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Table of Contents

Education....................................4 Teaching & Learning.......................7 Leadership....................................9 Educating for the Future..............10 Teachers with Class......................11 STEM...........................................12 Technology & Education...............14 Literacy.....................................16 Learning Differences....................17 Mentoring & Advocacy.................19 Inspiration....................................21 Parenting.....................................22 Early Childhood............................25 Families in Crisis..........................26 Addiction & Recovery...................29 Children’s Health & Fitness.........30 Index............................................31

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The Transformative Power of Education

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quality education is something every child is entitled to, yet, in many parts of the country students are struggling to make the grade. Confronted with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, educators face the challenge of inspiring children to turn adversity into advantage. Best-selling author and youth advocate Wes Moore is living proof that a troubled inner-city kid can excel if only given the chance, and teacher Erin Gruwell provided that chance to 150 of her students—most of whom had been written off by the education system. Save the Children ambassador America Ferrera and education advocate Hill Harper have shown that mentors can transform a student’s life. Lucille O’Neal was a teen mother who worked to achieve her lifelong dream of getting a college education after raising four children.

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In Wes Moore’s memoir, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, he tells the story of a young man who shares the author’s name and much of his personal history, yet finds a starkly different fate: a lifetime prison sentence for murder. Moore shares his inspiring story to show us how small choices can make a big difference in life.

In Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Students Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World, Erin Gruwell offers a compelling look at how dedication and determination galvanized her students to graduate from high school and attend college. Their inspiring story was made into the movie Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank.

Lucille O’Neal, the mother of legendary NBA player Shaquille, candidly shares her life story in Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go. Though she grew up poor and became a mother at 17, O’Neal never lost sight of her dream to get a college education. A devoted mother became a determined student, showing us that it’s never too late for a new beginning.


Education Linda Darling-Hammond

Darling-Hammond’s research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher education, and educational equity. The Executive Director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, her newest book is The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future.

Diane Ravitch

Ravitch is an historian and Research Professor of Education at New York University, and has been at the forefront of reform since her tenure as Assistant Secretary of Education. She believes that fast solutions get in the way of the long-term thinking and the carefully designed changes that are needed to truly transform our schools. She, along with Deborah Meier, pens the blog Bridging Differences, hosted by Education Week.

Jonathan Kozol

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 is On Being a Teacher, a critique on the role of the teacher in the American public school system.

Salome Thomas-EL

Thomas-EL is an award-winning principal who motivates individuals to embrace education and hard work as stepping stones to success. He is the author of I Choose to Stay, a memoir about how he revived the chess team of an inner-city middle school and led them to victory, and The Immortality of Influence, a guide to helping kids achieve their dreams.

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Education Erin Gruwell

Although many of her students had been “written off” by the system, Gruwell helped them harness the power of education to write a book, graduate from high school, and attend college. Her tenacity and dedication to her students resulted in the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary, which was made into a feature film starring Hilary Swank.

Geoffrey Canada

As president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Canada dedicates his life to securing opportunity for underprivileged children. Featured prominently in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Canada continues to transform the lives of youth. In 2010 President Obama launched an initiative to create “Promise Neighborhoods” around the country to combat poverty, modeling them on the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Howard Gardner

For 30 years Gardner has been researching and writing about the development of the mind, resulting in his revolutionary theory of “multiple intelligences.” His newest book, Truth, Beauty and Goodness Reframed, discusses the challenges faced by traditional education and describes how the core ideas of truth, beauty, and goodness can survive and even be strengthened in education across the lifespan.

Tony Wagner

A widely published author on education and society, Wagner is co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. With a strong interest in 21st century education and preparing students for a global society, his upcoming book is entitled Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World.

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Education Dave Eggers

The best-selling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Eggers has become an outspoken advocate for public school teachers. The co-author of Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers, he also produced the documentary American Teacher, a startling call to action to improve the working lives of American teachers.

Fred Bramante

As chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, Bramante spearheaded landmark changes in state education regulations including the move from credit for seat time to credit for demonstrated learning. Following New Hampshire’s lead, the concept of a competency-based education model is now being considered by virtually every state department of education.

Jonah Edelman

One of the country’s leading education reformers, Edelman is co-founder and executive director of Stand for Children. He teaches advocacy skills to child-serving professionals, students, and civic leaders, sharing an innovative plan for creating a better future for today’s youth. By pioneering such strategies, he galvanizes the next generation to stand for children.

Douglas Reeves

Reeves is chairman and founder of The Leadership and Learning Center, which works with governmental organizations and school systems to improve standards, assessments, and systems for ensuring accountability. He is the author of the bestseller Making Standards Work and the upcoming Renewal Coaching Fieldbook, and offers comprehensive and insightful presentations with practical solutions.

