Bill AyersWhy We Invited Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers is a highly accomplished teacher educator who has worked tirelessly to improve public education. He has distinguished himself as a dedicated and committed teacher and child advocate throughout his 25-plus year career as an educator. The unwavering focus of his work has been to make the classroom a more relevant, more just, and therefore, more effective place for learning. 


In addition to authoring over 20 books on education, including To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher, and hundreds of articles that have been published in highly regarded journals like the Harvard Educational Review and the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Bill Ayers has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in public education.  These include:

Finally, Bill Ayers has been a long-time supporter of Rethinking Schools. He has written for the journal on numerous occasions and he has been a loyal donor to our organization.

We are grateful and honored that Bill has agreed to keynote our 25th Anniversary Benefit.  His achievements and contributions to social justice education over the past four decades are nearly unmatched, and speak for themselves.

More information about Bill and his accomplishments:

A letter by William Schubert, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, published on Mike Klonsky’s blog. October 11, 2008.

A column by Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun Times “10 Things to Know About Bill Ayers. A Primer.” October 12, 2008.


Image credit:  Americans Who Tell The Truth. A collection of portraits and quotes. Paintings by Robert Shetterly.