Christopher Emdin, Jessica Lahey, Esther Wojcicki, & Mike Kleba on Masters of Practice [VIDEO]

Christopher Emdin, Jessica Lahey, Esther Wojcicki, and Mike Kleba, four all-star teachers, came together for a purposeful "Masters of Practice" conversation.

These trailblazing teachers (featured by outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, NBC, the Washington Post, TED, Wired, and NPR) are writing the script for how teachers can- and should- impact education in the 21st century. From the teachers that inspired them to step into the classroom to the students that transform how they approach learning, this conversation is an honest exchange and is a must-watch.

"Education is a really big, huge ship that’s hard to turn around once it’s moving in a particular direction. It’s not a nimble institution. But, we as teachers can be nimble and can make up for some of that stagnation that tends to happen over time."

–Jessica Lahey

Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is the author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times Best Seller, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood and the Rest of Y'all Too.

Jessica Lahey writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, The Washington Post and the New York Times and is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.

Esther Wojcicki is an internationally known educator and founder of the largest scholastic media program in the US at Palo Alto High. Esther advises multiple EdTech startups in Silicon Valley. She is the best-selling author of How to Raise Successful People, with a primary focus of helping parents, teachers, and executives be more effective.

Mike Kleba has been a public high school English teacher and theatre director for more than 20 years. He is the co-author of Otherful: How to Change the World (And Your School) Through Others, an earnest and irreverent book about the tectonic power of great leadership in schools and education.

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By Jessica Crabbe