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Teaching & Learning David Sousa

An education consultant and former school superintendent, Sousa is the author of How the Brain Learns, in which he translates important discoveries in brain research into practical, effective, and innovative classroom strategies. Sousa has published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research.

Freeman Hrabowski

An educator with a focus on the academic participation and performance of African Americans, Hrabowski has been the President of the University of Maryland-Baltimore for nearly 20 years. He is co-author of the books Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males and Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women.

Marc Lamont Hill

An activist, cultural critic, and leading hip-hop generation intellectual, Hill is known for his wide range of work covering such topics as popular culture, politics, sexuality, education, and dropout prevention. He authored Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life, which explores the appeal of hip-hop culture and how it can extraordinarily affect youth identity and educational processes.

John Medina

The author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. Medina is a scientist and educator specializing in human brain development. Having had a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information, he shares considerable knowledge using simple language, amazing facts, and entertaining anecdotes in his fascinating (and often funny) presentations.

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Education Innovators

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hey may not have superpowers, but to students across the country these educators are the real superheroes. From charter school pioneers Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin and education reformer Geoffrey Canada to insightful theorists Douglas Reeves and Tony Wagner, these innovators work every day to transform the education system for the better. Their ideas have resulted in better educated students.

Magazine, Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone targets a 100-block neighborhood in Central Harlem, offering educational, social, and medical service from birth to college. HCZ has become a national model. •

Douglas Reeves is the founder of The Leadership and Learning Center, which develops researchbased solutions to the needs of students, teachers, and school leaders. By taking a big picture approach, the Center has helped bring about improvements in both student achievement and school transformation.

Under Tony Wagner’s stewardship, The Change Leadership Group focuses on helping teams become effective change leaders in school and district improvement. Wagner co-authored the Group’s companion book Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools.

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The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), founded by Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg, boasts unprecedented success: 88% of KIPP alumni have matriculated to four-year colleges and universities, and KIPP has quadrupled the college graduation rate for kids from underserved communities. Called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time” by The New York Times

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Leadership Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch

Lieutenant Colonel Kickbusch created Educational Achievement Services to pursue her passion for mentoring and teaching leadership skills to disadvantaged youth. She mesmerizes audiences with her powerful message, dynamic presentation style, and passion for creating and shaping tomorrow’s leaders.

Lorraine Monroe

The founder and executive director of the School Leadership Academy, Dr. Monroe and her groundbreaking work have been featured on 60 Minutes. She is the author of Nothing’s Impossible: Leadership Lessons from Inside and Outside the Classroom and The Monroe Doctrine: An ABC Guide to What Great Bosses Do.

Michael Fullan

As Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Fullan has developed a number of partnerships designed to bring about major school improvement and educational reform. He is the author of several books, including Leading in a Culture of Change, Motion Leadership, and Change Leader.

Cile Chavez

According to Chavez, an effective leader must have purpose, passion, integrity, and self-confidence. She has spent her 30-year career as a practicing teacher and administrator demonstrating the attributes of quality leadership, and inspiring audiences with her empowering presentations on school restructuring and the development of human potential.

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Educating for the Future Neil Howe

Howe is co-author of six best-selling books on American demographics and cultural trends. Over the last ten years, he has provided thought-provoking presentations to help K-12 and post-secondary teachers understand today’s generation and find more effective ways to educate them.

John Zogby

One of America’s most accurate trendspotters, Zogby is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Way We’ll Be, a far-reaching and illuminating analysis of America’s thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. His insightful observations on the influence of technology and globalization on today’s students provide vital information for educators everywhere.

David Levin & Mike Feinberg

Co-founders of KIPP (the Knowledge Is Power Program), Levin and Feinberg are responsible for having grown the organization into a network of 99 high-performing public schools serving 24,000 children nationwide. Profiled in the best-selling book Work Hard, Be Nice, they speak on such issues as leadership, teaching and coaching, education transformation, character development, motivation, and parenting.

Willard Daggett

Dr. Daggett is CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education, and is recognized worldwide for his efforts to move educational systems toward teaching more relevant skills in the areas of mathematics, science, and language. He has assisted hundreds of school districts with school improvement initiatives, many in response to No Child Left Behind.

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Teachers with Class Stacey Bess

As a young teacher, Bess took on her first teaching assignment at a makeshift school for children living in a homeless shelter. The inspirational story of how she nurtured hundreds of homeless children was brought to life in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard, based on her memoir Nobody Don’t Love Nobody.

Tierney Cahill

Nevada schoolteacher Cahill never expected to become politically active. Her expectations changed, however, when her sixth grade class challenged her to run for the district congressional seat. The remarkable journey of how Cahill proved to her students that “normal” Americans could, indeed, be legitimate candidates is documented in her memoir, Ms. Cahill for Congress.

