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As educators themselves, APB's education speakers advocate for a fair and just educational system as a vital component to shaping children's minds and lives. These speakers on education offer inspirational messages as well as cogent advice about educational issues including reforming the system, developing potential, and improving performance while best preparing our children for the future.

Education

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...

Award-Winning Filmmaker, Author & Television Host, Globe Trekker

Holly Morris is an award-winning filmmaker and writer, and television host. Her newest documentary, The Babushkas of Chernobyl, premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. Through her work, she has lectured widely to talk about post-...

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...

Pulitzer Nominee, Award-Winning Author & Reporter

Best known as the author of the New York Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, ...

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.

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...

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.

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...

Actor, Ugly Betty / Education Advocate

With an acting career in film, television, and theater spanning almost thirty years, Plana currently stars on the hit series Ugly Betty. A former teacher, he maintains his passion for education, serving the Latino community through...

Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor and Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor

Seth’s “take-no-prisoners” approach toward identifying and eradicating inefficiencies, coupled with his driven leadership and commitment to accountability, transformed the once-maligned U.S. Department of Labor into the federal government’s...

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...

Co-Founder of Blackboard & Current CEO of SocialRadar

Michael Chasen is an entrepreneur who is focused in the technology, education, and Social Local Mobile (SoLoMo) space.

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...

Innovative Educational Consultant

Speaker David Sousa is the author of How the Brain Learns, in which he translates discoveries on brain research into practical and effective classroom strategies.

Inspirational Teacher & Author

Inspiration for the movie Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnson is a former US Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, high school teacher and college instructor. At present, she is an author, lecturer, college instructor,...

Educator / Attorney / Author

A human relations and education expert, Dr. Kuykendall has gained national recognition for her extensive talents and expertise in promoting problem resolution. She is President of her own firm, K.I.R.K., Inc., established to provide "Kreative...

All-Time Jeopardy! Champion

The master Jeopardy! player, Jennings has surpassed all records., establishing himself as the All-Time Top TV Game Show Winner in the world.

Founder of McSweeney's / Author

Dave Eggers is the author of the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000); the novel You Shall Know Our Velocity (2002); the story collection How We Are Hungry (2004); and the novel What is the What (...

Child Prodigy & Education Advocate

Called a "tiny literary giant" by Diane Sawyer, teenager Adora Svitak has authored three books and taught over in 400 schools and classrooms worldwide.

Filmmaker, Miss Representation & The Mask You Live In

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, former actress, and advocate for women and girls. She has been heralded by Newsweek Daily Beast as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World” and has been included in “The League of Extraordinary Women”...

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