Education Reformer Michelle Rhee Speaks Locally

Michelle Rhee RadicalSACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Speakers Series brings Michelle Rhee to the stage on Tuesday, January 29th when she speaks at the Community Center Theater. Rhee, an education reform advocate as well as Founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, will be an appearance not to be missed as her work often provokes many differing thoughts and opinions of educators across the nation.

While Michelle Rhee is most known for her work as the former chancellor of the Washington D.C. Public-School System, Sacramento locals also recognize her as the wife of Mayor Kevin Johnson. As chancellor she brought the worst performing school district in the country to double digit growth in state reading and math scores. She also oversaw a rise in graduation rates and the first increase in enrollment in over forty years.

Michelle Rhee will be releasing her first book entitled, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First as she strives to be the driving force behind American education reform. In the book, Rhee draws on her own life story as she delivers her plan for better American Schools. The book will be released to the public on February 5th, but patrons of the Sacramento Speakers Series will be given the opportunity to purchase the book early when she speaks at the Community Center Theater.

For the last 18 years, Michelle Rhee has been working to give children the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. On January 29th, she will share her knowledge, thoughts and experiences with the Sacramento Community.

It is a busy month for the speaker series, with Thomas Friedman having already visited on January 8th. The series will continue on February 27th with renowned paleontologist, conservationist, educator and National Geographic Explorer-in-Resident, Louise Leakey.

This event will be held at the Community Center Theater in Downtown Sacramento at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 8th. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

For more information about the Sacramento Speakers Series and the 2012-2013 Season visit them online at sacramentospeakers.com