LouAnne Johnson

A former US Navy journalist and Marine Corps officer, Johnson was the inspiration for the movie Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Based on her experiences as a new teacher, the movie was adapted from her book, My Posse Don’t Do Homework. Her first novel is Muchacho, the story of a struggling teen’s determination to create a better future for himself.

Phillip Done

A veteran of 20-plus years, elementary school teacher Done understands how kids think and learn, wisdom he imparts in his books 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny and Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind. Done charms and inspires audiences with his delightful stories and entertaining anecdotes from the classroom.

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STEM Kay Toliver

The subject of the Peabody Award-winning PBS special Good Morning Miss Toliver, Toliver embraces a simple philosophy on education: all students can learn and it is a teacher’s duty to expand their minds and take the children from the unknown to the known. A former award-winning math teacher, she believes students are more likely to succeed if they have fun learning.

James McLurkin

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As a child, McLurkin was constantly building with LEGO bricks, cardboard boxes, or any other materials he could access. A roboticist, inventor, and teacher, he continues this tradition using Mother Nature as a model, researching and developing algorithms and techniques for constructing and programming large swarms of autonomous robots.

Christopher Emdin

Dr. Emdin has taught high school mathematics, general science, physics, and chemistry, and has been a researcher on many NSF-funded research projects. Dedicated to expanding youth interest in allied health careers and the STEM disciplines, he has a unique understanding of both urban youth and science education. He is the author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation.

Steven Squyres

A certified science superstar, Squyres is best known as the face and voice of NASA, having made history as the principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Project. He shares insights on the historic mission as well as neverbefore-seen photos that will ignite a new firestorm of interest in the sciences.

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Creativity & Arts Education

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n recent years, budget restrictions have forced educators to make hard decisions leading to across-the-board cuts in funding for arts education; the arts, however, should be an essential part of every student’s life. With all the focus on standardized testing, critical thinking skills, imagination, and creativity are not being nurtured. When students are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively through art, music, dance, or theater, they can enrich their lives, improve their academic performance, and make the word a better place. At the forefront of the battle for keeping the arts in education are psychologist Howard Gardner, educator and author Eric Liu, musician and social entrepreneur Derrick Ashong, actor and education advocate Tony Plana, and painter Erik Wahl, who urge us to remember the importance of artistic expression. 13

Arts education helps build students who are team players and leaders. According to Americans for the Arts, young artists are three times more likely to be elected to class office and four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair. They also read for pleasure twice as often as their peers.

Students who make creativity and imagination part of their everyday learning process become successful adults. Eric Liu’s book, Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility, is an exploration of how creative and imaginative thinking make a positive impact on work and adult life.


Technology & Education Yong Zhao

With years of research into the intersection of education and technology, Zhao is the director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on computer gaming and education, teacher adoption of technology, and computer-assisted language learning.

Marco Antonio Torres

A high school teacher, media coach, and education technology director for San Fernando High School, Torres is also a professional filmmaker who uses his digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He works to empower students, teaching them how to celebrate their culture, build communities, and use multimedia tools to share their stories with the world.

Alan November

Currently a senior partner with Educational Renaissance Planners, November is a nationally known leader in technology education and a popular speaker who has guided schools and industries as they develop and implement plans for using technology in their environments. He is the author of Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators.

Ian Jukes

With an animated style and infectious sense of humor, the ever-energetic Jukes captivates audiences with his presentations. A respected educator, his main goal is ensuring that children are well prepared for the future. He challenges teachers to become more comfortable with the technology that has become our way of life.

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Technology & Education Milton Chen

A leading figure in educational media for over 20 years, Dr. Chen’s interests span from project-based learning and social/emotional learning to global learning, technology, and educational innovation. He is the executive director of The George Lucas Foundation, a nonprofit that gathers and disseminates the most innovative models of K-12 teaching and learning in the digital age.

David Warlick

A 30-year educator, Warlick operates the website Landmarks for Schools, which offers some of the most popular teacher resources and tools available online. He is also the author of three books on instruction technology and 21st-century literacy, including Redefining Literacy 2.0.

Jamie McKenzie

A thoughtful and pragmatic leader in the area of technology in schools, McKenzie is the publisher and editor of “From Now On,” an electronic technology newsletter that reaches thousands of tech leaders, teachers, library media specialists, and parents every month.

David Thornburg

An award-winning futurist and author of The New Basics, Thornburg believes that educators must prepare students for their future—but not by basing it on the past. Also the author of Campfires in Cyberspace, a definitive guide on the nature of the Internet as a tool for learning, he conducts research and provides staff development in the areas of educational futures, multimedia, communications, and whole mind education.

