A senior at North High School, Robert serves as a student member of the Iowa State Board of Education and is the founder of North C.O.R.E. (Community of Racial Equity for Advancement). He has been recognized for his work within the community by the ACLU of Iowa and YMCA of Greater Des Moines.
Rep. Art Staed
Art Staed hails from Joplin, Missouri, one of 11 kids. He graduated from McAuley Regional Catholic High School, earned his college degree at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education at The University of Missouri at K.C. and a second Master’s in Secondary Administration from East Central University of Oklahoma. Art’s passion for education spurred a ‘Communities in Schools’ program targeting at-risk students using mentoring programs, tutoring, mental health assistance, human services and counseling to help kids stay in school. His program received national recognition at a White House ceremony for creative and successful business-school partnerships.
Dr. Ryan Wise
Dr. Ryan Wise brings demonstrated leadership and a deep commitment to his role as director of the Iowa Department of Education.
Great teachers inspired Wise to switch his career path to education during college, and their significant impact on students has shaped his work in education leadership at the district, state, national and international levels. This work includes leading the development of Gov. Branstad’s signature education reform initiative, the Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation System.
Wise’s belief that all students can achieve at high levels took root two decades ago, when the South Dakota native was a young history teacher in a high-poverty, low-performing high school in Mississippi. Wise taught in rural and urban schools in Mississippi and Nebraska before moving to his home state to launch and lead Teach for America on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations.
The Student Voice Rally Keynote Speakers 2018