Kate Rousmaniere isProfessor and Chair in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University, Ohio. Her research interests center on the history and politics of American teachers and methodological questions in the social history of education. Her publications include City Teachers: Teaching and School Reform in Historical Perspective (1997) and two co-edited international volumes, Discipline, Moral Regulation, and Schooling: A Social History (1997) with Kari Dehli and Ning de Coninck-Smith, and Silences and Images: A Social History of the Classroom (1999) with Ian Grosvenor and Martin Lawn. Kate is currently working on a biography of Margaret Haley, the turn-of-the-century leader of the first teachers’ union in the country, the Chicago Teachers’ Federation.
Frederick M. Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. In addition to his new Education Week blog “Rick Hess Straight Up,” he is the author of Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. His essays appear in both scholarly and popular outlets ranging from Teacher College Record, Harvard Education Review, to U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and National Review. Hess also serves as executive editor of Education Next, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, and on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University.
Randi Weingarten is currently president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal employees; and early childhood educators. She was elected in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president and 12 years as president of New York City’s UFT. She has worked as Wall Street lawyer from 1983 to 1986 and then as an award winning high school history teacher from 1991-1997.