John B. King Jr. is Coming to Worcester!

The Worcester Education Collaborative will be hosting John B. King Jr. at our tenth annual meeting on October 29th from 5pm to 7pm at Mechanics Hall, located at 321 Main Street in downtown Worcester. Dr. King. is best known for his service as United States Secretary of Education under the Obama administration. He currently serves as President and CEO of The Education Trust, an organization that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Dr. King will deliver the Bassett Lecture and be presented with the Apple of Different Color Award, an honor given periodically by WEC to a visionary in the field of education. 

The Ed Trusts work aligns closely with that of WEC.  The Trust speaks up for students, especially those whose needs and potential are often overlooked and evaluates every policy, every practice, and every dollar spent through a single lens: what is right for students.  The organizations core beliefs are clear. The Education Trust:

  • Believes in the power of education to close the gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other young Americans.

  • Believes schools and colleges, appropriately organized, can help virtually all students master the knowledge they need to succeed.

  • Believes long-standing gaps in opportunity, achievement, and attainment have roots inside and outside of schools and that though these gaps are stubborn, they are not inevitable.

  • Believe a strong education improves the lives of young people, is vital to sustaining our democracy, and strengthens America.

 We hope that you will join us at this special gathering.  The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so please take a moment to register at:


 To learn more about The Education Trust and John B. King Jr’s ,recent work, go to: