VIDEO: Everybody Talks About Student Voice, But David Johns Walks the Talk

When history assesses the Obama presidency one thing will eventually be unmistakable: He filled his administration with exceptional, but understated people. No one fits that description more than David Johns, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. In this great video done by Loudspeaker films, Johns talks about the motivation he gained as a first-generation college graduate, kindergarten teacher and advocate of elevating young people to be their own leaders. Having come from one of Los Angeles’ criminally under-resourced communities he knows what it means to beat the odds, and how important it is to have people believe in the potential and brilliance of our youth.
An original version of this post appeared on Citizen Ed.