World's Top 30 Education Professionals for 2017

Guru #1

Dr. Otto Scharmer

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Dr. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, Boston, a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation that helps leaders from business, government, civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. He is author of Theory U and co-author of Presence and Leading from the Emerging Future. In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course for leading profound change that has since activated a global platform and eco-system of societal and personal renewal involving more than 100,000 users from 185 countries. With his colleagues he delivered award winning programs for companies including Alibaba, Daimler, Eileen Fisher and Google and co-facilitated innovation labs on reinventing education, health, business, government, and well-being. Otto received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015) and the EU Leonardo Corporate Learning Award for the contributions of Theory U to the future of management and learning (2016). For more detail: ottoscharmer.com

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Guru #2

Diane Ravitch

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Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She blogs at dianeravitch.net, Her blog has had more than 20 million page views since she started it April 26, 2012. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. From 1995 until 2005, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy. Before entering government service, she was Adjunct Professor of History and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2011, She was honored to receive the Daniel Patrick Moynihan award from the merican Academy of Political and Social Sciences. Her last two books were national bestsellers. And she received the Grawemeyer Prize in 2014 for “The Death and Life of the Great American School System. She has received 10 honorary degrees.

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Guru #3

Terry Small

Terry Small, B.Ed., M.A., is a master teacher and Canada’s leading learning skills specialist. He is the author of the Brain Bulletin with over 34,000 subscribers worldwide. Terry has presented on the brain for over 33 years to organizations around the world.. His knowledge, warmth, humour and dynamic presentation style have made him a much sought-after speaker at workshops and conferences. Terry often appears on TV, radio, and in the press. He recently appeared on BCTV, Global, CKNW and Student Success. He has presented his ideas to over 238,000 people in 23 countries. His clients include IBM, TEDx, Ford, IMD, JTI, UBS, Hitachi, Bayer, Bosch, CRA, RCMP, Telus, and many schools and universities. His presentations are engaging, humorous, practical, and all based on the latest brain science. Terry believes, “Anyone can learn how to learn easier, better, faster, and that learning to learn is the most important skill a person can acquire.” Terry’s wealth of teaching experience and extensive involvement in applied neuroscience and make him an outstanding resource of the business and educational communities. He resides in Vancouver, Canada, where he is a frequent lecturer at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Terry Small’s Philosophy is simple: “Success is a skill anyone can learn.”

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Guru #4

Barbara Blackburn

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Barbara Blackburn, Ph.D has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. What differentiates Barbara’s fourteen books are her easily executable concrete examples based on decades of experience as a teacher, professor, and consultant. Barbara’s dedication to education was inspired in her early years by her parents, Bob and Rose. Her father’s doctorate and lifetime career as a professor taught her the importance of professional training. Her mother’s career as school secretary shaped Barbara’s appreciation of the effort all staff play in the education of every child. Barbara has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. She holds a master’s degree in school administration and is certified as both a teacher and a school principal in North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2006, she received the award for Outstanding Junior Professor at Winthrop University. She recently left her position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to write and speak full-time. In addition to speaking at state and national conferences, she also regularly presents workshops for teachers and administrators in elementary, middle, and high schools. Her workshops are lively and engaging and filled with practical information.

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Guru #5

Elizabeth Ross Hubbell

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Elizabeth Ross Hubbell is a lead consultant in the curriculum and instruction department at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). She conducts workshops and training for K-12 teachers on research-based instructional strategies and technology integration, writes curriculum models for online classes, conducts technology audits for districts, and trains district leaders in using Power Walkthrough software. Prior to coming to McREL, Hubbell served as a building-level curriculum director and elementary teacher, where she focused on combining 21st century learning environments with Montessori philosophies. She holds a master’s degree in information and learning technologies from the University of Colorado-Denver and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia.She was one of four national finalists for Technology & Learning’s Ed Tech Leader of the Year 2003. She has been published in several journals, including Principal, Montessori Life, Teacher’s College Record, and Learning & Leading with Technology. Hubbell is coauthor of Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works (ASCD, 2007) and The Future of Schooling: Educating American in 2020 (Solution Tree, 2010).

