Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Michelle Rhee

Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools


Michelle Rhee is Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, a position to which she was appointed by the mayor in 2007. Rhee had already transformed many urban public school systems through her work with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), which she founded in 1997. As CEO, Rhee partnered with school districts, state education agencies, unions and nonprofit organizations to transform the way schools recruit and train qualified teachers in difficult-to-staff schools. Her reforms improved teacher hiring in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, New York, Oakland and Philadelphia. Thanks to TNTP, 23,000 high-quality teachers were placed in schools across the country. Rhee currently serves on the advisory boards for the National Council on Teacher Quality, the National Center for Alternative Certification and Project REACH of the University of Phoenix′s School of Education. She received a B.A. from Cornell University and a master′s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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