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Expert Resources

The following are national leading experts on boys issues.  Advice, opinions, suggestions, and articles written by these experts are those of the experts. This list is for informational purposes only

David L. Bell, MD

David L. Bell is Assistant Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He is an adolescent medicine physician who works primarily with ages 12-24 and is the medical director of the Young Men's Clinic and the School-Based Clinic Program. He provides direct patient care for adolescent and young adult males and females within the Young Men's Clinic and the Family Planning Clinic. Dr. Bell is currently on the board of directors for the Guttmacher Institute. He has consulted for the federal Office of Family Planning, and assisted with trainings on male health with Federal OFP Regions I, II, IV and VI, as well as with Engender Health (formerly AVSC). He has appeared on MTV, BET, and CBS, promoting male health issues. Dr. Bell completed a three-year adolescent medicine specialty fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Jermane Bond, Ph.D.

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Dr. Jermaine Bond is currently a Research Associate in the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.  His research interests include paternal involvement in pregnancy outcomes, men"s preconception health and care, preterm birth, infant mortality, and men"s reproductive health.

With funding from the Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Bond recently formed and currently directs the Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes, (a transdisciplinary working group of social scientist and public health professionals) to raise awareness for the importance of paternal involvement in pregnancy and family health by reframing debates, informing research, policy and practice to support greater involvement of expectant fathers in pregnancy.  

Dr. Bond is also Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Family Health and Birth Center in the District of Columbia, a member of the American College of Epidemiology and has been recently appointed to serve on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health

Alison Carr-Chellman

Dr. Alison A. Carr-Chellman is professor of Instructional Systems and Head of Learning and Performance Systems at Pennsylvania State University. Her TED Talk, “Gaming to Re-engage Boys in Learning,” brought international attention to the mismatch between boy culture and school culture and ways that digital learning media can bring boys back to productive educational engagement. She is widely published on topics related to school change and innovation.” 

Dr. Warren Farrell

Dr. Farrell has written books  in 15 languages, including Why Men Are The Way They Are, and Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say (on couples’ communication). His Father and Child Reunion documents fathers’ importance; Why Men Earn More facilitates women’s careers; and The Myth of Male Power exposes male powerlessness. His forthcoming Reinventing Boyhood is with John Gray. Dr. Farrell has two daughters. He lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California.warrenfarrell.com

Lamont A. Flowers, Ph.D.

Lamont A. Flowers is the Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Leadership, Counselor Education, Human and Organizational Development and the Executive Director of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University.  

Dr. Flowers received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He received a Master of Arts degree in Social Studies Education as well as a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Iowa. Dr. Flowers also received a Master of Industrial Statistics degree from the University of South Carolina. 

Dr. Flowers has authored several scholarly publications pertaining to the educational experiences and outcomes of African Americans from pre-kindergarten through college, diversity issues in education, as well as organizational and leadership issues in education.

David C. Geary, Ph.D.

Dr. David C. Geary received a B.S. in psychology from Santa Clara University, an M.S. in child clinical/school psychology from California State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in 1986, he held faculty positions at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Missouri, first at the Rolla campus and then in Columbia. Dr. Geary served as chair of his department from 2002 to 2005 and as the University of Missouri"s Middlebush Professor of Psychological Sciences from 2000 to 2003.

He is currently a Curators" and Thomas Jefferson Professor. He has published nearly 200 articles, commentaries, and chapters across a wide range of topics, including three sole-authored books; Children's mathematical development, Male, female: The evolution of human sex differences (now in second edition, 2010), and The origin of mind: Evolution of brain, cognition, and general 

Tom Golden

Tom Golden, LCSW is the author of a book on men’s unique paths to heal titled Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing. Tom has given workshops on this topic in the U.S.,  Australia, Canada and Europe. His work has been featured in the NY Times, the Washington Post, on CNN, CBS Evening News, ESPN, the NFL Channeland others. Tom serves on the Maryland Commission for Men’s Health and lives outside Washington DC.webhealing.com

Juan Gomez

Juan Gomez, of Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos, actively addresses Juvenile Justice nationally. He served on The Robert Wood Johnsons Foundation: Reclaiming Futures Initiative, where selected jurisdictions worked on enhancing juvenile treatment models. Juan provided programmatic strategies to Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative sites (JDAI) for VERA Institutes, Youth Justice Learning Group. He’s a trainer with The Council for Boys and Young Men; a gender responsive model promoting healthy male development.

