Education News in Brief


October 20, 2015 1 min read
Christopher A. Koch

Christopher A. Koch has been selected as the president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the national accreditation body for teacher-preparation programs.

He became interim president in May, when CAEP ousted founding President James G. Cibulka.

Koch is a former Illinois state schools superintendent.

Emily Kirkpatrick

Emily Kirkpatrick, the vice president of the National Center for Families Learning, has been named the executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English. She takes up the post in mid-November.

She succeeds Kent D. Williamson, who died in June after a long illness.

Kirkpatrick created Wonderopolis, a website that posts daily queries about the world to help students engage with informational texts.

Michael Williams

Michael Williams, the commissioner of education in Texas, has announced he will step down Jan. 1.

He was appointed to lead the Texas Education Agency in 2012.

Williams previously worked for the U.S. Department of Education and served on the Texas Railroad Commission.

A version of this article appeared in the October 21, 2015 edition of Education Week as Transitions