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Below are our premiere Thought Leaders who facilitate our discussions and interviews.



Issues in Education was founded by Dennis Young, President & CEO of Ittner Architects. These important conversations are aired live on The Big 550 KTRS Radio,  streamed nationally, and videotaped to serve as a valuable resource with access on YouTube and this website.  

Issues in Education is a National Thought Leadership Platform that provides a meaningful voice to leaders in education and business.  The program provides authentic and engaging content from leaders across the country.   The rich content of this platform is subsequently edited into podcasts which can be accessed from our Knowledge Library.

A new segment was created in 2016 which will be included in every edition, Optimizing human performance and experience through informed design.

Mr. Young has over 37 years of the educational experience. His special fields of expertise include leadership, community engagement, planning, educational specifications, master planning & space standards development, bond issue planning, and financial options.             

As a seasoned leader in collaborative planning, programming & educational specifications for 21st Century Learning Environments, Dennis oversees a team that creates and plans architectural designs that are innovative and transformative, while being functional and practical.

Visit our YouTube page to listen to multiple interviews with him.

President & CEO, Ittner Architects


Senior Research Fellow,

Learning Policy Institute



Tony Wagner is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute. Previously, Tony held a variety of positions at Harvard University for more than twenty years, including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and the founder and co-director, for more than a decade, of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility.

Tony is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and seven books. Tony’s latest,  Learning By Heart: An Unconventional Education, was just published this year. Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, co-authored by Ted Dintersmith, was published by Scribner in 2015. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World, was published in 2012 to rave reviews and has been translated into 17 languages. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap continues to be an international bestseller, with more than 140,000 copies in print.

Tony served as the Strategic Education Advisor for a major new education documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed,” which had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He also collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60-minute documentary, “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System” in 2010.

Tony earned a M.A.T. and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Issues in Education had the opportunity to interview Tony at EDspaces 2019, where he was the keynote speaker. He shared incredible insight on how leaders in education can shape the young people who will change the world.

Click on here to hear more about what he had to say.


Ted is a film producer, author, and a backer of disrupting education and learning. His film "Most Likely to Succeed," was shown at Sundance Film Festival. 


In 2012, he was appointed by President Obama to represent the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on education and entrepreneurship. He joined us for the 2020 EDspaces virtual conference to discuss his book and his views on education and how it should be changed. 


Director of Innovation,

University City School District

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