Many of the world’s leading thinkers have personally contributed to the evolution of the Ross Model and participated in our efforts to expand and reshape education.


Courtney Sale Ross founded Ross School in collaboration with mentors William Irwin Thompson and Ralph Abraham, who served as co-architects of the Ross Spiral Curriculum. Howard Gardner served as consultant for Ross School’s pedagogy and assessment.

The Ross Mentor Program has maintained and expanded relationships with a diverse array of experts including mind–brain education scholars, neuroscientists, media specialists, cultural historians, chaos mathematicians and more.


Mentors and scholars assist with curriculum development and guide workshops for Ross School faculty. They also meet with students and lead research projects at Ross aimed at improving teaching and learning.


Among our Ross Mentors are economist Jeremy Rifkin; neuroscientist and inventor Hideaki Koizumi; scientist and engineer Danny Hillis; sociologist Pedro Noguera; neuroscientists Antonio and Hanna Damasio; paleoanthropologist Yves Coppens; sociologist and media scholar Sherry Turkle; cultural psychologists Carola and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco; and many more.



Mentor Lectures and Interviews at Ross School