AFT President Randi Weingarten and NYSED Commissioner John King to Exchange Ideas at Teaching Matters Annual Luncheon, Oct. 23 Tue, 15 Oct 2013: For immediate release Contact: Sharon Rubinstein, 212-870-3505, ext. 8, cell 703-901-7947, email@example.com AFT President Randi Weingarten and NYSED Commissioner John King to Exchange Ideas at Teaching Matters’ Annual Luncheon, Oct. 23 (New York, NY) – October 15th, 2013 What: Teaching Matters’ Champions of Education and Innovation luncheon will feature a moderated conversation between Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, and John King, New York State Commissioner of Education. Professor Jeffrey Henig, Chair of the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis in the Politics & Education Program at Columbia University, will moderate. Why: The theme of the event is finding Common Ground in moving the education reform conversation forward. Teaching Matters believes such engagement will promote the best teacher effectiveness policies and practices, and that the quality of teaching is the single most important school – related factor contributing to student success. Who: Our event attracts over 200 prominent New Yorkers, including public officials, teachers and other K-12 education professionals, academics, members of the business community, and the general public. Each year, Teaching Matters provides professional development services to about 200 K-12 schools in the metropolitan New York area. In addition, we have been supporting a network of 24 New York City schools since July 1. Where: The Harvard Club in New York City. Note that the club has strict guidelines for press activity; the media entrance is at 32 W. 45th St., and access is limited to the event itself. The Club name and logo are not to be used in any coverage. When: 12 noon until 2 p.m.