2023-2024 SPEAK Lecture Series

Colorado Academy presents the 2023-2024 Series for Parent Education about Kids, the SPEAK lecture program. The CA community and the general public are invited to join us for these dynamic speakers. Designed in collaboration with the Parent Association to host national and local experts who speak on topics of interest, the lecture series is provided as a free service to the CA community, and presentation times are varied to accommodate parent schedules. Sign up on the CA website to attend this year’s lectures.


Learning in the AI Age: How to Engage All Learners in an Era of Distraction
September 13 • 8:30 a.m. • Leach Center for the Performing Arts

A.J. Juliani is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of Adaptable. He serves on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and former Director of Learning and Innovation for Centennial School District. As a curriculum coordinator, tech director, English teacher, football coach, and K-12 instructional coach, A.J. has worked towards innovative learning experiences for schools in various roles. A.J. is also an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author of multiple other books, including the best-sellers Empower, Launch, and The PBL Playbook.


Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What To Do About It
November 8 • 8:30 a.m. • Leach Center for the Performing Arts

Richard Reeves brings a fresh perspective to the urgent issues of gender, masculinity, and class in today’s society. With deep insights and thought-provoking analysis, Reeves inspires audiences to challenge their assumptions and engage in meaningful dialogue about creating a more equitable and inclusive world.

Reeves is President of the American Institute for Boys and Men, an organization with a mission to raise awareness of the problems of boys and men and advocate for effective solutions. His 2022 book, Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It, was described as a “landmark” in The New York Times and named a book of the year by both The Economist and The New Yorker. He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, where he previously directed the Future of the Middle-Class Initiative and the Center on Children and Families.


Social Media and Public Safety
January 16, 2024 • 5:30 p.m. • On Zoom

Frances Haugen, known as the Facebook Whistleblower, is an advocate for public oversight of social media. She is a specialist in algorithmic product management, having worked on ranking algorithms at Google, Pinterest, Yelp, and Facebook. In 2019, she was recruited to Facebook to be the lead Product Manager on the Civic Misinformation team, which dealt with issues related to democracy and misinformation, and later also worked on counter-espionage.

During her time at Facebook, Haugen became increasingly alarmed by the choices the company makes prioritizing their own profits over public safety and putting people’s lives at risk. As a last resort and at great personal risk, FHaugen made the courageous decision to blow the whistle on Facebook. The initial reporting was done by the Wall Street Journal in what became known as “The Facebook Files.” Her subsequent book is titled, “The Power of One: How I Found the Strength to Tell the Truth and Why I Blew the Whistle on Facebook.”