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Education commissioner's back-to-school message: "Work hard, get smart"

New York Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr.SEPT. 6, 2011 - New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. has a message for students, parents and educators as classes resume today in school districts around New York State.

The message for students is "Work Hard, Get Smart." Commissioner King asks students to challenge themselves with reading and writing this year, and to learn to argue persuasively on a topic they really believe in, using evidence to make their case.

King urges parents to "dive into their students’ school experience." He suggests that parents ask their children, "What did you learn today? What does that mean?"

He encourages both students and parents to "take every advantage of the learning opportunities in the year ahead."

King urges all educators to constantly ask key questions.

"Who is proficient?"

"How do I know and how do I increase those levels of proficiency?"

The Commissioner wants every adult in every school district — "from the district superintendent, to the superintendent, to the principal, to the teacher, to the office staff" to continuously ask, "Where are we in terms of our goals and where are we in terms of our students’ college and career readiness?"

King points to the new engageny.org website as a resource
to support the work of the Regents reform initiatives.

The back-to-school video messages are posted on the State
Education Department website here:



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