Rafi Santo, PhD
Rafi Santo, PhD, is a learning scientist focused on the intersection of digital culture, education, and institutional change. As principal researcher at Telos Learning, he partners with education institutions, foundations, intermediaries, coalitions and government agencies to generate insights through basic and applied research, develop novel strategies for impact, and create new designs for equitable, justice-centered learning. He’s collaborated with a range of organizational networks related to digital learning, computing, and technology in education including the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network, CSforALL, NASA, the City University of New York, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Rafi holds a PhD in Learning and Developmental Sciences from Indiana University.
Colin Angevine is a network and strategy consultant whose work is grounded in equity, design, and collaboration. His work at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, the Connected Learning Alliance, and the City University of New York focuses on catalytic innovation programs, continuous improvement research, community building, and data infrastructure. As a designer and facilitator at Onward, Colin supports the DEI initiatives of nonprofits and philanthropies, and prototypes new tools for developing skills to navigate racially stressful situations. Colin holds a B.A. from Dickinson College in Classics and an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in Learning Sciences and Technologies. He lives in Seattle.
David Phelps, PhD
David Phelps, PhD, brings a holistic view of how young children learn and develop from his experiences working in a Reggio-Emilia preschool in Vermont, a community school in Peru, a care farm in the Netherlands, a philosophy for children program along the Ohio River, and a full-service community school in Seattle. He has spent the last 10 years designing equitable and rigorous inquiry-based learning environments for young children that privilege relationships to land, to community, and to play. His research on young children’s incredible yet under-recognized inquiry competencies has been published in academic journals, presented at academic conferences, and taught at district-wide PD workshops. Simultaneously, he researches how issues of power and equity are navigated by educational partners attempting to design and implement innovative learning environments. He received a PhD in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Washington.
Jean Ryoo, PhD
Jean Ryoo, PhD, is a qualitative researcher focused on issues of equity and justice, specifically in STEM and computing education. Dr. Ryoo has experience working in research-practice partnerships exploring topics of youth identity, agency, and culturally responsive education, in formal and out-of-school contexts. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google CS-ER, Siegel Family Foundation, and Stuart Foundation. She received a Ph.D. in Urban Schooling from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Masters of Education in Teaching from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa; and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.