Albert Sykes and Marquis Lowe of the Young People's Project in Jackson, Mississippi, talk about organizing and self-educating youth in schools in order to not only ensure successful students, but to lay the foundation for a cohesive community outside school.
Leah Webb, an organizer with Citizen Action of New York, reminds us that an important way for us to pull ourselves out of a recession is to invest in education.
Dylan Torres, of Jóvenes Unidos in Denver, Colorado, reminds us of the potentially huge impact that immigrant youth and students could have, and the importance of organizing them.
Zakita Royster, organizer with the Philadelphia Student Union, asks why students and teachers - but not principals, administrators, police, or policymakers - are the only ones "held accountable."
Sabita Ramsaran is a Youth Organizer for Desis Rising Up and Moving NYC. Ramsaran describes the increasing militarization of public schools in New York City, in particular Hillcrest High School in Queens.
Carlos Loumiet is a Partner at Hunton & Williams LLP and Board Chair of the New America Alliance. Loumiet discusses the role technology can play in ensuring an opportunity to learn for all students.
Greg Jobin-Leeds, Co-Founder and Chair of the Schott Foundation, discusses the need for teacher autonomy - and the need for policymakers to be held accountable as well.
Gail Christopher, VP for Programs at the W.K. Kellog Foundation, discusses her organization's role in effecting change in education policy, and confronting our nation's history of racial conflict.
Russlyn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education, discusses the crucial role data plays in examining the achievement gap - and fixing it.