Dr. Saeed Sarani is an experienced Grants and Sponsorship Manager, STEAM Innovator, and Educational Analyst. An active leader and STEM Consultant with over twenty years of experience reviewing and collaborating Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs statewide between communities, education personnel, and business members to create a bridge between education and an employable workforce. Additionally, he has over fifteen years of experience reviewing and improving the practical application and systemic use of collected data to improve faculty and student experiences in educational settings.
He has actively taught or worked in several roles and areas in the education community and been instrumental implementing several initiatives: Gifted Education Specialist Certification Initiative: Oklahoma Mathematics Education Specialist Certification Initiative; Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in Oklahoma Statewide initiatives: CASMEO-Oklahoma Women in STEM Conference 2014, Oklahoma STEM Community Initiatives.
He has created awareness, applied and been awarded funding through grant opportunities and application submissions that are relevant to the needs of district and school sites that support the sustainability and growth of educational programs.
Specifically in the past year, his work has been successfully awarded the following grants for Norman Public Schools (NPS): 2019 Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) - $100,000 TSET awarded the district $100,000 in 2019 for a Healthy Incentive Grant, which is the largest incentive that has been awarded by TSET; 2019 TSET-$10,000 additional award to NPS Jefferson Elementary; 2018 Norman Public School Foundation Grants-to-Teachers - $100,000; 2018 Norman Public School Foundation Sudden Opportunity Grants - $10,000; 2018 Oklahoma School Assurance Group (OSAG) Grant award - $4,470.
· Collaborative Work-Publication: Howard, R. E., Sarani, S., & Woods, J. (2009) “Formulating a State Approach to Professional Development”, The Journal of Mathematics and Science Vol 11, pg 223, © Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition
· OKLAHOMA MAGAZINE; Article Interview, April 22, 2016 “Underrepresented, But Rising: Women in STEM” https://okmag.com/blog/underrepresented-but-rising-women-in-stem/
· Oklahoma Horizon TV: INTERVIEW, Spring 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty9QJce3SCE