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Jonah Edelman

Advocate for Public Education, CEO of Stand for Children

Advocate for Public Education, CEO of Stand for Children

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Jonah Edelman Biography

Jonah Edelman is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stand for Children. Stand for Children’s nine state affiliates help children at the bottom of the economic ladder to rise up, through effective dropout prevention strategies, expanded career technical education, and improved college preparation and post-secondary guidance, increasing access to quality early childhood education, improving literacy instruction and interventions, increasing funding equity and adequacy, and improving school quality in communities with a concentration of chronically low performing schools.

Stand for Children achieves scaled impact in these areas through a variety of strategies, including: championing evidence-based policies and targeted investments; ensuring the policies and investments we champion actually reach the classroom and help children, and are sustained over time; empowering families to effectively support and advocate for their children’s education; and electing candidates to school boards, state legislature, and other key offices who will champion or support our priority solutions.

Edelman’s personal stand for children began during college, when he taught a six-year-old bilingual child to read. He then founded a mentorship program for middle school students and later served as an administrator of an enrichment program for children living in public housing.

Edelman is blessed to be continuing a long family line of service to the community. His grandparents, Arthur Jerome Wright and Maggie Leola Bowen Wright, led a vibrant congregational community, started their town's first home for the aged, and took in more than a dozen foster children. Edelman’s parents, Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman, have stood up for civil rights, equal opportunity, and children's well-being their whole careers. Edelman was born and raised in Washington, D.C., graduated from Yale University in 1992, and attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, where in three years (1992-1995) he earned master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in politics. In 1996, Edelman organized Stand for Children's historic founding rally in Washington, D.C., which was attended by more than 300,000 people.

Jonah Edelman Speaking Topics

  • Making a Bigger Impact for Children: A New Model for Child Advocacy

  • What Works: Identifying & Supporting Children’s Programs that Make the Greatest Impact

  • Education Reform & Innovation: Equipping Students to Succeed in the Global Economy

  • A Conversation about the Future of Public Education in the United States

    Public schools are at a crossroads. Students need better preparation than ever to compete in the global economy. The federal government is imposing higher standards than ever before. In the context of declining financial resources, how can public schools possibly deliver the product that students urgently need and the public expects? Stand for Children Executive Director Jonah Edelman will share a provocative and practical perspective.

  • Effective Advocacy for Children

    In this workshop, leading national child advocate Jonah Edelman will provide a compelling overview of the basics of effective advocacy for children. The workshop will include powerful concepts and approaches that will help you build a stronger constituency for children, identify winnable issues to work on, develop practical solutions, communicate highly effectively about them, and, finally, how to develop effective strategies for winning decision makers' support for your solutions. Don't miss this chance to learn how to build your advocacy skills.

Jonah Edelman Videos

  • NCWIT Conversations for Change: Jonah Edelman - YouTube
    Accelerating Racial Equity Progress with Jonah EdelmanThursday, November 3 // 10:00 a.m. (PT), 11:00 a.m. (MT), 12:00 p.m. (CT), ...
  • Jonah Edelman: CDF 40
    Listen to Jonah Edelman, who was a speaker at the Children's Defense Fund's 40th Anniversary Celebration: Champions Changing the Odds for Children on...
  • Jonah Edelman: We Have to Support our Superintendents
    Jonah Edelman, CEO of Stand for Children, is dedicated to building community support for our school superintendents because :"We can change the...

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Jonah Edelman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Making a Bigger Impact for Children: A New Model for Child Advocacy, What Works: Identifying & Supporting Children’s Programs that Make the Greatest Impact, Education Reform & Innovation: Equipping Students to Succeed in the Global Economy, A Conversation about the Future of Public Education in the United States and Effective Advocacy for Children. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jonah Edelman for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Jonah Edelman generally travels from Portland, OR, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erin Gruwell, Victoria Rowell, Hill Harper, Marian Wright Edelman and John Wood. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jonah Edelman for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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