Education is the silver bullet that has the power to disrupt poverty. It has the potential to break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. At the core of the American spirit is the ability to look at any child, no matter their social status, and say to them, “If you get your education and work hard, you can have the American dream.” It feels like that’s getting harder and harder to say. We are in danger of losing the power and potential of the silver bullet and our very future depends on saving it. Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in education. He helps educational organizations across the world find ways to utilize these tools in support of new learning models. Born and raised as a first generation American to a single mother on welfare in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, Jaime understands the power of education in changing the destiny of a family in just one generation. You can follow Jaime on Google+ at +Jaime Casap and on Twitter @jcasap. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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