Ted Dintersmith is consumed with issues at the intersection of education, career and citizenship skills, and democracy. His films, books, keynotes, and philanthropy focus on the urgency of reimagining school to keep pace with the tsunami of innovation that is reshaping society. His WhatSchoolCouldBe.org initiative is catalyzing progress at the school, district, and state level across America, and in countries around the globe. His professional career centered on innovation, including being ranked as the top-performing U.S. venture capitalist for the years 1995-1999. In 2012, he was appointed by President Obama to represent the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly. In 2018, he received the prestigious NEA Friend of Education Award. He holds a PhD in Engineering from Stanford, and a B.A. degree from the College of William & Mary with High Honors in Physics and English.
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