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Guru #6

Jim Fay

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Co-Founder, The Love and Logic Institute Inc., School Consultant Services. Over 30 years of experience in education, including: Teacher, Principal, Administrator. 34 years of experience as a speaker, consultant. Jim Fay has become one of America’s most sought-after presenters in the fields of parenting, positive discipline, and classroom management. With Foster W. Cline, M.D., he is the co-founder of The Love and Logic Institute and co-author of the bestseller Parenting with Love and Logic. He’s become a pied piper for parents, providing practical teaching and parenting techniques and encouraging adults to be consistent and effective in their efforts with kids. Jim Fay has over 30 years of experience in education, serving in public, private, and parochial schools in a variety of roles, including elementary education, art and music teacher, school principal, and administrator. He has been consulting and speaking about parenting and education for more than 30 years, founding School Consultant Services, the sister company to the Cline-Fay Institute, in 1977. Through working in a variety of education settings, including inner-city and suburban schools, Jim saw the need to structure the classroom, the schools, and the home in a way that would build positive relationships with children. The structure would teach children responsibility and self-discipline, while still giving kids the message that adults cared about them.

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Guru #7

Eric Jensen

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Dr. Eric Jensen is a former teacher with a specialty in the applied cognitive science of learning. His M.A. is in Organizational Development and Ph.D. is in Human Development. Jensen is currently a member of the invitation-only Society for Neuroscience and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has worked with three universities and co-founded three multimillion dollar educational companies. Jensen cofounded the first and largest brain-compatible enrichment program, now with more than 70,000 graduates, held in 16 countries. He has written Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Brain-Based Learning, Teaching with Poverty in Mind and 29 other books on learning and the brain. He was the founder of the Learning Brain EXPO and has trained educators and trainers worldwide in this field for 25 years. He is deeply committed to making a positive, lasting difference in the way we learn.

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Guru #8

Michael Fullan

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Michael Fullan is a Canadian researcher on education and the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He is one of those who reform educational system to achieve moral purposes of all children learning. As an award winning author, he also received several awards through his books including Leading in a Culture of Change, Breakthrough with Peter Hill and Carmel Crevola, Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education with Geoff Scott and Change Wars with Andy Hargreaves.

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Guru #9

Deborah Meier

Deborah Meier has been working in public education as a teacher, principal, writer, advocate since the early 1960s, and ranks among the most acclaimed leaders of the school reform movement in the U.S. She started her work as an early childhood teacher in Chicago after graduating from the U of Chicago. Her family moved to NYC in the late 1960s where she worked as a kindergarten teacher in Central Harlem. For the next 20 years, Meier helped revitalize public schools in New York City’s East Harlem District 4. In 1974, she founded Central Park East Elementary School (CPE I), a highly successful public school of choice that served predominantly local African American and Hispanic families. During the next dozen years, Meier opened two other Central Park East elementary schools in District 4 as well as an acclaimed secondary school (CPESS), while also supporting and directing the development of similar schools throughout NYC. She  helped found the Coalition of Essential Schools, in the 1980s, under the leadership of Ted Sizer.  In 1987 she received a MacArthur “genius” Award for her work in public education. During the 1990s she also served as an Urban Fellow at the Annenberg Institute. In 1995 she moved to Boston to start Mission Hill, a K-8 school in Roxbury. These schools were part of a network Meier created that helped initiate new small schools, both elementary and secondary, both in NYC and Boston. At Coalition schools, Meier helped foster democratic communities, giving teachers greater autonomy in the running of a school, giving parents a voice in what happens to their children in schools, and promoting intergenerational connections. She has always been a proponent of active, project-based learning, and of graduation through a series of exhibitions of high quality work. She is the author of many books and articles, including The Power of Their Ideas, Lessons to America from a Small School in Harlem, and In Schools we Trust. She is an outspoken critic of state-mandated curriculum and high stakes standardized testing and has written extensively on their unreliability and class/race biases. She is on the board of  FairTest, Save Our Schools, Center for Collaborative Education and the Association for Union Democracy. She is also on the editorial board of The Nation, The Harvard Education Letter, and Dissent magazines.

