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John Watson
In Conversation with
Jim Eagen, HOS, Synapse School
Rachel Skiffer, HOS, Khan Lab School


Tues May 25, 7:00pm-8:15pm PDT 

Free for member school parents and for educators from member and non-member schools.

Registration closes two hours before the start of this event or when maximum registration is reached.


Education is changing, and hybrid and distance learning will be a significant part of its future. John Watson, founder of Evergreen Education Group, and Rachel Skiffer, Head of School at Khan Lab School, review what worked in the field of distance education during the pandemic and what needs to change to improve the experience for all students to receive a robust education.

About Our Speakers


John Watson is the founder of Evergreen Education Group, where for two decades he has researched, written about and advocated for digital learning matters to state boards of education, legislatures, and charter school commissions. As an educator, Watson has taught in a field science school in Colorado, led students on bicycle excursions across New England, on environmental service trips in Belize, and conducted a summer STEM program in Texas. He began his digital education career, working for one of the first learning management companies, eCollege, and developing its K-12 educational division. He holds an MBA and MS from the University of Michigan.

Rachel Skiffer was named Head of School at Khan Lab School in 2018. Prior to that, Skiffer most recently worked at Phillips Academy (Andover), where she spent five years as the school’s Dean of Policy and Strategic Planning. She has also held administrative leadership positions at San Francisco University High School and The Latin School of Chicago, and worked in admissions and financial aid at Harvard College. Prior to her career in education, Skiffer was a commercial real estate attorney with Kirkland & Ellis, and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe College.

Jim Eagen (moderator) is in his 8th year as the Head of School at Synapse School, a one-of-kind K-8 lab school in Menlo Park with a signature project-based curriculum and brain-based framework. Prior to this current position, Eagan's independent school career included positions as teacher, coach and administrator. He believes that when schools and their leaders focus less on what to change and more importantly, embrace constant change to develop the critical skills of implementing change, transformation in education is possible. Under Eagen's leadership, Synapse has grown exponentially in size and impact, earning a reputation as a place where students, teachers and families thrive. 

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