Spitfire Strategies

Archive for August, 2015

15,000 Teachers, One Powerful Day of Learning and Four Major Takeaways

Midy Aponte

By Midy Aponte
Senior Vice President

Jenny Kern

By Jenny Kern
Vice President

This spring, a partnership of California education groups came to Spitfire with a big idea: bring together 15,000 California teachers at 33 sites across the state for a first-of-its-kind day of learning led by teachers, for teachers. The summit would give teachers an opportunity to share ideas, build their networks… (read more)

And…ACTION: Saving the World One Guilty Pleasure at a Time

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

A Buffy the Vampire Slayer poster hangs prominently on my office wall. As I am ostensibly an adult, I tell people I keep it there because the tagline is an example of perfect messaging: “Pert. Wholesome. Way Lethal.” But the truth is, I like the entire concept of Buffy. I… (read more)

“This is a truly transformative program and there is no question that it is preparing leaders to be courageous communicators.”

- Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, The National Steinbeck Center

COAL + ICE: Overcoming Barriers to Spark Climate Action

AnaChristina Arana

By AnaChristina Arana
Account Coordinator

  “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from the [IPCC] report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Get to know our newest Spitfires

There are some new faces at Spitfire, adding valuable talents and perspectives to the Spitfire team. We sat down with four of them to learn more about some of their favorite things—at work and at play.   Where were you before Spitfire? Mike Carter-Conneen Director, Washington, D.C. I spent 15… (read more)

Throwback Thursday: Thinking Through Communication Conundrums

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  One of the best jobs I ever had was at Exploration Summer Camp (their motto: where you make summer meaningful), where I worked from ages 18-21. As counselors, we made up classes to teach and we did activities in the afternoon. One day, I found myself co-leading a contraception… (read more)

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