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Michelle Weise

Dr. Michelle R. Weise

Dr. Michelle R. Weise is the Executive Director of Sandbox Collaborative, the R&D arm of strategy and innovation at Southern New Hampshire University. Michelle’s work in fostering innovation is an extension of her prior work as the Senior Research Fellow in higher education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Her book, Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution, co-authored with Clayton Christensen, describes the disruptive potential of online competency-based education aligned to workforce needs. Michelle’s commentaries and research have been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe, Inside HigherEd, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and PBS Newshour. She has also served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Fidelis Education and taught at Skidmore College and Stanford University. Michelle is a former Fulbright Scholar and graduate of Harvard and Stanford.

Jamila Lyiscott

Dr. Jamila Lyiscott

Jamila Lyiscott is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) of Teachers College, Columbia University. A spoken word artist since the age of fifteen, Jamila engages the arts in her work as a scholar, educator, activist, and community organizer. Situated in Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, YPAR, Multiliteracies, and Black Literature, Jamila’s scholarship and activism work together to prepare educators to sustain diversity in the classroom, empower youth, and explore, assert, and defend the value of Black life. Her research focuses on contexts where the cultures, literacies, and literatures of young people of color are critically engaged and humanized for social change.

Jamila is the founder and co-director of the Cyphers For Justice (CFJ) youth, research, and advocacy program, apprenticing inner-city youth as critical researchers through hip-hop, spoken word, and digital literacy. As an adjunct assistant professor, consultant and motivational speaker, Jamila has lectured and lead community empowerment projects widely, both locally and internationally.

Jamila was featured on where her video, “3 Ways to Speak English,” was viewed over 3 million times. She has been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Root, and many other media outlets. Her poetry and scholarly work has been published in Teachers and Writers Collaborative Magazine and English Journal. Through her community, scholastic, and artistic efforts, Jamila hopes to play a key role in forging better connections between the world of academia and communities of color outside.

Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Center of Excellence in Education. The school was recognized by Ladies Home Journal as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools in the US, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School from 2009 through 2013 and has been written about in many publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In September 2013, Chris opened Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber campus, the second campus in the SLA model, and in September 2016, Chris opened Science Leadership Academy Middle School, SLA’s first middle school. Chris is co-founder and Chair of the Board of Inquiry Schools, an organization dedicated to helping more schools transform into a more inquiry-driven model. Chris is a 2016 member of Scholastic’s National Advisory Council. Chris is the 2014 winner of the McGraw Prize in Education. In June 2013, Chris was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education. In November of 2012, Chris was named one of Dell’s #Inspire100 – one of the 100 people changing the world using Social Media. In April of 2012, Chris won the Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. In September of 2011, Chris was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in education reform. In June 2010, Chris was named as one of the “30 Most Influential People in EdTech” by Technology & Learning Magazine. In 2009, Chris was a honoree for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Outstanding Young Educator Award. Chris was named as one of “40 Under 40″ by Philadelphia Business Journal in 2009. In 2006, the National School Board Association named Chris one of “20 to Watch” among American administrators.

Stephen Burghardt

Stephen Burghardt, Ph.D.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Burghardt has been a professor at the Hunter College (CUNY) School of Social Work, where he has focused on areas such as transformative leadership models and community-based action. A prolific author, researcher and an award-winning professor, Dr. Burghardt has also provided service to numerous editorial boards and professional societies. Dr. Burghardt approaches his teaching instruction with the philosophy of empowering his students to assist others. Additionally, Dr. Burghardt provides coaching to executives, municipal leaders and others regarding community engagement, leadership, strategic planning and communications. Dr. Burghardt received his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Elisabeth Barnett

Elisabeth Barnett

Elisabeth Barnett is a project lead for the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) study on alternative placement systems and student outcomes. She also leads the Community College Research Center’s (CCRC) project Reshaping the College Transition: A Study of Early Assessment and Curricular Interventions. Barnett has led research on the high school to college transition, college readiness, dual enrollment, developmental education, early college high schools, the Common Core State Standards, and career and technical education practices. Her publications include Reshaping the College Transition: Early College Readiness Assessments and Transition Curricula in Four StatesBridging the Gap: An Impact Study of Eight Developmental Summer Bridge Programs in TexasDual Enrollment: A Strategy for Educational Advancement of All Students; and a co-edited volume of New Directions in Community Colleges entitled Academic Pathways to and from the Community College (with Debra Bragg; Jossey-Bass Publishers).

Barnett is also associate director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University and is affiliated with the national Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness. Elisabeth Barnett received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in educational organization and leadership–higher education.


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