Miles Groth, Ph.D.

Dr. Groth is full professor in the Department of Psychology at Wagner College, Staten Island, New York. He chaired his department for six years and for seven years directed the college"s Honors Program. Dr. Groth studied at Franklin and Marshall College, Duquesne University and Fordham University, where he completed his PhD. He trained as a psychoanalyst in New York and has been in private practice since 1977. Dr. Groth is the author of three books and co-editor of another volume, chapters in nine books, twenty-four articles and forty-eight book reviews in twenty different peer-reviewed journals. He has contributed occasional pieces to newsletters and newspapers, entries in two encyclopedias, and has served as a consultant for publications and international policy-making organizations on boys" and men"s health. He edited two journals, International Journal of Men"s Health and Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, which he founded. He co-founded the website www.boyhoodstudies.com. Dr. Groth has lectured residents in psychiatry on integrating psychodynamic psychotherapy with traditional inpatient treatment. He has written invited papers for presentation in Australia, Canada, England, Italy and Lithuania, as well as at ten colleges and universities in the United States. His current areas of scholarly interest are the psychology of boyhood, existential psychotherapy, and continental philosophy. He resides in New York and may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Michael Gurian

Michael Gurian is a family therapist, child advocate, and the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including The Minds of Boys, Boys and Girls Learn Differently! and The Wonder of Girls. Over the last twenty years, he has advocated relentlessly for boy-friendly research in the public dialogue. The Gurian Institute has provided teacher effectiveness training to over fifty thousand teachers in two thousands schools and districts.gurianinstitute.com

Jeanette Hernandez Prenger

Jeanette Hernandez Prenger is owner and president of ECCO Select, a technology consulting company, and one of the top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the U.S.. She is Vice Chair of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the recipient of numerous business and philanthropic awards. Jeanette serves on the local Boy Scouts Heart of America Executive Board, and has raised, with her husband, two sons in Kansas City.

This list contains a wide range of individuals who have been active in issues relating to boys who have come to our attention. The Boys Initiative does not endorse any of them nor do they speak for us or as representatives of us.  If you or your organization is looking for a speaker or other resource on a particular topic, contact The Boys Initiative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will assist you in finding a good fit for your need.

Jame'l R. Hodges, Ed.D.

Dr. Jame "l Hodges received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Mass Communication from Virginia State University and his Masters of Science degree from Florida State University in Higher Education Administration. For three years he worked in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia prior to accepting the position of Coordinator of Greek Life and Education in 2005 at Cal Poly Pomona followed by a promotion as the Coordinator of Residential Education and Leadership in 2007. Obtaining his Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California"s Rossier School of Education, he is passionate about the access, retention and graduation rates of males of color through the pipeline of higher education.  

Dr. Hodges is well versed in presenting leadership programs and workshops at local, national and regional conferences. He has worked as a facilitator with Harbor Institute & co presented with Warmack and Associates.  He served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Lehigh University and is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  On July 1, 2011 he began working as the Staff Associate for the Office for Access and the Advancement of Public Black Universities at the Association for Public &Land-grant Universities where he provides advice and support to the Vice President for OAAPBU on programmatic efforts such as the Minority Male STEM Initiative, as well as planning, managing and coordinating special projects/initiatives and meetings sponsored by OAAPBU. He also manages the development, design and delivery of all routine communication with Councils, Commissions, and boards supported by the office, to include the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence, the Council of 1890 Universities, and the OAAPBU Advisory Board. 

Under his leadership, his students have won regional and national awards and scholarships. He was named Rookie of the Year within the Division of Student Affairs at Cal Poly Pomona, and was a recipient of the Amelia Hammond Staff Council Scholarship in 2009.

