Fernanda Gonçalves Almeida is a doctoral candidate in education at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, in Salvador da Bahia. She is a researcher at the Center for Human Resources at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, where she coordinates a project aimed at integrating children at risk into society. She teaches at the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Salvador (Catholic University of Salvador).
Jean Anyon is professor and chair of the Department of Education at Rutgers University, Newark. She is also director of the Rutgers Institute for Outreach and Research in Urban Education. She received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in 1976 from New York University. Anyon is the author of Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Educational Reform. She is a nationally recognized expert on urban schools and has published numerous articles on race, class, and inner-city school reform.
Lynn Gillespie Beck is the dean of the School of Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Prior to this, she was professor and program chair of the Department of Administration and Educational Leadership at the University of Alabama. She is the author of six books, including The Four Imperatives of a Successful School and Ethics in Educational Leadership Programs: Emerging Models (with Joseph Murphy). Her teaching and research focus on ethics and educational leadership, school reform, and the preparation of educational leaders.
Inaiá Maria Moreira de Carvalho holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Universidade de São Paulo. She teaches at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) and was the coordinator of research for the Office of the Dean of Research and Post Graduate Studies at UFBA. Her research and teaching interests include urban poverty, social movements, and politics.
Anthony Dewees received a Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1998. He is currently the impact evaluation specialist in the Woman/Child Impact office of Save the Children (U.S.). His interests and prior work deal with programs and policies concerning children and youth in developing countries.
Ligia Gomes Elliot received her Ph.D. in education from the University of California at Los Angeles, in 1980. She was professor and researcher at the School of Education of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (1981-1995). She worked as an assistant in the Office of Instruction of the Rio de Janeiro State Department of Education from 1981 to 1990. At present, she is director of the Evaluation Center of the Fundação CESGRANRIO.
Irving Epstein is associate professor of education at Illinois Wesleyan University. He has published widely in the field of comparative education and has edited Chinese Education: Problems, Policies, and Prospects. From 1989 to 1998, he served as an associate editor of the Comparative Education Review. Children’s rights issues, including the education of street children, have been one of his principal research interests.
María Luisa González earned her doctorate from New Mexico State University, where she is currently serving as the academic department head in the Educational Management and Development Department. She has worked as an evaluator-researcher and as the principal of an inner-city school that received congressional recognition as one of 15 exemplary schools in the nation for homeless and at-risk populations.