Julie Landsman is a teacher & writer in Minneapolis. She has traveled around the country talking to groups of teachers & administrators interested in working in positive ways with students who fail in traditional classrooms. Landsman is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including a Minnesota State Arts Board grant. She is co-editor with David Haynes of "Welcome to Your Life: An Anthology of Contemporary Writing for Young Adults", which was named as a "New York Public Library's Best Books for Young People 2000," & the author of "Basic Needs: A Year with Street Kids in a City School".
Chance W. Lewis is the Houston Endowment Inc., Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Urban Education and the Co-Director of the urban education graduate program in the College of Education at Texas A&M University. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is the Co-Director of the Center for Urban School Partnerships at Texas A&M University. Dr. Lewis also serves as the Deputy Director for the Center of African American Research and Policy (CAARP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his career, Dr. Lewis has over 100 publications include over 50 refereed journal articles in some of the leading academic journals in the field of urban education and teacher education. Additionally, he has received over $4 million in external research funds to support his research. To date, Dr. Lewis has author/co-authored/co-edited 4 books: White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide for Building Inclusive Schools, Eliminating Racism and Promoting High Expectations (Stylus, 2006), The Dilemmas of Being an African American Male in the New Millennium: Solutions for Life Transformation; An Educator's Guide to Working with African American Students: Strategies for Promoting Academic Success (Infinity, 2008); and Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong with Teacher Training and How We Can Fix It (Stylus, 2010). Finally, Dr. Lewis has provided consultative services (i.e., professional development and research services) to over 100 school districts and universities across the United States and Canada. Dr. Lewis can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via his website at http://www.chancewlewis.com