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Guru #10

Robert j Marzano

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Robert j Marzano PhD, is cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Colorado. A leading researcher in education, he is a speaker, trainer, and author of more than 30 books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His books include The Art and Science of Teaching and Effective Supervision. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are internationally known and widely practiced by both teachers and administrators. Dr. Marzano received a bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New York, a master’s degree from Seattle University, and a doctorate from the University of Washington.

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Guru #11

Sir Ken Robinson

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Sir Ken Robinson is a professor emeritus and a great thinker in education and business revolution through his thoughts on creativity innovation and human potential. His speech at the prestigious TED conference in 2006 and 2010 has a highest number of viewers in TED history with 25 million viewers from 150 countries worldwide. He was also honored as one of the Worlds Elite Thinkers on Creativity and Innovation in 2011 by Fast Company Magazine and also as one of the Top 50 Thinkers in the business world. He is also the author of best selling book The Element How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything which he composed in 2009 and was translated into 20 languages.

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Guru #12

Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell was born August 15, 1969 in southern California.  Erin went and graduated from Bonita High School.  While in high school Erin tried to get involved with many different clubs and stuff.  As a senior, she ran for student body president and lost.  In an interview she says she lost to an anarchist with a mohawk.  Before Erin started college she thought she wanted to be a Lawyer but after watching the LA Riots on television her life changed dramatically. AFter watching this, Erin decided that she wanted to help children fight their battles inside the classroom.  Erin went to the University of California and received her bachelors degree in teaching.  She then went to California State University to get her masters degree.  After college, Erin taught at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. She taught high school Language Arts.  Here one of the most remarkable stories took place between a teacher and her students.

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Guru #13

Salman Khan

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Salman Khan is a Bangladeshi Indian American educator entrepreneur and former hedge fund analyst. He is founder of Khan Academy which is a free online platform for education worldwide. It is mainly focused on sciences and mathematical field and those subjects are presented through more than 4000 videos which is having more than 1 million subscribers. As the discoverer of this new kind of education world TIME and Forbes recognize him as one of the 100 Most influential People in the World and $1 Trillion Opportunity

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Guru #14

Randi Weingarten

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Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state, and federal employees; and early-childhood educators. She was elected in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president. In the months immediately following her election, Weingarten launched major efforts to place education reform and innovation high on the nation’s agenda. In September 2008, Weingarten led the development of the AFT Innovation Fund, a groundbreaking initiative to support sustainable, innovative, and collaborative reform projects developed by members and their local unions to strengthen our public schools. Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, representing approximately 200,000 nonsupervisory educators in the New York City public school system, as well as home child-care providers and other workers in health, law, and education. For 10 years, Weingarten chaired New York City’s Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella organization for the city’s 100-plus public sector unions, including those representing higher education and other public service employees. As chair of the MLC, she coordinated labor negotiations and bargaining for benefits on behalf of the MLC unions 365,000 members. Weingarten is known as a reform-minded leader who has demonstrated her commitment to improving schools, hospitals, and public institutions for children, families, and their communities. She has fought to make sure teachers and school support personnel are treated with respect and dignity, have a voice in the education of their students, and are given the support and resources they need to succeed in the classroom.

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Guru #15

Edward L Deci

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Edward L Deci is professor of psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Rochester. Engaged in a program of research on human motivation that has led to Self Determination Theory which was applied in many contexts in order to anticipate and observe behavioral changes. He published ten books which are translated into many languages including Japanese, German and Spanish. He gives lectures and consultation to many corporations, public school systems, mental health agencies, universities and government bureaus of many nations.

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Guru #16

Prof Sugata Mitra

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Prof Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University UK. He conducted the Hole in the Wall experiment in 1999 while at NIIT, Kalkaji,New Delhi with a computer embedded in the wall of a slum to observe the behavior of unsupervised children. He called this Minimally Invasive Education, MIE. He then went on to invent Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs) in UK schools and conducted remoter presence experiments with a ‘Granny Cloud’ that he created. He was awarded the first one million dollar TED Prize in 2013, which he used to create ‘Schools in the Cloud’ that combine SOLEs and the Granny Cloud into a facility for the future of learning.

