I was pleased to hear that today's event in the Askwith lecture series was sold-out. But I hope that no one here today is under the impression that they are going to hear from Lady Gaga. I'm the warm-up actshe is later this month.
This is a great day and an important moment for education leaders who want to take civic learning to greater heights and expand its impact. And it is an important day for all of us who care about nurturing a vibrant democracy.
It is great to be back at the NCAA convention.
A few months ago, President Emmert said that 2011 was the best of times and the worst of times for college sports.
Thank you, Broncos for that welcome!
I am so glad to join you here because today we get to do something which should happen more often in education. Today, we get to celebrate success. To our graduates here, and to their families who have supported them on this journey, congratulations.
Good morning and thank you for having me here today.
Good afternoon. It's a pleasure to join you again this year, to take stock of our progress thus far together, and to set our sights on the road ahead.
It's great to be back at the FSA conference.
I want to second Jim's remarks about the extraordinary job that financial aid administrators, working with the Obama Administration, have done to advance access, affordability, and attainment in the last three years. The effortand the resultshave been remarkable.
Thank you so much, Terry.
Terry Holliday is the latest of a long line of great educational leaders here in Kentucky. He arrived on the job shortly before the Race to the Top competition. In short order, he led the state to submit an application that had the support of all 174 districts in the state, as well as union leaders. When Kentucky didn’t win in the competition, he and his team didn’t stop and lick their wounds. Terry formed a steering committee to realize the vision of defining teacher effectiveness.
I'm pleased to be here this afternoon for a couple of reasons.
First, the middle grades have not received the attention in education debates that they deserve. Our department intends to correct that historic oversight. I want to affirm that the subject of middle grade reform is vitally important, both to our children and to the future success of our country.
It's a pleasure to address the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum. International forums like this, which share best practices and build a cross-border community of innovation, are relatively new in the education sphere. But they are much-needed--and long overdue.