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Event Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or
jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO ADDRESS U.S.-INDIA BUSINESS COUNCIL'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMIT & D.C.'S BANNEKER HIGH COMMENCEMENT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will appear at two events Wednesday in Washington. At 10:30 a.m., he will speak to the U.S.-India Business Council's 35th Anniversary Summit, stressing the importance of international collaboration to improve education. That afternoon, he will deliver the commencement address to the graduating class from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. The ceremonies will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium. Benjamin Banneker Academic High School is a specialized school that offers a highly structured four-year program leading to college admission.

EVENT I

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks to the U.S.-India Business Council's 35th Anniversary Summit, stressing the importance of international collaboration to improve education.

Where:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

When:
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2010

EVENT II

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Commencement address to the graduating class of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Where:
Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, 2455 Sixth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

When:
4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Event Date: 9:30 a.m. MDT Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO KEYNOTE SCHOOL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION CONFERENCE, DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE SCHOOLS

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the importance of school safety and its impact on learning at the second annual School Safety and Violence Prevention Conference at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, in Commerce City, Colo.

The three-day conference, which takes place June 2-4 at Adams City High School, will bring together an estimated 500 school administrators, law-enforcement personnel and other partnering agencies to discuss evidence-based tools, practices and interventions that are essential for creating safe, supportive and successful schools.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education,
Congressman Jared Polis, D-Colo., 2nd District

What:
Keynote address at School Safety and Violence Prevention Conference

Where:
Adams City High School
7200 Quebec Parkway
Commerce City, Colo.

When:
9:30 a.m. MDT Wednesday, June 2

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Event Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or
david.thomas@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SENIOR OFFICIAL TO DISCUSS ESEA REAUTHORIZATION AND TOUR SCHOOLS DURING VISIT TO GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Massie Ritsch will tour two schools and meet with the Gainesville Florida Chamber of Commerce during a visit to Gainesville on Wednesday, June 2. Ritsch will meet with business leaders, school board members and other education stakeholders to discuss President Obama's blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and other initiatives. As deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and outreach, Ritsch oversees the department's outreach to external stakeholders, especially education associations and the business community.

In November 2009, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Gainesville, Florida the 2009 Region of Excellence Award. This award annually recognizes an outstanding community for its sustained, collaborative approach to economic development through education and workforce development.

In the morning, Ritsch will tour Eastside High School and Stephen Foster Elementary School before attending the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce meeting in the afternoon. Jasmine Ulmer, the Department’s Teacher Ambassador Fellow, will be joining Ritsch for the day, starting at Stephen Foster Elementary.

Who:
Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary, U. S. Department of Education Office of Communications and Outreach Services

What:
Massie Ritsch will discuss President Obama's Blueprint for revising the ESEA and tour schools in Gainesville

When:
Wednesday, June 2

Where:
Gainesville, Florida
9:30 a.m. - Eastside High School Tour - 1201 Southeast 43rd Street
10:30 a.m. – Stephen Foster Elementary School Tour - 3800 Northwest 6th Street
11:30 a.m. – Meeting with Gainesville Chamber of Commerce - Sweetwater Branch Inn - 625 E. University Ave.

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Event Date: Friday, May 28, 2010
Contact: Jane Glickman (292) 401-1307 or
Stephanie Babyak (202) 401-2311 or
press@ed.gov

UNDER SECRETARY KANTER TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT MERCED COLLEGE 2010 COMMENCEMENT

U.S. Under Secretary Martha Kanter will deliver the commencement address at Merced College on Friday, May 28, at 7:45 p.m. PT on the school’s campus in Merced, Calif. Her remarks will celebrate the importance of their achievements, often as the first member of a family to complete college, and speak to the responsibility of Merced graduates to help others follow in their footsteps.

Who:
Under Secretary of Education, Martha Kanter

What:
Commencement Speaker
Merced Community College

Where:
Merced College
Stadium ‘76
Merced, Calif. 95348

When:
7:45 p.m. PT, Friday, May 28, 2010
(commencement ceremony begins at 7 p.m.)

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Event Date: Friday, May 28, 2010
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576, or
press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ALEXA POSNY TO DISCUSS REAUTHORIZATION OF ESEA, IDEA AT INDIANA EDUCATION FORUM

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Alexa Posny will deliver remarks and participate in a Q&A at an education forum on Friday, May 28 in Bloomington, Ind. Dr. Posny will discuss the priorities in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and how it will serve as the roadmap for IDEA reauthorization.

The education forum is being sponsored by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education.

Who:
Dr. Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services,
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Discussion of how ESEA reauthorization aligns with IDEA reauthorization at Indiana Education Forum

Where:
Bloomington High School South
1965 S. Walnut Street
Bloomington, Ind.

When:
Friday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m.

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Event Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Contact: Jane Glickman (292) 401-1307 or Stephanie Babyak (202) 401-2311 or
press@ed.gov

UNDER SECRETARY MARTHA KANTER TO ADDRESS AIM HIGH ORGANIZATION IN MENLO PARK

U.S. Under Secretary Martha Kanter will address educators, community members, philanthropists, and others attending Aim High’s Accelerating American Achievement breakfast meeting at 8:35 a.m. Thursday, May 27 in Menlo Park, Calif. Aim High is an intensive academic summer program for middle school students in the Bay Area with 12 sites serving more than 1,000 students in 2010, its 25th summer. Students typically begin after fifth or sixth grade and participate for three or four summers. Kanter will discuss the importance of high expectations for students and innovative ways to prepare and motivate students to pursue a college education.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary Martha Kanter

What:
Aim High’s Accelerating American Achievement breakfast event

Where:
1100 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, Calif.

When:
8:35 a.m. PT on Thursday, May 28
Event begins at 8:15 a.m. PT. Other speakers are Aim High graduates and parents.

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Event Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Justin Hamilton, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO VISIT CINCINNATI, HOLD TEACHER ROUNDTABLE AND DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Carson Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, May 27. While there, he will hold a roundtable with teachers and praise the district for the effective use of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The funds have been used to improve student achievement at some of the city’s lowest-performing schools through programs such as Fifth Quarter, a monthlong summer enrichment program, as well as save teachers’ jobs. In recent weeks, Secretary Duncan has urged Congress to approve an additional $23 billion in emergency support to preserve education jobs. Without additional funds programs such as Fifth Quarter would be eliminated and staff positions abolished in areas where the need is the greatest. In Cincinnati alone, 129 jobs were paid for with ARRA funds in 2009-2010, according to a recent report by the Council of the Great City Schools.

Last school year, Carson Elementary made Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP) for the first time in history and jumped two levels on the state’s six-tiered accountability system—thanks in part to a district committed to improving student achievement at its lowest-performing schools, dedicated school officials, hard-working students and ARRA funding. This summer, almost $138,000 in ARRA funds will pay for Fifth Quarter at Carson.

Later Thursday evening, Secretary Duncan will give the commencement address for the Clark Montessori Junior High and High School in Cincinnati. In his address, which will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at Crossroads Church, the Secretary will discuss the importance of community service and the pivotal role that teachers serve in education. Clark Montessori was one of six finalists in the President’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. The Challenge was launched earlier this year, when the White House and the U.S. Department of Education invited public high schools across the country to submit applications to have President Obama speak at their graduation. More than 1,000 high schools submitted applications, demonstrating how they are making significant strides on personal responsibility, academic excellence and college readiness, and how they are working toward the President’s national goal of having the most college graduates by 2020.

Event 1

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Eve Bolton, vice president, Cincinnati Board of Education
Mary Ronan, superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools
Julie Sellers, president, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
Ruthenia Jackson, principal, Carson Elementary School
Teachers

What:
School visit and teacher roundtable

Where:
Carson Elementary School
4323 Glenway Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio

When:
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, May 27
(A media avail follows)

Event 2

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Principal Rupashree Townsend

What:
Commencement address

Where:
Crossroads Church
3500 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio

When:
5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27

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Event Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO GIVE OPENING REMARKS AT FIRST EVER GAMES FOR LEARNING DAY @ GAMES FOR CHANGE CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), will give opening remarks at the first ever Games for Learning Day at the seventh annual Games for Change Conference in Manhattan on Thursday, May 27. Games for Learning Day will be hosted by Ken Perlin and Jan Plass, directors of The Games for Learning institute at NYU. Keynotes include digital pioneers Alan Kay and Jaron Lanier and Michael Levine Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.

Panel discussions will explore the use of games in learning, and how they might be integrated into standards-based curriculum, as well as provide teachers with better tools for helping their students achieve mastery.

As head of OII, Shelton’s responsibilities include managing the entrepreneurial arm of the U.S. Department of Education, helping to make strategic investments in innovative educational practices through two dozen discretionary grant programs. OII also administers a number of teacher quality programs, including the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship initiative, which brings teacher leaders from our nation's public schools to the Department to participate in a national dialogue about public education.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks at the Games for Learning Summit

Where:
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences – New York University
Weaver Hall (Room 109)
251 Mercer Street
New York

When:
Thursday, May 27 – 9:00 a.m.

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Event Date: 7 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 27, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANIC AMERICANS TO DELIVER HOUSATONIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will deliver the commencement address for Housatonic Community College at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St., Bridgeport, Conn. During his commencement address to more than 400 graduates, Sepulveda will share the importance of lifelong learning, commitment to family and the value of bringing change where change is needed.

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, executive director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Commencement address

Where:
Arena at Harbor Yard
600 Main St.
Bridgeport, Conn.

When:
7 p.m. Thursday, May 27

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Event Date: 7 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 27, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS FOR ANNE ARUNDEL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Frank Chong, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, will deliver the commencement address for Anne Arundel Community College at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, on the main campus. During his commencement address to a record number of graduates this year, Chong will encourage them to become leaders in order to bring about change in the world, especially in light of the growing number of “baby boomers” who are now retiring from jobs in such important fields as teaching, engineering, business and government.

Who:
Frank Chong, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education,
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Commencement address

Where:
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, Md.

When:
7 p.m. Thursday, May 27

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1579 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR OFFICIAL TO DISCUSS ESEA REAUATHORIZATION AT UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO’S EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Jo Anderson, senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education, will discuss President’s Obama’s blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the role of leadership in education reform during a panel discussion at the University of New Mexico’s College of Education on Wednesday, May 26 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Who:
Jo Anderson, senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Anderson will discuss President Obama’s Blueprint for revising ESEA during University of New Mexico’s Educational Leadership Program

Where:
University of New Mexico – College of Education (Room 140)
One University Blvd.
Albuquerque, N.M.

When:
7 p.m. MT, Wednesday, May 26

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-2310 or
jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSION ON SCHOOL DISTRICT FUNDING INEQUITIES

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in a discussion of school district funding inequities on Wednesday at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress.

Among the topics to be explored will be the hidden salary gap which can result in teachers at affluent schools being paid more than teachers in the same district who work at more modest income schools. Two papers will be released by the center, examining a 2005 California law that requires schools to publish per-pupil expenditures.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in a discussion of school district funding inequities at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress where two papers will be released, examining a 2005 California law that requires schools to publish per-pupil expenditures

Where:
Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. N.W., 10th floor, Washington

When:
Session lasts from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010
(Assistant secretary Ali's remarks are expected around 10 a.m.)

RSVP:
Space is limited. To attend, RSVP the Center for American Progress at:
http://www.americanprogress.org/events/2010/05/CAaverages.html/rsvp

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO REPRESENT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AT U.S.-CHINA STRATEGIC AND ECONOMIC DIALOGUE

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier will represent the Department at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) on Tuesday, May 25 in Beijing, China. Dann-Messier will announce the Department’s intention to host meetings of both Chinese and U.S. experts in career and technical education, adult education, and community colleges as part of the U.S.-China Education Work-plan signed by Secretary Arne Duncan and the Chinese Minister of Education in 2009. This work-plan lays out joint education activities for the Peoples Republic of China and the U.S. to undertake in science and technology, language learning and culture, vocational education, and higher education over the next four years. Included in the plan is a call for annual, high-level consultations between the Chinese Ministry of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. The focus of the next consultation is slated for discussions around community colleges.

President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao established the S&ED in 2009 to focus on addressing the challenges and opportunities facing both countries on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global areas of strategic and economic interest. Various U.S. Cabinet and sub-Cabinet officials and their Chinese counterparts will participate in the Dialogue, depending on the issues being discussed.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Where:
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (The Egg)
No.2 West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng District
Beijing, China

When:
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
1:30 – 3 p.m. (local Beijing time)

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 26
Contact: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN TO ADDRESS COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS AND ASPEN INSTITUTE

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will discuss the impact of increased international competition and collaboration on education reform at the Council on Foreign Relations at 8:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, May 26, in Washington, D.C. Then, at noon, Secretary Duncan will talk about the importance of innovation in education at a roundtable discussion at the Aspen Institute. The event, the first in a series, will include a dialogue among participants on how best to foster a culture of innovation in education in the United States over the next decade.

Event One

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) remarks followed by Q&A

Where:
Council on Foreign Relations
1777 F St.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Wednesday, May 26, at 8:30 am. ET

Editor's Note:
R.S.V.P. to the Council on Foreign Relations at DCPressRSVP@cfr.org

Event Two

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Aspen Institute roundtable remarks and discussion with participants

Where:
Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Wednesday, May 26, at noon ET

Editor's Note:
Event is invitation only.
Contact Jennifer Myers, Aspen Institute, jennifer.myers@aspeninst.org for information

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 12:45 p.m. ET
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR ADVISOR TO DISCUSS EARLY LEARNING AGENDA AT WHEELOCK COLLEGE

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones will discuss the Obama administration’s early learning agenda and coordination between the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services on Tuesday, May 25, at the Wheelock College Fifth Annual Dialogue on Early Learning and Care. The conference, Seizing Opportunities in a Time of Change, will bring together the state’s leaders and advocates in early education and care to learn about and discuss recent policy changes from national and state leaders.

Who:
Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones, U. S. Department of Education

What:
Dr. Jones will give remarks and participate in a panel discussion at the Wheelock College Fifth Annual Dialogue on Early Learning and Care

Where:
Wheelock College
Ladd Room
43 Hawes St.
Brookline, Mass.

When:
Tuesday, May 25, 12:45 p.m.– 2 p.m. ET

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO GIVE REMARKS AT NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ACCREDITATION OF TEACHER EDUCATION BLUE RIBBON PANEL ON IMPROVED STUDENT LEARNING

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), will give remarks at a blue ribbon panel discussion on clinical preparation and partnerships for improved student learning on Tuesday, May 25 in Washington, D.C.

The expert panel, co-chaired by State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight Jones, was formed in January by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The ultimate goal of the panel is to develop recommendations for restructuring the preparation of teachers to reflect teaching as a practice-based profession akin to medicine, nursing, or clinical psychology. The panel is proposed as the first step toward providing leadership for the transformation of teacher education in order to better meet the needs of P-12 students.

As head of OII, Shelton’s responsibilities include managing the entrepreneurial arm of the U.S. Department of Education, helping to make strategic investments in innovative educational practices through two dozen discretionary grant programs. OII also administers a number of teacher quality programs, including the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship initiative, which brings teacher leaders from our nation's public schools to the Department to participate in a national dialogue about public education.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks at the NCATE Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning

Where:
Hilton Washington Embassy Row Hotel
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Tuesday, May 25 at 3 p.m.

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Event Date: Monday, May 24
Contact: Press Office (202) 202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO JOIN PRESIDENT TO CELEBRATE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join the President and honored guests at a White House reception on Monday, May 24 to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In October, the President signed the Executive Order reestablishing the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Co-chaired by Secretary Duncan and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and led by Director Kiran Ahuja, the Initiative works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for AAPIs by increasing access and participation in federal programs.

On April 30, 2010, President Obama issued a proclamation naming May 2010 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and called on all Americans to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. For more information about the White House AAPI Initiative, please visit http://aapi.gov .

Who:
President Barack Obama
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

What:
Reception Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Where:
The White House

When:
2:30 p.m., Monday, May 24

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Event Date: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 24, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb (202) 202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO KEYNOTE HISPANIC LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana will discuss the importance of working hard and receiving a quality education at the fifth annual scholarship banquet of the Hispanic Leadership Alliance. The banquet will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 24, at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Restaurant, 9959 Main St., Fairfax, Va.

This year, the Hispanic Leadership Alliance will award academic scholarships to four Latino seniors attending Fairfax County Public Schools. The scholarships provide support for Latino graduating seniors who are the first in their families to attend post-secondary educational institutions.

The goal of the Hispanic Leadership Alliance, whose members are educators in the Fairfax County Public Schools, are to help Latino students attending public schools in the county achieve their highest academic potential. The members help accomplish this goal through promoting an understanding of Hispanic culture; maintaining open lines of communication with school leadership; empowering parents with educational information; encouraging student to participate in advanced academics and leadership activities; and promoting high-school graduation, as well as a post-secondary education.

Who:
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Fairfax County Division Superintendent Jack Dale
Fairfax County Deputy Superintendent Richard Monuiszko
Fairfax County School Board members and other educators

What:
Keynote address at scholarship banquet

Where:
Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Restaurant
9959 Main St.
Fairfax, Va.

When:
5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 24

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Event Date: Monday, May 24, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-2310 or
jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO ADDRESS STANFORD LAW STUDENTS ON CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUITY IN EDUCATION

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will address Stanford University law students, professors and education policy scholars on civil rights and equity in education. Assistant Secretary Ali's appearance is being hosted by the Youth and Education Advocates at Stanford and the Stanford Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks to Stanford University law students, professors and education policy scholars on civil rights and equity in education

Where:
Stanford Law School, Room 190
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, Calif.

When:
12:45-2 p.m. Monday, May 24, 2010

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Event Date: Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. MT
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO SPEAK AT INAUGURAL CONFERENCE OF THE ALLIANCE FOR MULTILINGUAL MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana will discuss the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at the inaugural conference of the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday, May 21, 2010. Dr. Meléndez de Santa Ana will focus on the importance of language education for linguistically and culturally diverse students.

Who:
Assistant Secretary Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, U. S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

What:
Deliver remarks at the inaugural conference of the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education

Where:
Albuquerque Convention Center, Ballroom A
401 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

When:
Friday, May 21, at 8:30 a.m. MT
Dr. Meléndez will speak at 9 a.m.

