Deborah Meier is currently senior scholar at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She began working in the field of education in the mid-60s as a kindergarten and Head Start teacher, and went on to be the founder and principal of a network of renowned East Harlem public schools (Central Park East schools) and the Mission Hill School in Boston, also a public school. These schools were an inspiration to many of the early K-12 small schools in our urban centers. Her books about these schools and issues of urban education include: The Power of Their Ideas, In Schools We Trust, Keeping School (with Ted and Nancy Sizer,), Many Children Left Behind (edited with George Wood), and Playing for Keeps (with Brenda Engel and Beth Taylor). She attended Antioch College and received her MA in History from the University of Chicago. She received a MacArthur Fellowship for her work in education in 1987.