Nancy Carlsson-Paige is Professor Emerita at Lesley University where she taught teachers for more than 30 years and was a founder of the University’s Center for Peaceable Schools. Nancy has written and spoken extensively about the impact of media on children’s lives and social development, and how children learn the skills for positive relationships. She is a critic of current education reforms that promote standardized tests and the privatization of schools. Nancy is the author of five books and numerous articles and op eds on media and technology, conflict resolution, peaceable classrooms, and education reform. Her most recent book is called Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids. Nancy has received many awards for her leadership and advocacy in early childhood and peace education. She is an advocate for education policies and practices that promote social justice and the well being of all children.
Linda Nathan is the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, the city’s first and only public high school for the visual and performing arts. The arts are integrated throughout the academic curriculum, motivating students with a variety of learning styles to succeed; over 94% of graduates go on to college each year. Under Dr. Nathan’s leadership, the school has won state, national, and international recognition and awards. She was also a driving force behind the creation of Fenway High School. Dr. Nathan is a cofounder and board member of the Center for Collaborative Education, a nonprofit education reform organization, and sits on the board of the Coalition of Essential Schools. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked on issues of school reform in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, and Brazil. Dr. Nathan has written a widely-praised book about teaching and leadership in urban schools, The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test, which was recently published in Spanish. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of California- Berkeley, a master’s degree in education administration at Antioch University, a master’s of performing arts degree at Emerson College, and a doctorate in education at Harvard University.