Author and education consultant Marc Prensky poses for a portrait on a rooftop patio of his apartment building in lower Manhattan, Tuesday, September 25, 2012.  Pictured below is the Hudson River and Jersey City Skyline.  Emile Wamsteker for Education Week


Marc is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed speaker, author, and “practical visionary” in the field of education. He is the founder and executive director of The Global Future Education Foundation. 
Marc has spoken in over 40 countries, authored seven books, and published over 100 essays; his writing has been translated into 11 languages. Marc’s latest book, Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids (Columbia TC Press, 2016), won the FOREWARD INDIES 2016 Book of the Year Award Gold Prize for Education. 
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Esther has been a teacher at Palo Alto High School for 31 years, during which time she created a world-renowned journalism program and received numerous awards. Her mission is now transforming education for the 21st century.  
Esther’s particular goal is to get teachers – around the world – to see and act on a new perspective on what they need to do and how to do it for our future kids. Esther is the author of Moonshots in Education and the founder of
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David Engle is a specialist in integrating schools, education and communities. In 4 years as the Superintendent of Schools in the Port Townsend Public School District in Washington State, David totally transformed the formerly isolated schools into a highly integrated school/community system — to the community’s total delight. (In 2016 the community approved a school bond issue by 75%, the highest vote in the district’s history.)
David’s educational philosophy was honed through many education administration roles, including 3 years as Superintendent of schools in North Platte, MO, an Executive Directorship at Educational Testing Service (ETS), 4 years as Principal at Squalicum High School in Washington, and 2 years as Project Administrator for School Transformation at the Seattle Public Schools.
David is currently helping other school districts integrate their schools more intimately with their communities. Contact David at
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