Deborah Meier

Deborah Meier has spent nearly four decades working in public education as a teacher, principal, writer and public advocate. The elementary and secondary schools she helped create in New York City and Boston serve predominantly low income African-American and Latino students; these schools are considered exemplars of performance-based home-grown standards.

She is the author of popular books such as In Schools We Trust and Many Children Left Behind (co-edited with George Wood). She serves as principal emeritus of Mission Hill School in Boston, co-chair of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and is currently a senior scholar at NYU's Steinhart School of Education. In 1987 Deborah Meier was awarded a McArthur Foundation "Genius" Award, the first educator to be so honored.

Other publications by Deborah Meier include Playing for Keeps and The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem.