James Ryan, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education

Read the reflection article by Ameer Omar Farooq. 5 Essential Questions in Life James E. Ryan is the 11th dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A leading expert on law and education, Ryan has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. His articles and essays address such topics as school desegregation, school finance, school choice, standards and testing, pre-K, and the intersection of special education and neuroscience. Ryan is also the co-author of the … Continue reading “James Ryan, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education”

Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor, Pearson

Leading to Deliver: Leadership to Ensure Successful Government Thursday, December 4, 2014 Sir Michael Barber joined Pearson in September 2011 as Chief Education Advisor, leading Pearson’s worldwide programme of efficacy and research ensuring the impact of the programme on the learner outcomes of Pearson and it’s customers. He plays a particular role in Pearson’s strategy for education in the developing world, and is Chairman of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund. Prior to Pearson, he was a Partner at McKinsey & … Continue reading “Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor, Pearson”

Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University

A Conversation with Drew Faust on Leadership Drew Gilpin Faust is the 28th President of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. As president of Harvard, Faust has expanded financial aid to improve access to Harvard College for students of all economic backgrounds and advocated for increased federal funding for scientific research. She has broadened the University’s international reach, raised the profile of the arts on campus, embraced sustainability, launched edX, the … Continue reading “Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University”

Michelle Rhee, Former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools

Leading the Fight for Education Reform Michelle Rhee is the founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, a grassroots movement that seeks to mobilize parents, teachers, students, and administrators throughout the country in an effort to bring about meaningful results in education reform at both the local and national level. In 2007, Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty appointed Rhee as Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, a school district serving more than 47,000 students in 123 schools. She was previously … Continue reading “Michelle Rhee, Former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools”

Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Improving Global Health through Innovation Judith Rodin has been president of The Rockefeller Foundation since 2005. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania, the first woman to lead an Ivy League institution, and provost of Yale University. She has actively participated in influential global forums, including the World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations General Assembly. She is also a member of the African Development Bank’s High Level Panel, and a Board member of the … Continue reading “Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation”