Milton Chen has been a leading figure in educational media for more than 20 years. He joined The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) as Executive Director in 1998, bringing new leadership to its mission of gathering and disseminating the most innovative models of K-12 teaching and learning in the Digital Age. A nonprofit foundation, GLEF shares new vision through its multimedia website Edutopia.org, award-winning magazine, Edutopia: The New World of Learning, and a comprehensive library of documentary films.
The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, often referred to as the most influential woman in America. O’Connor became the first woman named to the country’s highest court, after being appointed by President Ronald Reagan. She retired from the Supreme Court in 2005, and is now focused on the importance of civic education and civic participation. She founded iCivics, a non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources. The curriculum is grouped into topical units that align to state and Common Core standards. Teachers in a wide variety of classrooms have successfully implemented iCivics, and students using the program are more knowledgeable, engaged, and eager to participate in civic action and discussion.
Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary, and currently President and Co-Founder of Operation Respect and its "Don't Laugh at Me" Program, with Mark Weiss, Director of Education, Operation Respect and former NYC principal for 20 years, promoting safe, compassionate, caring environments for children and youth. Where we've been, what we've have learned, where we're going – a presentation in story, song and conversation, as they look at "better practices for better schools" in a movement to create more positive school climates and to prevent bullying, ridicule and disrespect in our schools.