Kira Orange Jones, Executive Director, Teach for America Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta
Andre Perry, Columnist, The Hechinger Report
John White, Superintendent of Education, State of Louisiana
Rosylin York, Parent
With Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Kira Orange Jones
Kira was a 2000 corps member in Baton Rouge, where she taught fourth grade at Eden Park Elementary. She went on to serve as School Director for Teach For America summer institute and, as Vice President of new site development, led the organization’s efforts to expand to three new regions. Currently, Kira serves as Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Teach For America – Louisiana, overseeing all aspects of the organization’s operations and impact strategy across the state.
Andre Perry is an education leader, author and advisor to people working to improve education in K-12 and postsecondary institutions.
In 2013, Dr. Andre Perry became the Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Perry launched Davenport’s new College of Urban Education and created its Master of Urban Education Program. The innovative teacher-training program focuses on student learning, prepares content experts in clinical settings and measures progress based on data.
John White was named Louisiana State Superintendent of Education in January of 2012. That year he launched Louisiana Believes, the state’s plan to ensure every child is on track to college or a professional career. In the time since, White has worked to unify the state’s fragmented early childhood system, to modernize expectations for students, to empower teachers, to guarantee economic opportunity for high school graduates, and to provide families with expansive school options.