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Literacy Susan B. Neuman

Neuman is the former Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education and a respected advocate for early literacy. The founder of the Reading First program and author of such books as Educating the Other America and Changing the Odds for Children at Risk, she explores the importance of breaking the cycle of poverty by improving early education and literacy.

LeVar Burton

The multi-talented Burton has been captivating audiences ever since his award-winning performance in Roots. An outspoken advocate for early literacy, he was the host and executive producer of the highly acclaimed Emmy Awardwinning PBS children’s television series Reading Rainbow for over 20 years.

John Wood

Motivated by the belief that “education is a hand up, not a hand out,” former Microsoft executive Wood founded Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that strives to help children across the developing world break the cycle of poverty through education. He is the author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World.

Sharon M. Draper

A five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award and a New York Times best-selling author, Draper is an accomplished writer, educator, and National Teacher of the Year. Known for her popular children’s books and widely read essay “The Touch of a Teacher,” she continues to motivate teachers and students around the globe by speaking about the power of excellence in education.

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Learning Differences Temple Grandin

Profiled in the HBO film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, Dr. Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished adults with autism. Her book The Way I See It is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, and individuals trying to cope with REAL issues those on the spectrum face every day. For a unique perspective, Dr. Grandin’s mother Eustacia Cutler is also available to speak about parenting challenges and the de-stigmatization of autism.

Jonathan Mooney

A hero to dyslexic students everywhere, Mooney did not learn to read until he was 12 years old but went on to graduate from Brown University. He is the founder of Project Eye-toEye, a mentoring program for disabled students, and author of The Short Bus, an account of his drive across America and effort to end the stigma associated with learning disabilities.

Katherine Ellison

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, author of four books, and mother of two sons, Ellison turned her reporter’s eye to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in her memoir, Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention. This eminently readable book chronicles her challenges as a mom and those of her son as they both learn to cope with his ADHD diagnosis.

Paul Orfalea

As the founder of Kinko’s, Orfalea has been profiled in Forbes and The New York Times as a prominent leader who has overcome dyslexia. The Orfalea Foundation supports educational initiatives including scholarships, children’s centers, and programs for underprivileged youth, specifically focusing on early care and education, caregiver training, and intergenerational programs.

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Bullying & Social Cruelty

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ome of the most shocking headlines of the past few years have dealt with the growing epidemic of social cruelty, particularly bullying and cyberbullying.

While this growing problem does not seem to be going away, awareness is increasing – thanks to the efforts of authorities on relational aggression Rachel Simmons and Rosalind Wiseman, bullying survivor Jodee Blanco, gender violence activist Jackson Katz, and Best Friends, Worst Enemies author Michael Thompson. These experts remind us that, while awareness is at an all-time high, there is still much work to be done to create a culture of respect in our schools.

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Cyberbullying is on the rise. A Consumer Reports survey conducted in early 2011 reveals that, in the past year, one million children were harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyber bullying on Facebook.

Boys and girls suffer from different forms of bullying. A report published in the Psychiatric Times shows that boys are more likely to engage in direct bullying – hurtful physical and verbal acts. Girls, on the other hand, are more likely to engage in indirect bullying – like alienating their peers and gossiping.


Mentoring & Advocacy Glenda Hatchett

Although she is best known for her wildly successful court television series Judge Hatchett, Glenda Hatchett says her most important accomplishment has been her ability to impact the lives of troubled youths and their families. She is the author of Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say and Dare to Take Charge.

Victoria Rowell

An Emmy-nominated actress and the recipient of 11 NAACP Image Awards, Rowell has never forgotten her life as a foster child and those who mentored her, whom she honors in her book The Women Who Raised Me. She founded the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan to help foster children explore their limitless potential through fine arts.

Susan L. Taylor

The soul of Essence for over three decades, Taylor was the driving force behind one of the most celebrated African American-owned business success stories. As founder of National Cares Mentoring Movement, she now empowers others by recruiting mentors for today’s at-risk youth.

Lou Gossett Jr.

One of America’s most respected actors, Academy Award winner Gossett is deeply committed to his message that our children are the most important investment we will make. Working tirelessly to motivate, encourage, and empower youth and families, he addresses issues surrounding achievement, cultural awareness, and active community involvement.

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Mentoring & Advocacy Tonya Lewis Lee

A respected community leader, Lee is a lawyer turned bestselling author and award-winning producer. A devout activist, she is currently the face of A Healthy Baby Begins with You, a national infant mortality campaign, and—along with husband Spike Lee—has authored two popular children’s books.

