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Anya Kamenetz

Educational Futurist, Lead Education Reporter for NPR & Acclaimed Author

Why Anya Kamenetz?

As lead education reporter for NPR, she directs the dialogue online and on-air

Called a “Game Changer in Education,” she has helped shape the global discussion on education with her philosophy challenging established ideas of learning and technology

Acclaimed author of three books outlining her views on education standards, reform and assessment, including The Test, hailed as a “must read”

Fee Range: ($10,001 - $20,000)

About Anya Kamenetz

With expertise and a passion for understanding the complexities of how we will learn, work and live in the new millennium, educational futurist and lead education reporter for NPR, Anya Kamenetz has established herself as an authority on the evolution of education, technology and assessment.

Kamenetz burst on the scene at age 24, with her debut book, Generation Debt, which received critical acclaim for stoking debate on the unprecedented economic challenges young people face, and led to various media appearances, from Larry King Live to The View. In 2010, she published DIY U, prompting the Huffington Post to name her an “Education Game Changer.” Her latest book, The Test, has been called a “must read” for anyone interested in our education system, for exploring the past, present and future of assessment and challenging conventional ideas about intelligence, achievement and success.

Previously, as a writer for Fast Company magazine covering technology, innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship, she earned repeated awards from the national Education Writers Association. Her insight has been sought out by leadership from numerous leading organizations and institutions, including the U.S. Dept. of Education, the Malaysian Government, Apple, Harvard’s Berkman Center, and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She also sits on the advisory boards of two education-related ventures and is a former fellow of the New America Foundation.

Whether it’s on campus helping students manage money, choose career paths, or step up to become the next generation of leaders, or on-site discussing advances in workforce training, assessment, or effectively identifying talent, Kamenetz engages audiences with insightful perspective on the evolution of learning, education standards and reforms, and how to apply it all to advance one’s purpose. 

DIY U: The Education Revolution
From babies with iPads to unemployed graduates with $27,000 student loan burdens, we are all wondering about the shortcomings of the education system and how to create one that is affordable, accessible, and relevant to how we live. Kamenetz will share a glimpse into the classrooms of the future from her experiences running a peer-led self-directed online learning community, playing with robots and 3-D printers, and brainstorming with the designers of free and openly accessible resources for teaching, learning, assessment, and finding a job.
Generation Debt
Even during the recent economic downturn, student loan debts continued to soar to record levels, more than tripling in the past decade. Fortunately, we can escape the Generation Debt title together! In this lecture, financial speaker Anya Kamenetz discusses how to solve the debt problems plaguing American young adults. She discusses what reforms and actions are necessary for young people to escape debt and to control their money successfully.
What Do We Need To Succeed & How Do We Know What Works?
Decades of research have revealed that more than half of the qualities that set people up for long-term success have little to do with traditional “book smarts.” The new 21st century skills include the three Cs -- creativity, collaboration and communication-- and weaving a MESH-- Mindsets and Essential Skills and Habits that set people up to grow and learn continuously throughout life.Science can tell us a lot about how to cultivate and measure these qualities. Schools, teachers, and workplaces are starting to catch up.