Founder and Past President of Solution Tree & HOPE Foundation, Award-Winning Author, Film Producer & 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 was Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. Read More >
Petersburg Rising Trailer
One on One with JC Hayward
ASCD General Assembly Keynote
How I Became Involved in Equity
Failure is Not an Option
Celebration of Teaching & Learning
Learn how successful district and school leaders are reclaiming their communities, schools, and students. Read More >
This can be done by building relational trust, and using processes, like collective impact, to focus on the needs of youth: Read Less ^
Underlying the challenges children now face in recapturing the learning they would have otherwise gained were they in school steadily since 2020, are additional needs that must be addressed while also rethinking the delivery of instruction. Depending on the student and context, the issues may include poverty, trauma, isolation, and grief. This presentation focuses on adapting instructional strategies to reclaim and engage students, their families, and the community so that the conditions for enhanced learning can be collectively created.
There is a time for adaptive responses to a new challenge. At other times, the fundamentals of the situation have shifted significantly and require Breakthrough leadership, whereby leaders see the status quo as unworkable must rethink previous assumptions. In all cases courage is required to act. Read More >
Very few of us were trained to lead through the crises that have befallen all of our schools, communities, children and families these past few years. This keynote points to models we can learn from successful leaders who have prevailed during times of extraordinary challenge. Read Less ^
“Always an inspiring presenter, with a deep concern about equity and a host of ways to make it practical.”
“Alan Blankstein’s presentations are consistently relevant and inspiring to educators. His work addresses the most important issues facing schools in America today, and his approach is both practical and powerful.”
“Alan's was the best and most highly rated leadership event we have ever had!”
“Alan is an engaging presenter with a highly relevant message. He connects to educators by sharing his personal story and by knowing his audience. I appreciated having the opportunity to speak with Alan about the key issues in our state so that he could tailor his remarks to hit home with our conference attendees.”
“Alan Blankstein’s presentations involve the audience through creating an internal emotional response that each audience member physically experiences. He is a dynamic, passionate, interesting and above all, real. His presentations are deeply touching and still fun to be a part of.”
“Alan Blankstein is an uplifting and inspirational presenter. As a superintendent of three different K-12 school districts, he has provided our teachers and leaders with structures, systems, and best instructional practices that lead to student success. Audiences respond enthusiastically to Alan and his energizing balance of charisma, humor, content knowledge (from several of his bestselling books), and emotional connections.”
“One of the best keynote speakers I’ve heard.”
"Thank you so much for sharing your expertise in facilitating one workshop and our closing keynote. Your workshop and keynote grounded the whole program, and added an important layer to our theme Joyful Leadership In Traumatic Times. Your closing keynote created an inspirational buzz that many were seeking, and voiced their appreciation as they were departing."
"Alan provided the Virginia superintendents with an inspirational and thought-provoking Keynote presentation on innovative leadership during the Pandemic that thoroughly engaged our members and inspired their enthusiasm to become transformational leaders."
"I have had the privilege of attending more than one of Alan Blankstein’s brilliant keynote presentations. The entire audience is invariably out of their seats; they laugh, they cry and are uplifted with inspiring examples of equity-based school practices. For decades, Alan has delivered thoughtful, proven approaches to creating sustainable improvement in schools. He joyfully engages his audience completely from start to finish, showing us why and how this important work can be done. Alan is a dynamic, inspiring, and insightful presenter. Be prepared to be mesmerized, if you are lucky enough to have him speak to your organization."
"Alan Blankstein is a visionary leader who truly believes that failure is not an option when it comes to educating children! His message of transformation through collectively creating, communicating, and implementing with fidelity a powerful mission and vision has stood the test of time!"
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