Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama
A passionate advocate and inspiring educational leader, former Secretary of Education John B. King considers himself living proof of the transformative power of a great education. According to Dr. King, “New York City public school teachers saved my life and gave me hope.” After losing his mother at age eight, school became the haven of stability, structure and support that sustained him during his father’s struggle and death from Alzheimer’s disease. Parentless at age 12, he continued to immerse himself into a world of learning, theater productions and historical research projects created by caring, inspirational teachers and a safe, supportive school community. To this day, Dr. King never misses an opportunity to celebrate the life-transforming power of educators. When President Obama named him as Secretary of Education at a White House ceremony, Dr. King once again thanked those teachers that had saved his life. He also shared a core belief that has driven him throughout his career: Education is at the very heart of America’s promise of opportunity. Read More >
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As Secretary of Education, John B. King embraced and executed upon President Obama’s overarching belief that “the future belongs to the nation that best educates its people.” During his tenure leading the U.S. Department of Education, and previously as Commissioner of Education of the State of New York, Dr. King championed education as critical to expanding opportunity, growing a thriving economy, creating an engaged citizenry and ensuring American leadership in the 21st century and beyond. Sharing a vision for both our nation’s schools and our country’s future, John B. King takes a high-level look at some of the most compelling challenging facing education today, including:
As the son of lifelong New York City public school educators, a former high school social studies teacher and middle school principal, John B. King understands the power that teachers have to make a difference in students’ lives. Bringing first-hand experience of the challenges that educators face combined with a high-level leadership and policy perspective, Dr. King shares what it truly takes to lift up the profession, attract talented educators and support them throughout their careers. Read More >
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According to Dr. John B. King, “It’s not liberty when happenstance of birth binds a child to a life of limited possibilities. True liberty is being able to take our lives as far as our drive and talent allow. Preserving that birthright requires advocates of public education—including teachers, parents, business leaders elected officials to all be a part of the solution.” A passionate believer that education is a ladder that helps people reach places that would otherwise be impossible to climb, Dr. King has made closing achievement and opportunity gaps a lifelong mission. Now, as President of the nonprofit Education Trust, he has made this issue the focus of the latest chapter of his career. Read More >
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"John King was absolutely wonderful. The audience seemed to really respond to his message.
People definitely stayed around to the end of the conference to hear him specifically, so I’m thrilled we were able to get him booked."
"Secretary King was an absolute pleasure to work with prior to and during our event. He was engaging, insightful, personable, and extremely well received by all. In particular, Secretary King made a genuine connection with our students and even stayed after the event to interact with the audience until the last person had departed. We would strongly recommend Secretary King for your next event."