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Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
The Campaign for Educational Equity: Symposium 2008

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11/17/2008 ~ 11/18/2008 at  Cowin Center, Teachers College

Geoffrey Canada

President and CEO
Harlem Children’s Zone

Presentation Topic:

  • Practitioners Panel: [Summary to be posted soon]

Geoffrey Canada is the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit, community-based organization that offers education, social-service and community-building programs to children and families in the Harlem area. In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children''s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families and as a passionate advocate for education reform.

The work of Mr. Canada and HCZ has become a national model and has been the subject of many profiles in the media. Their work has been featured on "60 Minutes," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," "CBS This Morning," "The Charlie Rose Show," National Public Radio''s "On Point," as well in articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today and Newsday. Most recently, HCZ is the subject of a book by Paul Tough, staff editor of New York Times Magazine, titled Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (Houghton Mifflin, 2008).

Mr. Canada is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master''s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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