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Event Date: Friday, May 21, 2010
Contact: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

UNDER SECRETARY MARTHA KANTER TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

U.S. Under Secretary Martha Kanter will address the 2010 graduates of Moraine Valley Community College on Friday, May 21, in Palos Hills, Illinois. She will discuss the impact of community colleges on educating Americans for a diverse and rapidly-changing workforce.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary Martha Kanter

What:
Commencement Speaker
Moraine Valley Community College

Where:
Moraine Valley Community College Gymnasium
9000 W. College Parkway
Palos Hills, Illinois 60465

When:
Friday, May 21; 7:40 p.m. CT
(Please note: commencement ceremony begins at 7 p.m. CT)

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Event Date: 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or
press@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION AT U.S.-BRAZIL CONFERENCE

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in a panel discussion on civil rights in education as part of a bilateral conference for the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to be held Thursday and Friday in Atlanta.

Assistant Secretary Ali's panel is set for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Morehouse College's Leadership Center.

The U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan was signed in March 2008 and calls upon both governments to increase collaboration by sharing best practices, resources and information to address issues related to racial equity, including labor, health, housing, and education. The State Department and Education Department are among the U.S. agencies involved.

Media representatives should present one of the following at the press check-in: (1) a media-issued photo identification card, or (2) a letter from their employer verifying their employment as a journalist, and an official photo identification. Media should park on Welborn Street and check in at the registration table outside the main meeting room on the ground floor of the Leadership Center. Campus Map: http://www.morehouse.edu/about/pdf/Campus_Map.pdf

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in a panel discussion on civil rights in education as part of a bilateral conference for the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan

Where:
Leadership Center, Morehouse College, Atlanta

When:
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2010

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Event Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO HOLD TEACHERS ROUNDTABLE AT BLADENSBURG ELEMENTARY TO DISCUSS $437 MILLION TEACHER INCENTIVE FUND COMPETITION & HOLD NATIONAL MEDIA CALL

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hold a teachers roundtable at Bladensburg Elementary on Thursday to kick off the competition for this year's $437 million Teacher Incentive Fund program. Beginning Thursday, applications and eligibility requirements will be made available.

The roundtable discussion will be held with teachers at Bladensburg who are currently participating in FIRST (Financial Incentive Rewards for Supervisors and Teachers) which is funded by a five-year, $17 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant awarded to Prince George's County in 2007. Prince George's County developed FIRST as a voluntary program with union support and input from teachers and administrators who served on planning committees. Duncan will be joined at the roundtable by District Superintendent, Dr. William Hite Jr., and Executive Director for the Prince George's County Educators' Association (NEA affiliate), Lewis Robinson.

Following the roundtable, Duncan will be joined by two Bladensburg teachers on a national press call. Call-in information listed below.

Event One

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Teachers Roundtable to discuss FIRST program - OPEN PRESS

Where:
Bladensburg Elementary
4915 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, MD 20710

When:
9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 2010

Event Two

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
National media call

Where:
Dial-in: 888-989-0724, Passcode: Education

When:
10:30-11 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Event Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1579 or
press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO MAKE PRESENTATION ON LIFELONG LEARNING DURING UNITED NATIONS' FORUM IN CHINA

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier will participate in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Forum on Lifelong Learning on Thursday, May 20 in Shanghai, China. Dann-Messier will be a panelist in a session on Major Strategies in Policy Frameworks Designed to Build Learning Societies. Her presentation will highlight the Department's strategy for working with multiple stakeholders in gathering information to enhance legislation that supports lifelong learning. She will also share trends from research on adult literacy education that have policy development implications.

The Shanghai International Forum on Lifelong Learning, organized by UNESCO, is taking place during UNESCO Week , from May 19-21, at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China. The forum will focus on translating theory into practice for building lifelong learning systems, including reviewing progress and challenges in developing national strategies, and sharing experiences and best practices.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education U.S. Department of Education

What:
Presentation at UNESCO'S Shanghai International Forum on Lifelong Learning

Where:
United Nations Pavilion at the World Expo and Fudan University
Crowne Plaza Hotel Shanghai Fudan
199 Handan Road
Shanghai

When:
Thursday, May 20 – 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Event Date: 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-2310 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO VISIT BOSTON: DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS, HOLD JOBS DISCUSSION, HONOR TOP BOSTON EDUCATORS

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Boston Wednesday, delivering the commencement address for Lesley University, touring an elementary school, holding a roundtable discussion on saving education jobs in Massachusetts, recognizing community partnerships at another elementary school and honoring Boston Educators of the Year.

Duncan will begin his day at 10:30 a.m. by addressing Lesley's Centennial Commencement at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. At noon, he will travel to Beachmont Elementary in Revere where he will tour classes and host a roundtable discussion on saving education jobs in Massachusetts. Among the participants will be Massachusetts Education Secretary Paul Reville, union leaders, Revere School Superintendent Paul Dakin and teachers.

At 1:25 p.m., Duncan will visit Josiah Quincy Elementary in Boston along with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. There, Duncan will pay tribute to Boston Educators of the Year as part of a discussion with them about effective strategies for academic success. Second- and third-grade students will perform a dance routine for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. And, the secretary will commend special school-community partnerships in place at the school.

Event One

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address for Lesley University's Centennial Commencement

Where:
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston

When:
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Event Two

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Classroom visit followed by jobs and innovation roundtable discussion

Where:
Beachmont Elementary School, 15 Everard St., Revere, Mass.

When:
12:10-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Event Three

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Roundtable discussion with community partners Traditional dance performed by second and third graders Conversation with Boston Educators of the Year

Where:
Josiah Quincy Elementary School, 885 Washington St., Boston

When:
1:25-2:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Event Date: 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO DISCUSS ESEA REAUTHORIZATION AT TEXAS SCHOOL ALLIANCE MEETING

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana will discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at a meeting of the Texas School Alliance on Wednesday, May 19, at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Austin. Approximately 60 superintendents and their representatives will attend. The Texas School Alliance, founded in 1990, represents 34 of the state's larger, diverse school districts. These districts work together to provide a positive and significant impact on public education in Texas.

Who:
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education,
U.S. Department of Education; Superintendents from some of the largest school districts in Texas

What:
Discussion on ESEA reauthorization

Where:
Doubletree Guest Suites
303 W. 15th St.
Austin, TX

When:
10 a.m. CDT Wednesday, May 19

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION WILL HIGHLIGHT SUPPORT FOR JOBS BILL IN NYC SCHOOL VISITS WITH CHANCELLOR JOEL KLEIN AND MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan travels to New York City where he will visit three Brooklyn schools with Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. This afternoon, Secretary Duncan will visit Kings Collegiate Charter School, a successful charter school run by the Uncommon Schools charter network. During his visit, Secretary Duncan will stop by a seventh grade math class with Principal Lauren Harris. From there, Secretary Duncan, Chancellor Klein and Mayor Bloomberg will be joined by Mike Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, for a visit to P.S. 214. While there, Secretary Duncan will learn about P.S. 214's extended day, Saturday Academy, and dual English-Spanish language kindergarten class. A press avail will be held at the end of the visit, from 2:00-2:30 p.m. At the end of the day, Secretary Duncan will head to P.S. 65, a traditional school turned around under the leadership of Principal Daysi Garcia. During Principal Garcia's brief tenure, student performance on state assessments have dramatically improved in both math and language arts.

During today's trip to New York, Secretary Duncan will highlight the importance of securing $23 billion in emergency funds to preserve education jobs, along with $1 billion to preserve early childhood education jobs. Last week, Secretary Duncan and Director of Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes voiced support for emergency funds. To read Secretary Duncan's letter to Congressional leadership and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes letter, visit here.

Event 1

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Chancellor Joel Klein
Mayor Michael Bloomberg

What:
Visit to Kings Collegiate Charter School

Where:
1084 Lenox Road
Brooklyn, N.Y.

When:
12:45-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Event 2

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Chancellor Joel Klein
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Executive Director Mike Casserly

What:
Visit to P.S. 214

Where:
2944 Pitkin Ave.
Brooklyn, N.Y.

When:
1:45-2:30 p.m.
Press availability will be held on-site from 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Event 3

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Chancellor Joel Klein

What:
Visit to P.S. 65

Where:
696 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y.

When:
2:45-3:10 p.m.

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-2310 or
press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY POSNY TO ADDRESS D.C. CONFERENCE ON DISABILITY EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Assistant Secretary Alexa Posny, who heads the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver remarks at a conference sponsored by the Family Support Center on Disabilities Wednesday in Washington. Dr. Posny will discuss the importance of educational opportunity and success and its role in future employment opportunity, as well as reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.

Who:
Dr. Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

What:
Delivers remarks to the Family Support Center on Disabilities: Knowledge & Involvement Network Conference

Where:
Academy for Educational Development
1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
10 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR ADVISOR TO DISCUSS KIDS COUNT REPORT TO BE RELEASED BY ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones will participate in a panel discussion, following the release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT special report, Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, at the National Press Club on Tuesday, May 18. The panel will discuss why it is important for children to read at grade level by the end of third grade; the status of grade-level reading performance nationwide; research about the causes of underperformance and solutions that work; and what can be done to increase the number of low-income children who attain reading proficiency.

Who:
Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones, U. S. Department of Education

What:
Dr. Jones will participate on a panel discussion on the KIDS COUNT special report, Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

Live Webcast: To register for the webcast, please visit www.visualwebcaster.com/casey-foundation-briefing. You are encouraged to perform a computer system check when you register, or at least 15 minutes before the webcast begins. To access the webcast, use the same computer on which you registered, and click on the same registration link noted above to enter the event.

Where:
National Press Club—Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street N.W., 13th Floor
Washington, D.C.

When:
Tuesday, May 18, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Note: Please RSVP to Anya Alexander at aalexander@hagersharp.com or call (202) 842-3600 x223.

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Event Date: Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR ADVISOR TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AND RECEIVE AWARD AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones will deliver the commencement address and receive the 2010 Distinguished Leader in Education—Service Award at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University on Monday, May 17. The graduating class includes students with degrees in a variety of educational fields, which include educational leadership and administration, learning and teaching, statistics and measurement, and early literacy and educational psychology.

The Distinguished Leader in Education—Service Award recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary and distinguished service and leadership in the K-30 educational community, primarily in New Jersey, but also nationally as well. Jones is being honored for her work with one of the country's most successful state-funded preschool programs in improving educational outcomes and narrowing achievement gaps for children in high-poverty New Jersey school districts.

Who:
Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones, U. S. Department of Education

What:
Dr. Jones will deliver the commencement address and receive an award during the graduation ceremony

Where:
Rutgers University
College Avenue Gym
130 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ

When:
Monday, May 17 from 7-9 p.m. ET

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Event Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Contact: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. UNDER SECRETARY OF EDUCATION KANTER TO ADDRESS GRADUATES OF LAKES REGION COMMUNITY COLLEGE

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will deliver the commencement address to the 2010 graduating class of Lakes Region Community College on Saturday, May 15, at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, Gilford, NH. Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. ET.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter

What:
Commencement address to graduates of Lakes Region Community College

Where:
Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
72 Meadowbrook Lane
Gilford, NH 03249

When:
11 a.m. ET, Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Event Date: 10 a.m. CDT Saturday, May 15, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Justin Hamilton (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov
Onsite: Liz Beyler (608) 345-7008 (cell)

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO DELIVER UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the graduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's 10 a.m. commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Secretary Duncan will discuss the importance of creativity, adaptability, and teamwork as essential ingredients of a 21st century education, and the enduring value of the Wisconsin Idea in higher education. The Wisconsin Idea, coined by UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904, asserts that education should influence and improve people's lives beyond the university classroom.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

What:
Commencement address for University of Wisconsin

Where:
The Kohl Center
601 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wis.

When:
10 a.m. CDT, Saturday, May 15

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Event Date: Monday, May 17, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY FORUM ON CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP HOSTED BY CONGRESSMAN ELLISON

Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in an education community forum on closing the achievement gap hosted by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison Monday in Columbia Heights, Minn.

The forum will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Senior High School Hylander Center, 1400 49th Ave., N.E., in Columbia Heights. A press availability will follow from 6 to 6:15 p.m.

Prior to the forum, Harris will tour Richfield High School at 9 a.m., followed by a visit to South High School where Rep. Ellison will join him at 10:30 a.m. in addressing a senior government class. Afterwards, Harris will meet with Emerging Leaders, a group of African American community leaders, on closing the achievement gap.

Who:
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison
Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives in elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Education community forum on closing the achievement gap

Where:
Columbia Heights Senior High School Hylander Center, 1400 49th Ave., N.E., Columbia Heights, Minn.

When:
4:30-6 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2010 (media availability follows)

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Event Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE HISPANIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT

Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will deliver the commencement address for San Diego Mesa College Saturday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion at the University of San Diego.

Sepulveda is responsible for directing the efforts of the White House Initiative in engaging Hispanic students, parents, families, organizations, educators and education stakeholders working in or with the education system in communities nationwide as active participants in improving the academic achievement of Hispanic Americans.

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Commencement address for San Diego Mesa College

Where:
Jenny Craig Pavilion, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego

When:
4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Event Date: Friday, May 14, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DELIVER REMARKS AT UNITED WAY ANNUAL LUNCHEON

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will give remarks at the annual luncheon of the United Way of Forsyth County at 1 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem. During the luncheon for local United Way partners, Jennings will discuss the role of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, with a particular focus on the need to create safe and supportive schools.

Who:
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary
Don Martin, superintendent, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

What:
Luncheon remarks

Where:
Marriott Hotel
Hearn Ballroom
425 N. Cherry St.
Winston-Salem, N.C.

When:
1 p.m. EDT Friday, May 14

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Event Date: 8-9:30 p.m. CDT Friday, May 14, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY THELMA MELENDEZ TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Thelma Melendez will deliver the commencement address during ceremonies for Texas A&M International University's College of Education and the A.R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business in Laredo, Texas. The commencement ceremony will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the university's gymnasium.

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Commencement address

Where:
Texas A&M International University
Gymnasium
5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, Texas

When:
8 to 9:30 p.m. CDT Friday, May 14

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Event Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Contact: David Thomas 202-401-1576
press@ed.gov

Department Official to be Panelist in Workshop at Summit Series DC10

Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton to discuss today's youth and the future of education

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will participate in Summit Series DC10's Innovation in Education panel on Teaching Today's Youth on Thursday, May 13. He will join several panelists, including recording artist John Legend, entrepreneur Marc Ecko, Teach for America CEO Wendy Kopp, and WordWorld Founder Don Moody, in discussing the future of education. During the panel discussion, Assistant Deputy Secretary Shelton will focus on the role of innovation in improving educational opportunities.

Summit Series DC10 is an invitation only conference taking place Thursday, May 13-Sunday, May 16 in Washington D.C. The Summit connects top young innovators, influencers, and business leaders to inspire a new generation of leaders to succeed in business and in life.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Innovation in Education panel on the future of education at Summit Series DC10

Where:
JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W. (Grand Ballrooms Salons 1, 2, 3)
Washington, D.C.

When:
Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m.

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Event Date: 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 13, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb (202) 401-1576

Assistant Deputy Secretary to Participate in Discussion on Drinking and Drug Use Among Students

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS), will participate in the Department's policy briefing "The Power of Peers and Perceptions," which focuses on drinking and drug use by students. The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 13, in the Departmental Auditorium, will feature students discussing how they motivate their peers to make healthier choices around alcohol and other drugs. In addition, grantees of the OSDFS Models of Exemplary, Effective and Promising Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention on College Campuses program, who work with high-school students and college students on campuses, will share their novel programs for reducing risky behavior among students. Officials from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C., will join Jennings.

Who:
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary
Linda Hancock, director, Wellness Resource Center, Virginia Commonwealth University
Rebecca Caldwell, director, Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Aimee Hourigan, assistant director for campus prevention, University of North Carolina Wilmington

What:
Department's Policy Briefing

Where:
U.S. Department of Education
Departmental Auditorium
400 Maryland Ave.
Washington, D.C.

When:
10 a.m. Thursday, May 13

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Event Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw 202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Official to Address Cincinnati Conference on Teacher Compensation

Brad Jupp, senior program advisor for teacher quality initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education, will address a Cincinnati conference Thursday bringing together educators to explore trends in teacher compensation.

Jupp's remarks, scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at the College of Mount St. Joseph, are part of a daylong forum on teacher wages sponsored by Leadership Cincinnati, a program of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. Teachers, principals, union representatives, school board members and administrators are expected to attend.

The issue of teacher compensation comes as local districts across America consider the most effective ways to reward teachers and promote excellence in education.

Who:
Brad Jupp, senior program advisor for teacher quality initiatives, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Address to Leadership Cincinnati's daylong conference on Trends in Teacher Compensation

Where:
College of Mount St. Joseph Theatre
5701 Delhi Rd.
Cincinnati

When:
10:45 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw 202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary to Participate in National Lab Day, Address New Schools Summit on Wednesday

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will take part in a pair of events Wednesday in Washington. Wednesday morning, Secretary Duncan will highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses in recognition of National Lab Day. Later in the morning, Secretary Duncan will join U.S. Rep. George Miller in a question and answer session on the Obama administration's education reform agenda.

At 9 a.m., Secretary Duncan will recognize National Lab Day by visiting Martin Luther King Elementary School, 3200 Sixth St., S.E. There, he will observe the student's solar car project and talk with them about the long-term value of STEM education to our nation's economy. National Lab Day is a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support and to foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators.

At 11 a.m., Secretary Duncan will join Rep. Miller in a question and answer discussion on the administration's education reform efforts at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit. Secretary Duncan will lay out the administration's education agenda for the coming years, and talk about the role entrepreneurs can play in advancing education reform. The annual summit invites leaders from across the education, business, policy and nonprofit sectors who are passionate about transforming public education for underserved children.

Event One

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Classroom visit and remarks for National Lab Day

Where:
Martin Luther King Elementary School, 3200 Sixth St., S.E., Washington

When:
9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Event Two

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit, highlighting the Obama administration's education reform agenda

Where:
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Independence Ballroom, 1000 H St., N.W., Washington

When:
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Event Date: 5:30 to 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, 202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Assistant Deputy Secretary to Discuss Importance of a Well-Rounded Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education Public Forum

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will participate in a Harvard Graduate School of Education public forum, "What Matters and What Counts? Expanding What We Value in Schools," on Wednesday, May 12, at the graduate school in Cambridge. The forum aims to stimulate discussion about ways to expand what schools value and accomplish, as well as explore how researchers, policymakers and educators can promote rigorous, high-quality, assessable and accountable work in areas other than literacy and math.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings

What:
Roundtable discussion

Where:
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Askwith Hall
13 Appian Way
Cambridge, Mass.

