In Radical: Fighting to Put Students First, Rhee recounts her experiences as a teacher and administrator, and issues an urgent call to arms for those who share her concern about the future of American education and the long-term ramifications of its failure.
Rhee chronicles her own awakening to the potential that every child can learn, and shares her rage at realizing that adults with special interests are blocking change to allow them to fulfill that potential. Through personal stories—from students who have transcended their surroundings, to great teachers who have improved the outcomes of their students, to parents who forced the improvement of their children’s schools—this controversial education advocate calls for a movement that will remake American public education—before it is too late.
Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, served as chancellor of the DC public schools from 2007 to 2010. She is also the founder of The New Teacher Project and a former Teach for America corps member.
Rhee is interviewed by Richard Whitmire, author of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation's Worst School District.
Michelle Rhee served as chancellor of the DC public schools from 2007 to 2010. She is also the founder of The New Teacher Project, a nationally recognized leader in developing innovative solutions to the challenges of hiring new teachers.
As president and CEO of TNTP, Rhee partnered with school districts, state education agencies, nonprofit organizations, and unions to transform the way difficult-to-staff schools recruit, select, and train highly qualified teachers.
Her work resulted in widespread reform in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, New York, Oakland, and Philadelphia. Rhee's commitment to excellence in education began in a Baltimore classroom as a Teach-for-America teacher. 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.