to address this ideal. Esri, founded in 1969, is the world leader in GIS (geographic information systems). GIS and geographical problem solving are being used everyday by millions of persons in thousands of occupations to tackle issues in our communities and across the world (www.esri.com/mapmuseum). Since 1992, the Esri Education Program has advanced GIS in schools via software, data, curriculum, and training opportunities and collaborations.
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K-12 Education Program Manager
Esri Education Program, 3109 Knox St, Ste 303
Dallas, TX, 75205, USA
Business: (214) 599-0895
Mobile: (214) 649-3950
Biography: George Dailey is a demographer and rural sociologist by training and an educator and information specialist by trade.
Since late 1993, George has been with Esri of Redlands, California, leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology. George and Esri Education Program colleagues work to bring GIS into K-16 education and areas of informal education.
Prior to Esri, George was in the public sector. At the US Census Bureau in Washington, DC (1985-1993), he created and coordinated the agency's K-12 education program, worked on the 1990 census, and helped data users around the country learn about and use a broad range of census information. Before his tenure at the Bureau, he was City Demographer for the City of Oklahoma City (1979-1984) working on numerous governmental, business, and citizen data needs.
He holds an MS in rural sociology (University of Missouri-Columbia) and a BA in environmental studies and sociology (University of Illinois-Springfield). He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Kate (school president and early GIS education adopter, www.bdhs.org/gis), and their two cats.
8700 State Line Road, Suite 315
Leawood, KS, 66206, USA
Biography: Dr. Tom Baker is an instructional technologist serving as an education manager at Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) where he manages the education community, STEM activities, and educational research efforts. Since his time teaching middle school science, he has served on the research faculty at the University of Kansas (Center for Research on Learning) where he has taught graduate and undergraduate educational technology courses. While at Kansas, Tom managed federal and state funded efforts to include technology tools for supporting collaboration and inquiry in the classroom. His prior work has included "Extending Scientific Inquiry through Collaborative GIS" (NSF) and Pathfinder Science (Dept of Ed), an environment for collaborative scientific investigations among students. His research interests have focused on improving student outcomes with technology, teacher professional development, and student collaborations. | http://tbaker.com | http://twitter.com/trbaker
Schools Program Manager
Arlington, VA, USA
Mobile: (651) 323-7280
Biography: * Esri Manager of K-12 Education, 1992-present
* Social Studies Teacher (gr. 7-12), 1977-1992
* Director of NGS/IBM Educational Technology Leadership Institutes, 1991-1992
* Tech Director of NGS Summer Geography Institutes, 1989-1992
* M.A. Geography, U-MN, 1976