When:
5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Secretary Duncan to Greet John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, D.C. Students at Music Fest

Secretary to Discuss Importance of Music and Arts Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will welcome the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to the Education Department headquarters Tuesday in a day of music appreciation, exhibits on the recording industry and performances by D.C.-area students. Secretary Duncan will use the occasion to discuss the importance of music and arts education.

The bus will be parked outside the Education Department's Plaza at 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., in Washington from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local students will visit the bus to learn about music recording and production. Students will perform from noon to 1 p.m. in advance of remarks at 1:30 p.m. by Duncan. Former U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley, various music industry officials and recording star Taylor Dane will also attend.

The program is sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). For more on the tour bus, see http://www.lennonbus.org/.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley
D.C.-area students
Recording artist Taylor Dane

What:
Welcoming remarks to festivities surrounding the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in a day of music appreciation, exhibits on the recording and performances by D.C.-area students

Where:
U.S. Department of Education Plaza (facing the National Mall)
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington

When:
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Tours of the bus.
Noon-1 p.m. — D.C. student performances
1:30 p.m. — Remarks by Secretary Duncan

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Event Date: 9 a.m. CDT Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry,
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO KEYNOTE COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF CHICAGO ANNUAL PARTNER RECOGNITION BREAKFAST

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will applaud the hard work of school principals, educators and community service partners at the Communities in Schools of Chicago annual partner recognition breakfast Tuesday, May 11, in Chicago.

A large number of Chicago public school students come from low-income homes, and many live in underserved communities. Communities in Schools of Chicago addresses the gap between students' needs and schools' ability to respond to these needs. The organization partners with a broad range of service providers to connect students with programs and services.

Who:
John Silvanus Wilson, Jr.
Executive Director, White House Initiative on Colleges and Universities

What:
Commencement Speaker
Harris-Stowe State University Class of 2010

Where:
Powell Symphony Hall
718 N. Grand
St. Louis, MO 63103

When:
7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Contacts: David Thomas,
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO PARTICAPTE IN A MEDIA AVAIL ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY TASK FORCE REPORT AND TOUR TYLER ELEMENTARY'S HEALTH AND FITNESS PROGRAM

The Secretary will join Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz for a media avail following the unveiling of the Childhood Obesity Task Force report. First Lady Michelle Obama and Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes will hold a press briefing on the report prior to the media avail. The report will reveal the findings of a 90-day review ordered by the President during the February launch of the Let's Move! initiative. The press briefing and media avail will take place at the White House on Monday morning.

Monday afternoon, Secretary Duncan will tour a new Outdoor Classroom and after-school program focusing on health and fitness at Tyler Elementary in southeast Washington, D.C. While at Tyler, the Secretary will visit a specialized after-care program for students with special needs and participate in healthy foods and yoga demonstrations.

Event 1

When:
10:30-11:15 a.m. EDT

What:
The Secretary will participate in a media avail following a briefing by First Lady Michelle Obama and Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes on the Childhood Obesity Task Force report. The report unveils the results of the 90-day review that the President ordered around the launch of the Let's Move! initiative. Let's Move! launched in February, when Mrs. Obama started a campaign to solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. More information about Let's Move! can be found at www.letsmove.gov.

Where:
White House, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Court Auditorium, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Press planning to attend must RSVP to media_affairs@who.eop.gov by noon, Monday, May 10.

Event 2

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
The Secretary tours an Outdoor Classroom at Tyler Elementary School, visits an after-care program for students with special needs and observes a yoga lesson and a healthy foods demonstration, as part of Tyler Elementary School's "Keep Moving" after-school initiative.

Where:
Tyler Elementary School
1001 G Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C.

When:
3:30-4:30 P.M. (Media avail from 4:20-4:30 p.m.)

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Contacts: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

SENIOR EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT HARRIS-STOWE UNIVERSITY

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will applaud the hard work of school principals, educators and community service partners at the Communities in Schools of Chicago annual partner recognition breakfast Tuesday, May 11, in Chicago.

A large number of Chicago public school students come from low-income homes, and many live in underserved communities. Communities in Schools of Chicago addresses the gap between students' needs and schools' ability to respond to these needs. The organization partners with a broad range of service providers to connect students with programs and services.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings

What:
Remarks at the Communities in Schools of Chicago annual partner recognition breakfast

Where:
U.S. Cellular Field
Stadium Club
333 W. 35th St.
Chicago, Ill.

When:
9 a.m. Tuesday, May 11

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Event Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Contacts: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT WILEY COLLEGE

John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., executive director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will address the 2010 graduates of Wiley College at commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the Marshall Convention Center. Founded in 1873, Wiley is a four-year, private, historically black liberal arts college.

Who:
John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., executive director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

What:
Wiley College Commencement Speaker for the class of 2010

Where:
Theatre Auditorium
Marshall Convention Center
2501 East End Blvd. S.
Marshall, TX 75672

When:
Saturday, May 8
9:30 a.m.

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Event Date: 10 a.m. to noon CDT Saturday, May 8, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb,
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR OFFICIAL TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Carl Harris will deliver the commencement address during ceremonies at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. The 2010 Commencement Ceremony will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8, at the Recreational Athletic Facility on campus.

Who:
Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U. S. Department of Education

What:
Commencement address

Where:
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN

When:
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8

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Event Date: 2 to 4 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 9, 2010
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Justin Hamilton,
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov
Onsite:Linda Evans, (804) 289-8056

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO DELIVER UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the commencement address for the University of Richmond during ceremonies from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at the University's Robins Center, Richmond, Va.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

What:
Commencement address for University of Richmond

Where:
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Va.

When:
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9

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Event Date: Friday, May 7, 2010
Contacts: David Thomas,
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY DR. ALEXA POSNY TO ADDRESS REACH CONVOCATION IN IOWA CITY

Dr. Posny to celebrate Realizing Educational and Career Hopes' inaugural graduating class

Dr. Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, will give the keynote remarks at the Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) Convocation on Friday, May 7 at the University of Iowa. In her remarks, Dr. Posny will offer encouragement and advice to students as they formally complete their transition from education to careers and community life.

REACH is a two-year, non-degree certificate program that provides students with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18 and 25, on-campus living, learning, community, and career development opportunities. The program combines an academic course of study with career focused education. Sixteen students will receive certificates in the University of Iowa's first REACH graduating class.

Who:
Dr. Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

What:
Remarks to Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) Convocation

Where:
The University of Iowa
10 East Jefferson Street
W10 Pappa John Business Building (Buchanan Hall)
Iowa City, Iowa

When:
Friday, May 7, 2010 – 4:30 p.m. CDT

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Event Date: Friday-Saturday, May 7-8, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Recognize Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

Secretary Also to Deliver Xavier Commencement Address

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit New Orleans where he will honor teachers as part of a roundtable discussion and deliver the Xavier University of Louisiana commencement address.

On Friday, as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, Secretary Duncan and the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) President Marian Wright Edelman will host a roundtable discussion honoring more than a dozen African-American men inspired to become teachers after working as Servant Leader Interns in the CDF Freedom Schools® program. In June, the program will train 1,200 college students to serve 9,695 children at 152 program sites in 84 cities and 30 states this summer. Currently, African-American men represent only 2 percent of K-12 teachers.

The 2:45-3:30 p.m. event will take place at Freedom School, 1452 N. Broad St., where several of the young teachers tutored students in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The roundtable will also include former volunteers who have gone on to work as principals and coaches in New Orleans schools.

On Saturday, Duncan will deliver the commencement address for Xavier University of Louisiana, during ceremonies from 10 a.m. to noon at Kiefer Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans.

Event 1

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Roundtable discussion, recognizing more than a dozen present and former college students who tutored New Orleans school children in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Where:
Freedom School, 1452 N. Broad St., New Orleans

When:
2:45-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010

Event 2

What:
Commencement address for Xavier University of Louisiana

Where:
Kiefer Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans

When:
10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 8, 2010

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Event Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 9 a.m. PT
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ASSISTANT SECRETARY THELMA MELENDEZ DE SANTA ANA TO SPEAK AT SYMPOSIUM FOCUSING ON HIGH PERFORMING URBAN SCHOOLS

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana will deliver keynote remarks at the National Center for Urban School Transformation 5th Annual High Performing Urban Schools Symposium, "Building Relationships for Change," on Thursday, May 6 at 9 a.m. at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, Ca.

Who:
Assistant Secretary Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, U. S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

What:
Deliver keynote remarks at the National Center for Urban School Transformation 5th Annual High Performing Urban Schools Symposium

Where:
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, Ca.

When:
Thursday, May 6, at 9 a.m. PT

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Event Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 8 a.m. ET
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO VISIT GEORGE MASON HIGH SCHOOL IN FALLS CHURCH TO HONOR TEACHERS DURING NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join parents, students, administrators and public officials across the country to honor and acknowledge the work of America's more than 5 million teachers on Thursday, May 6, during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Duncan will visit classrooms at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Va. at 8 a.m. ET.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Visit classrooms and thank teachers at George Mason High School
Press availability following classroom visit

Where:
George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Va.

When:
Thursday, May 6, 8-8:30 a.m. ET

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Event Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576
Julie Ewart (312) 282-4864

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR OFFICIAL TO MEET WITH STUDENTS, PARENTS, EDUCATORS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON TURNING AROUND WISCONSIN'S LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Wisconsin Eligible to Receive $50.7 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Director of Community Outreach Alberto Retana will travel to Milwaukee on Thursday, May 6, to meet with students, parents, educators and community members of the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) organization to discuss turning around Wisconsin's lowest-performing schools and federal funding available to do so. He also will discuss plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Over the last several months, Retana has visited more than a dozen states to discuss turnaround schools and the important role of the community, parents, students and education and political leaders in education reform.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. Some states have already received their grants. The funds are awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Wisconsin is eligible to receive $50.7 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

"Wisconsin is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that the state has received to turn around these schools," Retana said.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support

Event 1

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
School visit

Where:
Hamilton High School (ROTC Awards Ceremony)
6215 W. Warnimont Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisc.

When:
8:45 a.m. CDT Thursday, May 6

Event 2

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
School visit

Where:
Wedgewood Park International Middle School
6506 W. Warnimont Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisc.

When:
9:45 a.m. CDT Thursday, May 6

Event 3

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
School visit

Where:
Gwen T. Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School
2121 W. Hadley St.
Milwaukee, Wis.

When:
10:45 a.m. CDT Thursday, May 6

Event 4

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
School visit

Where:
Riverside University High School
1615 E. Locust St.
Milwaukee, Wis.

When:
1 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 6

Event 5

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
School visit

Where:
Mount Zion Baptist Church
2207 North 2nd St.
Milwaukee, Wis.

When:
4 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 6

Event 6

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
School visit

Where:
John Marshall High School
4141 N. 64th St.
Milwaukee, Wis.

When:
7 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 6

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO PARTICIPATE IN PREGAME CEREMONY AT WASHINGTON MYSTICS ANNUAL SCHOOL DAY GAME

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in a pregame ceremony at the Washington Mystics' annual School Day Game on Wednesday at the Verizon Center in Washington. More than 5,000 D.C.-area students and their teachers are expected for the exhibition game between the Mystics women's pro basketball team and the New York Liberty. Ali will present to captains of both teams basketballs autographed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who played professional basketball in Australia. For more on the Mystics' event, see http://www.wnba.com/mystics/media/School-Day-2010.pdf.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in pregame ceremony at the Washington Mystics annual School Day Game with more than 5,000 D.C.-area students expected

Where:
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

When:
11:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 5
Contacts: David Thomas
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO GIVE KEYNOTE REMARKS AT FLORIDA LITERACY COALITION'S ANNUAL CONFERNCE IN CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLORIDA

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier will give keynote remarks at the opening session of the Florida Literacy Coalition's (FLC) annual conference on Wednesday, May 5 in Captiva Island, Florida.

Dann-Messier will talk about the Administration's adult basic education and literacy efforts, as well as the Department's efforts related to the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, ESEA reauthorization and Promise Neighborhoods.

As a statewide non-profit literacy organization and host of Florida's Adult and Family Literacy Resource Center, the FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers throughout Florida. The conference is expected to attract more than 350 teachers, tutors, students and administrators.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote remarks at the annual conference of the Florida Literacy Coalition

When:
Wednesday, May 5 – 9:30 a.m

Where:
South Sea Island Resort
5400 Plantation Road
Captiva Island, Florida

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 9:15 a.m. ET
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Visit Charles H. Houston Elementary School in D.C. to Honor Teachers on National Teacher Day

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join parents, students, administrators and public officials across the country to honor and acknowledge the work of America's more than 5 million teachers on Tuesday, May 4, National Teacher Day. Duncan will visit classrooms at Charles H. Houston Elementary School in D.C. at 9:15 a.m. ET, following his visit to Friendship Chamberlain Elementary and Junior Academy earlier that morning.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Visit Charles H. Houston Elementary School
Press availability following classroom visit

When:
Tuesday, May 4, 9:15-9:45 a.m. ET

Where:
Charles H. Houston Elementary School
1100 50th Place, NE
Washington, DC 20019

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. ET
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO VISIT FRIENDSHIP CHAMBERLAIN ELEMENTARY AND JUNIOR ACADEMY TO HONOR D.C. TEACHER OF THE YEAR

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join parents, students, administrators and public officials across the country to honor and acknowledge the work of America's more than 5 million teachers on Tuesday, May 4, National Teacher Day. Duncan will visit Friendship Chamberlain Elementary and Junior Academy in Washington, D.C. at 8:30 a.m. to recognize lead special education resource teacher Stephanie Day as the D.C. Teacher of the Year. Day was chosen in January by a panel of D.C. education leaders, from charter and traditional public schools, for her dedication to her students, commitment to the profession of teaching, and her capacity to serve as an ambassador and model for the teachers of D.C.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Visit Friendship Chamberlain Elementary and Junior Academy to recognize Stephanie Day as the D.C. Teacher of the Year; visit to Day's classroom Press availability following classroom visit

Where:
Friendship Chamberlain Elementary and Junior Academy
1345 Potomac Ave., SE
Washington, DC

When:
Tuesday, May 4, 8:30-8:55 a.m. ET

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-3210 or press@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO PARTICIPATE IN URBAN INSTITUTE PANEL TUESDAY IN WASHINGTON

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in an Urban Institute panel discussion which will examine, "The Big Disconnect: Spending Priorities, School Priorities, and Student Achievement," on Tuesday in Washington. Reporters wishing to cover should contact the Urban Institute's Public Affairs office at publicaffairs@urban.org or 202-261-5709.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in a panel discussion sponsored by the Urban Institute entitled, "The Big Disconnect: Spending Priorities, School Priorities, and Student Achievement"

Where:
Urban Institute, 2100 M St. N.W., fifth floor, Washington, D.C.

When:
Noon Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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Event Date: 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb,
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE SCHOOLS, HEALTHY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AT OHIO COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the need for safe schools during his keynote address at the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management on Tuesday, May 4, in Columbus. He will deliver remarks to more than 200 school administrators, teachers and counselors. Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland will join him.

The Commission provides dispute resolution and conflict management resources, training, and direct services to Ohio schools, communities, courts, and state and local government. Its overall goal is to assist in resolving disputes in the most efficient way possible while reducing the chance of violence and building positive relationships.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jenning
Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland
Mary Lou Rush, executive director of the Center for Reform and Strategic Initiatives, Ohio Department of Education

What:
Remarks at Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

Where:
Riffe Building, Studio One
77 South High St.
Columbus, Ohio

When:
10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4

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Event Date: 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb,
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR OFFICIAL TO DISCUSS ESEA REAUTHORIZATION AT PRINCIPALS' PARTNERSHIP MEETING IN TEXAS

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Carl Harris will discuss President Obama's blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the role of leadership in education reform during a question and answer session with high school principals and district personnel from Houston. He will speak at the Principals' Partnership meeting on Tuesday, May 4, in Pearland, Texas.

Who:
Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U. S. Department of Education

What:
Discussion of President Obama's Blueprint for revising ESEA

Where:
SpringHill Suites Houston Pearland
1820 Country Place Pkwy.
Pearland, Texas

When:
4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 4 at 10:15 a.m.
Contacts: David Thomas
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO GIVE KEYNOTE REMARKS AT NEW YORK ASSOCIATION FOR CONTINUING-COMMUNITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ALBANY

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier will give keynote remarks at the New York Association for Continuing-Community Education's (NYACCE) annual conference on Tuesday, May 4 in Albany, N.Y.

Dann-Messier will talk about the Administration's adult basic education and literacy efforts, as well as the Department's efforts related to the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, ESEA reauthorization and Promise Neighborhoods.

NYACCE is a statewide association providing information, services and support to professionals serving the needs of adult learners. Members include educational institutions that provide community education, basic skills, GED preparation, workplace literacy, migrant education, welfare to work, corrections education, workplace readiness and more.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote remarks at the annual conference of the New York Association of Continuing- Community Education – Raising the Bar … Performance Counts

Where:
The Albany Marriott (Grand Ballroom)
189 Wolf Road
Albany, N.Y.

When:
Tuesday, May 4 – 10:15 a.m.

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Contacts: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

EDUCATION UNDER SECRETARY MARTHA KANTER TO ADDRESS INAUGURAL MICHAEL EISNER EDUCATION LECTURE AT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will address the inaugural Michael Eisner Education Lecture at California State University (Cal State) at Northridge at 5 p.m. PT, Tuesday, May 4. The speech will be held at the Campus Theater, Nordhoff Hall, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, Calif.

Through the Michael Eisner Education Lecture and Education Colloquium, the Cal State Michael D. Eisner College of Education will bring together some 350 education leaders in elementary, secondary and higher education to discuss education reform and best practices. Under Secretary Kanter will discuss President Obama's goal to have the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020. The lecture and colloquium are funded through a grant from The Eisner foundation.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Martha Kanter

What:
Keynote address to Inaugural Michael Eisner Education Lecture and Education Colloquium

Where:
California State University at Northridge
Campus Theater
Nordhoff Hall
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, Calif.