Willie Isles

Willie Iles, National Director Government & Community Relations, Boy Scouts of America, manages the functions and gives leadership as the liaison to the Chief Scout Executive of the BSA in working with the executive branch of the federal government and national community organization in the area of child advocacy, environment awareness, work force preparedness, childhood healthy living, education outreach and volunteerism. He helps coordinate community organization initiatives. He began his Scouting career in 1971.

Norman Johnson

Norman Johnson, Ph.D., Vice President at ALISIAS, a public policy relations firm, has held faculty appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida A&M University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a life membership in the NAACP and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. He is the past president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the Atlanta School Board.

Jack Kammer

Jack Kammer, MSW, MBA returned to school at the age of fifty-four to earn Masters degrees in Social Work and Business Administration. He did so to document, highlight and take action on male gender issues and the social problems that arise when those issues are ignored and mishandled. He specializes in the Race + Gender effect on marginalized African-American men and boys in urban settings. believeinmen.com

Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books on men and masculinities, including GUYLAND: THE PERILOUS WORLD WHERE BOYS BECOME MEN, and MANHOOD IN AMERICA; A CULTURAL HISTORY. Among the founders of the academic subfield of Masculinity Studies, he is the co-editor of the ENCYCLOPDEDIA OF MEN AND MASCULINITIES, and the HANDBOOK ON STUDIES OF MEN AND MASCULINITIES. He is the founder and Editor of MEN AND MASCULINITIES, the field's scholarly journal. Dr. Kimmel has lectured at more than 350 colleges and universities, and consults regularly with corporations and governments about engaging men in campaigns promoting gender equality.

Judith Kleinfeld

Dr. Judith Kleinfeld is professor of psychology at the University of Alaska and directs the Boys Project, an international consortium of scholars concerned with the issues affecting boys and young men. Her doctoral degree is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor’s degree is from Wellesley College. She has published widely in the field of gender issues.

Robert Kodama

Robert Kodama has been an administrator at Crespi Carmelite High School for the past 7 years and has been working at the all-boys high school for the past 16 years. He has worked with the Gurian Institute as a certified trainer for the past 4 years. He has trained multiple schools throughout the country. Worked with pre-schools, grade schools, middle schools, and high schools on how boys and girls learn differently. He was recently the Keynote Speaker at Pierce College (Woodland Hills) for the early childhood development program. He has presented on multiple other topics at the Gurian Summer Institute.

Robert teaches a course called "Becoming a Man" that he presented at the Gurian Institute. It is a course dedicated to the development of adolescent boys into men. In this course he talks about the important qualities of manhood and explore the issues that men face in our society today. Through the use of multiple different books, they use movies, songs, and lectures to connect their material together. He is also the director of K-sports Soccer camps and head soccer coach at Crespi Carmelite High School and has been coaching high school and club soccer (boys and girls) for the past 21 years.

Calvin Mackie

Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award winning mentor, a former engineering professor, an author, an internationally renowned motivational speaker, and a successful entrepreneur. Through his national and international travels and online mentoring presence, Mackie reaches millions of youths and professionals annually. He is the Chair of Louisiana Council on the Social Statue of Black Boys and Black Men. Dr. Mackie is a devoted husband and father of two sons. calvinmackie.com

Joe Manthey 

Joe Manthey is an educational consultant and workshop presenter who leads Teaching to Gender Differences in Brain DevelopmentRaising Good Sons, and How Boys Are Shortchanged in the Schools presentations. 

His professional activities have included being a K-12 public school teacher, juvenile hall counselor, and seminar leader/panelist/guest speaker/writer/consultant on a host of men's and boy's issues. Mr. Manthey presents a realistic male affirming portrait of boys and men that, while honoring the inherent neuro-biological differences between the sexes, allows the audience to see the often hidden psychiatric and intellectual fragility of boys. Mr. Manthey has been featured in the Associated Press, United Press International, National Public Radio, Newsday Magazine, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, KGO NEWSTALK 810 AM & ABC 7 NEWS (S.F. Bay Area ABC affiliate), KABC AM(Los Angeles ABC affiliate), KCRW FM (Los Angeles NPR affiliate), KQED FM (San Francisco Bay Area NPR affiliate) and many other media outlets nationwide. 

