In the passion of the civil rights campaigns of 1964 and 1965, Jonathan Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising and secure career within the academic world, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston, and became a fourth grade teacher.
He has since devoted nearly his entire life to the challenge of providing equal opportunity within our public schools to every child, of whatever racial origin or economic level. He is, at the present time, the most widely read and highly honored education writer in America.
Kozol is the author of many books, including the award-winning Amazing Grace. His most recent book, Fire in the Ashes, is a powerful and stirring culmination of the stories he has told over a quarter-century about the children of the poorest urban neighborhood in the United States.
Her book, Other People's Children, has received the American Educational Studies Association's "Book Critic Award," Choice Magazine's Eighth Annual Outstanding Academic Book Award, and has been named "A Great Book" by Teacher Magazine. Some of her other books include: The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children; and The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom. She is currently working on a book on creating excellence in urban educational settings.
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Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer,consultant and designer in the critical areas of education and learning. He has been featured in articles in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS and the BBC and was named as one of training's top 10 'visionaries' by Training Magazine. He holds graduate degrees from Yale (teaching) and Harvard (MBA).