Martha Kanter on building students’ motivation, confidence, and skills

Martha Kanter, Executive Director of College Promise Campaign on building students' motivation, confidence, and skills.

Martha Kanter explains the importance of building students’ motivation, confidence, and skills.

Martha is Executive Director of College Promise Campaign, a national nonpartisan initiative to increase college access, affordability, quality, and completion, starting in America’s community colleges. To increase the social, economic, and civic mobility of Americans, the Campaign supports College Promise programs in more than 200 communities across 45 states and in 23 entire states.

Martha specializes in policy efforts to identify and apply evidence-based education interventions, financing models, and behavioral incentives to raise America’s high school and college graduation rates. She also serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at NYU’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. 

Previously, Martha served President Obama as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education, overseeing all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory, and administrative policies and programs for the U.S. Department of Education. She lead the successful implementation of the Direct Student Loan program, resulting in a 50-percent increase in college enrollment for low-income Pell grant recipients, growing from 6 to more than 9 million students.

The ASU GSV Summit brought together the nation’s most committed leaders in business, education, nonprofits, government, and entertainment for the three-day conference. A collaboration between Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual conference is the industry catalyst for elevating dialogue and driving action around raising learning and career outcomes through scaled innovation. 

WorkingNation set up its cameras at the Summit and interviewed the speakers and attendees about the important issues of education and workforce challenges. You can follow the conversation on our social media under the hashtag #WorkingNationOverheard.

Read more about the event here.