When:
5 p.m. PT, Tuesday, May 4

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Event Date: Monday, May 3, 2010
Contacts: David Thomas,
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY DR. ALEXA POSNY TO ADDRESS NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON LEGAL ISSUES OF EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES CONFERENCE IN LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA

Dr. Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will give remarks at the general session of the National Institute on Legal issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities conference on Monday, May 3 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The session is titled On the Brink of Change: The View from OSERS.

Dr. Posny will deliver discuss the key issues facing the field of special education, as well as how the impending ESEA reauthorization will serve as the roadmap for IDEA reauthorization, and how we can better align our priorities with those outlined in the Administration's Blueprint.

Who:
Dr. Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

What:
Remarks to LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities conference

Where:
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

When:
Monday, May 3, 2010 – 8:00 a.m.

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Event Date: Sunday & Monday, May 2 & 3, 2010
Contacts: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak,
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO PARTICIPATE AT AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (AERA) MEETING IN DENVER

Under Secretary Martha Kanter and Juan Sepulveda, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will address meetings at the 2010 annual meeting of the AERA in Denver Sunday-Monday, May 2-3

Event One

Who:
Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education

What:
Remarks to AERA on Research in Reading and Literacy

Where:
Denver Sheraton
Governor's Square 11
1550 Court Pl.
Denver, Colo. 80202

When:
Sunday, May 2 at 6:15 p.m. CDT

Event Two

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, executive director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Participation on panel, "Contemplating the Future of Minority-Serving Institutions: A Policy and Practice-Oriented Discussion"

Where:
Colorado Convention Center
Room 603
700 14th St.
Denver, Colo. 80202

When:
Monday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. CDT

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Event Date: Monday, May 3, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO ADDRESS 28TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA IN TAMPA

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver the keynote address to the 28th annual national conference of the Magnet Schools of America Monday in Tampa. Ali will highlight the role that magnet schools play in promoting diversity and increasing student achievement. More than 1,200 are expected for the conference, including teachers, principals, superintendents and school board members.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote address to the 28th annual national conference of the Magnet Schools of America regarding the role that magnet schools play in promoting diversity and increasing student achievement

Where:
Grand Ballroom, second floor
Marriott Waterside Hotel
700 S. Florida Ave.
Tampa, Fla.

When:
8:30 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010

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Event Date: Monday, May 3, 2010
Contacts: David Thomas
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIALS TO HOLD TRIBAL CONSULTATION IN ESPANOLA, N.M. WILL GATHER FEEDBACK ON EDUCATION MATTERS AFFECTING AMERICAN INDIANS

Martha Kanter, under secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, will lead a delegation of Education Department officials in a consultation with tribal officials on Monday to gather feedback on education matters affecting American Indians.

The consultation, to be held at Santa Clara Day School in Espanola, is an outgrowth of President Obama's Nov. 5, 2009, Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order 13175, which directs agencies to develop a plan of actions for providing regular and meaningful consultation and strengthening of government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes. Besides listening to education issues of concern, Rose will provide an update on efforts in Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Who:
Martha Kanter, under secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Ricardo Soto, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Civil Rights
Nia Phillips, deputy general counsel, Office of the General Counsel

What:
Day-long meeting with tribal officials to gather feedback on education matters affecting American Indians

Where:
Santa Clara Day School
2 Kee Street
Espanola, N.M.

When:
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010

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Event Date: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE SCHOOLS AT ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE'S ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss bullying, the impact of violence on learning and the need for safe schools at the Anti-Defamation League's 32nd annual National Leadership Conference Monday, May 3, in Washington, D.C. He also will discuss the role of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in ensuring that schools remain safe places of learning.

The three-day National Leadership Conference, which will take place May 2-4, will bring together more than 400 Anti-Defamation League leaders from across the country for a series of briefings from legislators, civil rights leaders, ambassadors and foreign policy experts. The League, founded in 1913, fights all forms of bigotry in the United States and abroad through information, education, legislation and advocacy.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings

What:
Remarks at Anti-Defamation League's National Leadership Conference

Where:
Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
10:30 a.m. Monday, May 3

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Event Date: 2:45 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 1, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO DISCUSS TURNING AROUND MICHIGAN'S LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS AT NATIONAL CONGRESS OF BLACK WOMEN'S EDUCATION SUMMIT

Michigan Eligible to Receive Almost $136 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Director of Community Outreach Alberto Retana will discuss turning around Michigan's lowest performing schools at the Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women's education summit in Detroit Saturday, May 1. The goal of the summit, "The Urgency of Now!" is to bring the community together to hear of ways to explore 21st century tools and resources to transform the educational system into one that works.

Over the last several months, Retana has visited more than a dozen states to discuss turnaround schools and the important role of the community, parents, students and education and political leaders in education reform.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. Some states have already received their grants. The funds are awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Michigan is eligible to receive almost $136 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

"Michigan is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that the state has received to turn around these schools," Retana said.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Congressman John Conyers Jr
Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman
Teresa Gueyser, superintendent, Detroit Public Schools
Anthony Adams, vice president, Detroit School Board
Otis Mathis, president, Detroit School Board
JoAnn Watson, Detroit City councilmember
Keith Johnson, president, Detroit Federation of Teachers

What:
Town Hall discussion on turnaround schools

Where:
Cobo Hall Conference Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, Mich.

When:
2:45 p.m. Saturday, May 1

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Event Date: April 30, 2010
Contacts: Justin Hamilton or Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN TO VISIT HOUSTON & TEXAS A&M

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to Texas on Friday where he will visit Houston and Texas A&M, discussing the Obama administration's efforts to promote excellence in American education. He will appear at more than a half-dozen events attended at various points by students, parents, superintendents, members of Congress and community leaders. Following are the highlights of his public schedule.

AT TEXAS A&M, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

Event One

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards

What:
Community college roundtable discussion with representatives from nearby Blinn Community College on the needs and potential of community colleges.

Where:
Koldus Hall, Room 110

When:
8-8:25 a.m. April 30, 2010

Event Two

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards

What:
STEM Teacher Preparation Program discussion with Texas A&M leaders on building effective programs to train teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Where:
Koldus Hall, Room 144

When:
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Event Three

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards

What:
Press availability

Where:
Koldus Hall

When:
9:30 a.m.

IN HOUSTON

Event One

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Harris County School Superintendent John E. Sawyer, North Forest ISD Superintendent Adrain Johnson, Aldine ISD Assistant Superintendent Priscilla Ridgway

What:
Community Education Forum, featuring congressional members and superintendents expressing their thoughts on what's working in education and what needs to be fixed.

Where:
Harris County Department of Education, Auditorium, Ronald Reagan Building, 6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston

When:
12:30-1:30 p.m. April 30, 2010

Event Two

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Press availability

Where:
Rice University, Tudor Fieldhouse Arena, 6100 S. Main St., Houston

When:
2-2:15 p.m. April 30, 2010

Event Three

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
YES College Prep event where more than 100 high school students will announce the college they plan to attend.

Where:
Rice University, Tudor Fieldhouse Arena, 6100 S. Main St., Houston

When:
2:30-3:45 p.m. April 30, 2010

Event Four

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Houston ISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier

What:
Turnaround event featuring a discussion with Secretary Duncan, Superintendent Grier and business leaders on how best to turn around low-performing schools.

Where:
Sam Houston High School, 9400 Irvington Blvd., Houston

When:
4:30-5:30 p.m. April 30, 2010

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Event Date: 4 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 29, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR OFFICIAL TO DISCUSS ESEA REAUTHORIZATION AT PRINCIPALS' PARTNERSHIP MEETING IN CALIFORNIA

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Carl Harris will discuss President Obama's blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the role of leadership in education reform during a question and answer session with high school principals and district personnel from Elk Grove, Sacramento and the Central Valley. He will speak at the Principals' Partnership meeting on Thursday, April 29, in Elk Grove, California.

Who:
Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U. S. Department of Education

What:
A discussion of President Obama's Blueprint for revising ESEA

When:
4 p.m. Thursday, April 29

Where:
Laguna Creek High School
9050 Vincino Dr.
Elk Grove, Calif.

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Event Date: 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION AT NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the importance of civic education and policies needed to enhance civic skills among young students at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the National Press Club. He is participating in a conference hosted by Tufts University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

Since 2001, CIRCLE has conducted, collected and funded research on the civic and political participation of young Americans between the ages of 15 and 25.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings

What:
Remarks on civic education

Where:
National Press Club
529 14th St., N.W., 13th Floor
Washington, D.C.

When:
11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 29

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Officials to Hold Tribal Consultation in Pine Ridge, S.D.; Gather Feedback on Education Matters Affecting American Indians

Charles P. Rose, general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, will lead a delegation of Education Department officials in a consultation with tribal officials on Wednesday to gather feedback on education matters affecting American Indians.

The consultation, to be held at Pine Ridge High School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is an outgrowth of President Obama's Nov. 5, 2009, Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order 13175, which directs agencies to develop a plan of actions for providing regular and meaningful consultation and strengthening of government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes. Besides listening to education issues of concern, Rose will provide an update on efforts in Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Who:
Charles P. Rose, general counsel, U.S. Department of Education
Frank Chong, deputy assistant secretary for community colleges
Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education

What:
Day-long meeting with tribal officials to gather feedback on education matters affecting American Indians

Where:
Pine Ridge High School Gym
101 Thorpe Circle
Pine Ridge, S.D.

When:
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Contacts: Jane Glickman, Stephanie Babyak: (202) 401-1576

Education Secretary Duncan and Treasury Secretary Geithner to Recognize Top-Scoring Students in National Financial Capability Challenge

On Wednesday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner will recognize top-scoring students in the National Financial Capability Challenge. The two secretaries unveiled the challenge in December of 2009 to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the country. Tomorrow's event will honor the outstanding achievements of many of the participating students.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner

What:
Event recognizing top-scoring students in the National Financial Capability Challenge

Where:
Bell Entrance of the U.S. Treasury Department
1500 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20220

When:
2:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Press with camera equipment should arrive by 1:00 p.m. EDT

Media Notes:
Media without Treasury press credentials planning to attend must contact Frances Anderson in Treasury's Office of Public Affairs at frances.anderson@do.treas.gov with the following information: name, media outlet, date of birth, Social Security number and country of citizenship. Congressional and White House press passes will not grant you access to Treasury. Please note: If you have camera equipment, the deadline to RSVP is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, at 10:00 A.M.

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Event Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Contacts: Michael Robbins (202) 341-7678 or edpartners@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIALS AND WHITE HOUSE STAFF ADVANCE PRESIDENT'S FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE AT UPCOMING FORUM IN LITTLE ROCK

U.S. Department of Education officials Peter Groff, director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and John Wilson, Jr., Executive director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities will join with White House staff next week in Little Rock, Ark. to advance President Barack Obama's fatherhood initiative. The White House Forum on Responsible Fatherhood will bring together experts, practitioners, and fathers from Arkansas and across the country.

The forum will be held at Arkansas Baptist College in conjunction with the college's 125th anniversary. The presentations and discussions will have a particular focus on issues relevant to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The forum is being held under the auspices of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which is coordinating the President's fatherhood initiative. The forum will gain valuable feedback on fatherhood initiatives and discuss ways fathers help with positive education and social outcomes for children.

Who:
Peter C. Groff, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education
John S. Wilson, Jr., executive director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, U.S. Department of Education
William O. Jawando, associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement

What:
White House Forum on Responsible Fatherhood

When:
Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00-9:00 p.m. CDT

Where:
Arkansas Baptist College, 1621 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Little Rock, Ark.

Background:

“This isn't an obligation. It is a privilege to be a father,” President Obama said during a town hall meeting on June 22, 2009 in the East Room of the White House. The event kicked off the President's national fatherhood initiative to highlight and advocate for responsible fatherhood. Topics to be discussed at the forum in Little Rock include: engaging fathers in higher education, community and the role of fathering, fatherhood and economic stability, hip hop culture and fatherhood, and promising practices in increasing father involvement.

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY THELMA MELENDEZ TO VISIT SCHOOLS, HOLD ROUNDTABLE WITH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS FROM LOWER DELTA REGION

Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, will travel to the lower Delta Region to visit an elementary school in Arkansas, a high school in Mississippi and to meet with superintendents representing rural school districts in the Lower Delta Region of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. During the roundtable, 16 superintendents will share with Assistant Secretary Melendez some of their challenges such as low graduation rates, poor student achievement and difficulty recruiting and retaining quality teachers.

Last year, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his senior staff visited all 50 states to hear from parents, teachers, students, and citizens about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and education reform. Based on those meetings, Department officials are now holding a series of "We Heard You" visits with stakeholders to share with them what the Department did with their feedback and to provide an opportunity to respond, react and provide additional input that will be helpful in moving forward to reauthorize ESEA.

Event One

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Beech Crest Principal Joyce Stevenson

What:
School visit to Beech Crest Elementary School

Where:
1020 Plaza St.
West Helena, AR

When:
9 a.m. CDT Wednesday, April 28

Event Two

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Deputy State Superintendent Lynn House
Clarksdale School Superintendent Dennis Dupree Sr.
Clarksdale High Principal Rosie McGee-Brown

What:
School visit to Clarksdale High School

Where:
1101 Wildcat Dr.
Clarksdale, MS

When:
11 a.m. CDT Wednesday, April 28

Event Three

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Arkansas Cross County School District Superintendent Matt McClure
Arkansas England School District Superintendent Paula Henderson
Arkansas Monticello School District Superintendent Bob Harper
Arkansas Warren School District Superintendent Andrew Tolbert
Louisiana Concordia Parish Superintendent Loretta Blankenstein
Louisiana Franklin Parish Superintendent Lanny Johnson
Louisiana Madison Parish Superintendent Samuel Dixon
Louisiana Ouachita Parish Superintendent Robert Webber
Louisiana Richland Parish Superintendent Cathy Stockton
Mississippi Warren School District Superintendent James Price
Mississippi Yazoo County School District Superintendent Jack Nicholson
Mississippi South Delta School District Superintendent Katherine Tankson
Mississippi Western Line School District Superintendent Larry Green
Mississippi Clarksdale School District Superintendent Dennis Dupree Sr.
Tennessee Tipton County Superintendent Tim Fite
Tennessee Hardin County Superintendent John Thomas

What:
Roundtable with school superintendents from Lower Delta Region

Where:
Clarksdale High School
1101 Wildcat Dr.
Clarksdale, MS

When:
1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 28

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Event Date: 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE SCHOOL CLIMATES AT FORUM ON IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR LATINO CHILDREN

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the importance of creating safe learning environments at the National Latino Children's Institute forum in Washington, D.C. The all-day forum, "Building a Nation of Hope for Latino Children, will take place on Wednesday, April 28, at the Marriott Courtyard, 1325 2nd St., N.W. Jennings will participate in the forum's panel discussion titled "Leveraging Community Assets to Improve Educational Opportunities for Young Latinos" from 10 a.m. to noon. He will be joined by Jose Rico, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

The National Latino Children's Institute was founded in 1997. The organization's mission is to focus the nation's attention on issues and challenges facing young Latinos and to assist communities in finding solutions.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings
Jose Rico, deputy director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Panel discussion on leveraging community assets to improve educational opportunities for young Latinos

Where:
Marriott Courtyard
1325 2nd St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 28

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETING IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY ON TURNING AROUND MARYLAND'S LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Alberto Retana, director of community outreach for the U.S. Department of Education, will meet with community members, educators, parents and students Tuesday in Lanham, Md., to discuss funding available to Maryland to turn around its lowest-performing schools. He also will review plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and discuss the role of parents and the community in promoting educational excellence.

During the past several months, Retana has visited 13 states to discuss turnaround schools and the important role of the community, parents, students and education and political leaders in education reform.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will provide states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds are awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies. Maryland is eligible to receive more than $47 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

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Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Community meeting on turning around Maryland's lowest performing schools

Where:
Duval High School
9880 Good Luck Road
Lanham, Md.

When:
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. PT
Contacts: Liz Utrup (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO SPEAK ON PANEL DISCUSSING K-12 EDUCATION REFORM AT THE MILKEN INSTITUTE GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN LOS ANGELES

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will participate in a panel discussion entitled "Leadership and Innovation in K-12 Education System Reform," at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Tuesday, April 27 in Los Angeles.

Other participants in the panel discussion include Eli Broad, founder, The Broad Foundations; Kevin Guitterrez, deputy superintendent, Louisiana Recovery School District; Kevin Johnson, mayor, city of Sacramento; and Margaret Spellings, president and CEO, Margaret Spellings and Company and former U.S. Secretary of Education. The panel will be moderated by Lowell Milken, co-founder, Knowledge Universe Education and Founder, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.

Who:
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller

What:
Miller will participate in a panel discussion on K-12 education reform at the Milken Institute Global Conference

Where:
The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, Calif.

When:
Tuesday, April 27 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. PT

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Contacts: Liz Utrup (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO HOST TEN9EIGHT DOCUMENTARY VIEWING

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will host a special screening of TEN9EIGHT, an inspirational documentary by Mary Mazzio about students who have overcome challenging circumstances to compete in an annual business plan competition in New York City. Following the screening, Assistant Deputy Secretary Shelton will moderate a discussion with Mary Mazzio, producer and director of TEN9EIGHT, Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Network and the SciFI Channel, Tom Scott, co-founder of Nantucket Nectars and Rodney Walker, co-founder of Forever Life Music & Video Productions and student narrator of TEN9EIGHT.

The TEN9EIGHT Screening is an independent event scheduled in relationship to A New Beginning: Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, April 26-27. TEN9EIGHT is an opportunity for summit delegates to further explore the topic of entrepreneurship education.

To watch the TEN9EIGHT trailer, please visit http://ten9eight.com/.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

What:
TEN9EIGHT Screening and discussion

Where:
The Mary Pickford Theater
Library of Congress
James Madison Memorial Building
101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C.

When:
7:00-10:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Space is limited. Press must RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 26 to dana.chong@ed.gov.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Contacts: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN JOINS HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND LEADERS TO ANNOUNCE PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join Hispanic Scholarship Fund's (HSF's) Chairman Raul R. Romero, and President and CEO Frank Alvarez to announce HSF's new national campaign to help Latino families plan for and succeed in college at 10:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 27, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The bilingual campaign, "Tus Palabras de Hoy/Your Words Today," will provide Latino parents with the encouragement, tools, and resources to help their children plan and attend college. The campaign is created in collaboration with The Advertising Council (The Ad Council).