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Guru #17

Larry Ferlazzo

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Larry Ferlazzo teaches English, Social Studies and International Baccalaureate classes to English Language Learners and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.Larry wrote six books:Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching; Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies For Student Motivation; The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski); Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges; English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work; and Building Parent ngagement In Schools (with co-author Lorie Hammond). Larry has won several awards, including the Leadership For A Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation and was the Grand Prize Winner of the International Reading Association Award for Technology and Reading. Larry writes a popular education blog a http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ , aweekly teacher advice column for Education Week Teacher and a weekly post for The New York Times. My articles on education policy regularly appear in the Washington Post and the Huffington Post. In addition, my articles have appeared in publications such as ASCD Educational Leadership, Social Policy, and Language Magazine.Larry was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a public school teacher.

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Guru #18

Andy Hargreaves

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Andy Hargreaves from Boston Massachusetts is theThomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is the founder and co director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. His interest in researching includes emotions of teaching and leading and the sustainability of change and leadership in education business sports and health. He is an author of Teaching In The Knowledge Society Education in the Age of Insecurity book received the Choice Outstanding Book Award from the American Libraries Association for Teaching and the American Educational Research Association Division B Outstanding Book Award.

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Guru #19

Dennis Littky

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Dennis Littky is the co founder and co director of Big Picture Company, The Met School and College Unbound. Throughout the years, he challenged the conventional education and school system by introducing different ways in teaching students critically challenging real world based and entrepreneurial course of studies. He has received many recognitions including the 2002 McGraw Hill Prize in Education, The George Lucas Daring Dozen in Education Award and the 2006 Innovator of the Year Award from the Rhode Island Development Corporation.

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Guru #20

David A Kolb

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David A Kolb is the Chairman of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS), an organization that he founded in 1980 to advance research and practice on experiential learning. EBLS has developed many experiential exercises and self-assessment instruments including the latest Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0 and the Kolb Educator Role Profile, an inventory designed to help educators apply experiential learning principles in their work.The EBLS program of research on Experiential Learning Theory continues with an international network of researchers, practitioners and learning partners. He received his BA in psychology, philosophy and religion at Knox College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He was a professor of organizational behavior and management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior. He is best known for his research on experiential learning and learning styles described in the new Second Edition of Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Other books include—The Experiential Educator: Principles and Practices of Experiential Learning, How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learning to Transform Your Life, Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation, Innovation in Professional Education:  Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, and Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach.  In addition he has authored many journal articles and book chapters on experiential learning available at www.learningfromexperience.com

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Guru #21

Kenneth Leithwood

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Dr. Leithwood is Emeritus Professor at OISE/University of Toronto and advisor to the Leadership Development Branch of Ontario’s Ministry of Education. His research and writing is about school leadership, educational policy and organizational change. He has published extensively on these topics. For example, he is the senior editor of both the first and second International Handbooks on Educational Leadership and Administration (Kluwer Publishers, 1996, 2003). His most recent books include Linking Leadership to Student Learning (2012, Jossey Bass), Leading School Turnaround (2010, Jossey Bass), Distributed leadership: The state of the evidence (2009, Routledge), Leading With Teachers Emotions In Mind (2008, Corwin), Making Schools Smarter (Corwin, 3rd edition, 2006) and Teaching for Deep Understanding (Corwin, 2006). With colleagues, he has recently completed one of the largest studies of its kind about how state, district and school-level leadership influences student learning. Professor Leithwood is the inaugural recipient of the University of Toronto’s Impact on Public Policy award, AERA’s 2011 Outstanding Leadership Researcher Award, and the 2012 Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Guru #22

Pasi Sahlberg

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Pasi Sahlberg is a global academic from Finland who analyze academic systems around the globe and reforms to education systems. He engages directly to communities and practitioners and he is recognized as an international school improvement activist. He is an active speaker who made more than 300 keynote speeches and which was published over 100 articles chapters and on books regarding education. In 2013 he won a Grawemeyer Award for his best seller book Finnish Lessons What Can the World Learn from educational Change in Finland.

