20th Anniversary Awardees


WILLIAM J. BENNETT, “I Got You Under My Skin”
Former U.S. Secretary of Education, author and radio personality
Presented by Tony Bennett, Former Commissioner of Education – Indiana, Florida





YVONNE CHAN, “Gonna Build A Mountain”
Founder and Principal, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, former California State board member and charter school activist
Co-Presented by Building Excellent Schools Fellows Jane Henzerling, founder the Mission Preparatory Charter School, San Francisco, CA and David Singer, Head of School University Prep, Denver, COO






BARBARA DREYER, “The Lady is a Tramp”
Co-founder and CEO, Connections Education and pioneer in virtual learning
Presented by Jonathan Hage, President & CEO, Charter Schools USA





The Gleason Family Foundation, and leaders in the battle for school choice
Presented by Michelle Bernard, Founder & CEO, Bernard Center and noted journalist, columnist and author





DEBORAH MCGRIFF, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”
Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund, founding member of the Black Alliance for Education Options, former superintendent, education leader and activist
Presented by Alisha Thomas-Morgan, Georgia House of Representatives




MICHAEL MOE, “Mack The Knife”
Co-Founder & Partner, GSV Asset Management, and the leader in making education the prominent factor in business and financial sectors
Presented by Michael Horn, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation