Forum Speakers

iei’s 2014 emerging issues forum Speakers

How do we train, retain and support world-class teachers in every classroom to secure North Carolina’s future competitiveness?

As the Institute for Emerging Issues seeks to uncover ways to scale innovative and effective practices to addressing this question, we want to ask tough questions that need to be addressed if we want to move forward in North Carolina. To answer those questions, IEI is bringing together individuals from a broad spectrum to shed light on perspectives of influential individuals from across the globe.

Ron Clark

Founder and Mathematics Teacher, The Ron Clark Academy
A graduate of East Carolina University and former North Carolina teacher, Ron Clark has been called “America’s Educator”. In 2000, he was named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times bestselling author whose book, The Essential 55, has sold over 1 million copies and is published in 25 different countries. Ron Clark has directly impacted the community around his school, his students, the state of Georgia and countless others through his educating teachers across the globe. His latest publication is “The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck — 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers” is now on bookshelves.

Raj Chetty

Professor of Economics at Harvard University
Raj Chetty’s study on the long-term economic impact of high value-added educators shows that students assigned to high value-added teachers are more likely to have higher lifetime earnings. Other students outcomes influenced by a quality teacher include the opportunity to attend college, live in higher socioeconomic status neighborhoods, and save more for retirement.


Co-Director, Public Impact
Brian Hassel is co-director of Public Impact, an educational consulting group whose work focuses on the policies and approaches to recruiting, selecting, evaluating, developing, compensating and retaining high-performance teachers and leaders. He authored the Brookings Institution Press book The Charter School Challenge: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Fulfilling the Promise, co-edited the Brookings volume Learning from School Choice, and co-authored Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence.

Rick Hess

Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Frederick Hess is an education policy analyst from the American Enterprise Institute. Hess’s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. Mr. Hess has recently published a 9-point reform of the teaching profession, entitled Teacher Quality 2.0.
Read his most recent article published in National Review Online here.

Daniel Pink

New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author
Daniel Pink is the author of five provocative books– including The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsHere, he shares how research disproves the notion that the best way to motivate others is with external rewards like money. He will share with us what all this means in regards to ways in which we best tackle the question of “how we train, retain and support teachers in every classroom”. His articles on business and technology have appeared in The New York TimesHarvard Business ReviewFast Company and Wired.


Research Professor, New York University
Diane Ravitch is an education policy analyst and historian at New York University. In addition, she served in both the Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations. Her book, The Death and Life of the Great American School Systemwas a national bestseller, and addressed issues with high-stakes testing and quantifying teacher quality. Her latest book, Reign of Errorwarns against the privatizing of the public school system.
Read Diane’s entries from the Huffington Post here.

Diane’s Interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Amanda Ripley

Investigative Journalist for Time and The Atlantic
Having most recently authored The Smartest Kids in the World–And How They Got That WayAmanda Ripley will share international comparison data as well as patterns of transformation within the teaching profession that have led to positive change in other countries. Additional as a writer for Time, she produced cover stories focusing on the science of motivating children.

Pasi Sahlberg

Director General, Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) in Helsinki, Finland
Pasi Sahlberg is experienced in classroom teaching, training teachers and leaders, coaching schools and advising education policy-makers around the world. He is an international speaker and writer who has given more than 300 keynote speeches and published over 100 articles, chapters and books on education. Pasi has lived and worked in England (King’s College), the United States (World Bank in Washington D.C.), and Italy (European Training Foundation in Torino), among numerous other countries. His book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? (2011), won the 2012 Education Award in Finland and 2011 Upton Sinclair Award in the United States.