As many of you will know, Geoffrey Canada is the founder, President, and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, a multifaceted educational effort based on the idea that transforming a school requires transforming the community surrounding the school.
Mr. Canada is a graduate of Bowdoin College (BA) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (MA). He holds an honorary doctorate from Princeton University. In addition to his groundbreaking and widely emulated work with the Harlem Children’s Zone, Mr. Canada is an author and frequent speaker. He has appeared on many television interview programs, and was featured in the 2010 documentary about the state of education in America, Waiting for Superman, by David Guggenheim.
Go here to watch an extraordinary interview with Mr. Canada. In it, he spends much time discussing the importance of family and cultural factors in his own success in life, and how his educational philosophy was shaped by the adults around him who held him to high standards as he was growing up.
The interviewer is Julian Bond, the well-known civil rights activist, co-founder of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), Georgia state legislator, and former chairman of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).
If you wish to learn more about the Harlem Children’s Zone, a good way to start is by visiting their website.