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May 18, 2011

Alex Grodd, Founder, Better Lesson

Alex Grodd knows that teaching can be isolating work--particularly for novice teachers. He's experienced that for himself, as a middle school teacher in Atlanta and Boston. And that experience motivated Grodd, now 30, to found BetterLesson to help change things for other teachers. BetterLesson is an...

May 18, 2011

Bill Ferguson, Maryland State Senator

In 2010, Bill Ferguson, a 27-year-old staffer for the Baltimore Public Schools, scored an upset victory over a 27-year-incumbent in the Democratic primary to represent Maryland's 46th Senate District, with a campaign built largely on support of Teach for America alumni and other Baltimore education ...

May 17, 2011

Roxanna Elden, teacher and author, See Me After Class

You know you're doing something right when Dave Barry (yes, that Dave Barry) calls your first book "very funny." That's just one reason to highlight Roxanna Elden, whose book See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers earned not just Barry's praise but kudos from a host of educators. The au...

May 17, 2011

Justin Cohen, President, School Turnaround Group, Mass Insight

What to do about chronically low-performing public schools is one of the biggest--and most debated--challenges in public education today. As President of the School Turnaround Group at MassInsight, Justin Cohen tackles this challenge every day, working with states and schools districts to put in pla...

May 16, 2011

Rafael Corrales, Co-founder, LearnBoost

Rafael Corrales is "a start-up guy." As an undergraduate at Georgia Tech (from which he graduated at only 19 years old), Corrales, an Atlanta native, co-founded College Knowledge, a tutoring company serving middle and high school students in the Atlanta area. Since then, he's worked with a variety o...

May 16, 2011

Karim Kai Ani, Founder, Mathalicious

Karim Ani is a guy who asks interesting questions ... and then translates them into real-world math lessons: "Do people with small feet pay more for shoes?" (Ratios & proportions) "Have video game consoles followed Moore's Law?" (Exponential growth) "Is Wheel of Fortune rigged?" (Percents & pro...

May 15, 2011

These People are Going to Transform Education

Over the past 15 years, public education in the United States has been profoundly shaped by the work of a generation of young educators and reformers who launched their careers in the early 1990s: people like Wendy Kopp, Dave Levin, Mike Feinberg, Michelle Rhee, Chris Barbic, Rick Hess, and my own c...

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