Michelle Rhee has been working for the last 18 years to give children the skills and knowledge they will need to compete in a changing world.
From adding instructional time after school and visiting students' homes as a third grade teacher, to hosting community meetings and creating a youth cabinet to allow student input into the operations of the District of Columbia Public Schools, she has been guided by one core principle: put students first.
Rhee joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about her new book Radical: Fighting to Put Students First on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 MainSt.
In the book, Rhee draws on her own life story to explain her plan for better American schools. The steps she proposes are informed by her extraordinary experiences in education: years of teaching in inner-city Baltimore; her turbulent tenure as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools; and her current role as an education activist.
Rhee, who was featured in the hit documentary Waiting for Superman, draws on compelling examples from schools she's worked in and studied and from students who've left behind unspeakable home lives to thrive in the classroom; from teachers whose groundbreaking methods have produced unprecedented leaps in student achievement.
And she expresses her belief in the potential of every child blessed with a great teacher, her rage at realizing that adults with special interests are blocking badly needed change, and her recognition that it will take a grassroots movement to break through the barriers to outstanding public schools.
Rhee is the founder, CEO, and president of the New Teacher Project (TNTP), working with school districts, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, and unions to transform the recruitment, selection, and training of highly qualified teachers for difficult-to-staff schools. She serves on the advisory boards of the National Council on Teacher Quality and the National Center for Alternative Certification.
The event is co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.