Education Policy and Research

Jo Boaler: “Dr Jo Boaler is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England, and a maths teacher in London comprehensive schools.” Also see her organization youcubed, whose mission is “to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math into accessible and practical forms.”

Deborah Ball: “Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, a research professor in the Institute for Social Research, and the director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer.”

Marion Brady: Systems-based learning. “There will be no significant improvement in learner and school academic performance until systems theory and thinking replace school subjects and disciplines as the primary organizer of information and general knowledge.”

Jane Healy: “My professional passion has been to make sense of new brain research and use it to help students, parents and teachers. What we do to and for children, their experiences at home and school, are so important! They shape the way each child’s brain develops, and they set a pattern—positive or negative– for lifelong achievement.”

Alfie Kohn: “Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of fourteen books and hundreds of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as ‘perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.'”

Dan Meyer: “I taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math. I have advocated for better math instruction here and on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and I earned my doctorate from Stanford University in math education and I’m currently the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where I explore the future of math, technology, and learning. I have worked with teachers internationally and in all fifty United States. I was named one of Tech & Learning’s 30 Leaders of the Future.”

Susan Ohanian: “Susan Ohanian, a long-time public school teacher, is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Atlantic, Parents, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Phi Delta Kappan, Education Week, Language Arts, and American School Board Journal. In 2003, Ohanian received The National Council of Teachers of English’s “NCTE Orwell Award” for her outstanding contribution, via her website, to the critical analysis of public discourse. The website offers information and inspiration on high-stakes standards and testing resistance.”

Puget Sound Community School: “PSCS was founded on the belief that people are intrinsically compelled by their own curiosity and desire to learn.”

Diane Ravitch: “My website is I am a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University. I was born in Houston, Texas, attended the Houston public schools from kindergarten through high school, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1960. I received my Ph.D. in the history of American education in 1975. I am the mother of two sons. They went to private schools in New York City. I have four grandsons: two went to religious schools, the third goes to public school in New York City, and the fourth will go to the same wonderful public school in Brooklyn. I live in Brooklyn, New York.”

Ken Robinson: “A New York Times bestselling author, he led national and international projects on creative and cultural education across the world, unlocking and igniting the creative energy of people and organisations.” Some of his lectures, including his famous TED talks, can be found here.

Peter Taylor: “I have a strong interest and commitment to mathematics education, particularly developing good activities for the curriculum at the high school and university level. In recent years I have found my time almost exclusively dedicated to this objective, partly because there are many young guys around who can do a much better job at hard science, and partly because the need for a stronger math curriculum seems larger than ever and that’s a project requiring experience and wisdom. I can hope that I have acquired some of that.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “The Chronicle of Higher Education has the [USA]’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities.”

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