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Chairman Raul R. Romero
Hispanic Scholarship Fund President and CEO Frank Alvarez
Ad Council President and CEO Peggy Conlon

What:
Announcement of HSF's national media campaign to help Latino families plan for and attend college

Where:
The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

When:
10:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 27

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Event Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 at 11a.m. ET
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO SPEAK AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA AND VISIT WILLIAM W. BODINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will visit Philadelphia on Monday, April 26, to discuss education reform priorities for our nation's K-12 and higher education systems, and the agency's legislative agenda, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The event will be held at the Community College of Philadelphia. After the speech, he will visit William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs to meet with students and discuss the importance of preparing for success in a global economy.

Bodine High School is co-founded by the World Affairs Council, in cooperation with the School District of Philadelphia. Students at Bodine High School focus on a curriculum of global issues and foreign language studies.

Event One

Who:
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller

What:
Keynote address at the Community College of Philadelphia

Where:
Community College of Philadelphia
Bonnell Auditorium BG-10
17th Street, by Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets
Philadelphia, Pa.

When:
Monday, April 26 at 11 a.m. ET

Event Two

What:
Visit to William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs for assembly and Q and A session with students.

Where:
William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs
1101 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, Pa.

When:
Monday, April 26 at 1 p.m. ET

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Event Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Contacts: Liz Utrup, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY WILL PARTICIPATE IN A YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PANEL AT PRESIDENTIAL SUMMIT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in the Catalyzing Youth Entrepreneurship panel at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship hosted by the White House, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce. Secretary Duncan will join Soraya Salti, senior vice president-MENA of Junior Achievement, Goris Mustaqim, founder of PT Resultan Nusantara, Tarik Yousef of the Dubai School of Government and Shahid Ansari, provost and dean of faculty at Babson College in discussing the role of education, training, mentorship, culture and other factors in encouraging young people to be innovative and entrepreneurial.

The president first made note of the summit in his June 4, 2009 speech in Cairo, where he announced the U.S. government would host a summit on entrepreneurship to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Catalyzing Youth Entrepreneurship Panel

Where:
Ronald Reagan Building
Atrium Ballroom
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
3:30-4:45 p.m., Monday, April 26, 2010

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Event Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE HISPANIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION, HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT

Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will address the University of Michigan's Immigration and Higher Education Summit Monday in Washington, D.C. Sepulveda will discuss the status of the Obama administration's work on immigration reform, the DREAM Act and findings from the initiative's 2009 community conversations held around the country.

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Address to the University of Michigan – Immigration and Higher Education Summit

Where:
Doubletree Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

When:
7 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010

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Event Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Contacts: Jane Glickman, Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

UNDER SECRETARY MARTHA KANTER TO ADDRESS 2010 CONVENTION OF VIRGINIA'S AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will be the keynote dinner speaker at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Virginia's 2010 convention at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. She will discuss gender equity in higher education and the importance of increasing women's enrollment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter

What:
Address to AAUW of Virginia's 2010 Convention

Where:
Hyatt Hotel Fair Lakes
12777 Fair Lakes Circle
Fairfax, Va.

When:
Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m.

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Event Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO ADDRESS NCAA TITLE IX, GENDER EQUITY AND ISSUES FORUM

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver the keynote address to the 20th NCAA Title IX/Gender Equity and Issues Forum Monday in suburban Chicago. Ali will discuss her office's reinvigorated policy and enforcement initiatives related to intercollegiate athletics, including the Obama administration's recent announcement about its plans to strengthen Title IX.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Address to the 20th NCAA Title IX/Gender Equity and Issues Forum, discussing her office's reinvigorated policy and enforcement initiatives related to intercollegiate athletics, including the Obama administration's recent announcement about its plans to strengthen Title IX

Where:
Marriott Oak Brook Hills Resort
3500 Midwest Road
Oak Brook, Ill.

When:
1:45 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010

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Event Date: Friday, April 23, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO DISCUSS CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP AT SEATTLE EVENT

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss connections between civil rights and the achievement gap at a briefing for education stakeholders, community-based organizations, and regional foundations hosted by the Washington state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Friday in Seattle.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks on closing the achievement gap at a briefing for education stakeholders hosted by the Washington state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Where:
Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
Columbia Center
701 Fifth Ave., Suite 6100
Seattle, Wash

When:
12:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2010

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Event Date: Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10 a.m. ET
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO HOLD A SERIES OF "LISTENING AND LEARNING ABOUT EARLY LEARNING" MEETINGS

First meeting to be held in D.C. on Friday to Focus on Understanding Pre-School

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be holding a series of "Listening and Learning about Early Learning" meetings in the coming weeks. The meetings will focus on the following topics related to early learning (birth through 3rd Grade): Understanding Preschool – Grade 3 Structures, Workforce and Professional Development, Family Engagement, and Standards and Assessments.

The meetings will be led by Secretary Duncan's Senior Advisor for Early Learning, Jacqueline Jones, and HHS's Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development at the Administration for Children and Families Joan Lombardi. The meetings will help inform the work of ED and HHS around early learning.

Who:
Dr. Jacqueline Jones, U. S. Department of Education senior advisor for Early Learning
Dr. Joan Lombardi, deputy assistant secretary and inter-departmental liaison for Early Childhood Development at the Administration for Children and Families, HHS

What:
"Listening and Learning about Early Learning" meetings and Webinar on Friday, April 23, 2010 Details on panel speakers, registration and participation available at http://www.ed.gov/blog/2010/04/expert-panels-announced-for-listening-and-learning-about-early-learning/

Where and When:
The meetings will occur from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on the dates and at the locations that follow:

  • Understanding Preschool – Grade 3 Structures: Friday, April 23, 2010, at the LBJ Auditorium at the Department's headquarter building in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.
  • Workforce and Professional Development: Monday, April 26, 2010, in the auditorium at the Center for Early Education, 3245 E. Exposition Avenue, Denver, CO
  • Family Engagement: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at the Orange County Public Schools Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, FL
  • Standards and Assessments: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the Polk Bros. Lecture Hall at the Erikson Institute, 451 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL

Webinar Attendance for April 23, 2010 – The first meeting on April 23 will be offered also as a webinar. Anyone may listen to the meeting and watch the slide presentations live by going to http://www.fsaregistration.ed.gov/profile/web/index.cfm?PKWebId=0×91942aeb2&varPage=agenda and registering as a webinar attendee. Webinar attendees will be in "listen" mode only.

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Event Date: Friday, April 23, 2010
Contacts: Julie Ewart, U.S. Department of Education
(312) 730-1703, Cell: (312) 282-4864,
julie.ewart@ed.gov
Heather Hyvare, Minneapolis Public Schools
(612) 668-0233;
heather.hyvare@mpls.k12.mn.us

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO DISCUSS ESEA REAUTHORIZATION WITH MINNESOTA EDUCATORS, PARENTS, STATE AND COMMUNITY LEADERS

Joanne Weiss, director of the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program, will visit classrooms and discuss President Obama's blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with Minneapolis Public Schools administrators, teachers and parents, and local community leaders in a small group discussion at Windom Spanish Dual Immersion Open School, 5821 Wentworth Ave. South in Minneapolis.

Who:
Joanne Weiss, director, Race to the Top, U.S. Department of Education
Ann Whalen, special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Education
Bernadeia Johnson, deputy superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools

What:
Classroom visits and a small group discussion with Minneapolis Public Schools educators and parents about President Obama's blueprint for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

When:
Friday, April 23
9 a.m. classroom visits
10 a.m. roundtable discussion

Where:
Windom Spanish Dual Immersion Open School
5821 Wentworth Avenue South
Minneapolis
(612) 668-3370

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Event Date: Friday, April 23, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY ALEXA POSNY TO ADDRESS RENAISSANCE GROUP SPRING CONFERENCE AT EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, will address The Renaissance Group Spring Conference Friday at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. Posny, a former Kansas commissioner of education, will discuss funding opportunities for university teacher preparation programs.

The Renaissance Group is a national consortium of colleges and universities with a major commitment to the preparation of educational professionals, and to the promotion of exemplary practices, partnerships and leadership that ensure high levels of teaching and learning in America's schools.

Who:
Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

What:
Remarks to The Renaissance Group Spring Conference

Where:
Memorial Union Ballroom
Emporia State University
Emporia, Kan.

When:
1:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2010

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Event Date: Friday, April 23, 2010
Contacts: Jane Glickman, Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN TO ADDRESS 2010 STATE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give remarks at the National Assistant Principal of the Year Program's awards gala at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, April 23, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. The program, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Virco Inc., will recognize the 51 assistant secondary school principals selected for the honor, one from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and Nathan McCann of Tucson, Arizona, who was selected as the 2010 National Assistant Principal of the Year.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks at the National Assistant Principals of the Year Program

Where:
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

When:
8:15 p.m., Friday, April 23

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Event Date: 10 a.m. EDT Friday, April 23, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY THELMA MELENDEZ TO KEYNOTE NEW JERSEY PRINCIPALS AND SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION'S 2010 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association's 2010 Legislative Conference and Annual Membership Meeting. The keynote address will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, April 23, at the Foundation for Education Administration Conference Center in Monroe Township, N.J.

The New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association is a professional association dedicated to the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning in New Jersey. Its membership includes principals, vice principals, supervisors, directors, assistant superintendents, superintendents and chief school administrators.

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote address at the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association's 2010 Legislative Conference and Annual Membership Meeting

Where:
Foundation for Education Administration Conference Center
12 Centre Dr.
Monroe Township, NJ

When:
10 a.m. Friday, April 23

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Event Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE PANEL ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will participate in an education panel examining economic recovery issues sponsored by The Bertelsmann Foundation Thursday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Shelton's panel is entitled, "Growth Through Education: Investing in the Human Potential."

Who:
Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement,
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in an education panel at The Bertelsmann Foundation conference on economic recovery

Where:
The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C

When:
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Event Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO ADDRESS 40TH ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF EARTH DAY THURSDAY ON MALL

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day Thursday at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Secretary Duncan will discuss how education can play a role in developing a green economy.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks at the 40th Annual Observance of Earth Day

Where:
National Mall at 12th Street
Washington, D.C.

When:
5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Event Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO ADDRESS CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in a congressional briefing on the value of computer science education Thursday at the U.S. Capitol.

Ali will discuss the need to focus on computer science as a foundation for advancing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially for underrepresented groups. She will appear as part of a congressional briefing entitled, "Computer Science Education: Bringing IT Jobs to Your District." The event is hosted by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, in conjunction with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and the House Diversity and Innovation Caucus.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Presentation on the value of computer science education at a congressional briefing sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, in conjunction with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and the House Diversity and Innovation Caucus

Where:
B-339 Rayburn House Office Building
U.S. Capitol

When:
Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Contacts: Jane Glickman, Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Deliver Opening Remarks at Education Symposium at Peoria Civic Center

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver opening remarks and participate in a panel discussion at the national public policy symposium, "Transforming Public Education," at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 21, at the Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria, Ill.

The symposium is endowed by The Dirksen Congressional Center, the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University, the City of Peoria, the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Bradley University College of Education and Health Sciences.

Secretary Duncan's speech, "Education: America's Most Pressing Issue," will be followed by a panel discussion with the Secretary, Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek, and new Peoria Public School District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan. An audience question and answer session will follow.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks and panel discussion at the Bradley University public policy symposium, "Transforming Public Education"

Where:
Peoria Civic Center Grand Ballroom
201 SW Jefferson Ave.
Peoria, Ill.

When:
9 a.m., Wednesday, April 21

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Contact: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Education Department Official to Deliver Keynote Address to Western Association of Schools and Colleges 2010 Conference in Long Beach, California

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will deliver the keynote address to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges 2010 Academic Resource Conference at 5:30 p.m. PT, Wednesday, April 21. The Conference is being held at the Westin Long Beach, 333 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, Calif.

Kanter will discuss the administration's higher education agenda as well as sustainability, accountability, and transparency in higher education.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter

What:
Deliver keynote address to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges 2010 Academic Resource Conference

When:
5:30 p.m. PT, Wednesday, April 21

Where:
The Westin Long Beach
Centennial Ballroom
333 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, Calif.

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Event Date: 9:15 a.m. MDT Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Assistant Secretary Thelma Melendez to Keynote 2010 Language, Culture and Equity Academy in Denver

Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Department's commitment to improving educational opportunities and resources for English learners when she delivers the keynote address at the Colorado Department of Education's 2010 Language, Culture and Equity Academy in Denver. The event will take place at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote address at the 2010 Language, Culture and Equity Academy

Where:
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S. Syracuse St.
Denver, CO

When:
9:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 21

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Keynote Council for Exceptional Children's National Convention in Nashville

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the keynote address to the Council for Exceptional Children's 2010 Convention and Expo Wednesday at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. Secretary Duncan will discuss the progress made and challenges ahead in educating the over six million students in America with disabilities.

On Thursday, Assistant Secretary Alexa Posny will speak to the convention at 8:30 a.m. with an overview of the special education priorities of the Obama administration. Posny oversees the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

More than 6,000 educators and others are expected for the Council for Exceptional Children's convention. CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the Council for Exceptional Children's 2010 Convention and Expo

Where:
Gaylord Opryland
Delta Ballroom A
2810 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tenn.

When:
5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Contacts: Justin Hamilton, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, SECRETARY DUNCAN TO MAKE TITLE IX ANNOUNCEMENT TUESDAY

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Vice President Biden will make an announcement at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at George Washington University in Washington regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. That statute prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Afterward, Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, will be available to answer reporters' questions at 2:30 p.m. in the Athletic Director's Club at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Who:
Vice President Biden
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls

What:
Announcement regarding Title IX

Where:
Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University
600 22nd St., N.W.
Washington

Media Details:

Live truck parking:
F Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets NW, on the North curb lane (Smith Center side)

General press parking:
Parking is extremely limited, but some street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid parking is also available in the University Parking Garage located on I Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets NW

Press entrance:
F Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets NW

Schedule:
Camera pre-set: 8-9 a.m. EDT

Restricted access: 9–11:30 a.m. EDT

Press arrival: 11:30 a.m. EDT

Final press access: 1 p.m. EDT

Program begins: 1:30 p.m. EDT

Q&A afterwards: 2:30 p.m. (OCR Assistant Secretary Russlynn Ali)

Cable run: 100 feet (site is wired from street level to the gym)
Throw: 40 feet

RSVP:
This event is OPEN PRESS, but media must RSVP with the NAME, MEDIA OUTLET, POSITION, PHONE AND EMAIL for each person planning to cover the event to press@ovp.eop.gov , by Monday, April 19, at 5 PM EDT. At the event, you will be required to wear your media credential at all times, either around the neck or pinned to clothing.

Press logistics contact:
Michael Epstein, mepstein_associate@who.eop.gov, 202-494-3662

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov
Helen Littlejohn, (303) 325-4284

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS NATIONAL FORUM ON DROP-OUT PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR NATIVE AND TRIBAL COMMUNITIES IN PHOENIX

The U.S. Department of Education's Director of Community Outreach Alberto Retana and Helen Littlejohn, senior public affairs representative, will address the second annual National Forum on Drop-Out Prevention Strategies for Native and Tribal Communities Tuesday, April 20, at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix. Littlejohn will deliver luncheon remarks at 12:30 p.m. on the status of Indian education and the Department's commitment to better outreach and communications to tribal communities, as well as improving educational opportunities and resources for Native students. During a breakout session at 2 p.m., she also will discuss various federal grants and how to access them. During the same afternoon session, Retana will discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and community outreach efforts at the local and national levels on turning around the nation's lowest-performing schools.

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Helen Littlejohn, senior public affairs representative, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in National Forum on Drop-Out Prevention Strategies for Native and Tribal Communities

Where:
Sheraton Crescent Hotel
2620 West Dunlap Ave.
Phoenix, AZ

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 20 at 9:45 a.m. ET
Contacts: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Under Secretary Martha Kanter to Address Sen. Sherrod Brown's 2010 Ohio College Presidents' Conference

U.S. Under Secretary Martha Kanter will address Sen. Sherrod Brown's third annual Ohio College Presidents Conference at 9:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 20, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center. Her remarks will focus on President Obama's goal for America to once again have the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by the year 2020, as well as how to prepare college graduates for employment and keep them in Ohio to strengthen the state's economy.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary Martha Kanter

What:
Remarks to more than 50 presidents of Ohio's community colleges and four-year colleges and universities attending Sen. Sherrod Brown's Ohio College Presidents' Conference

Where:
U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center
Room SVC 212

When:
9:45 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 20

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Contacts: Jane Glickman, Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

SECRETARY DUNCAN DISCUSSES DEPARTMENT'S EFFORTS TO SUPPORT HEALTH EQUITY AT CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HEALTH BRAINTRUST EVENT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will headline a panel discussion exploring recently launched federal government efforts to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Health Braintrust/National Minority Quality Forum Leadership Summit on Tuesday, April 20, at 2:30 p.m. ET. The event is being held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

During the panel discussion, which will be moderated by Congresswoman Donna Christensen, Secretary Duncan will discuss the administration's FY 2011 budget proposal for Promise Neighborhoods. The president has proposed $210 million for Promise Neighborhoods, a competitive grant program modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone that combines comprehensive social services with school improvements in order to transform whole neighborhoods.

This year's summit brings together legislators, policy makers, clinical experts, and distinguished honorees to discuss solutions that may help to reduce disparities in health-care quality.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Participate in panel discussion, "Working Together to Achieve Health Equity," Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust/National Minority Quality Forum Leadership Summit

Where:
Ritz Carlton Hotel
1150 22nd St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
2:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, April 20

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Event Date: Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8 a.m. EDT
Contacts: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO ADDRESS 15TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CAPITOL FORUM ON HISPANIC HIGHER EDUCATION (HACU)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address some 150 higher education stakeholders and college presidents attending the 15th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 19, at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. He will discuss the need to increase the college enrollment and graduation rates of Hispanic students and the need for more Hispanic teachers in K-12 classrooms.

