Reports indicate that Mark K. McQuillan is slated to be appointed Connecticut's education commissioner. McQuillan reportedly is in favor of a longer school day and school year and bolstering teacher recruiting.
Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin admit they were "clueless," when they started out as Teach For America teachers, but their drive and passion for education ultimately led them to create the remarkably successful Knowledge is Power Program. As KIPP celebrates its 13th birthday, Feinberg says his biggest organizational challenge is balancing "a sense of urgency with maturity."
Vern Williams' gifted middle-school math students consistently achieve scores qualifying them for admission to the highly-selective Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The veteran teacher eschews modern textbooks and fads in favor of traditional methods of hard work and demanding assignments.
Fans and critics say Marion Canedo has deftly handled numerous challenges in her short tenure, including a teachers' strike, a $28 million budget deficit and a massive snowstorm that left thousands of students stranded. She is praised for bringing tremendous energy and passion to her job. Canedo says a good sense of humor is key to dealing with stress.