New College Board Keynote Address

David Coleman gave his first public address as the new College Board President on October 26th (video link here). In the speech he outlines the “work worth doing” and the importance of focusing on “what matters most.” If you are interested in his vision for Advanced Placement and the role of the SAT, his speech may be of particular consequence.

At minute 25:50, Coleman describes the value of focusing on things done well and the work that matters most. He gives an autobiographical sketch at 35:50 and connects his educational history to his conclusion that if standards are too broad, assessment becomes superficial. “Work worth doing” is explored at minute 54:23 and Coleman argues that we should a) focus on what matters most b) make sure work is not narrow and includes all content areas and subject and c) is not for some but for all students.

About Aaron Grossman

I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary. Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here). In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador. I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at
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1 Response to New College Board Keynote Address

  1. Sidney Falso says:

    It’s just a shame that College Board is really just a ruse to pay big salaries to a bunch of cronies, especially the Online Marketing Group in New York City. David Coleman should take a look at their salaries and their expense accounts. This is where the SAT and AP money goes too not to helping kids. So Sad

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