I saw that he will be on a panel with NYU Prof Sean Corcoran who is someone I couldn't have more respect for. Putting them on the same stage as equals is outrageous enough to make me want to get up early and attend the breakfast and toss a few grenades Steiner's way. But I will probably be on a day trip that day. Oh, well, I'll just have to eat breakfast on the road.
Here is Steiner's bio (http://goo.gl/vubZa.) - the fictional version
David Steiner has devoted his professional work to the cause of education reform for the last quarter century. As Chair of the Department of Education Policy at Boston University, he authored what became nationally debated research on the deficiencies of teacher preparation programs in America. As Director of Education at the National Endowment of the Arts, he introduced paradigm shifting programs of support for experiences of deep immersion in the arts. As Dean of the School of Education at Hunter he achieved national recognition for path-breaking work in the video analysis and clinically-rich preparation of teachers, and a break-the-mold partnership with top-performing charter school networks. Finally, as Commissioner of Education for the State of New York, Steiner took the lead role in the state’s successful Race to the Top Application that brought some $700 million to New York State to implement – for the first time – state-wide curricula in all major subjects, a radical reform of the state standards and assessments, a complete re-design of teacher certification from a system centered on course work to a performance-based, clinically focused program, and a comprehensive program to address the state’s lowest performing schools.Gee, what happened to his momentous Cathie Black decision?