Skip Mason

Reverend Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr. author, educator, historian, and community servant is the 33rd National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a graduate of Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University. He serves as the College Archivist and Director of the Learning Resource Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Under his leadership, the fraternity’s major initiative is the “High Chair to Higher Education” project which targets boys from 4 to 17.

Peter Moore

Peter Moore is editor of Men’s Health, the world’s largest men’s magazine with monthly editions in 45 countries and an international readership of 23 million. He served on a NIH panel on childhood obesity, received a 2004 National Magazine Award for his story “A Tale of Three Hearts,” and interviewed Senator, and then President, Obama for two separate cover stories in Men’s Health. The latter interview, on healthcare reform, garnered half a billion media impressions. mhlife.menshealth.com

Tom Mortenson

Thomas Mortenson is a Senior Scholar at The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, DC., and an independent higher education policy analyst living in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Tom's policy research focuses on opportunity for postsecondary education and training and the ways public policy fosters or impedes access to that opportunity.  He has special concern for populations that are under-represented in higher education. He has been employed in policy research and budget analysis roles for the University of Minnesota, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Scholarship Commission, and the American College Testing Program.

Currently Tom is editor and publisher of Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY, a monthly research letter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics, sociology, history, politics and economics of educational opportunity after high school.  He provides consulting services on higher educational opportunity policy to state and national organizations, and makes presentations on educational opportunity throughout the country and in Europe.

Stephanie Moyers, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephanie Moyers is Founder and President of Ties to Literacy, LLC (http://tiestoliteracy.com), an educational consulting practice focused on the learning needs of boys.  Dr. Moyers provides educators with research-based strategies and resources for understanding and actively engaging boys in literacy and learning.  Dr. Moyers received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Boston University, a M.A. in Language, Reading, and Culture from The University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Renewal and Change from Colorado State University.  Dr. Moyers has experience as an elementary teacher, a K-8 Spanish teacher, and a teacher educator at the college level having taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses.  Currently, Dr. Moyers has an interest in how teacher attitudes impact the learning experience for boys in early childhood and elementary classrooms, and how to engage parents as advocates for the learning needs of their sons in school.

Dan Mulhern

Dan Mulhern is a professor of business and law at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the co-collaborator on the new national initiative Strong Men Speak. Mulhern helps men find purpose and possibility in the dramatic changes affecting work and home life, as women continue to take on greater roles in the workplace. He also mentors and teaches young men how to take advantage of opportunities for growth.

Barbara Nemko

Dr. Barbara Nemko has been the Napa County Superintendent of Schools since 1997, and was just elected to another four-year term.  Before coming to Napa she was at the University of California, Davis for 12 years as project director and principal investigator for 11 California Department of Education vocational education research projects, and taught in the New York City Public School system in her early years in education.

Marty Nemko

Dr. Marty Nemko is an education reformer and career expert.  U.S. News & World Report, where he is Contributing Editor, called him “Career Coach Extraordinaire.” In ABC-TV’s Summit on Education, he was introduced as “Education’s Ralph Nader.” He holds a Ph.D. in educational Psychology from U.C. Berkeley, where he subsequently taught. The author of five critically and commercially successful books on education and on career, 600+ of his published articles are on martynemko.com

William S. Pollack

Dr. William S. Pollack is Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Centers for Men and Young Men and President of the Real Boys® Educational Institute. Pollack served as a consultant to two U.S. Presidential administrations advising on freeing boys’ from the chains of youth violence and on adult males’ mentoring roles in emotionally connected/safe neighborhoods and schools. His work on boys and men’s health and mental health has achieved international recognition.

Maria Elena Reyes, Ph.D.

