New York State Commissioner of Education John King to deliver State of Education Address at Sage

March 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

Troy, NY – The 4th Annual Esteves School of Education Spring Speaker Series continues this week at Sage with two events. The series is designed to bring students, practicing educational teachers and professionals, and the greater community together to listen to distinguished experts.

On Wednesday, March 19, Meg Kearney, children's writer and poet, will read from her work and give a talk entitled "Poetry and My Personal Evolution/Revolution." Her lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Kearney is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently Home By Now. Her novel in verse, The Secret of Me, was published in 2005 and its sequel, The Girl in the Mirror, appeared in 2012. The two novels tell a vivid, heartfelt tale of a teenager's poetic quest to discover her place within her adoptive family and within the wider world. Her first picture book, Trouper (the three-legged dog), has just been published by Scholastic. Widely anthologized, Kearney’s work has twice been chosen by Garrison Keillor for his Writer’s Almanac on National Public Radio.

On Thursday, March 20, New York State Commissioner of Education John King Jr., J.D., Ed.D., will deliver his address on “The State of Education in New York State.”
* Commissioner King will hold a media availability at the conclusion of his address.  

King oversees more than 7,000 public and independent elementary and secondary schools (serving 3.1 million students), and hundreds of other educational institutions across New York State including higher education, libraries, and museums. He is a strong voice for education reform, and he was a driving force in New York’s successful Race to the Top application. A former high school teacher and middle school principal, he has earned a national reputation for his vision and commitment to education reform.

King earned a B.A from Harvard University; an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University; a J.D. from Yale Law School; and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Both lectures are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage campus.

For more information about the 4th Annual Esteves School of Education Spring Speaker Series visit or call (518) 244-2326.

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