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Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, argues inequality, poverty, and segregation are part of what causes bad scores.
Danielle Ewen, senior policy adviser for EducationCounsel, says money towards pre-k and early childhood education ultimately reduces the cost of prisons, teen pregnancy, and welfare.
Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, discusses the efforts of NYC's School Renewal Program.
Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, explains his findings that students and classrooms with teachers with higher emotional intelligence perform better academically.
John Deasy, Superintendent-in-Residence of The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, discusses the power successful charter school programs have over the education ecosystem.
Education writer Peg Tyre and Quill.org Executive Director Peter Gault emphasize the fundamental need to instill good writing skills in students so they become active producers of knowledge.
Eduardo Padron, President of Miami Dade College, discusses how the colleges Idea Center is helping spur innovation that is building Miami into a new tech hub.
Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World, and Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University, discuss Arizona State's partnership with Starbucks to help fund employees' education.
Nick Ehrmann, CEO and Founder of Blue Engine, suggests that civil service in Americorps may help bridge the growing wealth gap between those that can afford to go to college and not.
Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools, argues that to close the achievement gap, schools need to inspire instead of "reading and mathing kids to death."
Tim Shriver, Co-Founder and Chair for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, describes how a week long seminar dedicated to teach a proper apology to students greatly enhanced the learning environment.
Steve Bumbaugh, Manager of Breakthrough Schools: D.C., CityBridge Foundation, retells the story of Antwan Green, a participant of the I Have a Dream Program from 1994 and the recent documentary Southeast 67.
Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston likens education reform to a parable from Abraham Lincoln that calls us to build institutions with values that last.