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Larry Sand

Sand, Larry

Elementary Teacher, Webster Middle School

Began his teaching career in New York in 1971. Since 1984, he has taught elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, including English, math, history and ESL at… more

Steve Coll

Coll, Steve

President and CEO of New America Foundation

Coll is president and CEO of New America Foundation, and a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine. Previously he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor… more

Rod Paige

Paige, Rod

Former U.S. Secretary of Education

is a life-long educator and former U.S. Secretary of Education (2001-2005). As secretary, Paige was an unstinting advocate of student achievement, employing “best of breed” solutions to achieve results. more

John Nagl

Nagl, John

President of the Center for a New American Security

Nagl is president of the Center for a New American Security and a visiting professor in the War Studies Department at Kings College of London. Nagl retired from the US… more

Terry Moe

Moe, Terry

William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Is the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a member of Hoover's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. more

Randi Weingarten

Weingarten, Randi

President, American Federation of Teachers

is president of the 1.4-million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. She was elected in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president. more

James Shinn

Shinn, James

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia in 2007-2008

Shinn was assistant secretary of defense for Asia in 2007-2008. Before the Pentagon he served as the national intelligence officer for East Asia in 2003-2006, first at the Central Intelligence… more

Gary Smuts

Smuts, Gary

Superintendent, ABC Unified School District

Is superintendent of the ABC Unified School District, known throughout the state of California as a leader in educational planning and innovation. He was recently named 2009 Superintendent of the… more

Ralph Peters

Peters, Ralph

Retired Army Officer

Peters is a retired Army officer who rose from the enlisted ranks. As a soldier or civilian, he has experience in over 70 countries. more

Kate McLaughlin

McLaughlin, Kate

Elementary Teacher, Lowell Public Schools, Massachusetts

Has been an elementary teacher in the Lowell, Massachusetts public schools since 1999. She is currently a mathematics coach working with both teachers and students from kindergarten through fourth grade.… more