Joel Klein | Former Chancellor of New York City Schools and CEO at Amplify

Joel Klein

Former Chancellor of New York City Schools and CEO at Amplify

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Joel Klein

Joel Klein, chief executive officer of Amplify, is an education visionary and proven leader of change. Prior to Amplify, Joel was chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw a system of 1.1 million students and 136,000 employees. While there he led systemwide transformations that resulted in significant increases in student performance. Under Joel's leadership, high-school graduation rates in the City rose 20 points--an increase of more than 40 percent.

Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. We enable teachers to manage whole classrooms and, at the same time, empower them to offer more personalized instruction, so that students become more active, engaged learners.

In January 2011, Joel I. Klein became CEO of the Educational Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation.

Prior to that, Mr. Klein was Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education where he oversaw a system of over 1,600 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $22 billion budget. He launched Children First in 2002, a comprehensive reform strategy that has brought coherence and capacity to the system and resulted in significant increases in student performance.

He is a former Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc., a media company, and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice until September 2000, and was Deputy White House Counsel to President Clinton from 1993-1995. Mr. Klein entered the Clinton administration after 20 years of public and private legal work in Washington, D.C. He attended New York City's public schools and graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School.

He received his BA from Columbia University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1967, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971, also graduating magna cum laude. He has received honorary degrees from Columbia University, Duke University, Amherst College, Manhattanville College, Georgetown Law Center, Fordham Law School, New York Law School, and St. John's School of Education. He received the Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City from New York University for his work as Chancellor.

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Will the American Dream become the American Memory?

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Why is it Breaking? How Do We Fix It?

This program will explain why, despite, investing massive amounts of money in K-12 education, our schools are failing our kids. In addition, it will provide the kind of bold proposals necessary to turn this increasingly harmful situation around.

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How Teaching Children Can Be More Than a Profession

Having run New York City's public school system for eight years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I am often asked, "If you could wave a wand and change one thing, what would it...
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A Lesson Plan for A+ Teachers

Former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein on how to raise the quality and performance of teachers Lots of research in the past decade underscores the importance of...
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Former NYC School Leader Urges Focus on Teaching, Technology

Written by Jennifer Chambers Dramatic changes in education are needed to prepare students for 21st century jobs, Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City Department of...
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Why Tablets Are So Much Better Than Textbooks

Written by Peter Jacobs Amplify is an education company using technology towards a simple goal — change the way students interact and learn in the classroom.CEO Joel Klein —...
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No Child Left Untableted

Written by Carlo Rotella Sally Hurd Smith, a veteran teacher, held up her brand-new tablet computer and shook it as she said, “I don’t want this thing to take over my...
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Our View: States' education laws aren't making the grade

Article from By Joel Klein and Michelle Rhee, Special to CNN Editor's note: Joel Klein is CEO of Amplify, the education division of News Corporation, and a...
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