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Ofelia Garcia
Ofelia Garcia is Professor and Coordinator of the Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education.  She also co-chairs the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies. Dr. Garcia did post-doctoral work on Sociology of Language and Bilingualism and has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay), a Spencer Fellow of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Garcia teaches and has written numerous books and articles on bilingualism, bilingual education throughout the world, the education of English Language Learners and US Latinos, US Spanish, and international macro-sociolinguistics.
Edmund Gordon

Edmund W. Gordon is the Richard March Hoe Professor, Emeritus of Psychology and Education and founding Director of the Institute of Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Yale University.  Dr. Gordon is Special Advisor to The Campaign for Educational Equity and the TC Education Partnership Zone is housed on the Edmund W. Gordon Campus.

Dr. Gordon is a lifelong champion of the concept of "supplementary education" -- the idea that children must be enveloped by a scaffold of caring community and family to ensure that out-of-school educational experiences positively shape their intellectual development and well-being. 

Jay Heubert

Jay P. Heubert is Professor of Law and Education at Teachers College and an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. He serves as faculty chair of the School Law Institute and as faculty adviser to the Cahn Fellowship Program for Distinguished New York City principals. He teaches courses on education law and policy. His J.D. cum laude and Ed.D. are from Harvard, where he taught from 1985-98. He has also been chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a civil rights lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice and a high school English teacher.

In 1997-98, he directed a Congressionally-mandated study of high-stakes testing conducted by the National Academy of Sciences. From 2000-2002, he was a Carnegie Scholar, studying how promotion testing and graduation testing affect student learning and dropout rates, particularly for students of color, students with disabilities and English-language learners. In June 2001, he received the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Alumni Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education.

Sharon Kagan
Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University and Professor Adjunct at Yale University's Child Study Center.

Scholar, pioneer, leader, and advocate, Dr. Kagan has helped shape early childhood practice and policies in the United States and in countries throughout the world.  Author of 225 articles and 13 books, Kagan's research focuses on the institutions that impact child and family life.  She consults with numerous international, federal and state agencies, congress, governors, and legislatures, is a member of 40 national boards and panels, and is a Past President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Family Support America.  She is currently working around the globe with UNICEF to establish early learning standards in Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Jordan, Mongolia, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, and Viet Nam.

She is the only woman in the history of American Education to receive its three most prestigious awards: the 2004 Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the 2005 James Bryant Conant Award for Lifetime Service to Education from the Education Commission of the States (ECS), and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.


Henry Levin

Henry M. Levin, chair of The Equity Campaign's first Symposium, is the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education. He is also the David Jacks Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Economics at Stanford University where he served from 1968-99 after working as an economist at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

From 1986-2000 Levin served as the Director of the Accelerated Schools Project, a national school reform initiative for accelerating the education of at-risk students. At present he researches issues of educational reform, educational vouchers, cost-effectiveness analysis, financing educational equity, and educational privatization

Michael Rebell
Michael A. Rebell is Executive Director of The Campaign for Educational Equity and Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College.  Previously, Mr. Rebell co-founded and served as Executive Director of The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), which won a major constitutional ruling on behalf of New York City public schools.  Mr. Rebell is one of the nation's foremost authorities on the education adequacy movement in the United States and has pioneered the legal theory and strategy of educational adequacy.  In the last 15 years, this legal strategy has proven successful in almost 70% of the cases challenging a state's failure to provide students with a sound, basic education. Mr. Rebell has also litigated numerous class-action lawsuits especially on behalf of students with disabilities, including the landmark New York State case, Jose P. v. Mills. He has written five books and several dozen articles on a wide range of education issues, including educational equity, education finance, testing, rights of disabled students and dropout prevention.In the past, Mr. Rebell has taught at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Amy Wells
Amy Stuart Wells is a professor of Sociology and Education. Her interests include educational policy; race and education; charter schools; school desegregation; and school choice policy. Dr. Wells is respected as one of the nation's foremost authorities on school segregation.  Her publications include: Both Sides Now: Looking Back on School Desegregation (co-author, Harvard University Press, in press); Stepping Over the Color Line: African-American Students in White Suburban Schools (co-author, Yale University Press, 1997); and "The Politics of Accountability: California School Districts and Charter School Reform" (co-author, The Stanford Law and Policy Review, Spring 2000).
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