Session 7 - Changing the Odds

Geoffrey Canada

President and CEO,
Harlem Children's Zone

  • Pioneering leader in urban education and fervent advocate for U.S. education reform
  • Featured in the acclaimed documentary, Waiting for Superman
  • Targeting a 100-block municipal area with educational and social services, the Harlem Children's Zone has become a model for effective community engagement
  • Coming from the poor and sometimes-violent South Bronx, he graduated with a master's degree from the Harvard School of Education

The Global Leadership Summit: Geoffrey Canada

Excerpt: Harlem Children's Zone


"You have to be prepared to think outside the box…Stand back and think about what we could do creatively. We've got to do that to push the field forward."

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