George Nelson, a former astronaut and University of Washington associate vice provost, will be the new deputy director of Project 2061 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will take on his new duties Oct. 1.
Mr. Nelson will be responsible for the daily operation of the Washington-based organization's long-term effort to reform science education nationwide. He will also help create long-term strategies for research and development and outreach, and help build coalitions within the scientific and education communities.
Since its start in 1985, Project 2061 has worked to devise a set of reform tools to help educators evaluate, select, and design materials, instruction, and assessment that promote science literacy for students.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., has appointed Mary E. Apodaca the director of its National Leadership Program for Teachers. The program is an array of professional-development programs for precollegiate teachers.
Ms. Apodaca is the coordinator for the Coalition of Essential Schools in the Colorado education department. The state coalition is part of the nationwide effort based at Brown University in Providence, R.I. which is a consortium of public schools that work with colleges and universities to improve student achievement.
Since its beginning in 1982, the leadership program has enrolled more than 95,000 teachers in activities covering 38 topics. Ms. Apodaca succeeds Dale S. Koepp, who is retiring.
Elba Santiago, the superintendent of the Jackson, Mich., schools, has left for an administrative position at Michigan State University. She will become the assistant vice president for student affairs and services and director of student life at the university in East Lansing. Ms. Santiago, who has headed the 7,740-student Jackson district since 1994, assumes her new duties this month. ... Helmer N. Ekstrom, the president of the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, has said he will step down. Mr. Ekstrom also heads the New York City-based organization's research and education arm, the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy, which publishes Giving USA. He will be leaving at the end of January.
--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]