Malibu Speaker Series: Rafe Esquith

Mark you calendar for a fantastic event!  Rafe Esquith, famed innovative educator, will be speaking at the 2014 Malibu Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, at 7 pm, at the Malibu Civic Theater23825 Stuart Ranch Rd, Malibu, CA 90265.  

A once-in-a-lifetime educator, Rafe Esquith may be the most inspiring school teacher in America. He's been called "a modern day Thoreau" by Newsday, "a genius and a saint" by the New York Times, and "the most interesting and influential classroom teacher in the country" by the Washington Post. For the past two decades, Esquith has taught fifth graders at a public school in a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and violence. His exceptional classroom at Hobart Elementary - known simply as Room 56 - is unlike any other in the country.

Esquith's students are mostly immigrants or children of immigrants, living in poverty and learning English as a second language. Yet under his tutelage, they voluntarily come to class at 6:30 in the morning and often stay until five in the afternoon. They learn math, reading, and science. But they also play Vivaldi, perform Shakespeare, often score in the top one percent on standardized tests, and go on to attend the best universities. For his near-heroic work, Esquith is the only teacher ever to be awarded the President's National Medal of the Arts. He has received the National Teacher of the Year award and won accolades from Oprah, the Queen of England, and the Dalai Lama. He's also written four books, with his most recent being the critically acclaimed Real Talk for Real Teachers. His other books include Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire,There Are No Shortcuts, and Lighting Their Fires. Esquith and his students have been featured in the PBS documentary The Hobart Shakespeareans.

An upbeat, revitalizing speaker, Rafe Esquith inspires audiences with his personal journey and his plea to make students our priority.

To reserve your seat or for more information about this free event, call (310) 456-6438, ext: #3.

May 21, 2014 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Malibu City Hall Theater
23825 Stuart Ranch Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
United States
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