Education innovation: Salman Khan coming to Portland Feb. 5

Concordia University

Concordia University is bringing Salman Khan to Portland on Feb. 5 to share his global perspective on education innovation.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring Khan to Portland next month,” said Concordia University President Charles Schlimpert. “Concordia is committed to education innovation and preparing transformational leaders and the best teachers.  Hearing first-hand from innovators like Khan is a key part of this commitment.”

Khan, the 36-year-old founder of Khan Academy, is one of The Wall Street Journal’s “13 People to Watch in 2013.” He was one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012, and he was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in November in an article titled “One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education.”

Khan will keynote Concordia University’s Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Awards at the Portland Art Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 5 (  All event proceeds benefit student scholarships.  Sponsorships and tables are still available.

Local honorees Ken Thrasher and the late Dick Alexander will receive Concordia’s award for their leadership in early childhood education in Oregon.  Event sponsors include HotChalk, Inc., Kivel & Howard LLP, VTM Group, Gina Condon, Pacific Power, The Standard, KeyBank and Knowledge Universe Education LLC, Clear Channel and Portland Monthly magazine.

Concordia is pioneering education innovation in the region by preparing the next generation of teachers.  The University’s greatest growth over the past few years is in its Masters of Education degree programs online and at its Portland campus.  Within the past year, the University also brought globally-recognized Geoffrey Canada and Jane McGonigal to Portland.

In collaboration with Portland Public Schools, Concordia will help its neighboring preK-8 Faubion School develop a national ‘3toPhD’ model as part of a complete reconstruction of the school.  The Faubion rebuild is part of the Portland Public School capital bond that was recently passed by voters.

  • Ballistic45

    I would be interested in what Political slant he puts on his Education Modality… Words like ” transformational leaders and the best teachers ” raise flags in my mind, transform from what to what?

  • MadeleineTector

    I was wondering th esame thing, was that college having trouble teaching? I don’t know aobut anyone else but I am up ot here with globalisme, it was os nice when things were simple and done the American way, we produced mos tof the people who are touting this guy right now, like Forbes himself.

  • mike

    How can this man possibly teach anyone anything? He is not trained as a professional teacher and he is not a union member. Case closed.

  • Steve Buckstein

    I’m delighted that Concordia is bringing Sal Khan to Portland. I wrote about this innovative educator last March here: