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Education Reformers

Quality education is vital for students to be successful in the competitive global economy. However, due to a lack of funding or manpower, some public schools are not able to adequately prepare their students. Our speakers on education reform recognize the changes that need to be made to improve schools and education, sharing new models and innovative ideas to equip students with the education they need to succeed in today's world.

Education Reformers

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...

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.

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...

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.

Innovator & Leader in Teacher Education

Michael Fullan, OC, is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders around the world in...

Founder of Green Bronx Machine & Green Initiative Educator

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator/administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Stephen has electrified and inspired audiences of all types with his "Si Se Puede"...

Co-Founder of the Teaching Excellence Network

As a classroom teacher in East Oakland for the past 21 years, Jeff Duncan-Andrade's pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students.

Professor of Science Education & Author, and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the Department of Energy

Christopher Emdin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center...

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.

Senior Fellow at International Center for Leadership in Education

Eric Sheninger is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP). He presents and speaks nationally to assist other school...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and astute chronicler of humanity. As a seasoned journalist who has traveled China, Africa, India, and South Asia, he...

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, 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...

Actor, Breaking Bad

Steven Michael Quezada is an actor, comedian and writer. His crowning achievement was playing DEA Agent Steve Gomez on the multi-award winning TV mega hit Breaking Bad. Quezada is an education advocate, does standup comedy and is renowned...

Founder of Pacific Educational Group, Inc.

A product of public elementary and independent secondary school, Glenn Eric Singleton founded Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG) to support families in their transitions within and between K–12 and higher education. His company rapidly grew...

Former Asst. Secretary, Secondary & Elementary Education

Susan B. Neuman is a professor of early childhood and literacy and chair of the Teaching and Learning Department at the New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Previously, she served as the US...

Educator & Social Justice Advocate

A former inner city teacher, Kozol has been an activist and advocate for social justice and equity in public education for over 40 years. His newest book, Letters to a Young Teacher, reignites a number of controversial issues: the mania of...

Educator & Technology Expert

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, an author, an international consultant, university instructor and speaker. His focus has consistently been on the compelling need to prepare children for their future, not our past.

Education Expert on Assessment & School Reform

Dr. Douglas Reeves is one of the most noted experts on education and school reform. As a researcher, reformer, and educator, he has received some of the most noteworthy awards in his respective fields. Authoring over 30 books, Dr. Reeves is one...

Teacher & Student Inspirational Speakers

Donna Porter and DJ Batiste have a story that is sure to inspire all audiences. Porter has dedicated her life to the field of education, and has gained a breadth of wisdom and experience that she now pours into audiences across the nation. Early...

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