Dr. Maria Elena Reyes is a third generation, Mexican American who was born in Eagle Pass, located along the Texas-Mexico border, and was raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she attended public school. Her father, Jorge V. Reyes, was a WW II veteran who worked at Kelly Field Air Force Base for over 30 years; her mother was a homemaker.

As a first generation college graduate, Dr. Reyes attended the University of Texas at Austin during the mid 60's, where she participated in the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movement while a student at the University. After this, she worked to unionize Mexican and Mexican American agricultural workers in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers' Union in McAllen, Texas.

For ten years, Dr. Reyes worked as a high school English teacher for the Eagle Pass School District. During this period, she earned a master"s degree in secondary education, and in 1991, she obtained her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas in Austin. After obtaining her doctorate, Maria developed and implemented the highly regarded University of Texas at Austin Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program, a successful educational intervention program that targeted potential first generation college graduates (grades 8-12) and their families. The program had an academic focus on science, mathematics and technology; in 1995, Dr. Reyes received a National Hispanic Achievement Award for her work with Latino families.

Dr. Reyes went to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in summer of 1996, first heading the University of Alaska Fairbanks Teachers For Alaska Secondary Licensure Program, then working as a member of the graduate faculty. From 1998-2001, she was the founder and faculty advisor to the first Latino college group in Alaska, the UAF Latina/o Culture Club. Her work at UAF included serving as PI to Alaska"s a PT3 Project, developing distance delivered course work and workshops for primarily Alaska Native rural residents, conducting research on the educational accountability movement in the U. S., and conducting research on the educational disengagement of males at the secondary and post secondary levels.

In spring of 2003, Maria became the first Latina to be tenured at UAF and, in 2006, she became a founding board member of The Boys Project an organization that supports the social and educational development of boys throughout the educational pipeline. In summer of 2006, Dr. Reyes accepted a position at the University of Texas Pan American where she continues her work on equity issues in education including on-going research on Latino immigrant students at the secondary and post secondary levels. In 2010, she worked as a consultant and Race to the Top reviewer for the U.S. DOE, experiences.

Gavin Samms

Gavin Samms is Principal of Fulton Leadership Academy, an all-boys charter school in Atlanta. Prior roles include: Research Director for Harvard University’s EdLabs where he helped launch large scale experiments designed to close the achievement gap; Director of Georgia Tech’s OMED: Educational Services, where his work helped the university become the top producer of African American engineers in the country. He holds a Public Policy PhD from Harvard University, with concentrations in Economics and Education.

Leonard Sax

Leonard Sax MD PhD earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at MIT; he then earned a PhD in psychology, and an MD, both at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a three-year residency in family practice, Dr. Sax practiced in Maryland for 19 years (1989 – 2008). He is the founder of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (www.nasspe.org) and now devotes much of his time to visiting schools and leading workshops. nasspe.org

Sanders Shiver

Sanders Shiver is the Program Coordinator for The Prince George’s County Public School System Even Start Family Literacy the Department of Alternative Educational Options office of Alternative Programs. Sanders Co-Chair the Prince George’s County Early Childhood Interagency; a member of the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, a steering committee member for the Child resource center, Judy Hoyer Family Learning, Co-Chair Early Childhood Conference.

Christina Hoff Sommers

Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI she was a professor of philosophy at Clark University where she specialized in moral theory. Her academic articles have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Philosophyand The New England Journal of Medicine, Sommers is the author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys—the latter was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.”

Scott Steinbrecher

Scott Steinbrecher has served in several capacities in public schools in Colorado: teacher, substitute teacher and coach. His public policy work included stints at the National Conference of State Legislatures and the University of Colorado Denver, where he edited several Resource Guides for families and individuals with disabilities. He also has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the School of Public Affairs, teaching the American Public Service Environment course for International students and with Colorado Technical University Online. He has extensive volunteer experience with the University of Colorado System and with community and civic organizations.

