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Rod Paige

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Rod Paige was confirmed by the United States Senate as the 7th Secretary of Education on January 20, 2001, following the inauguration of President George W. Bush. Although Secretary Paige first distinguished himself coaching college-level athletics, he always has been committed to public education and the preparation of teachers to excel in their profession. He served for a decade as Dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University. He also established the university's Center for Excellence in Urban Education, a research facility that concentrates on issues related to instruction and management in urban school systems. As a trustee and an officer of the Board of Education of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) from 1989 to 1994, Secretary Paige coauthored the board's A Declaration of Beliefs and Visions, a statement of purpose and goals for the school district that called for fundamental reform through decentralization, a focus on instruction, accountability at all levels, and development of a core curriculum. A Declaration of Beliefs and Visions was the catalyst that launched the ongoing, comprehensive restructuring of HISD. Inside Houston named Secretary Paige one of "Houston's 25 most powerful people" in guiding the city's growth and prosperity. He has been active on the Education Commission of the States, as well as the Council of the Great City Schools, which bestowed on him its Richard R. Green Award as the outstanding urban educator of 1999. In 2000 Secretary Paige received the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education for his extraordinary commitment to the improvement of education and the National Association of Black School Educators' Superintendent of the Year award. In 2001, he was named the National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. Secretary Paige earned a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University in Mississippi and a Master's degree and a doctorate from Indiana University.

Seminar speeches given by Rod Paige:
Covering Education: Key Issues in the Wake of No Child Left Behind
January 31, 2003
Journalists Roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige on "No Child Left Behind and its implementations"
Watch the roundtable (75 minutes)

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