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Research Professor & Historian of Education

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a prolific writer, who has published more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications on the subject. Ravitch is internationally acclaimed for...

Renowned Finnish Educator & Scholar

Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator and scholar. Known as the international “school improvement activist,” Dr. Sahlberg directly links to practitioners, their communities and many other education audiences by sharing his experiences in classroom...

Award-Winning Essayist & Critic

William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.

Globalization & Education Expert

Speaker Yong Zhao is the presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon. He covers everything from policy to innovation and technology.

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Profiled on 60 Minutes & featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada is the former President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, an agency that works to better the future of inner-city youth.

Scholar & Educator

Speaker Linda Darling-Hammond is professor of teaching at Stanford University, where she focuses on school restructuring and teacher education.

Mayor of Miami

As mayor, speaker Manny Diaz transformed Miami from a poor, crime-ridden, and economically stagnant city to a flourishing metropolis with a hurtling skyline.

President of Emerson College & Inspirational Speaker

Lee Pelton is a nationally and internationally known speaker and writer on the value of a liberal education and the importance of leadership development, civic engagement, and diversity in higher education. He came to Emerson on July 1, 2011,...

President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since May, 1992. His research and publications focus on participation and performance of African-American males. He is one of the...

Award-Winning Journalist

An Emmy-winning columnist and editorial writer for The Washington Post, speaker Juan Williams is an analyst for Fox News. He wrote Enough and Muzzled.

Legendary Journalist & News Anchor

One of the most renowned reporters of our time, Emmy-winning Dan Rather has experience and perspective few can match. He offers insight into world events and the significance of journalism today.

Education Correspondent, NPR

A former elementary and middle school teacher, Claudio Sanchez currently serves as the education correspondent for NPR. His reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and ...

President, HOPE Foundation, Award-Winning Author & Educational Leader

Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began...

Retired Chief Executive & Keynote Speaker

Joe Echevarria, the recently retired chief executive of the professional services firm Deloitte LLP is proficient in subjects as diverse as the U.S. economy and the audit and consulting professions to cutting-edge leadership trends in a rapidly...

Host/Managing Editor, News One Now

Host of TV One's NewsOne Now and nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, Martin is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America...

Oprah Winfrey's "All-Time Favorite Guest"

Speaker Tererai Trent endured a life of poverty in Zimbabwe before changing it all by obtaining her doctorate. She works to improve education in her home village.

Professor / Author

As the co-author of The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud and the Attack on America's Public Schools, David Berliner challenges the notion that American students are lagging behind other nations.

Best-Selling Author of Raising Global IQ: Preparing our Students for a Shrinking Planet

Carl F. Hobert directs Boston University s Global Literacy Institute and is the author of the bestseller Raising Global IQ: Preparing our Students for a Shrinking Planet (Beacon Press). He offers conflict-resolution simulation workshops...

Former Presidential Candidate & Consumer Advocate

A former Green Party candidate for president, Ralph Nader fights for the people on the issues that matter most: healthcare, safety, environment, ethics, education, and economic & social equality.

Founder of aha! Process, Author & Career Educator

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. is the founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator. Recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, her foundational book and workshop, Dr. Ruby Payne has helped...

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