Juan Sepulveda, director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will participate in a panel discussion at 1:45 p.m. on key legislative proposals in the 111th Congress, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization

Event One

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to 15th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education
Hispanic Higher Education Association (HACU)

Where:
Dolly Madison Ballroom
The Madison Hotel
1177 15th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

When:
8-8:30 a.m., Monday, April 19

Event Two

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, director
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Panel discussion
Key legislative proposals in the 111th Congress, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization

Where:
Dolly Madison Ballroom
The Madison Hotel
1177 15th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

When:
1:45 p.m., Monday, April 19

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Event Date: Monday-Tuesday, April 19-20, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPUTY SECRETARY MILLER TO VISIT SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL, MEET BUSINESS LEADERS, PARTICIPATE IN CITY HALL FORUM WITH PARENTS

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will visit San Francisco Monday and Tuesday, meeting business leaders, touring a school and participating in a City Hall forum where he will listen to parents and brief them on the administration's efforts to promote educational excellence.

Miller, the No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Education, will begin Monday at a breakfast meeting, providing business leaders at the Bay Area Council with an overview of the department's agenda and identifying the important role they can play in education reform.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, he will visit Marshall Elementary School, holding a roundtable discussion with teachers and school leaders to learn about their reform efforts, including a parent involvement initiative, a quality afterschool program and collaborative professional development.

On Tuesday, Miller will participate in a City Hall forum with parent organizations from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to learn about their work and share with them the school, student and parent focus of the Education Department's reform projects. Among those expected to attend will be representatives of the Parent Advisory Board, Parents for Public Schools, PTA and Coleman Advocates.

Event One

Who:
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller

What:
Breakfast meeting with business leaders from the Bay Area Council, providing an overview of the department's agenda and identifying the important role they can play in education reform.

Where:
Bay Area Council
201 California St., Suite 1450
San Francisco

When:
7:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2010

Event Two

What:
Roundtable discussion with Marshall Elementary's officials, teachers and community leaders to learn about reform efforts at the school. District and union representatives and other education stakeholders will also be on hand.

Where:
Marshall Elementary School
1575 15th St.
San Francisco

When:
10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, April 19, 2010

Event Three

What:
Forum with parent organizations to learn about their work and share with them the school, student and parent focus of the Education Department's reform agenda.

Where:
City Hall
Mayor's Conference Room
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Suite 305
San Francisco

When:
2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Event Date: Sat.-Mon., April 17-19
Contacts: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS ADMINISTRATION'S VIEWS ON VOCATIONAL AND ADULT EDUCATION AT AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE

U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter and Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier will give keynote remarks at the American Association of Community College's Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash., April 17, 18 and 19. Kanter will lead a session on the president's call to action for community colleges. Dann-Messier will host a meeting of state directors of community colleges and lead a forum on the Department's agenda in workforce and adult education.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary for Education Martha Kanter
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in American Association of Community College's Annual Conference

When:
Saturday, April 17 – 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. PDT
Brenda Dann-Messier at National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges Meeting
Washington State Convention Center – Room 608

Sunday, April 18 – 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. PDT
Martha Kanter leads session on What You Need to Know About President Obama's Graduation Initiative
Washington State Convention Center – Ballrooms 6AB

Monday, April 19 – 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. PDT
Brenda Dann-Messier leads discussion on Department's Emerging Agenda in Workforce, Adult Education and Community Colleges
Washington State Convention Center – Room 606

Where:
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, Wash.

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Event Date: Monday, April 19 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT
Contacts: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT MEETINGS WITH TRIBAL OFFICIALS

Senior education officials to receive feedback on various education matters affecting American Indian and Alaska Native students

The U.S. Department of Education's General Counsel Charles P. Rose and Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings will engage in discussions with tribal officials on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the development of the Department's Consultation Policy. The meeting will take place on Monday, April 19 in Shawnee, Okla.

The meeting is one of several in response to President Obama's Nov. 5, 2009 Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order 13175, which directs agencies to develop a plan of actions for providing regular and meaningful consultation and strengthening of government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes.

Who:
Charles P. Rose, general counsel, U.S. Department of Education
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of
Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools

What:
Participation in Tribal Official Consultation Meeting

When:
Monday, April 19 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT

Where:
Fire Lake Grand Casino
777 Grand Casino Blvd.
Shawnee, Okla.

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Event Date: 5:30 p.m. CDT Monday, April 19, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR OFFICIAL TO DISCUSS ESEA REAUTHORIZATION AT PRINCIPALS' PARTNERSHIP MEETING

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Carl Harris will discuss President Obama's blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the role of leadership in education reform during a question and answer session at the Principals' Partnership meeting on Monday, April 19, in Chicago, Ill.

Who:
Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U. S. Department of Education

What:
Harris will discuss President Obama's Blueprint for revising ESEA at Principals' Partnership meeting

When:
5:30 p.m. Monday, April 19

Where:
Chicago Marriott Midway
6520 South Cicero Ave.
Chicago, Ill.

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Event Date: Saturday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Apr. 18 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO BE FEATURED GUEST ON CNN TOWN MEETING ON EDUCATION REFORM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be a featured guest on CNN's "Fixing America's Schools." The show will air on Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. EDT and Sunday, April 18 at 6 p.m. EDT. CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon will interview Secretary Duncan in a dynamic town hall about reforming America's schools. Sec. Duncan will answer questions straight from parents, teachers and students in Atlanta on the realities they face everyday ranging from school facilities and safety to standardized testing.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Participate in CNN town meeting on school reform

When:
Show will air Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. EDT and Sunday, April 18 at 6 p.m. EDT

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Event Date: Monday, April 19, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or press@ed.gov

U.S., INDONESIAN STUDENTS TO DISCUSS ROBOTICS THROUGH TRANS-PACIFIC VIDEO CONFERENCE Program Co-Sponsored by U.S. Education Department, State Department, NASA

Separated by an ocean, but linked by the wonders of modern technology, a dozen science students from Southern California and a similar number from Indonesia will participate in a video conference Monday to exchange ideas about digital robotics and in so doing, advance the Obama administration's goal of using space-age tools to strengthen global bonds.

The California students, from the towns of Lancaster and Tehachapi, will meet at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., where they will converse about robotics with students in Jakarta. It's part of a program co-sponsored by the U.S. Education Department, State Department and NASA to further the administration's efforts to use technology in building tolerance and awareness between U.S. students and their peers abroad. The project also stresses the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. and Indonesia.

To begin the session, students from each country will take turns sharing something interesting about themselves (e.g. music, art, hobbies). Both the U.S. and Indonesian students will then deliver presentations on their involvement with robotics and display robots they have built.

Officials from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will host the students in Palmdale, while State Department representatives will facilitate the dialogue from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.

Who:
Students from Lancaster and Antelope Valley high schools in Lancaster, Calif., and Tehachapi High in Tehachapi, Calif., along with a dozen students from Jakarta, Indonesia

What:
Trans-Pacific digital video conference linking students from the U.S. and Indonesia, discussing robotics and displaying their robotic projects

Where:
Exploration Gallery
AERO Institute
38256 Sierra Highway
Palmdale, Calif.

When:
9-11 p.m. EDT/6-8 p.m. PDT Monday, April 19, 2010

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Event Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 3 p.m. PDT
Contacts: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576

This Sunday: Under Secretary Kanter to Deliver Keynote Address at American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Annual Convention in Seattle

Under Secretary Martha Kanter will be in Seattle on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m., to deliver the keynote address at the 90th annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges. She will outline President Obama's goals for higher education and discuss three key areas essential to the future of higher education: student access, quality educational offerings, and student completion.

Who:
Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education

What:
Keynote address at 90th annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges

Where:
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Room 6AB
Seattle, WA 98101

When:
3 p.m. on Sunday, April 18

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Event Date: Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8 a.m. EDT
Contacts: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Address 15th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education (HACU)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address some 150 higher education stakeholders and college presidents attending the 15th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 19, at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. He will discuss the need to increase the college enrollment and graduation rates of Hispanic students and the need for more Hispanic teachers in K-12 classrooms.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to 15th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education—Hispanic Higher Education Association (HACU)

Where:
Dolly Madison Ballroom
The Madison Hotel
1177 15th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

When:
8-8:30 a.m., Monday, April 19

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Event Date: Friday, April 16, 2010 at noon EDT
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO VISIT FIRST® ROBOTICS CHAMPIONSHIP IN ATLANTA

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit the FIRST® Robotics Championship and speak to more than 10,000 students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, April 16.

The FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest in science and technology, will bring together more than 10,000 students from 30 countries and 530 robots. The students who participate in the competition are eligible to apply for scholarships from 130 science and engineering schools across the country.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Visit the FIRST Robotics Championship and discuss the importance of STEM education

Where:
Georgia Dome
1 Georgia Dome Drive
Atlanta, Ga.

When:
Friday, April 16 from noon – 1 p.m. EDT

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Event Date: Friday, April 16, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Department Official to Discuss Innovations in Education at Intel Education Visionary Conference

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will provide opening remarks at the Intel Education Visionary conference on Friday, April 16 at the Sofitel Hotel in Washington, D.C. Shelton will talk about the Department's programs and initiatives supporting educational innovations to enrich students' learning experiences in their schools and communities

The conference will bring together policy makers, government officials, and education technology leaders from across the nation.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks at the Intel Education Visionary Conference

Where:
Sofitel Hotel
806 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Friday, April 16, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.

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Event Date: Thursday- Friday, April 15-16, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Assistant Secretary Thelma Melendez to Participate in Regional Tribal Official Consultation in Anchorage, Alaska

Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, will travel to Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday and Friday, April 15-16, to give welcoming remarks, tour a high school and co-facilitate a Regional Tribal Official Consultation with Native American and Alaskan Native representatives. She will discuss the Department's commitment to improving educational opportunities and resources for Native students.

Assistant Secretary Melendez will give remarks at a welcoming reception at the Anchorage Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, and at 7:45 a.m. Friday, April 16, she will tour Bartlett High School. Later Friday morning, she and Gloria O'Neill, president and CEO of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, will facilitate an all-day Regional Tribal Official Consultation—from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.—at the Cook Inlet Tribal Council's Rasmuson Conference Center in Anchorage.

Event 1

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Welcoming remarks at the Anchorage Museum

Where:
Anchorage Museum
625 C St.
Anchorage, Alaska

When:
7 p.m. Thursday, April 15

Event 2

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Tour of Barlett High School

Where:
Barlett High School
1101 North Muldoon Rd.
Anchorage, Alaska

When:
7:45 a.m. Friday, April 16

Event 3

Who:
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Gloria O'Neill, president and CEO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council

What:
Facilitating all-day Regional Tribal Official Consultation

Where:
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Rasmuson Conference Center
3600 San Jeronimo Dr.
Anchorage, Alaska

When:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 16

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Event Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Address National Action Network National Convention

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will discuss education reform in America during remarks at the National Action Network National Convention on Thursday at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York. The network is led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, president; and the Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, chairman.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the National Action Network National Conference

Where:
Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers
811 Seventh Ave.
New York

When:
11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Event Date: Thursday-Friday, April 15-16, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Meet with Parents and Stakeholders on Turning Around Massachusetts' Lowest-Performing Schools

Massachusetts Eligible to Receive $58.6 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Director of Community Outreach Alberto Retana will visit Boston Thursday and Friday, April 15-16, to meet with parents and stakeholders to discuss funding available to Massachusetts to turn around its lowest-performing schools. He also will review plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and discuss the role of parents and the community in turning around their lowest-performing schools.

The meeting with parents will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the Twelfth Street Baptist Church, 160 Warren St., Roxbury, Mass. The stakeholders meeting with education leaders, state and local officials, political and community leaders, and others will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at Harvard University's School of Education, Gutman Conference Center.

Over the last several months, Retana has visited 14 states to discuss turnaround schools and the important role of the community, parents, students and education and political leaders in education reform.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds are awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Massachusetts is eligible to receive $58.6 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools. Several states have already received their Title I School Improvement Grants.

"Massachusetts is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring," Retana said.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Event 1

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Parent meeting on turnaround schools

Where:
Twelfth Street Baptist Church
160 Warren St.
Roxbury, MA

When:
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15

Event 2

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Stakeholders meeting on turnaround schools

Where:
Harvard University School of Education
Gutman Conference Center
Appian Way
Cambridge, MA

When:
9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 16

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Event Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Department Official to Discuss Importance of Arts Education at National Arts Education Association Annual Convention

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will give the opening remarks at the National Arts Education Association's annual convention on Thursday, April 15 in Baltimore, Md. Shelton will discuss the importance of the arts in education, as well as the opportunities and challenges ahead in helping all students receive a well-rounded curriculum.

The convention attracts more than 4,000 educators, representing scholars and researchers, visual arts teachers, administrators, fine art museum educators, and higher education art students to participate in professional development sessions about teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks at the National Arts Education Association Annual Convention — Arts Education and Social Justice

Where:
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Md.

When:
Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

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Event Date: 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Official to Discuss Need, Opportunity for Innovation in Education

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss the need and opportunity for innovation in education at the Scholastic Intervention Convention at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla. The convention, taking place April 14-16, will bring together the country's leading researchers and provides hands-on experience with innovative instructional models and designs to increase student and teacher success.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks at the Scholastic Intervention Convention

Where:
Boca Raton Resort and Club
501 Camino Real
Boca Raton, Fla.

When:
2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

Education Assistant Secretaries to Address State Educators, Workforce Development Officials

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, and Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, will address state educators and workforce development officials attending the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Professional Development Institute's Public Policy Day conference Wednesday in Arlington, Va.

Ali will discuss the work of OCR in helping school districts strengthen programs that provide access and opportunities for all students to reach their education and career goals. Dann-Messier will describe the work of OVAE in assisting states to implement the special population's provisions of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Among those groups are English language learner students.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

What:
Remarks to the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Professional Development Institute's Public Policy Day

Where:
Doubletree Hotel Crystal City (Commonwealth Room)
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Va.

When:
8-9:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Contact: Stephanie Babyak or Jane Glickman, press@ed.gov or (202) 401-1576

Secretary Duncan to Testify on President's Proposed Education Budget

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will testify before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, at 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. Secretary Duncan will discuss the President's education agenda, including the administration's proposed fiscal year 2011 education budget. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin chairs the subcommittee.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Testify on the President's proposed FY 2011 education budget and the education job crisis

When:
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 14

Where:
U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/HHS
138 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C.

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Event Date: Tuesday-Wednesday, April 13-14, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Meet with Students and Host Community Forum and Parents Meeting on Turning Around New Jersey's Lowest-Performing Schools

New Jersey Eligible to Receive $66.6 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Director of Community Outreach Alberto Retana will visit Newark to meet with students and parents, as well as host a stakeholders meeting and community forum, to discuss funding available to New Jersey to turn around its lowest-performing schools. He also will review plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and discuss the role of parents and the community in turning around their lowest-performing schools.

The Youth Forum, consisting of high school students from various schools in Newark, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Marion A. Bolden Center. Retana will bring together New Jersey Board of Education members and other education leaders, state and political officials, and others for a stakeholders meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the H. Wilson Community Center. Later that evening at 6 p.m., he will host a parent/community meeting at Central High School.

Over the last several months, Retana has visited 13 states to discuss turnaround schools and the important role of the community, parents, students and education and political leaders in education reform.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds are awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). New Jersey is eligible to receive $66.6 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools. Several states have already received their Title I School Improvement Grants.

"New Jersey is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring," Retana said.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Event 1

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Youth forum on turnaround schools

Where:
Marion A. Bolden Student Center
230 Broadway
Newark, NJ

When:
4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13

Event 2

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Stakeholders meeting on turnaround schools

Where:
H. Wilson Community Center
190 Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Newark, NJ

When:
9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 14

Event 3

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Parent/Community meeting on turnaround schools

Where:
Central High School
246 18th Ave.
Newark, NJ

When:
6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14

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Event Date: Tuesday-Wednesday, April 13-14, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor to Discuss the Administration's Early Learning Agenda and Implications for Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at Meetings in Tucson

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones will meet with public school pre-kindergarten teachers, early childhood program directors and elementary school principals at the University of Arizona's College of Education and External Evaluation Center in Tucson, Ariz., this Tuesday to discuss how the Obama Administration's plans to revise the ESEA relate to early learning. Dr. Jones also will meet with Tucson systems thinking experts and colleagues of Dr. Peter Senge, MIT systems thinking expert, to discuss building systems thinking into school improvement efforts, starting in pre-kindergarten classrooms.

On Wednesday, Dr. Jones will meet with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Community Impact staff and its early childhood education community partners who are responsible for leading Tucson's major early childhood education and care improvement efforts. They will discuss the Early Childhood Professional Education Innovative Grant, which is a 3-year, $1.5 million grant to United Way from the Central Pima County Regional Partnership Council of First Things First, Arizona's statewide early childhood initiative.

Who:
Dr. Jacqueline Jones, U. S. Department of Education senior advisor for Early Learning

What:
Tuesday, Dr. Jones will meet with educators, administrators and systems thinking experts to discuss plans for revising ESEA.

Wednesday, Dr. Jones will meet with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Community Impact Staff to discuss the Early Childhood Professional Education Innovative Grant.

Where and When:
Tuesday, April 13, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. MDT
University of Arizona's College of Education and External Evaluation Center
1501 East Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, Ariz.

Wednesday, April 14, from 9 -11:15 a.m. MDT
Community Resource Campus
330 North Commerce Park Loop
Sentinel Building
Tucson, Ariz.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 13 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576, or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. Education Department Senior Official to Discuss ESEA Reauthorization at Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Massie Ritsch will discuss President Obama's blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and take questions from participants at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Partnership Forum on Tuesday, April 13 in Atlanta.

Who:
Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary, U. S. Department of Education Office of Communications and Outreach Services

What:
Massie Ritsch will discuss President Obama's Blueprint for revising the ESEA at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Partnership Forum

When:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 2 p.m. ET

Where:
GTRI Conference Center Auditorium
250 14th St., N.W.
Atlanta

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 13 2010 at 5:30 p.m. MDT
Contact: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Discuss ESEA Reauthorization at Principals' Partnership Meeting

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Carl Harris will discuss President Obama's blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and take questions from participants at the Principals' Partnership meeting on April 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Harris also will talk about the role of leadership in education reform with the audience of mostly secondary school principals.