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Guru #23

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia. Vicki co-created five award winning international wiki-centric projects, the Flat Classroom project, the Horizon project, Digiteen and the Eracism project with teacher Julie Lindsay, currently located in Beijing. She co-founded the NetGenEd project with Julie Lindsay and award-winning author Don Tapscott and the Flat Classroom Conference with Julie Lindsay. These projects have linked more than 4000 students from both public and private schools in such countries as Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Spain, Pakistan, Qatar and the US and harness the most powerful Web 2.0 tools available including wikis, blogs, digital storytelling, podcasts, social bookmarking, and more. Vicki has been featured in various media including Thomas Friedman’s bobestteacher08.pngok, The World is Flat, Don Tapscott’s Book, Grown Up Digital, Curtis Bonk’s Book The World is Open, Suzie Boss and Jayne Krauss’ Reinventing Project Based Learning, Lawrence Peters’ Global Education, and media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe. Vicki blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher blog which has approximately 30,000 subscribers and winner of the edublog award for best Teacher Blog in 2008, and was a finalist from 2006-2009. The Flat Classroom project won the edublog award for best wiki in 2006 and 2008, and the Horizon Project was a finalist for best wiki in education in 2007. Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator. She lives in Camilla, Georgia with her three children and husband, Kip. Vicki has written for many leading educational magazines and websites including Edutopia, Teacher-Librarian, Cable in the Classroom, NetFamily News, TechLearning, and Leading and Learning and has keynoted and spoken at educational conferences across the country including North Carolina, Maine, California, Michigan, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia and at Google Headquarters in California

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Guru #24

John Wood

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John Wood is the founder of Room to Read. An organization that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. At the age of 35, John left an executive career track at Microsoft to form Room to Read. The business acumen honed there, combined with his passion to change the world, makes John a unique and inspiring speaker with universal appeal. He is the author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, a memoir that was named by Amazon as one of the Top Ten business narratives of 2006. The book and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and led to John’s lifelong dream – a television interview with Charlie Rose. At the invitation of former President Bill Clinton, John served three terms on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative. He was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was named by Goldman Sachs as one of the world’s 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Film Festival, is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and along with Malala Yousufzai was awarded the World’s Children’s Prize, often called the Children’s Nobel Prize, by the Queen of Sweden. John was chosen for the first-ever Microsoft Alumni of the Year award, given by Bill and Melinda Gates. John has been a three-time speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative and a five-time winner of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist Award. He has been honored by Time Magazine’s “Asian Heroes” Award and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was selected by Barron’s as one of the “25 Best Givers” in 2009 and 2010, ranking 11th and 9th on the list, respectively. John holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, and honorary doctorates from McGill University and the University of San Francisco.

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Guru #25

Michelle Rhee

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Michelle Rhee is from Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from Cornell University in 1992, and went on to join Teach for America. She subsequently spent three years as a teacher at Harlem Park Elementary in Baltimore, MD. Through trial and error in the classroom, she gained a tremendous respect for the hard work that teachers do every day and realized the incredibly powerful and positive role teachers can have in helping kids grow. Michelle went on to earn her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, after which she launched The New Teacher Project. The nonprofit seeks to bring great teachers to all classrooms in America. As Chief Executive Officer and President, Michelle partnered with school districts, state education agencies, nonprofits and unions to transform the way schools and other organizations recruit, select and train highly-qualified teachers.In 2007, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty appointed Michelle to be the city’s schools chancellor. Under her leadership, the district and the teachers’ union approved a groundbreaking contract that dramatically reformed how D.C. schools operate. Michelle also streamlined the system’s central office, freeing up more resources to go to classrooms. Students in D.C. experienced academic success and growth under Michelle’s leadership. Graduation rates rose, as did enrollment – something that had not occurred in 40 years.In December 2010, Michelle launched StudentsFirst, a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 2 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what’s best for students. StudentsFirst is helping to bring change with common sense reforms that help make sure all students have great schools and great teachers. Their goal is to ensure educators are valued for the critical role they play in kids’ lives, families have high-quality school choices and a real say in their child’s education, and tax dollars are spent wisely on what works for kids. Since its inception, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 110 student-centered policies in 17 states, and the movement continues to grow.

