Speaker - Ron Ottinger

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As the Executive Director of the Noyce Foundation, Ron Ottinger oversees all program areas and operations of the Foundation. For fourteen years, Ron was the National Associate Director of the non-profit AVID Center, which disseminates AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), the nationally acclaimed college preparation program for low-income students. He co-launched the non-profit AVID Center and provided key leadership in helping the program grow from its base in San Diego to 40 states and 15 countries, reaching nearly 200,000 students in close to 3,000 middle and high schools. Ron served on the San Diego City Schools' Board of Education from 1992 to 2004 and was the district's longest serving board president. In 1993, he authored the "Classrooms First Policy," which reallocated local funds to reduce class size from over 30 to 25 students in grades 1 and 2. This became the model for the state's class size reduction program for grades K-3 adopted in 1996. He also led the school board's hiring of Superintendent Alan Bersin, a former United States Attorney from San Diego and one of the first non-educator superintendents, in 1998 to focus on teaching and learning in the classroom - a focus which resulted in San Diego rivaling Boston for the highest student achievement improvement in a large urban school district. During his tenure with the school district, Ron's school board leadership resulted in a pioneering student achievement accountability system, voter passage of a $1.5 billion bond measure to build new schools and repair all aging school buildings, and a citywide "6-6" after-school program in conjunction with the City of San Diego. Ron joined the Noyce Foundation in Palo Alto, California in 2006.

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