The Road to Becoming a NASEF Affiliate and Lessons Learned Along the Way

Middle & High School Track

10/08/20, 3:30PM - 4:00PM PT

About the Presentation

The NASEF affiliate program was built from the ground up, the result of leaders in education partnering with NASEF to upscale its curricular framework, professional development and leveraging UCI’s research and expertise in scholastic esports. Through a focus on capacity building and curricular integration, affiliates ignited NASEF’s growth and introduced scholastic esports to thousands of students.

Join Chris, Laylah, and Steve as they share their journey, launching NASEF affiliates in New Jersey and Florida. Learn how a NASEF affiliate program works, the benefits of being a NASEF affiliate, and lessons learned along the way, as they put esports for education in New Jersey and Florida on the map!

Chris Aviles

Teacher, Fair Haven Schools &
Founder, Garden State Esports

Chris Aviles is a teacher at Knollwood middle school in Fair Haven, New Jersey. There he runs the renowned Fair Haven Innovates program he created in 2015. Part of his FH Innovates program includes the FH Knights, the first middle school esports team in the country. As coach of the FH Knights, Aviles and his players take on all comers from around the country including other middle schools, high schools, and even colleges. Chris has been involved in esports since 1998 and he is passionate about growing the esportsedu movement. He has authored The Esports Education Playbook and runs the NASEF affiliated nonprofit, Garden State Esports, to help other educators in New Jersey start esports teams in their schools.

Laylah Bulman

Senior Program Officer, Samueli Foundation

Laylah Bulman is the enterprise director for LEGO Education and a LEAD STEM Fellow, responsible for LEGO Education’s STEM + CS efforts across Florida and the national STEM Learning Ecosystems. Most recently, she has launched the Florida Scholastic Esports League, an affiliate of the North American Scholastic Esports Federation, to expand opportunities in STEM careers through the ecosystems framework. She began her career in the US Embassy in Mexico City, working on science and environmental policy and then moved into K12, working as a teacher, administrator and STEM ecosystem partner, focusing on the effective implementation and sustainability of creative education technologies for classroom innovation. She is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public and International Affairs and a graduate of The University of Virginia.

Steve Isaacs

Teacher, Game Design and Development &
Co-founder and Vice President, Garden State Esports

Steve Isaacs has been teaching since 1992. In 1998 began teaching in Bernards Township, NJ where he developed an internationally recognized middle and high school game development program. Steve is a pioneer in using VR and AR in the classroom. He is a champion for student choice and student, providing a choice based environment to help students find and nurture their passion for learning. Steve is an edtech influencer, community builder, and leader in game-based learning. He has brought commercial video games including Minecraft and Fortnite into his classroom to support students as content creators. Steve is actively involved in building the K12 to College Esports pipeline and co-founded the #EsportsEDU community as well as Garden State Esports. Steve was honored as the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Teacher and the PBS Digital Innovator representing the state of New Jersey.