Wes Moore

A youth advocate and dedicated war veteran, Moore is the author of the bestseller The Other Wes Moore. Sharing the true story of two men with the same name and similar upbringings but starkly different fates, he probes the questions and consequences of choices in life. Moore imparts the importance of personal and social responsibility in shaping one’s future.

Lucille O’Neal

Much more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom,” O’Neal is a woman who has turned adversity into opportunity. Growing up in poverty, she always aspired to a better life for herself and her children. She shares her life story candidly—and often humorously—in her new book, Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go.

Hill Harper

One of the stars of CSI: NY, Harper is the best-selling author of Letters to a Young Brother. A volunteer and spokesman for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Harper understands how difficult it is to stay on the straight path in life, and that our youth don’t always have the tools to do the right thing—even when they want to. To this end, he created the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit youth organization that provides support for young men and women.

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Inspiration Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

Armour has an amazing story: in only three years, she went from beat cop to America’s first African American fighter pilot. After spending two years overseas, she went on to create the Zero to Breakthrough Success Plan, a seven-step program to help individuals find their own breakthroughs in life.

Harvey Alston

A former educator and remarkable communicator, Alston has an on-point message: Be your best and the rest will follow. He encourages taking individual responsibility as a means for achieving growth, leadership, and success. His wit and wisdom imparts confidence to audiences as they learn to become trailblazers in life.

Herman Boone

In 1971, Boone successfully united the Titans, a high school football team divided by racial strife. The inspirational story of how he led them to a state championship title is told in the acclaimed film Remember the Titans, starring Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Boone delivers an uplifting message on respect and teamwork with warmth and humor.

Crystal Kuykendall

A nationally recognized expert on problem resolution and an educational consultant, Dr. Kuykendall energizes audiences and individuals through the power of her observation and the warmth of her words. A highly sought-after and savvy speaker, she is an educator, human relations expert, attorney, and author of several books.

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Parenting Kyle Pruett

Dr. Pruett is an international authority on child development with a special interest in fathers and their influence on children. A pioneer in defining the role of men as fathers, Dr. Pruett focuses on fathers as one of the great, often untapped, resources in their children’s lives. Considered a parenting visionary, he takes parents deep into the hearts and minds of their children.

Michele Borba

Dr. Borba is an internationally renowned consultant and educator who shares parenting advice on The Today Show, The View, MSNBC, The Early Show, Fox Headline News, and CNN Headline News, and entertains audiences with her insights into all aspects of parenting. She is the author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries.

Anthony Wolf

A clinical psychologist and parenting expert, Dr. Wolf is most valued for his humorous and practical advice on how to parent through adolescence. He has authored several books on parenting, including Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Take Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager and I’d Listen to My Parents If They’d Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens.

Alfie Kohn

Widely considered one of the leading champions for progressive education, Kohn writes and speaks on issues surrounding parenting, human behavior, and education. He is the author of such books as Published by Rewards and Unconditional Parenting. In home and in school Kohn consistently reminds us to work with children, not control them.

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Parenting Rosalind Wiseman

An internationally recognized authority on children, teens, bullying, and parenting, Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the best-selling book that inspired the hit film Mean Girls. She introduces the battleground of the “perfect parent world” in her follow-up, Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads.

Michael Thompson

A consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families, Dr. Thompson is a clinical consultant to Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 200 schools across the United States. Thompson is co-author of the New York Times best-selling book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys; his latest book is It’s a Boy! Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18.

Robyn Silverman

A specialist on child and teen development and a body image/bullying expert, Dr. Silverman is the author of the bestselling Good Girls Don’t Get Fat. Her no-nonsense, positive approach to helping young people thrive has made her the go-to person for The Today Show, Nightline, and Parenting magazine.

Rachel Simmons

Simmons is the author of the New York Times bestseller Odd Girl Out, the first book to explore the phenomenon of bullying between girls - just as harmful as boy bullying, but harder to recognize. Founder and Director of The Girls’ Leadership Institute, her book The Curse of the Good Girl offers empowering strategies to deal gracefully with constructive criticism and to increase emotional intelligence.

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Parenting Ellen Galinsky

Galinsky is the president and co-founder of Families and Work Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on changing family, workplace, and community dynamics. Her more than 40 books and reports include Ask the Children, the now-classic The Six Stages of Parenthood, and Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, a toolkit for early childhood education.

Christine Carter

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley, Dr. Carter’s work focuses on the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being. Best known for her sciencebased parenting advice, her book Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents offers tools that parents and educators can use to teach the skills for happiness, emotional intelligence, and resilience.

Ashley Merryman

Merryman co-authored NurtureShock, an exploration of the cutting-edge research in child development that forever changes the way we think about today’s youth. Having developed an initial following for her article on the effects of praise on children, she is a widely read contributor to Newsweek and often provides commentary to television and radio stations nationwide.

