TITLE: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Keynote Address Featuring Michelle Rhee
SPEAKER: Michelle Rhee
EVENT DATE: 05/07/2008
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 52 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Michelle Rhee, chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools, delivered the keynote address for the Library's 2008 celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The 2008 national theme was "Leadership, Diversity, and Harmony -- Gateway to Success."
Speaker Biography: Michelle Rhee was appointed chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools by Mayor Adrian Fenty in June 2007. In this position, she leads a school district comprising 50,000 students in 144 schools. Rhee holds a bachelor's degree in government from Cornell University and a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her commitment to excellence in education began in a Baltimore classroom in 1992 through the Teach-for-America program, a national corps of recent college graduates and professionals who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. In 1997, Rhee founded The New Teacher Project (www.tntp.org) an organization that develops innovative solutions to the challenges of hiring new teachers. In partnership with school districts, state education agencies, colleges and universities and other educational entities, the organization has recruited, prepared or certified approximately 28,000 high-quality teachers, worked with more than 200 school districts and established more than 55 programs or initiatives in 26 states.