March 24, 2014
Rafe Esquith may be the most inspiring schoolteacher 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 is the only teacher 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, Queen Elizabeth II and the Dalai Lama.
Heidelberg students study Rafe Esquith’s books as part of their course work in Principles of Teaching Learning (Edu 220) and Vital Connections (Edu 110). The Summit will help student make real connections between their reading and the work of Rafe