Madeline Levine

A psychologist, clinician, consultant, educator, and co-founder of Challenge Success, a Stanford program that addresses education reform, parent education, and youth development, Levine explores the epidemic rates of emotional problems among affluent teens in her book The Price of Privilege. Backed by cutting-edge research, she shares practical and credible solutions and is prominently featured in the award-winning film Race to Nowhere.

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Early Childhood David Elkind

Renowned psychologist and author of The Hurried Child, Reinventing Childhood, and The Power of Play: Rearing Healthy Children in a Stressful World, Elkind has devoted his career to understanding the changing American family. He provides the information and guidance parents and teachers need to work effectively with young children in their care.

Joshua Sparrow

Dr. Sparrow is the associate director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, dedicated to strengthening the families of young children and the systems of care that surround them. Sparrow has co-authored eight child development and parenting books with Dr. Brazelton, including Touchpoints Three to Six: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development.

Roscoe Orman

Best known for his portrayal of “Gordon” on Sesame Street, Orman is actively involved with the Children’s Defense Fund, where he has worked tirelessly for the prevention of child abuse and violence, and is an advocate for early literacy. He is the author of Sesame Street Dad and serves as an enlightened role model in re-establishing the concepts of trust, honor, integrity, and responsibility in raising children.

Sonia Manzano

A staunch advocate for quality early childhood education, Manzano joined Sesame Street as the bilingual “Maria” in the 1970s and continues to play the role today. She is a familiar, engaging presence whether speaking out for literacy, explaining the importance of valuing diversity, or addressing the problems children face from our mediasaturated culture.

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Families in Crisis Regina Louise

An orphan who got caught in the challenging foster care system, Louise authored the best-selling memoir Somebody’s Someone, a captivating story of resilience that offers hope and inspiration to those in foster care or who work in any area of child welfare. Her life stands as a model for helping others turn adversity into triumph.

Victor Rivas Rivers

Born in Cuba, Rivers came to the US at the age of two, endured horrific child abuse, and witnessed domestic violence at the hands of his father, which he chronicles in his New York Times bestseller, A Private Family Matter. He is the spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and strongly believes that domestic and family violence is everyone’s issue.

Michael Patrick MacDonald

In his best-selling memoir All Souls: A Family Story From Southie, MacDonald tells the powerful story of a decimated family, chronicling the loss of four of his siblings to the violence and poverty in a South Boston housing project. With poignant personal examples, he keenly demonstrates how to reach out to youth struggling with post-traumatic stress and help them heal.

Antwone Fisher

Born in prison to a teenage mother, Fisher suffered 12 years of abuse at the hands of his foster family before going on to serve his country in the US Navy for 11 years. His story was chronicled in the feature film Antwone Fisher, starring Denzel Washington, based on his New York Times bestselling memoir, Finding Fish. His powerful personal account continues to inspire audiences.

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Families in Crisis Melissa Moore

The best-selling author of Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter, Moore has a potent message about survival in the face of adversity. As the daughter of the infamous “Happy Face Killer,” she overcame a life filled with trauma, domestic violence, and emotional abuse. Having emerged with courage and resiliency, she teaches audiences practical steps to improve lives in crisis.

Maria Trozzi

Trozzi is a faculty member with the Brazelton Seminar Series, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, and director of the acclaimed Good Grief Program which helps children deal with loss. She offers strategies to assist children, schools, and families facing loss or parents coping with raising a child with a disability.

Alvin Poussaint

Dr. Poussaint is one of the country’s top authorities on subjects ranging from media literacy to family dynamics. A psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, he is also a strong proponent of non-violent parenting and parental education. He co-authored, with Bill Cosby, Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.

Lonise Bias

The mother of college basketball star Len Bias, a top draft pick by the Boston Celtics in 1986, who died of a cocaine overdose, and James Bias, who four years later was murdered in a drive-by shooting, Dr. Bias has turned her losses into a calling to help others. She shares her deeply personal family tragedies in an effort to steer youth away from the perils of alcohol, drugs, and violence.

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Families in Crisis James Garbarino

A national expert on the roots of youth violence, Dr. Garbarino shares his methods for identifying at-risk children. In his book Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience, he rethinks the concepts of development, trauma, and resilience to succeed in making a lasting, positive change in the lives of children.

Robin Karr-Morse

In presentations based on her book Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence, Karr-Morse presents compelling evidence that violent behavior in children is linked to abuse and neglect that occurs in the first three years of life. As director of The Parenting Institute, she works to provide parents with developmental knowledge and support for raising emotionally competent children from birth through adolescence.

Jackson Katz

Educator, author, and filmmaker Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in sports and the military. His most recent book is The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help.