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Guru #26

Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard is an original thinker whose ideas have transformed the effectiveness of and quality of life for millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. For more than 40 years he has been the creator of innovative ideas and models of individual, organizational, and social transformation. His work has been the source of new perspectives for thinkers and practitioners in fields as diverse as business, education, philosophy, medicine, developing and emerging countries, conflict resolution, and community building. Erhard has created new ways of seeing things in areas where progress has stalled or where breakthroughs would make a significant difference. A majority of the Fortune 100 companies, and many foundations and governmental entities, have used his ideas and models. Fortune magazine’s 40th anniversary issue (5/15/95), in examining the major contributions to management thinking, recognized Werner Erhard’s ideas about methods for empowering people as one of the major innovations in management thinking of the last few decades. While he may be best known to the general public for applications derived from his models (including The est Training started in 1971 and replaced in the mid-1980s by The Forum), currently Werner Erhard commits his time and intellectual effort almost exclusively to the academic world. Some of his recent research, writings, lectures, and courses can be found on his author page in the Social Sciences Research Network. His current work is disseminated through such organizations as the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Harvard Law School, John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Business School and the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). More than two million people around the world have participated in the public, corporate and academic programs and courses that Werner Erhard has created.

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Guru #27

Arthur L. Costa

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Dr. Arthur L. Costa is a Professor of Education, Emeritus from California State University Sacramento. Dr. Costa specializes in helping educators teach students higher level thinking skills. He has taught graduate courses focusing on curriculum, supervision, and the improvement of instruction. Dr. Costa has written and edited several books and numerous articles on thinking skills, teaching strategies, and supervision. He has made presentations and conducted workshops across the United States and around the world. Dr.Costa uses his vast knowledge to help administrators and teachers understand the importance of developing students thinking skills. His practical, concrete methods assist educators in transferring theory into classroom practice. Dr. Costa has served as president of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and as president of the national ASCD. In addition, he has taught in public schools, worked as a curriculum consultant in the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Office, served as Director of Educational Programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the Western States, and was Assistant Superintendent of Sacramento County Schools.

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Cheryl Gholar

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Dr. Cheryl Gholar has been a teacher, counselor, and administrator in public schools and postsecondary education for more than thirty years. She works with teachers and educational leaders who seek to achieve and sustain academic exellence. She has expertise in building networks and partnerships, bringing urban, suburban, and rural school communities together to collaborate and share “what works” as they strive to build lives and mold futures. She has a B.S. in Education, M.S. in Counseling from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Sutdies from Loyola University. Her awards and honors include: Educator of the Year, Phi Delta Kappa; Outstanding Service to the Profession of School Counseling, American School Counselor’s Association Award; Kate Maremont Award, Chicago Region PTA; those Who Excel, Illinois State Board of Education; Outstanding Educator Award, Operation PUSH; The Oppenheimer Family Foundation Award; StreetWise, Outstanding Recognition Award for Services provided to the Homeless; Community Supportive Living Systems’ Award for Outstanding Leadership; She is listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest; Who’s Who of American Women; and International Who’s Who of Professionals.

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Elaine Weiss

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Elaine Weiss has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) since 2011, in which capacity she works with three co-chairs, a high-level task force, and multiple coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to allow all children to thrive. Major publications for BBA include two 2013 reports, Market-Oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality and Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement. She has also authored over two dozen blogs for the Huffington Post, the Washington Post Answer Sheet, and other publications, and been interviewed for numerous radio shows. Elaine came to BBA from the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she served as project manager for Pew’s Partnership for America’s Economic Success campaign. In that capacity, she worked with researchers to assemble evidence on the economic benefits of early childhood investments and worked with state partners to engage business leaders to promote effective early childhood programs. Ms. Weiss was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s task force on child abuse, and served as volunteer counsel for clients at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

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David Hopkins

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Professor Emeritus David Hopkins from the Institute of Education University of London is a director for multi academy trust Bright Tribe. This academy brings personal learning pathway system to approach student in order to enable each one of them to reach the highest level of individual achievement through the acquisition of a range of learning skills and customized curriculum. David Hopkins is also committed in improving the quality of education for all. His professional interests are in the areas of learning and adventure teacher and school development leadership educational change and policy implementation. He believes the idea of whole school and personalized learning style could increase students reputation.

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