Jean-Robert Cadet is an advocate for children enslaved in the Haitian Restavek system (spelled restavec in French) He is an author, husband, father and onetime member of the UN Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. He has collaborated on several documentaries and has testified before the United Nations and the U.S. Congress regarding his experience as a survivor of slavery. Cadet has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, and CNN.
Dr. Rey Hernández holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, where he received the Gabino Barreda Award, the highest national accolade of doctoral studies. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Oberlin College.
She teaches Mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Earned her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico; her MA at the University of California at Berkeley; and her doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in the same discipline.
Derry practised as much democracy and student control over their own learning as he could get away with in his twenty years as a state secondary school teacher. He ended his school career as vice-principal (at times acting principal) of a large English secondary school which pioneered the role of the school being a resource for the whole community and the whole community being a resource for the school.
Ana Yris Guzmán Torres is co-founder and Deputy Director of Nuestra Escuela, alongside her husband and Executive Director, Justo Méndez Arámburu. Nuestra Escuela, Inc. (Our School, Inc.) founded in 2000, is a nonprofit organization that offers alternative educational services to young people who have left school without completing their high school education.
Natalia is 18 years old and attending her first year of college at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) as a Sociology student. For two years, she participated in a summer leadership program directed by Justo Méndez and Ana Yris Guzmán. Since then, she has worked on various activities with Nuestra Escuela, Inc. and the Alliance for Alternative Education in Puerto Rico. Consequently, she was president of a youth organization called Juventud Estrella (Youth Star), which is dedicated to community service and social activism. She is working as a volunteer at Nuestra Escuela. Natalia was also part of the Executive Committee of the IV International Congress of Children and Adolescent's Rights where the Youth Forum was created. She is a passionate ballet and tango dancer, movie and book junkie, always seeking spiritual harmony. Most importantly, she has a love for education and social justice that enables students to create their own path towards their own bright future.
Scott Nine is the Executive Director of IDEA. A dynamic public speaker and organizer, he enjoys teaching and learning about leadership, social justice, community, educational reform, environmental sanity, personal growth, entrepreneurship, and how we get along with one another.
Carol Black is an Emmy-Award-winning writer/director/producer of both entertainment and documentary television and film. She studied literature and education at Swarthmore College and UCLA, and after the birth of her children, left a successful career in the entertainment industry to become involved in the unschooling and alternative education movements and later to make independent nonprofit films. “Schooling the World” is the culmination of many years of independent research into cross-cultural perspectives on children and education.
AUGUST TO JUNE intimately documents 26 third and fourth graders attending a public school where supporting each child’s strengths, creativity and emotional growth is blended with academic learning. Follow a school year filled with curiosity and compassion! Alfie Kohn calls it “….as engrossing as it is illuminating."
Born in Argentina, Dr. Alicia Cabezudo is a professor and activist who specializes in Education for a culture of peace, Democracy, Citizenship and Human Rights. From Rosario, Argentina, she directed Educating Cities of Latin America as part of the International Network of Educating Cities based in Barcelona. Her focus is on facilitating peace in the educating cities.
Dr. José Luis Díaz Cotto serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Centros Sor Isolina Ferré since September 2001. Under his leadership is the management of the Ponce Center, Caimito, Guayama, Canóvanas and about 43 programs in twelve municipalities of the Island.
He has a Juris doctor and a Master’s degree (LL.M.) in Childhood, Adolescence and Family Law. Is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Puerto Rico as well as external consultant at the Office of Children's Affairs of the Autonomous Municipality of Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Isaac Graves began his journey in democratic education at a very young age having attended The Free School (Albany, NY), the longest running inner-city democratic school in the United States. Since graduating, he has worked extensively in the field as an educator, speaker, and organizer.