Ross Greene

Author of the acclaimed book Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them, Dr. Greene is director of the Collaborative Problem Solving Institute. He is an advocate for more enlightened treatment of children in mental health and juvenile justice settings.

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Addiction & Recovery Claire & Mia Fontaine

When honor student Mia Fontaine ran away and descended into a world of drugs and despair, her mother Claire took desperate measures to bring her back. Chronicling this remarkable tale in their best-selling book, Come Back, mother and daughter reveal a story of healing, love, and transformation with unsparing honesty and humor.

David & Nic Sheff

A recovering alcoholic and addict who had a turn with methamphetamines and heroin, Nic Sheff penned the harrowing memoir Tweak, sparing no detail about his experiences. His father, renowned journalist David Sheff, shares the struggle from his point of view in Beautiful Boy. The two recount a compelling, heartbreaking, and honest story of the emotional rollercoaster of addiction and recovery.

Chris Herren

A high school basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, Herren realized his lifelong dream when he played for the Boston Celtics, only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addiction. Now in his third year of sobriety, he relives his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in the memoir Basketball Junkie. His message is poignant for at-risk youth, communities in crisis, and adults in recovery.

Brenda Combs

Combs is a symbol of inspiration and perseverance to all who meet her. For ten years she was a homeless crack addict and petty criminal who had been shot, beaten, and raped during the years she called a freeway underpass home. Today, she has completely turned her life around, having earned her EdD in organizational leadership. She teaches and inspires by sharing her own story of overcoming tremendous obstacles.

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Children’s Health & Fitness Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders

As the first African American and the second female US Surgeon General, Dr. Elders initiated programs to combat youth smoking and teen pregnancy and to increase childhood immunizations. A tireless crusader for achieving a healthier society, she remains at the forefront of the national dialogue about health, committed to healthcare access, education, and equality.

Jared Fogle

Nationally known for losing 245 pounds on “the Subway diet,” Fogle also developed the Jared and Friends School Tour, a program designed to help teach children the benefits of healthy living. He is the founder of The Jared Foundation, which provides grants for educational programs targeting children facing obesity-related issues.

Dr. Richard Carmona

As the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Carmona fought to shift the healthcare paradigm from treatment to prevention. With the belief that lifetime healthy living is the key to medical care, he advocates for keeping our children healthy in the hopes that they will become healthy adults.

Marc Brown

With a passion for preventing childhood obesity in the United States, author and illustrator Brown offers an informative look at this growing epidemic and discusses how fast-food restaurants, schools, and parents can help fight it. As the creator of Arthur, he shares how the show addressed issues of obesity and taught healthy eating.

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Index (Alpha) Alston, Harvey................21 Armour, Vernice..............21 Ashong, Derrick..............13 Bess, Stacey...................11 Bias, Lonise....................27 Blanco, Jodee.................18 Boone, Herman..............21 Borba, Michele...............22 Bramante, Fred.................6 Brown, Marc...................30 Burton, LeVar..................16 Cahill, Tierney.................11 Canada, Geoffrey .........5, 8 Carmona, Richard..........30 Carter, Christine..............24 Chavez, Cile.....................9 Chen, Milton..................15 Combs, Brenda..............29 Daggett, Willard.............10 Darling-Hammond, Linda..4 Done, Phillip...................11 Draper, Sharon M...........16 Edelman, Jonah...............6 Eggers, Dave....................6 Elders, Joycelyn.............30 Elkind, David..................25

Ellison, Katherine...........17 Emdin, Christopher........12 Feinberg, Mike............8, 10 Ferrera, America..............3 Fisher, Antwone.............26 Fogle, Jared...................30 Fontaine, Claire & Mia.....29 Fullan, Michael.................9 Galinsky, Ellen................24 Garbarino, James . ........28 Gardner, Howard.........5, 13 Gossett Jr., Lou..............19 Grandin, Temple.............17 Greene, Ross.................28 Gruwell, Erin.................3, 5 Harper, Hill..................3, 20 Hatchett, Glenda............19 Herren, Chris..................29 Hill, Marc Lamont..............7 Howe, Neil......................10 Hrabowski, Freeman........7 Johnson, LouAnne..........11 Jukes, Ian.......................14 Karr-Morse, Robin..........28 Katz, Jackson............18, 28 Kickbusch, Consuelo Castillo....9

