Speaker

Jackie Smalls

Jackie Smalls

Chief Programs Officer at Code.org

The challenges and opportunities for the underrepresented in the STEM field

Jackie Smalls is the Chief Programs Officer at Code.org, managing Code.org’s curriculum, professional learning programs, and our nationwide network of regional partners + facilitators to expand Computer Science opportunities in schools.

She worked in large and diverse school systems as an experienced teacher, science curriculum writer, and STEM Administrator. Jackie held various leadership roles with Discovery Education, a K-12 Digital curriculum resources provider, running national professional learning programming and education partnerships impacting tens of thousands of teachers and students. Combining her passion for education and STEM she was the head of programs at Black Girls Code.

Jackie was a contributing writer for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) based on the National Research Council Framework for K–12 Science Education, served on the National Academy of Engineering Guiding Committee for K-12 Engineering Education, and a member of the inaugural NGSS Advisory Board for the National Science Teacher Association.

Jackie’s family lives in Southern Maryland. She is committed to public service often volunteering to support community youth STEM programs and also loves fitness, working towards competing in a triathlon one day.