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Award-winning author and education leader Alan M. Blankstein served for 25 years as president of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Blankstein began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s.
Blankstein is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the Book of the Year award from Learning Forward. He is senior editor, lead contributor, or author of 18 books, including Excellence Through Equity with Pedro Noguera (2016). He has also authored some 20 articles in publications, including Education Week, Educational Leadership, The Principal, and Executive Educator.
Blankstein has provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major U.S. education organization, and throughout the United Kingdom, Africa, and the Middle East. He has served on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board and the Jewish Child Care Agency, where he once was a youth in residence.
During this two-day ASCD Institute, renowned authors Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera, along with award-winning education scholars, district and school leaders and practitioners, will share strategies to pursue equity and close instructional and achievement gaps in multicultural K–12 districts and schools. Learn more
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