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Featured Speaker: Sam Chaltain

Reimagining Our Vital Work

In his book, Thank you for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas Friedman proposes we are living through one of the most significant times of change in human history. He writes: “Three forces on the planet—technology, globalization, and climate change—are all accelerating at once. As a result, so many aspects of our societies, workplaces and geopolitics are being reshaped and need to be reimagined.” In the face of such seismic shifts, what is the role of schools in general—and Montessori schools in particular? Should our understanding of the structure and purpose of Montessori education shift in order to keep pace with such a rapidly changing world? What are we shifting away from, and towards? Join us for a conversation in which we explore the possible paths—and help one another reimagine the vital work ahead.

About Sam

Sam Chaltain

Sam Chaltain is a founding partner at 180 Studio, a global design collaborative that designs places, sets strategies, and tells stories that advance people's understanding of the future of learning—and what it takes to get there.

A prolific writer about public education and organization strategies, Sam’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Education Today, USA Today, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. He is also a former speechwriter for each of President Obama’s U.S. Secretaries of Education.

Sam's work translates to the screen as well as the page. He is co-producer of the PBS documentary film, 180 Days: Hartsville, about one Southern town’s efforts to address public school reform; and the 10-part online film series, A Year at Mission Hill, about a year in the life of a Boston public pilot school.

Sam has a master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary, and an MBA from George Washington University, where he specialized in non-profit management and organizational theory. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he graduated with a double major in Afro-American Studies and History.

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