Kohn, Alfie......................22 Kozol, Jonathan................4 Kuykendall, Crystal.........21 Lee, Tonya Lewis............20 Levin, Dave.................8, 10 Levine, Madeline............24 Liu, Eric..........................13 Louise, Regina...............26 MacDonald, Michael Patrick....26 Manzano, Sonia.............25 McKenzie, Jamie............15 McLurkin, James............12 Medina, John....................7 Merryman, Ashley..........24 Monroe, Lorraine..............9 Mooney, Jonathan..........17 Moore, Melissa...............27 Moore, Wes................3, 20 Neuman, Susan B..........16 November, Alan..............14 O’Neal, Lucille............3, 20 Orfalea, Paul..................17 Orman, Roscoe..............25 Plana, Tony.....................13 Poussaint, Alvin.............27 Pruett, Kyle.....................22

Ravitch, Diane..................4 Reeves, Douglas...........6, 8 Rivers, Victor Rivas........26 Rowell, Victoria...............19 Sheff, David & Nic.........29 Silverman, Robyn...........23 Simmons, Rachel......18, 23 Sousa, David....................7 Sparrow, Joshua.............25 Squyres, Steven.............12 Taylor, Susan L...............19 Thomas-EL, Salome.........4 Thompson, Michael...18, 23 Thornburg, David............15 Toliver, Kay.....................12 Torres, Marco Antonio.....14 Trozzi, Maria...................27 Wagner, Tony................5, 8 Wahl, Eric.......................13 Warlick, David.................15 Wiseman, Rosalind....18, 23 Wolf, Anthony.................22 Wood, John....................16 Zhao, Yong.....................14 Zogby, John....................10

Index (Topical) Addiction & Recovery Combs, Brenda..............29 Fontaine, Claire & Mia.....29 Herren, Chris..................29 Sheff, David & Nic...........29 Children’s Health & Fitness Brown, Marc...................30 Carmona, Richard..........30 Elders, Joycelyn.............30 Fogle, Jared...................30 Early Childhood Elkind, David..................25 Manzano, Sonia.............25 Orman, Roscoe..............25 Sparrow, Joshua............25 Education Bramante, Fred................6 Canada, Geoffrey.............5 Darling-Hammond, Linda..4 Edelman, Jonah...............6 Eggers, Dave...................6 Gardner, Howard..............5 Gruwell, Erin.....................5 Kozol, Jonathan...............4 Ravitch, Diane..................4 Reeves, Douglas..............6 Thomas-EL, Salome.........4 Wagner, Tony....................5

Educating for the Future Daggett, Willard..............10 Feinberg, Mike...............10 Howe, Neil......................10 Levin, Dave....................10 Zogby, John....................10

Learning Differences Ellison, Katherine...........17 Grandin, Temple.............17 Mooney, Jonathan..........17 Orfalea, Paul..................17 Literacy Burton, LeVar.................16 Draper, Sharon M..........16 Neuman, Susan B.........16 Wood, John....................16

Families in Crisis Bias, Lonise....................27 Fisher, Antwone.............26 Garbarino, James..........28 Greene, Ross.................28 Karr-Morse, Robin..........28 Katz, Jackson.................28 Louise, Regina...............26 MacDonald, Michael Patrick...26 Moore, Melissa...............27 Poussaint, Alvin.............27 Rivers, Victor Rivas........26 Trozzi, Maria...................27

Mentoring & Advocacy Gossett Jr., Lou.............19 Harper, Hill.....................20 Hatchett, Glenda............19 Lee, Tonya Lewis..........20 Moore, Wes....................20 O’Neal, Lucille................20 Rowell, Victoria...............19 Taylor, Susan L..............19

Inspiration Alston, Harvey................21 Armour, Vernice..............21 Boone, Herman..............21 Kuykendall, Crystal.........21

Parenting Borba, Michele...............22 Carter, Christine.............24 Galinsky, Ellen................24 Kohn, Alfie.....................22 Levine, Madeline............24 Merryman, Ashley..........24 Pruett, Kyle....................22 Silverman, Robyn...........23 Simmons, Rachel...........23

Leadership Chavez, Cile.....................9 Fullan, Michael.................9 Kickbusch, Consuelo Castillo....9 Monroe, Lorraine..............9

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Thompson, Michael........23 Wiseman, Rosalind........23 Wolf, Anthony.................22 STEM Emdin, Christopher.........12 McLurkin, James............12 Squyres, Steven............12 Toliver, Kay.....................12 Teachers with Class Bess, Stacey...................11 Cahill, Tierney.................11 Done, Phillip...................11 Johnson, LouAnne.........11 Teaching & Learning Hill, Marc Lamont.............7 Hrabowski, Freeman........7 Medina, John....................7 Sousa, David....................7 Technology & Education Chen, Milton...................15 Jukes, Ian.......................14 McKenzie, Jamie............15 November, Alan.............14 Thornburg, David...........15 Torres, Marco Antonio.....14 Warlick, David................15 Zhao, Yong.....................14


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