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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

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.

Internationally Recognized Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and author. In her book, The Big Disconnect, Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which technology and media are putting our children at...

Author & Political Blogger

Juliette Turner, 17, is a senior in high school and a three-time published author with HarperCollins Zondervan. Most recently, she has formed a nonpartisan political blog called “The Voice of the Future” where she aims to encourage her generation...

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon & Neuroscientist

Dr. Q is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting edge research to cure brain cancer. Named as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in 2008, Dr. Q was also selected by Popular Science magazine as one of...

Co-founder GoodThink, Presidential Point of Light & Award-Winning Author

Amy Blankson is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton). In 2007, joined GoodThink on the ground floor to develop and scale the company as it sought to bring the science of happiness...

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...

Author, LGBTQ Rights Advocate

Jessica Herthel is the co-author of the critically acclaimed children’s picture book, I Am Jazz. Today Jessica travels around the country primarily speaking to students, parents, teachers, counselors, and superintendents about using the...

Disney Animator, Author & Illustrator

A 38 year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Glen Keane trained under Walt Disney’s 9 Old Men. Glen Keane went on to create many beloved Disney characters, such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Beast, Tarzan, and Rapunzel. In 2012,...

Actress & Mathematician

Danica McKellar was first introduced to us as “Winnie Cooper” on the iconic television classic, The Wonder Years. Danica is the apotheosis of pop culture meets nerd culture. Her message to girls? Smart is sexy!

Distinguished Mathematician & One of the World’s Fastest Mental Calculators

Dr. Arthur Benjamin is a distinguished mathematician, a professional magician, and one of the world’s fastest mental calculators. Dr. Benjamin has given 3 TED talks, which have been viewed over 12 million times.

Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama

A passionate advocate and inspiring educational leader, former Secretary of Education John B. King considers himself living proof of the transformative power of a great education. According to Dr. King, “New York City public school teachers saved...

Educator & Best-Selling Author of The Gift of Failure

Teacher, New York Times best-selling author and columnist Jessica Lahey is inspiring audiences with her rallying cry to allow children to experience failure as an integral part of becoming successful, resilient and self-reliant adults.

Founder of Raising Digital Natives, Experienced Workshop Leader & Consultant

An experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Dr. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives to serve as a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship.

Founder & CEO of PlayWerks

Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia is the Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, an independent interactive media company that creates high-quality, innovative, multi-platform immersive experiences for children and adults.

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