Who:
Dr. Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary, U. S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

What:
Dr. Harris will discuss President Obama's Blueprint for revising the ESEA at Principals' Partnership meeting

When:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. MDT

Where:
Residence Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood
6425 South 3000 East
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:15 a.m.
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576
or press@ed.gov

Secretary Duncan To Address CBC Foundation's Essay Contest Awards Ceremony

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give the keynote remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legacy Essay Contest awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 13 at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

The essay contest encourages young people to appreciate the relevance of history in understanding today's civil rights challenges. Three finalists were selected from a pool of 1,275 high school juniors and seniors from across the country. The winner will be announced at Tuesday's ceremony and presented with an award.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the Legacy Essay Contest Awards Ceremony of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Where:
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
3500 R Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C

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When:
11:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. CT
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576
press@ed.gov

Department Official to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities for Innovations in Education

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will speak on Educational Innovation – Challenges and Opportunities at the 13th annual Julian Parker Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn.

The lecture series is dedicated to conversations on issues and values in urban education.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks at the Julian Parker Lecture on Urban Education

Where:
University of St. Thomas (Schulze Hall auditorium)
2115 Summit Avenue
Minneapolis, Minn.

When:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. CT

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Event Date: Saturday, April 10 2010 at 3:00 p.m. CDT
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Speak at National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Convention in Houston

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Carl Harris will participate in a panel discussion on transformational leadership and also hold a Listening and Learning session to discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Conference in Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 10. Dr. Harris will discuss President Obama's Blueprint for revising the ESEA and take questions from the principals.

Who:
Dr. Carl Harris, deputy assistant secretary, U. S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

What:
Dr. Harris will participate in a panel discussion and hold a Listening and Learning session on revising the ESEA.

When:
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Panel discussion: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Dr. Harris speaking from 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Listening and Learning session: 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Where:
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas

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Event Date: Monday-Wednesday, April 12-14, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov
On site contact: John White, 202-591-6393 (mobile)

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR RURAL OUTREACH TO VISIT KENTUCKY SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND ATTEND COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION FOR APPALACHIAN INITIATIVE

The U.S. Department of Education's deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, John White, travels to rural Kentucky next week to visit schools and colleges, before attending the final community listening session for the Appalachian Regional Development Initiative, an interagency effort to diversify and strengthen the Appalachian regional economy. The last of five listening sessions for the Appalachian Initiative is expected to draw the largest attendance.

The Department of Education is one of several federal agencies working with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Rural Development, which are leading the regional development initiative in cooperation with the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

White will attend the listening session on Wednesday, April 14 at the Morehead Conference Center in Morehead, Ky., after touring several innovative local public school and college programs, and discussing school turnaround efforts and college and career training opportunities in the region on Monday and Tuesday, April 12-13. White's travel schedule and programs of interest are listed below.

MONDAY, APRIL 12

12:30 p.m.
West Carter Middle School, Olive Hill, Ky.
2010 Kentucky State School to Watch Program honoree for middle school improvement

3:45 p.m.
Lees College Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College, Jackson, Ky.
Distance learning, university enrollment program, and business incubator

5:30 p.m.
Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard, Ky.
University Center of the Mountains, Challenger Center, music and arts programs

TUESDAY, APRIL 13

11 a.m.
Buckhorn High School, Buckhorn, Ky.
Kentucky AHED (Appalachian Higher Education) program, and partnership with ARC and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2 p.m.
Owsley County Schools (preK-12), Booneville, Ky.
Save the Children early literacy program, Kids on Stage, and partnership with Eastern Kentucky University

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14

8:15 a.m.
Morehead State University satellite campus, Mount Sterling, Ky.
Medical program

10 a.m.
Morehead State University main campus, Morehead, Ky.
Space Science Center, Kentucky-AHED

Noon
Kentucky-Ohio Listening Session for Appalachian Regional Development Initiative
Morehead Conference Center, Morehead, Ky.

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Event Date: 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION AND JUVENILE JUSTICE

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in a panel discussion on the federal perspective on education and juvenile justice at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) National Conference. Specifically, he will discuss the need and opportunity for innovations that address the unique challenges of adjudicated youths both while incarcerated and upon release. The discussion will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice National Conference begins on Sunday, April 10, and runs through Tuesday, April 13. CJJ is a national nonprofit association representing governor-appointed advisory groups on juvenile justice. For nearly 25 years, the association has sought to improve the circumstances of vulnerable and troubled children, youth and families involved with the courts, and to build safe communities.

Who:
Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation in a panel discussion at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice National Conference

Where:
Renaissance Hotel
999 9th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
3:30 p.m. Monday, April 12

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Event Date: Monday, April 12, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO ADDRESS GIRLS INC. 2010 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will address the Girls Inc. 2010 National Conference's Promise Plenary session Monday at the Washington Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington.

Girls Inc. is a national organization committed to empowering girls to succeed and using its mission to lead the way in creating an equitable society for all. Among the civil rights laws that OCR enforces is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. That statute prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote address to the Girls Inc. 2010 National Conference's Promise Plenary session

Where:
Washington Marriott Hotel, 1221 22nd St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

When:
Noon Monday, April 12, 2010

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Event Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE HISPANIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE TO KEYNOTE LULAC STATE CONVENTION IN TOPEKA

Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will deliver the keynote address to the 2010 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Convention Saturday in Topeka, Kan. Sepulveda will discuss the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and issues pertaining to Hispanic students, such as the academic achievement gap, dropout rates, college access, graduation rates and financial aid.

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Keynote address to the Topeka 2010 League of United Latin American Citizens State Convention

Where:
Ramada Convention Center, 420 S.E. Sixth Ave., Topeka, Kan.

When:
Noon Saturday, April 10, 2010

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Event Date: Monday, April 12, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. CT
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION BRENDA DANN-MESSIER TO GIVE REMARKS AT 19th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FAMILY LITERACY

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Education Brenda Dann-Messier will give the keynote remarks at the 19th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio.

The conference is the premier family literacy conference in the nation, drawing 1,500 of the most energized literacy experts. This conference is the largest, most comprehensive gathering of educators and practitioners dedicated to literacy across the lifespan and to family progress. There will be attendees from every state and several other countries.

Dann-Messier will outline President Obama's position on parental involvement in education, as well the relationship of adult education to educational success of children.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote address to the 19th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy

Where:
Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas

When:
Monday, April 12, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. CT

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Event Date: Friday, April 9, 2010

White House and Huffington Post to Host "Open for Questions" Live Chat on Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act

Washington — Tomorrow, Friday, April 9, at 9:15 AM (Eastern), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council will participate in a Live Chat to discuss the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). The chat will be available at www.whitehouse.gov/live and at www.huffingtonpost.com.

Questions for the chat were solicited from students across the country—from public and private schools of all sizes—via the Huffington Post's college newspaper network. The Huffington Post published questions on its website for a public vote and, 150,000 votes later, an editor of one of the participating college newspapers and a representative from the Huffington Post will present the final video questions to be answered at the White House.

What:
White House and Huffington Post to Host "Open for Questions" Live Chat on Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act

Who:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Melody Barnes, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
Jose Antonio Vargas, Huffington Post
Amanda Litman, Northwestern University

When:
Friday, April 9, 9:15 a.m. (Eastern)

Where:
Video chat will be available at www.whitehouse.gov/live

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Event Date: Friday, April 9, 2010

NOTE TO EDITORS: Education Secretary Arne Duncan will give remarks at 1:15 p.m.

Education Secretary Duncan to Participate in White House Childhood Obesity Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Friday, April 9, the White House will host a meeting on childhood obesity to discuss ways to combat the growing health epidemic. Experts and practitioners from across the country will join First Lady Michelle Obama, Administration officials and Childhood Obesity Task Force members to discuss challenges, trends, empowering parents, access to healthy, affordable food, and more. This meeting will be live-streamed starting at 1:30 pm on www.whitehouse.gov/live.

In February, Mrs. Obama launched the Let's Move! Campaign to solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. More information about Let's Move can be found at www.letsmove.gov.

As part of this effort President Barack Obama established the Task Force on Childhood Obesity to develop and submit an interagency plan that details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan to fight childhood obesity. This meeting is part of a broader effort by the Task Force to gather input for this action plan.

Administration officials participating in Friday's meeting include Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, and more.

The meeting will be pooled for TV and open to correspondents and still photographers. This event will also be available via live-stream at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

All media wishing to attend must RSVP to firstladypress@who.eop.gov. Media who do not have White House hard-passes must include full name, date of birth, Social Security number and country of citizenship. RSVPs must be submitted by noon on Thursday, April 8. Media will not receive a confirmation of clearance, but will be contacted if there are any questions.

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Event Date: Friday, April 9, 2010
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES AT GRANTSMAKERS FOR EDUCATION MEETING

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will address two sessions at the Grantmakers For Education meeting on Friday, April 9 at the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco. Shelton will discuss the role of philanthropy in accelerating innovation in the education sector. Additionally, he will provide specific guidance on how foundations can use the Department's new open innovation web portal to identify high potential grantees and collaborate with other funders.

Grantmakers for Education is a membership organization for private and public philanthropies that support improved education outcomes for all students.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Discussions on best practices at Grantmakers for Education Meeting

Where:
Delancey Street Foundation
600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, Calif.

When:
Friday, April 9, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. CT – Grantmakers Design Critique
1:45 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. CT – Jim Shelton introduces Open Innovation Portal

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Event Date: Friday, April 9, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

SECRETARY DUNCAN TO ADDRESS ARTS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP NATIONAL FORUM

Will discuss ESEA blueprint and providing all students a well-rounded education for the 21st century

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will talk about the importance of the arts in a well-rounded education at the Arts Education Partnership's National Forum at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 9. Secretary Duncan will speak at an opening session titled A Well-Rounded Education for the 21st Century, in which he will discuss, among other things, how the reauthorization proposal for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides funds for students to have a "complete" education, including the arts, history, civics and other subjects.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Give remarks at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, States of Change: New Leadership in Arts and Education

Where:
Omni Shoreham Hotel (Palladian Ballroom)
2500 Calvert Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
2:30 p.m. Friday April 9, 2010

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Event Date: 12:30 p.m. CDT Thursday, April 8, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning to Speak at Fifth Annual Alabama Pre-Kindergarten Conference

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones will discuss "A New Focus on Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education" at the fifth Annual Alabama Pre-Kindergarten Conference in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, April 8. Jones will highlight the Department's early learning agenda, talk about the collaborations between the departments of Education and Health and Human Services and share information on early learning funding opportunities.

Who:
Dr. Jacqueline Jones, U.S. Department of Education senior advisor for Early Learning

What:
Deliver remarks at the Fifth Annual Alabama Pre-Kindergarten Conference luncheon

When:
Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. CDT

Where:
The Renaissance Convention Center
201 Tallapoosa Street,
Montgomery, AL 36104

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Event Date: 8:30 a.m. CDT Thursday, April 8, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS IN HELPING TO CREATE POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATES AT NATIONAL SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK CONFERENCE

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the critical contributions of school social workers in creating positive school climates at the 2010 National School Social Work Conference Thursday, April 8, at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott in St. Louis, Mo. He will address hundreds of school-based mental health practitioners and other social workers.

The School Social Work Association of America is sponsoring the conference. The organization was founded in 1994 to promote the profession of school social work and the professional development of school social workers in order to enhance the educational experience of students and their families.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings

What:
Remarks at School Social Work Association of America's national conference

Where:
St. Louis Union Station Marriott
One St. Louis Union Station
St. Louis, MO

When:
8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8

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Event Date: Thursday-Friday, April 8-9, 2010
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO MEET WITH PARENTS, ADVOCATES AND STUDENTS, AND HOST COMMUNITY FORUM ON TURNING AROUND TENNESSEE'S LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Tennessee Eligible to Receive $67.7 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Director of Community Outreach Alberto Retana will visit Memphis to meet with parents, advocates and students, as well as host a community forum to discuss funding available to Tennessee to turn around its lowest-performing schools. He also will review plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as well as discuss the role of parents and the community in turning around their lowest-performing schools. The meeting with parents and advocates of the Booker T. Washington High School community will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Streets Ministries. The community forum will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 9, at Bridges Inc. Later that afternoon, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Retana will meet with students at Booker T. Washington High School to discuss the importance of a quality education and their role in helping turn around low-performing schools.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Tennessee is eligible to receive $67.7 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

Over the last several months, Retana has visited 12 states to discuss turnaround schools and the important role of the community, parents, students and education and political leaders in education reform.

"Tennessee is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring," Retana said.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Event 1

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Meeting with parents and advocates of Booker T. Washington High School

Where:
Streets Ministries
430 Vance Ave.
Memphis, TN

When:
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8

Event 2

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Community forum on turnaround schools

Where:
Bridges Inc.
477 North 5th St.
Memphis, TN

When:
9 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 9

Event 3

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Meeting with students at Booker T. Washington High School

Where:
Booker T. Washington High School
715 South Lauderdale St.
Memphis, TN

When:
1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 9

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Event Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. ET
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO MAKE PRESENTATION AT THE COALITION FOR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NATIONAL FORUM

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will participate in a panel discussion on how the Department plans to help enhance community schools at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Coalition for Community Schools' national forum in Philadelphia, Pa. Shelton will discuss the broad vision of the Department and the role that community schools can play in a session titled Moving Community Schools Forward.

The Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership, is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks. Community schools are both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. The theme of this year's forum is Building Innovative Partnerships for Student Success.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement

What:
Discussion on community schools at the Coalition for Community Schools
National Forum - Building Innovative Partnerships for Student Success.

Where:
The Coalition for Community Schools
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pa.

When:
Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 8a.m.

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Event Date: Thursday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANIC AMERICANS TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NATIONAL FORUM IN PHILADELPHIA

Jose Rico, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will be in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 8, to participate in the panel, "Moving Community Schools Forward," at the 2010 Coalition for Community Schools National Forum. He will discuss issues pertaining to Latino students, including the academic achievement gap, dropout rates, college access, and financial aid. Rico will also discuss the Administration's proposals for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Who:
Jose Rico, deputy director
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Panelist, “Moving Schools Forward”
2010 Coalition for Community Schools National Forum
Institution for Educational Leadership and Coalition for Community Schools

Where:
Grand Ballroom
Downtown Marriott
1201 Market St.
Philadelphia, Pa.

When:
8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8

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Event Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT'S ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS TO MAKE PRESENTATION AT NATIONAL BOARD FOR EDUCATION SCIENCES MEETING

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education will give a presentation before the National Board for Education Sciences at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in Washington, D.C. Ali will talk about equity in education and efforts to reinvigorate the Department's civil rights strategy.

The National Board for Education Sciences is the presidentially appointed advisory panel of the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. The board performs a host of duties, ranging from reviewing and approving the research priorities of the Institute to advising and consulting with the director on the policies of the Institute. It reviews and regularly evaluates the work of the Institute to ensure that its research, development, evaluation, and statistical analyses are consistent with the standards set out in the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Presentation to the National Board for Education Sciences on equity in education

Where:
Institute of Education Sciences
80 F Street N.W. (1st Floor)
Washington, D.C.

When:
Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11 a.m.

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS OFFICIAL TO ADDRESS 2010 DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION CONFERENCE AT DUKE

Ricardo Soto with the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, will address the dinner banquet for the 2010 Diversity in Higher Education Conference Wednesday at Duke University. More than 100 are expected, including representatives from higher education, business and government. Duke and The Conference Board are sponsoring the event.

Who:
Ricardo Soto, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Address to the 2010 Diversity in Higher Education Conference, sponsored by Duke University and The Conference Board

Where:
Washington Duke Inn
3001 Cameron Blvd.
Durham, N.C.

When:
6:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Event Date: 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO ADDRESS CLOSE-UP FOUNDATION STUDENTS

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement, will discuss the role of innovation, technology and youth in improving the quality of education at the Close-Up Foundation Student Seminar at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 2, at the Carnegie Institute, 1530 P St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1971, the Close-Up program focuses on educating and inspiring students to become more informed and engaged citizens through hands-on civic education programs.

Who:
Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Remarks at the Close-Up Foundation Student Seminar

Where:
Carnegie Institute
1530 P St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
11:30 a.m. Friday, April 2

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Event Date: Thursday, April 2, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE HISPANIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE TO KEYNOTE NATIONAL HISPANIC ENTREPRENEURS' ORGANIZATION ANNUAL FORUM

Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will deliver the keynote address to the National Hispanic Entrepreneurs' Organization Annual Forum Friday at Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta.

Sepulveda will discuss the Obama administration's blueprint for education reform, as it relates to Latino children. He will cover the benefits of innovation and technology in education and how schools can partner with philanthropic and entrepreneurial sectors.

As executive director, Sepulveda leads the White House Initiative to engage Hispanic students, families, educators, organizations and others in improving the academic achievement of Hispanic Americans.

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational
Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Keynote address to National Hispanic Entrepreneurs' Organization Annual Forum

Where:
Emory University's Goizueta Business School, 1300 Clifton Rd., Atlanta

When:
6 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2010

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Event Date: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 9 a.m.
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE HISPANIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE TO KEYNOTE LATINO MAGAZINE'S EDUCATION CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE, TECHNLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH

Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will deliver the keynote address at Latino Magazine's Education conference on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) on Thursday, April 1at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Sepulveda will describe the work of the White House Initiative, including last year's Community Conversations series of public meetings across the country, as well the office's efforts to develop a national network of best practices and action. He also will discuss the recruitment of Latino students to the STEM fields, and maintaining global workforce competitiveness.

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational
Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Keynote address to Latino Magazine's Education Conference on Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math

Where:
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
9 a.m., Thursday, April 1, 2010

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Event Date: Wed., March 31, 2010 at 9:40 a.m. EDT
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR ADVISOR FOR EARLY LEARNING TO SPEAK AT UNITED WAY EARLY CHILDHOOD SUMMIT IN DETROIT

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones will join U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Joan Lombardi to speak at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan Early Childhood Summit focusing on "Building the Foundation for Successful Adults By Kindergarten." The purpose of this summit is to strengthen the network of people committed to creating nurturing, literacy-rich environments in eight key communities.

