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