Veronica McDermott is a retired school superintendent who continues to focus her efforts on school transformation, social justice, and equity. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader at national and international conferences devoted to issues of leadership and learning for equity and social justice. She is the author of many articles, chapters and opinion pieces, as well as co-author of two books designed to change the way educators think about, talk about and interact with our students who are not thriving. Her legacy project is to eradicate the crime of squandered potential. Veronica is the author of the upcoming Corwin book We Must Say No to the Status Quo: Educators as Allies in the Battle for Social Justice.