43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
Jim Stanton brings a unique blend of experience in K–12 education, workforce development, political and community organizing, and business to his groundbreaking work to ensure all students have a strong foundation in computing and are ready to lead and innovate in a future economy driven by computer technology.
Stanton is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) facilitated by EDC. In this initiative, he is collaborating with industry, education, and policy leaders across Massachusetts to enhance access to computer science education, improve professional development for teachers, and create more pathways to STEM careers.
In December 2015, Stanton was one of two EDC computer science education leaders invited to the White House to share their expertise during the White House’s K–12 Computer Science Education Workshop. He presents regularly at national and state forums focused on computer science education, including the annual Massachusetts STEM Summit.
In 2008, Stanton was a member of the Task Force that rewrote the Massachusetts K-12 Instructional Technology Standards and was a member of the Governor’s Readiness Committee on Teacher Recruitment, Retention and Quality. Currently, Jim is a member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the Tech Hub Collaborative Talent Working Group and serves on the Teachers21 Board of Directors.
Prior to joining EDC, Stanton founded and developed the widely acclaimed Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology (LIFT²) program. LIFT² provided paid summer externships in a wide array of STEM industries and three graduate level courses for middle and high school math and science teachers. Forty corporate partners joined with the public sector to provide over $2M in stipends, course tuition, and funds for program coordination. In 2009 LIFT² was selected to participate in a National Teacher Externship retreat, organized by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, as one of ten “Best practice” externship programs in the country.
Earlier in his career, Stanton directed national education research projects at the Institute for Responsive Education and served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Assn. which recruited and provided year-round support to education reform candidates for the School Committee and City Council. He consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on the Boston School Desegregation case and directed the Boston Citywide Parent’s Council under Judge Garrity’s Court Orders.
Stanton holds an MEd in Urban Education and a BA in Economics from Boston College.