James Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center. He has pioneered the application of child and adolescent development principles to the process of improving American schools.
Linda Darling-Hammond is the Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her primary focus is education policy and practice, with emphases on teacher education and educational equity.
Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Perhaps best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, his recent interests include a focus on the ethical dimensions of personal development and of various professions and workplaces.
Paul Houston recently retired after fourteen years as the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. Previously he was superintendent of the school districts of Riverside CA, Tucson AZ, and Princeton NJ.
Deborah Meier is Senior Scholar in the School of Education at New York University. Founder of the famed Central Park East Secondary School in Harlem, she has been a leader in applying progressive principles to matters of educational policy and practice.
P. David Pearson
David Pearson is Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. His research and theoretical interests center on literacy instruction and assessment.
Now a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Hugh Price is former president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League. He is an expert on education, civil rights, equal opportunity, and criminal justice.
Wendy Puriefoy is President of the Public Education Network, a network of local education funds that support 1220 school districts across the nation. Her interests include issues of school finance and governance, curriculum and assessment, parent involvement, and school health.
Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. A historian, her primary focus has been on factors that affect the evolution of educational policy and practice.