Sandra Stotsky

Sandra Stotsky is Professor of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and holds the 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality.   She served on the Validation Committee for the Common Core State Systemic Initiative (2009-2010) and on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel  (2006-2008), co-authoring its final report: Foundations for Success: Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel.  From 2004 to 2006, she was a Research Scholar in the School of Education at Northeastern University.  From 1984 to 2000, she was a research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education affiliated with the Philosophy of Education Research Center (PERC).  From 1991-1997, she served as editor of Research in the Teaching of English, the research journal sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. 

She is editor of What's at Stake in the K-12 Standards Wars: A Primer for Educational Policy Makers (Peter Lang, 2000) and author of Losing Our Language (Free Press, 1999, reprinted by Encounter Books, 2002). Her publications address many areas and disciplines in education.    She served on the Steering Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment framework for 2009. She received a B.A. degree with distinction from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in reading research and reading education with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Michael Thompson

Dr. Michael Thompson is a psychologist, school consultant and the bestselling author or co-author of eight books including Raising Cain:Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, and It’s a Boy. He co-wrote and narrated a two-hour PBS documentary entitled Raising Cain: Exploring the Inner Lives of America’s Boys. He has spoken to or consulted at over one thousand public, independent and international schools.

Lionel Tiger

Dr. Lionel Tiger is Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. He has been Co-Research Director of the H.F.Guggenheim Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Social Science of U.S. News and World Report. Among others, he has received awards from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Canada Council. Among his books are Men in Groups (1969) which introduced “male bonding” to the language, Optimism: The Biology of Hope, (1989) and The Decline of Males (2000).

Peg Tyre

Award winning journalist and author Peg Tyre wrote The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card On Ours Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do, a New York Times best-seller. She was a Spencer Research Fellow at The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (09-10.) She is a keynote speaker at education conferences as well as public and private schools around the nation and in Europe. She is at work on another book.

Ken Wallace, Ph.D.

Dr. Ken Wallace received a B.S. is English and Journalism Education and an M.S. in Education from the University of Southern Indiana, an Educational Specialist (Ed. S) Degree and a Ph. D in Educational Leadership and Foundations from Indiana State University. A past Indiana Collegiate Press Association Award winner and a Hoosier Scholar, he is the Superintendent for Maine Township High School District 207 in Park Ridge, Illinois. His dissertation, The Differences in Language Arts Performance Between Male and Female Students in American Public Schools, focused on what is universally acknowledged to be the largest academic performance gap between boys and girls in American public schools.

Ken leads workshops in Illinois and the Midwest teaching school administrators and teachers about basic physiological and biological differences between boys and girls that impact teaching and learning in the class room. His work is informed by recent neurological discoveries in brain science that are helping us better understand how language ability develops within humans. A former high school principal, English and computer Science teacher  as well as a wrestling coach, Ken is the Past President of the North Suburban Educational Region for Vocational Education (NSERVE), a founding board member of the national Boys" Project, a member of the Oakton Community College Council of Industry and Academic Advisors.

Peter West Ph.D.

Dr Peter West has worked for many years as university lecturer, teacher and consultant. He has been an advocate for boys and pioneered some of the work identifying boys' underachievement. He has contributed to several enquiries on boys' learning and on men in teaching at State and Federal level in Australia. He is author of Fathers, Sons and Lovers (Finch, 1996) and What is the Matter with Boys? (Choice Books, 2002).

Richard Whitmire

Richard Whitmire, a veteran newspaper reporter and former editorial writer at USA Today, is the author of Why Boys Fail, which explores why boys are falling behind in K-12 schools. The book also addresses why men are enrolling and graduating from colleges at lower rates than females. He writes the Why Boys Fail blog  for Education Week. Whitmire"s  commentaries appear frequently in publications including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. For the book, he was interviewed by both Good Morning America and Fox & Friends. Education Next featured a reading from his book and a debate between Whitmire and a skeptic of the "boy troubles," and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof  made his book the centerpiece of a Sunday column. Whitmire is the immediate past president of the National Education Writers Association. In 2009 he was the Project Journalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education. In February, 2010, Jossey-Bass will publish his new book: The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation"s Worst School District.