Andrea Mitchell leads a panel of education experts who discuss the nature of character. Dave Levin, Dominic Randolph, Paul Tough, Russell Shaw are in conversation."
Andrea Mitchell is NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” She currently covers foreign policy, intelligence, and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News properties. Mitchell’s extensive reports include a 2010 interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a series of exclusive interviews, over the years, with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Mitchell’s travels for NBC have included exclusive reports from North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan, and Haiti. Mitchell covered the entire 2008 presidential campaign for NBC News and MSNBC. She is the author of Talking Back, a memoir about her experiences covering five presidents, Congress, and foreign policy. Mitchell received several awards including the prestigious Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Leonard Zeidenberg Award for her contribution to the protection of First Amendment Freedoms.
Dominic Randolph became the sixth head of the Riverdale Country School in 2007, the school’s centennial year. Riverdale is a pre-K through grade 12 independent school of 1,100 students in New York City. Previously, Randolf served in the capacity of assistant headmaster at the Lawrenceville School and has worked in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in schools in Europe and the Middle East. His work has focused on curriculum development, understanding the implications of cognitive and technological advancements for learning spaces, character development, and positive psychology, interdisciplinary studies, and design thinking. Randolph serves on the boards of the Lawrenceville School and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City.
Russell Shaw is the head of Georgetown Day School, which was founded in 1945 as the first integrated school in Washington, DC. GDS is a nationally recognized K–12 institution, known for its quality education and as a leader in social justice, equity, and diversity curriculum. Shaw is an active partner to leaders in government and public and charter education around the role of independent schools in the vital debate about the future of education. He has served as legislative assistant to Congressman Henry Waxman, researcher and editor, classroom teacher, and Outward Bound instructor.
Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Rethinking Character and Intelligence, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. He has written about education, child development, poverty, and politics for The New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and other magazines. He has worked as an editor at The New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program This American Life.
Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Rethinking Character and Intelligence, and Russell Shaw, head of Georgetown Day School, argue that poor high school preparation and a lack of student ownership have contributed to the world's highest college dropout rate.