Steve Perry

Steve Perry

Speaker Dr Steve Perry education keynote speaker

Speaker: Steve Perry

 Author of Push Has Come to Shove and CNN’s Education Contributor


  • Education In America
  • Personal Responsibility

By the time he turned 26, speaker Dr. Steve Perry had already been a grassroots organizer, a full scholarship graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, a candidate for state representative, and the publisher of four books.

Born into a third generation of poverty to a 16-year-old mother, Dr. Steve Perry grew up determined to make a difference in his community. He believes that success comes not from where you start, but where you end. This philosophy inspired him to transform the lives of poor and minority children, by providing them with access to college education.

Perry’s crusade began in 1998, when he founded ConnCAP, the Connecticut Collegiate Awareness Program at Capital Community College. For six years, the program sent 100% of its low income, first generation graduates to four year colleges. In 2004, he created Capital Prep, one of the nation’s most successful middle/high schools, which has also sent 100% of its students to college. It has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best high schools, and featured on CNN’sBlack in America as one of the solutions to solving the educational achievement gap.

Today, speaker Dr. Steve Perry is CNN’s education contributor, and nationally sought-after for his insights on improving education. His latest book, Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve, dissects America’s public education system. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien says: “…it’s a must-have, a must-read and a must-apply!”

Education In America

Dr. Steve Perry founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, where 100% of his graduating seniors and go on to 4-year colleges and universities; U.S. News and World Report has cited his school as one of the top high schools in the country. Featured in CNN’s Black in America series, Dr. Perry is one of the most talked about and innovative young educators on the scene today. He has also authored four books. His latest book “Raggedy Schools” The Untold Truth focus on the state of urban education in America, he offers the why’s, what’s and finally the how solutions for closing the achievement gap. His theories are exemplified in his own school.

Parents must have school choice and vouchers. A good teacher at the front of every classroom should be the number-one priority in public education. But the outdated employment practice called “teacher tenure” lets union leaders keep incompetent, troubled, and burnt-out teachers in the system, while keeping out people who are actually committed to educating children.

Personal Responsibility

Dr. Steve Perry is a strong advocate of personal responsibility in all aspects of life. As a motivational speaker he emphasizes the social issues in the community with messages that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that our children can be better contributing members of society. His calls to action, personal responsibility and solutions. Man up Nobody is Coming to Save Us.

Dr. Perry reaches heart of his audience to motivate change in themselves and their community. Among social issues Dr. Perry focuses on is the role of family and how it contributes to society, including the strengthening of each member. His experience as a social worker, principal and parent equips him to deal with the individual dynamics. And he proposes that positive solutions in strengthening the family will ultimately make for building a better, stronger community.


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