John Harrison, Ph.D., presents and consults around the US and internationally on topics of school and district leadership & transformation, organizational culture, using data to improve instruction, and aligning curriculum & instruction to enhance learning for students at all levels. He has a special passion for helping schools meet the needs of at-risk/alternative students, gifted, and special needs learners. A highly regarded speaker and consultant, Dr. Harrison began his journey in education reform over 30 years ago, when conversations about “A Nation at Risk” led him from the laboratory, where he worked as a research scientist, to the classroom, where he became one of North Carolina’s first lateral entry teachers. An award-winning teacher, principal, and district administrator, he created a school transformation effort funded by the State of North Carolina, and, building on the success of that program, helped develop and fund a $6 million US Department of Education grant. Dr. Harrison is former executive director of the North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, an organization of 27,000 middle level educators in over 500 schools, and past-president of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. He has participated in White House and Capitol Hill briefings and presented and worked with educators in over 40 states and seven countries. His travels have brought him to well over a thousand classrooms--which gives him a rare perspective on what quality education is, and should look like in action. When he is not working to help schools and districts improve education for their students, he can be found enjoying the amazing food and music at his home in Austin, Texas.