Dr. James AndersonDr. James Anderson
Gutgsell Professor and Head of Educational Policy Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. James Anderson is Gutgsell Professor and head of educational policy studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An expert in educational history, Anderson’s scholarship and teaching explore and interrogate the institutional, policy, and intellectual trajectory of education in the United States. His in-depth and wide-ranging work examines crucial themes, including the history of African-American education in the American South just prior to Emancipation through the mid-20th-century, Jim Crow period; the history of public school desegregation; the representation of black life in high school textbooks; the history of African-American public higher education; and African-American school achievement in the 20th century.

Anderson has written several books, including The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860–1935, for which he received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Racial Desegregation in Higher Education (In Press, Teachers College Press, co-authored with Laurence Parker and Stafford Hood). Senior editor of the History of Education Quarterly journal and an expert witness in a series of federal and Supreme Court desegregation cases, Anderson’s significant research, and pedagogic and public contributions have earned him prestigious honors, including the 2008 Distinguished Career Contributions Award from the AERA’s Committee on Scholars of Color in Education and his election this year to the National Academy of Education, considered the highest honor in the field of educational scholarship.


Dr. Geneva GayDr. Geneva Gay
Professor of Education and Faculty Associate in the Center for Multicultural Education at University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Geneva Gay is a professor of education and faculty associate in the Center for Multicultural Education at University of Washington in Seattle. An expert in critical curriculum theory and development, multicultural education, and race relations, Gay’s scholarship and teaching explore and interrogate the conceptual and sociocultural foundations of curricular knowledge and classroom pedagogical engagement, especially as these relate to transformative student learning and teacher preparation. The concept and practice of culturally responsive teaching and its relationship to the academic performance and achievement of African, Asian, Latino, and Native American students are crucial themes in her work; as are the intersection of language teaching and cultural diversity; career-long teacher professional development; and critical approaches to teaching ethnic studies.

Gay’s several books, journal articles, and essays include Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice (2000), which received the 2001 Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and Becoming Multicultural Educators: Personal Journal Towards Professional Agency (2003). Gay’s significant research, and pedagogic and public contributions have earned her prestigious honors, including the first Multicultural Educator Award presented by the National Association of Multicultural Education in 1994, and the 2006 Mary Anne Raywid Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Field of Education, presented by the Society of Professors of Education.


Dr. Terry BergesonDr. Terry Bergeson
Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State

For 45 years, Dr. Bergeson has worked to ensure public school students achieve an education that truly prepares them for life beyond the classroom. As state superintendent Dr. Bergeson has been an advocate of educators and others within the public school system, focusing on what is best for students and working tirelessly to build partnerships among legislators, educators, parents and community leaders. Having contributed to education in the roles of counselor, teacher, administrator, president of the Washington Education Association, and chair of the Washington Commission on Student Learning, for the past 12 years she has served as Washington’s superintendent of public instruction. First elected as state superintendent in 1996, Dr. Bergeson was re-elected in 2000 and 2004. She continues her pledge to transform the teaching profession in Washington state, and to ensure all students earn a diploma that prepares them for success in the 21st century.