About the Book:

During the 2016 school year, innovation expert Ted Dintersmith took an unprecedented trip across America. He visited all fifty states, seeking to raise awareness about the urgent need to reimagine education to prepare students for an increasingly-innovative world. As he traveled, though, he met innovative teachers all across the country -- teachers doing extraordinary things in ordinary settings, creating innovative classrooms where children learn deeply and joyously, students who can’t wait to get to school each day as they develop purpose, agency, essential skill sets and mind-sets, and deep knowledge. The insights of these teachers offer a vision of what school could be, and a model for how to help all schools achieve it.

America's clock is ticking. Our archaic model of education trains children for a world that no longer exists. Concurrently, accelerating advances in technology are eliminating millions of jobs. Absent profound change, the futures of millions of children -- and our very democracy -- are at risk. But America’s innovative educators give us reason for hope. We need to listen to them, and What School Could Be gives you a running start.


About Ted

Ted Dintersmith is one of the nation's leading voices on innovation and education. A former top ranked venture capitalist, his four-decade career spans technology, business, public policy, and education philanthropy. In 2012, he was appointed by President Obama to represent the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on education. Past accomplishments include earning a PhD in Engineering from Stanford, leading a high-tech start-up, and ranking as the top-performing venture capitalist in the U.S. for the years 1995-1999. He organized the Sundance-acclaimed documentary Most Likely to Succeed, and wrote along with co-author and thought-leader Tony Wagner the book Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era (Scribner). When he's not visiting schools, he lives in central Virginia.

Watch his TEDx talk to learn more about what motivates him.

Follow him on Twitter: @dintersmith

What They're Saying