Award-winning author and visionary educational leader Alan M. Blankstein is founder and president of the HOPE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He has created award-winning publications and video staff development programs. He is the author of Failure Is Not an Option, a Corwin bestseller. Connect with Alan on Twitter.