Bernard Pierorazio

Educator, Leader, Innovator

TedTalks: Education

Hear inspiring leaders on the topic of learning in this TED project hosted by John Legend.


Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

TedTalks: Joshua Katz and the Toxic Culture of Education

Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County, Florida who discusses the toxic culture within education today.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

TedTalks: The Real Experts of Education Reform

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. “Empower our students and teachers, who are closest to the problems of learning, to make decisions”, says Oliver Sicat. In his talk, Oliver explains how students, teachers and parents are the key to really impacting the education reform, and the education of tomorrow.

Oliver Sicat is the CEO of Ednovate, a personalized learning charter management organization founded in partnership with USC that is redesigning the American High School experience.

Before that Oliver served as Chief Portfolio Officer within the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). As an executive cabinet member, he improved student achievement results for 403,000 students attending 675 schools.

Oliver has also been a successful teacher, non-profit founder and charter school principal. In 2006, Oliver was named Teacher of the Year in the Boston Public Schools, and his non-profit, Emagine, was nationally recognized for its work preparing first-generation college students for college. He moved to Chicago to build a school for the Noble Network of Charter Schools, and under his leadership, it became the #1 non-selective school in Chicago in 2011 and remains #1 today.

Oliver graduated from the University of Southern California and received his Masters degree from Harvard University.

Education for Opportunity: 3 Ideas for American Education Reform

Education reform has the potential to open incredible doors to opportunity. Yet despite unprecedented levels of public school funding, far too many students in America never enjoy the benefits that can result from a high-quality education.

In his new book, “Education and Opportunity,” Michael Q. McShane proposes a market-based approach to revitalizing failing American schools — one that fosters innovation and encourages competition via school choice, education savings accounts, and charter schools. But as with any sector of the economy that moves from a public monopoly to market-led solutions, smart stabilization and support from other institutions are essential for making a decentralized school system effective.

McShane lays out a compelling case for education reform that encourages wiser use of technology and a “marketplace of education options” that can help today’s students succeed in tomorrow’s economy.

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