Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Schools
The superintendent of America’s fourth-largest school district discusses why our nation’s diversity is a strength and his optimism on delivering on the American Dream for all students.
Managing Partner, Emerson Collective
The former secretary of education talks about the need for education to rethink its 100-year-old model and actively engage with and challenge students in their learning.
CEO, Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union
The chief executive officer of Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union helps improve the quality of life for citizens in the high-poverty Mississippi Delta with comprehensive solutions like community investment, banking, housing, education, and healthcare.
A skateboarder and professor at the University of Texas El Paso explains why educators should teach real-world skills and problem-solving through student interests, like skateboarding.
Senior Supervising Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center
An education attorney who advocates for students when school districts violate their rights argues that we must work harder to deliver on our nation’s promise to make education the “great equalizer.”
Hip-Hop Artist, Activist
A Grammy award-winning artist talks about why education should evolve and work to bridge the gap between students and educators through deep relationships.
Director of Artist Management and Development, FarFetched; Author
An author discusses the importance of diverse representation and seeing one’s self in literature, particularly children’s books.
CEO, TigerMountain Foundation
A community activist describes the value in understanding one another through cultural diversity and cultural competence in education.
Former CEO, The Supercomputing Challenge
A computer scientist combats the low number of females involved in high school STEM by pushing back against stereotypes and offering STEM programs to girls in middle and elementary school.
General Manager of EAT Café
A restaurant general manager and head chef discusses the importance of combating food insecurity, providing strong nutrition in schools to nourish students’ minds and bodies, and using food as a lever for learning.
Political Pollster, Communications Consultant
Celebrated pollster Frank Lutz’s life was changed by a special teacher; he discusses our national responsibility to deliver quality education and the urgency we should all feel in helping students realize their dreams.
Founder, Harlem Children’s Zone | Board Member, XQ Institute
The founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone talks about how to motivate and “hook” our young people on learning through their passions.
Actor, Author, Activist
An actor, author, and social justice warrior reflects on the “real goal” of education: to expand options, not limit them.
VP of Leather, Shinola
A CEO of a leather goods brand discusses the value of hands-on learning and exposing students to diverse options and passions.
Executive Chef for Levy Restaurants at Ford Field: Home of the Detroit Lions
A chef and food justice enthusiast talks about how to better connect high school learning with real-world careers and problem-solving, for example, connecting math and science with culinary paths.
Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell
The owner of Royal Records describes the importance of music education and why music connects to everything.
An associate professor of education who started a dual-enrollment program for high school students interested in becoming teachers discusses the need for educators to be culturally competent and representative of the students they teach, as well as believe in the potential of all students.
Dean of Teachers College, Arizona State University
The dean at ASU Teachers College encourages our nation to rethink how we’ve always done education to make it more responsive to how young people actually learn.
Principal, Mendez High School
Principal Bautista leads a school named for a civil rights activist who fought against educational discrimination and he continues that work of educational equity today.
Executive Director of MIKVA Challenge
A Puerto Rican youth development leader talks about the lasting damage a teacher caused her by denying her culture and history and the importance of valuing student identities, voices, and ideas.
Assistant Professor of Education, Washington University in St. Louis
An associate professor of education discusses why schools must recognize the needs of students beyond the classroom walls, such as housing and healthcare, in order to provide educational equity.
Colorado State Senator
A state senator and former teacher describes his journey to help deliver college access to undocumented students in Colorado through policy change.
Director of Engineering and Technology Education, St. Louis Science Center
A scientist talks about the power of collaborative, problem-based education to solve real problems and foster true learning.
President and CEO, Expect More Arizona
The chief executive officer of a nonprofit advocacy organization discusses the importance of providing high-quality education to every child regardless of background and its impact on the economy.
A celebrated singer talks about the need for artists in our society, how the arts spark creativity, and why we should fund the arts in schools.
Journalist, Media CEO
A media CEO challenges all of us to be bold and courageous enough to completely rethink how we do education.
Founder, The Social Club Grooming Company
A Detroit social club owner laments the ongoing segregation of the places where “information is exchanged”—like churches, barbershops, and schools—and encourages our society to create more opportunities for diverse collaborations and the “collision” of communities.
Broadcast Journalist, CEO, Starfish Media Group
A well-known broadcast journalist explains why real learning goes far beyond memorization and requires synthesizing information, connecting the dots, and implementing higher-order thinking.
Director of Advocacy, Teacher Town Memphis
A non-profit director of advocacy discusses the importance of approaching all students as individuals with high levels of potential and recognizing that education’s role is to ignite and support that potential.
Assistant Professor at University of California, Berkeley
An assistant professor discusses his experience in a status quo school growing up and the need to reimagine education and push learning beyond school walls.
Award Winning Cellist, Board Member, XQ Institute
A renowned cellist describes the value of deep relationships and collaborative learning in education, and the power of music to build community, empathy, and imagination.
High School and the Future of Work: A Guide for State Policymakers
Transformative change happens only with dynamic leadership from state policymakers like you. That’s what this guide is all about.