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The Future of Education with LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton  
Donnie Piercey  

Hosted by Tynker, Epic, GeoGebra, and Osmo. Literacy advocate and award-winning actor, speaker and author LeVar Burton discuss the future of education and the technology that will shape it. Burton will talk about how starting with Reading Rainbow and through his current work he utilized the prevailing technology of the time to help promote literacy.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: ELL, Not applicable
Additional detail: Spotlight on Solutions presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this talk is for LeVar Burton to speak about his experience as an advocate for literacy using platforms from television to podcasts to tablets and how replicating and learning from some of his successes and expertise can help spread a joy of reading and why it is so important.


LeVar Burton will participate in a fireside chat to share his expertise and thoughts on the future of education and how his past experiences inform his work for the future.

- Burton will talk about his multi-decade career working as an advocate for literacy and the love of reading including his work on Reading Rainbow, his work as an author, actor, podcaster and more.
- Burton will talk about how he uses the platforms of the moment to engage children in reading, whether it was TV in the age of Reading Rainbow to tablets in present day.
-Burton will talk about his personal success and failures and what he's working on next.
-Burton will talk about the challenges facing this generation of readers and why it's so important to keep fighting for an investment in spreading literacy.

Supporting research

The honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and 5 NAACP awards, Burton has been often invited as the keynote speaker at leading education and technology events, including NASA, ISTE and more. In April of 2022 it was announced that Burton will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Children’s and Family Emmys in December.

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LeVar Burton, BYJU'S
Donnie Piercey, Fayette County Public Schools

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