Senator Michael Bennet (CO), Former Superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, to Give Keynote Address to DC Metro Area Education Leaders

Jul 23, 2012, 08:00 ET from Education Pioneers

Senator to challenge next generation of leaders to transform education during Education Pioneers' celebratory event

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that attracts top talent to transform education into the best led sector in the U.S. to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education, announced today that Senator Michael Bennet, one of TIME Magazine's Eleven Education Activists of 2011, will be giving a keynote address on Wednesday, July 25th at Jones Day in Washington, DC to an audience of new and established education leaders.

In the audience will be Education Pioneers' new cohort of Graduate School Fellows and Alumni of the Fellowship program, as well as local-area education leaders.   

Event Details:

What:  2012 Education Pioneers DC Metro Area Annual Showcase

When:  Wednesday, July 25th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Where:  Jones Day, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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"With a multidisciplinary background in business and education and a track record of successful collaboration toward results for students and teachers, Senator Michael Bennet exemplifies the hybrid leader that our Fellows seek to become," said John Troy, Executive Director, Southern Region, Education Pioneers. "His personal story and insights will be invaluable to our audience of leaders who are working hard to transform education for all DC Metro Area students."

Senator Bennet will address leaders in the DC Metro Area education community, including leaders of state, district, and nonprofit organizations, and will speak about the importance of education reform and how to remain innovative and action-oriented in the face of obstacles.

"While our economy has changed, our schools have remained stuck in models designed deep in the last century or earlier.  It's created a reality where only nine out of 100 kids living in poverty will graduate from college," Bennet said.  "We must reform the way we attract, support and retain teachers and leaders, increase local flexibility and spur innovation.  Our country's competitiveness and our ability to pull ourselves out of this economic crisis depend on fundamental transformation of the public education in this country." 

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Education Pioneers mobilizes and prepares a national network of talented leaders and managers to accelerate excellence in education and transform our education system into one that equips all students with the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and life. Through the organization's Fellowship and Alumni programs, Education Pioneers increases the talent supply of top leaders in education to improve the leadership capacity in key education organizations – such as school districts, charter school organizations, and nonprofits – and to advance our goal to make education the best led and managed sector in the U.S. economy.

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