Anurima Bhargava served as the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2010-2016, where she led federal enforcement of civil rights laws in schools and institutions of higher education. After leaving the Justice Department, Ms. Bhargava was selected as an inaugural Leadership in Government Fellow at the Open Society Foundations, where her work is focused on addressing the trauma that children experience after incidents of violence. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Ms. Bhargava was counsel and Director of the Education Practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Bhargava earned her law degree from Columbia Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, and is a graduate of Kenwood Academy.
Robert J. Jagers is CASEL’s vice president of research. Prior to joining CASEL, he was a faculty member in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan, a Co-PI of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC), and the founding director of Wolverine Pathways, a university-sponsored diversity pipeline program for qualified secondary school students. Among his various CASEL duties, Dr. Jagers is leading work with partner districts to explore how social and emotional learning can be leveraged to promote equitable learning environments and equitable developmental outcomes for students from historically underserved groups. He has a particular interest in participatory approaches to SEL research and practice and their implications for the civic development of children and youth.
John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close educational opportunity and achievement gaps. King served as U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Prior to that role, King carried out the duties of Deputy Secretary, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and agency operations. King joined the department following his post as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.
Anindya Kundu is author of the new book, The Power of Student Agency. A sociologist who studies the contexts that allow youth and young adults to thrive, Anindya is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Urban Research in the City University of New York Graduate Center, LMIS. He received his PhD in sociology of education at New York University (NYU). Anindya taught courses at NYU including, American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Promise of Public Education; Research in Urban Education; and Education as a Social Institution. Anindya received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award for his service. Anindya enjoys connecting research to practice for broad stakeholders and his work has appeared in NPR Education, MSNBC, and he has given two official TED Talks, each with over 1.5 million views.
Eric is an Associate Partner with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and author of Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigm for Changing Times. He was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward’s Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar. Eric received his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from East Stroudsburg University, B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University, and his B.S. in Marine/Environmental Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.