Who:
Dr. Jacqueline Jones, U. S. Department of Education senior advisor for Early Learning
Dr. Joan Lombardi, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary and inter-departmental liaison for Early Childhood Development

What:
Deliver remarks at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan Summit on Early Childhood

When:
Wed., March 31, 2010 at 9:40 a.m. EDT

Where:
Marygrove College Conference Center
Madame Cadillac Building
8425 West McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221

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Event Date: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO JOIN U.S. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL IN COMMEMORATING THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will join U.S. Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson in a panel discussion on keeping our institutions of higher education safe for all students. The discussion is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's year-long public awareness campaign commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Approximately 200 students, faculty, staff and the general public are expected to attend the event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the University of Minnesota's Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, Minn.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings
U.S. Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson

What:
Panel remarks and discussion about making institutions of higher education safe for all students

Where:
University of Minnesota's Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN

When:
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31

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Event Date: Beginning at 4 p.m.Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR OFFICIALS TO HOST YOUTH ROUNDTABLE AND COMMUNITY FORUM ON TURNING AROUND CONNECTICUT'S LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Connecticut Eligible to Receive $25.7 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Director of Community Outreach Alberto Retana, joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary Massie Ritsch, will hold a youth roundtable and community forum this Wednesday, March 31, at Villages for Families and Children, 331 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, Conn., to discuss funding available to Connecticut to turn around its lowest-performing schools. In addition, they will review plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as well as discuss the role of parents and the community in turning around their lowest-performing schools. The youth roundtable will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. EDT, and the community forum with Hartford community leaders, school board members, parents, teachers, union representatives and others will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT.

Over the last several months, Retana has visited 11 states to discuss turnaround schools and the important role of the community, parents, students and education and political leaders in education reform.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Connecticut is eligible to receive $25.7 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

"Connecticut is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring," Retana said.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Who:
Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Hartford Youth Roundtable and Community Forum on Turnaround Schools

Where:
Villages for Families and Children
Village South Community Room
331 Wethersfield Ave.
Hartford, CT

When:
Wednesday, March 31
4 to 5 p.m., Youth Roundtable
6 to 8 p.m., Community Forum

Note: Because of limited seating, you must R.S.V.P. Please call or e-mail Gwen Samuel, (203) 953-5154 or gwen@stateofblackct.org.

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENIOR ADVISOR FOR EARLY LEARNING TO SPEAK AT RELEASE OF NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION REPORT

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones will deliver brief remarks at the release of the New America Foundation paper, "A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education."

Who:
Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones

What:
Remarks at the New America Foundation's release of its report on early learning

Where:
New America Foundation
1899 L St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

When:
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at noon

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 9 a.m.
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION BRENDA DANN-MESSIER TO KEYNOTE CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION'S LEADERSHIP FORUM

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Brenda Dann-Messier will provide the keynote address at the Correctional Education Association's (CEA) 2010 Leadership Forum at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 30 in Annapolis, Md. Dann-Messier will talk about what the department is doing to support correctional education and how these efforts complement the overall educational reform agenda.

The CEA is a leading professional association in juvenile justice and adult correctional education and provides leadership, direction, and services to correctional educators and programs. The theme of this year's forum is From the Classroom to the Community.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote at Correctional Education Association Leadership Forum

Where:
The Westin Annapolis
100 Westgate Circle
Annapolis, Md.

When:
Tuesday, March 30 – 9 a.m.

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Event Date: Monday-Tuesday, March 29-30, 2010
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education Officials to Address National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones, and Director of Student Achievement School Accountability Programs Zollie Stevenson will speak this Monday, March 29, to education administrators attending the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Assistant Secretary of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Alexa Posny will speak on Tuesday, March 30. Other Department officials presenting at the conference will discuss the Race to the Top fund and state grants.

Deputy Secretary Miller will give an overview of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and what it means for education reform. Assistant Deputy Secretary Shelton will discuss the Department's Investing in Innovation (i3) fund, which is part of the historic $5 billion investment in school reform in the Recovery Act that supports the development of path-breaking new ideas , the validation of approaches that have demonstrated promise, and the scale-up of the nation's most successful and proven education innovations. Senior Advisor Jones will discuss the Administration's focus on early learning, the collaboration between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and new funding opportunities for early learning. Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) Programs Director Zollie Stevenson will discuss the President's 2011 proposed education budget from the perspective of Title I, Title III, School Improvement Grants and Homeless Education. Assistant Secretary Posny will highlight how the Administration's special education agenda aligns with its ESEA reauthorization plans.

The NAFEPA conference will begin on Sunday, March 28, and run through Wednesday, March 31. The organization was formed in 1974 to help and support local school districts across the nation with federal education programs.

Who:
Tony Miller, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
Jacqueline Jones, senior advisor to the Secretary for early learning, U.S. Department of Education
Zollie Stevenson, director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, which includes the Title I program, U.S. Department of Education
Alexa Posny, assistant secretary of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education

What:
U.S. Department of Education officials address the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators conference

Where
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When
Monday, March 29
Tony Miller—9 a.m.
Zollie Stevenson—10:45 a.m.
Jacqueline Jones—2:15 p.m.
Jim Shelton—3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 30
Alexa Posny—10:30 a.m.

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Event Date: 11:30 a.m. PT, Saturday, March 27, 2010

UNDER SECRETARY KANTER TO ADDRESS TEACHERS UNIONS at JOINT NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES CONFERENCE in SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

Under Secretary Martha Kanter will address the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and National Education Association (NEA) at their Joint National Higher Education Issues Conference at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 in San Jose, California.

In her remarks, she will discuss the role that faculty members can play in meeting President Obama's goal that by 2020 the United States will lead the world in college completion.

Who:
Under Secretary Martha Kanter

What:
Remarks at Joint National Higher Education Issues Conference

Where
San Jose Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 3
408 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, Calif. 95110

When
Saturday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m. PT

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Event Date: Monday, March 29, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310, or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

DIRECTOR OF WHITE HOUSE HISPANIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE TO KEYNOTE LATINO EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY DAY AT CAL STATE, SAN BERNARDINO

Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will deliver the keynote address at the Latino Education and Advocacy Day activities Monday at California State University, San Bernardino.

Sepulveda will describe the work of the White House Initiative, including last year's Community Conversations series of public meetings across the country, as well the project's efforts to develop a national network of best practices and action. The one-day conference at Cal State, San Bernardino is intended to promote a broad-based awareness of the condition of Latino education.

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

What:
Keynote address to Latino Education and Advocacy Day activities at California State University, San Bernardino

Where
Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center California State University, San Bernardino 5500 University Parkway San Bernardino, Calif.

When
1 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2010

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Event Date: 1:30 to 2 p.m. EDT Monday, March 29, 2010
Contacts: Justin Hamilton, (202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO ANNOUNCE PHASE 1 RACE TO THE TOP WINNERS DURING CONFERENCE CALL

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce Phase 1 winners of the Department's $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition during a press conference call with reporters at 1:30 p.m. EDT Monday, March 29. A press release announcing the winners will be posted on the Department's Website, www.ed.gov, at 1 p.m. EDT Monday.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Press conference call with REPORTERS ONLY on Race to the Top Phase 1 winners

When
1:30 to 2 p.m. EDT Monday, March 29

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Event Date: Monday, March 29, 2010 at 1:45 p.m. EDT
Contacts: David Thomas , (202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION BRENDA DANN-MESSIER TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION AT LEADERSHIP MEETING

Annual meeting helps state leaders stay abreast of latest on legislation, research, and emerging issues

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Brenda Dann-Messier will host a discussion on the future of career technical education (CTE) at the spring meeting of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) at 1:45 p.m. Monday, March 29 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

NASDCTEc represents the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE across the nation. The group advocates for education and workforce training legislation and policies that prepare individuals to compete and succeed in the global economy.

Dann-Messier will lead a conversation on future directions for CTE to ensure that all students are college and career ready.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Discussion on future of career technical education at National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium Meeting

Where
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When
Monday, March 29 – 1:45 p.m.

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Event Date: 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday, March 26, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SCHOOL CLIMATE AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION EDUCATION

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss federal initiatives on school climate and ways to create schools where every child feels safe, secure and valued when he addresses the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education. Approximately 400 college/university educators and students, K-12 educators, public health officials, prevention specialists, probation officers, juvenile detention officers, and state, local, and national policy makers will attend the event, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 26, at Cuyahoga Community College, Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma, Ohio.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings

What:
Remarks to college/university educators and students, K-12 educators, public health officials, prevention specialists, probation officers, juvenile detention officers, and state, local, and national policy makers

Where
Cuyahoga Community College, Western Campus
11000 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Parma, OH

When
8:30 a.m. Friday, March 26

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Event Date: Thurs.-Fri., March 25-26, 2010
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov
On site contact: John White, 202-591-6393 (mobile)

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Keynotes Rural Early Childhood Institute in Kansas

Senior Education Department officials will also visit rural schools with early learning programs.

U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will speak at a gathering of national experts in rural early childhood development and education and visit place-based early learning initiatives in rural Kansas schools over the next two days.

The Department of Education is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to launch the Caring Communities for Young Children Initiative, which is designed to identify successful early learning and development models and encourage place-based investments in low-income communities (rural, tribal and urban). HHS's Administration for Children and Families has invited experts in the field to attend its Rural Early Childhood Institute, a conference organized to begin the information gathering phase of the initiative, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, Kan., on Thursday-Friday, March 25-26. Jones is a keynote speaker at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

On Thursday, Jones and White will visit early learning programs in two rural schools and discuss challenges, successes and differences across rural communities with state and local education stakeholders. Below is the schedule of Thursday's site visits:

Thursday, March 25

Who:
Jacqueline Jones, senior advisor to the Secretary of Education for Early Learning John White, deputy assistant secretary for Rural Outreach

What:
Visit early childhood education programs in the Kaw Valley Unified School District 321, including preschool, pre-kindergarten, early childhood special education and other programs, and discuss differences across rural communities.

When and Where:
  • 8:00 a.m.
    Kansas State Department of Education
    120 SE 10th Avenue
    Topeka, KS

  • 9:30 a.m.
    Rossville Elementary School
    312 E. Pottawatomie Street
    Rossville, KS

  • 10:30 a.m
    St. Mary's Elementary School
    312 Grand Avenue
    St. Mary's, KS

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Event Date: March 25, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIALS TO TESTIFY AT HILL HEARING ON JOBS, TRAINING AND EDUCATION

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and Assistant Secretary Alexa Posny will testify Thursday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The hearing will cover the administration's FY2011 budget proposal, focusing on jobs, training and education. Also appearing will be officials from the Department of Labor.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter
Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

What:
Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The hearing will cover the administration's FY2011 budget proposal, focusing on jobs, training and education.

Where:
Room 2358C, Rayburn House Office Building, U.S. Capitol

When:
10 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Event Date: 11:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN AND DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY ROBERT SHIREMAN TO VISIT NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF TAX CREDITS

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Undersecretary Robert Shireman will highlight the benefits of the stimulus bill and the American Opportunity Tax Credit at an event at Northern Virginia Community College at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit will provide relief to more families struggling to pay for college. The education tax credit will make the cost of tuition and fees at community colleges virtually free for many students. The tax credit covers up to $2,500 of college expenses and, for the first time, a portion of this credit is available to families who currently don't have income-tax liability.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Deputy Undersecretary Robert Shireman

What:
Visit to Northern Virginia Community College to highlight benefits of Recovery Act and college tax credit

Where:
Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale Campus)
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, Va.

When:
Wednesday, March 24 – 11:30 a.m.

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. EDT
Media pre-set 12:15 p.m. EDT
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Distribute 3,000 Tickets for White House Easter Egg Roll to D.C. Metro Area Students and Families

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and State Superintendent Kerri Briggs to Receive Tickets for D.C. students at J.O. Wilson Elementary School on Tuesday

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce on Tuesday, March 23, that 3,000 tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll will be distributed to eight school districts across D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Secretary Duncan will present the tickets for D.C. schools to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and State Superintendent Kerri Briggs, at J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Washington, D.C. In total, 1,200 tickets have been set aside for students in the District's traditional public and charter schools. Following the presentation, Duncan, Fenty, Rhee and Briggs will visit classrooms and participate in fitness and nutrition activities with students.

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday, April 5, on the South Lawn of the White House. The White House will open the South Lawn to children ages 12 and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional Easter egg roll. This year's theme, "Ready, Set, Go!," encourages America's youth to lead healthy and active lives. The event is tied into the First Lady's 'Let's Move!' initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please call the Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty
District of Columbia School Chancellor Michelle Rhee
District of Columbia State Superintendent of Education Kerri Briggs
District of Columbia Public Charter School Board Executive Director Josephine Baker

What:
Ticket distribution for White House Easter Egg Roll
Press availability
Classroom visits
Fitness and nutrition activities

When:
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, March 23, 2010
NOTE: Press Conference 12:35 to 12:50 p.m.

Where:
J.O. Wilson Elementary School
660 K Street, NE
Washington, D.C.

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Secretary Duncan to Address Chief State School Officers, Discuss ESEA Blueprint for Reform

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the Council of Chief State School Officers' Legislative Conference Tuesday in Washington where he will discuss the administration's blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The blueprint, released last week, would overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act and support state and local efforts to help ensure that all students graduate prepared for college and a career. Details are posted at http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/03/03152010.html.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the Council of Chief State School Officers' Legislative Conference, discussing the administration's blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Where:
Westin Washington City Center Hotel
1400 M St., N.W., Ballroom level
Washington, D.C.

When:
11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Event Date: 9 a.m. CDT Saturday, March 20, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO PARTICIPATE IN TITLE I PARENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE IN BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA

To Discuss Elementary and Secondary Education Act and School Improvement Grants

U.S. Department of Education's Alberto Retana will participate in the National Coalition of E.S.E.A Title I Parents 34th annual Parent Professional Development Conference at the Sofitel Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. He will engage in a panel discussion on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, turnaround schools and School Improvement Grants, at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 20.

School Improvement Grants are used to improve student achievement in Title I schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. Appropriations for School Improvement Grants have grown from $125 million in fiscal year 2007 to $546 million in fiscal year 2009. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides an additional $3 billion in School Improvement Grants to turn around some of the nation's lowest-achieving schools. These funds are made available to states by formula and competed for by school districts.

The Region V National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents conference, which began on Wednesday, March 17, and runs through Sunday, March 21, offers a variety of workshops and general sessions designed for parents, caregivers, and educators of Title I children. Workshops focus on such topics as curriculum, parental involvement, budgetary issues and No Child Left Behind legislation. The sessions are designed to keep parents empowered and to help them assist their children in reaching their education goals.

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Region V National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parent Professional Development Conference

Where:
Sofitel Luxury Hotel
Grand Ballroom
5601 West 78th St.
Bloomington, MN

When:
9 a.m. Saturday, March 20

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Event Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 1 p.m. EDT
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry,(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO DISCUSS BLUEPRINT FOR EDUCATION REFORM AT COUNCIL OF THE GREAT CITY SCHOOLS ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

On Sunday, March 21, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the keynote address and answer questions at the Council of the Great City Schools Annual Legislative and Policy Conference luncheon at 1 p.m. in the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Duncan will discuss the Obama administration's Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which focuses on raising standards; rewarding excellence and growth; and increasing local control and flexibility, while maintaining the focus on equity and closing achievement gaps.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Keynote address on reauthorization of ESEA

Where:
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

When:
Sunday, March 21, from 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
A brief question and answer period will follow the speech.

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Event Date: Monday, March 22, 2010 – 1:45 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.
Contact: David Thomas,(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ALEXA POSNY TO DISCUSS ALIGNMENT OF MAJOR EDUCATION ISSUES AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE OF THE COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Alexa Posny will host two sessions at the 2010 Legislative Conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) on Monday, March 22 at the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center. Posny will discuss the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and its alignment with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The CCSSO is an organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.

Who:
Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services,
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Host two 45-minutes sessions at the CCSSO's 2010 Legislative Conference
(Session title: ESEA as a catalyst for transformational change)

Where:
The Westin Washington D.C. City Center
1401 M Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Monday, March 22, 2010, at 1:45 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.

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Event Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010
Contact: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN, SEN. HARKIN, AND REP. MILLER TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE CALL ON LANDMARK STUDENT AID REFORM LEGISLATION

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Rep. George Miller (Calif.) and Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa) will hold a national press conference call with reporters at 3:45 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 18, to discuss the student loan reform bill Congress will consider as part of the health insurance reform legislation.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa)
U.S. Representative George Miller (Calif.)

What:
National press conference call on student loan reform bill

Where:
Dial-in: 888-790-3591
Passcode: Lending

When:
3:45 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, March 18

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Event Date: Friday, March 19, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Justin Hamilton, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO JOIN SEN. BENNET IN DENVER FOR EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE, SCHOOL VISIT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, joined by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, will visit Denver to see and hear about innovative and successful models the state has used to improve learning, drive student achievement and support teachers. The Secretary and Sen. Bennet will hold a roundtable with education leaders from across the state at 1 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd., Denver. Both rural and urban school districts will present innovative models they have used to promote education reform.

Later that afternoon, the Secretary and Sen. Bennet will visit Brown Elementary School, 2550 Lowell Blvd., Denver, where they will tour a classroom and meet with students. Brown Elementary has taken innovative approaches to education, which has resulted in student achievement gains across the board. The school visit will take place at 2:45 p.m., and a media avail follows.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado
Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien
School superintendents

What:
Roundtable with Colorado education leaders

Where:
The Cable Center
2000 Buchtel Blvd.
Denver, CO

When:
1 p.m. MDT Friday, March 19

Event 2

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Sen. Michael Bennet

What:
School visit

Where:
Brown Elementary School
2550 Lowell Blvd.
Denver, CO

When:
2:45 p.m. MDT Friday, March 19
(Media avail follows)

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Event Date: 10 a.m. Thursday, March 18, 2010
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ON PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED EDUCATION BUDGET

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will testify before the House Appropriations Committee on President Obama's proposed 2011 education budget at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Rayburn Building, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. The President's fiscal year 2011 request for the U.S. Department of Education is intended to build on the achievements of the Recovery Act, support a comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and begin to make good on his goal of restoring America to first in the world in college graduation rates by 2020.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

What:
Testimony before the House Appropriations Committee

Where:
Rayburn Building
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
10 a.m. Thursday, March 18

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Event Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 1 p.m. CDT
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION BRENDA DANN-MESSIER TO GIVE REMARKS AT CONFERENCE ON ADULT EDUCATION AND LITERACY

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Education Brenda Dann-Messier will give the keynote remarks during a national conference on adult basic education and literacy at the Chicago Hilton at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 18. Dann-Messier's remarks will focus on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, the American Graduation Initiative, and the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The conference, jointly sponsored by the Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy, will bring together state, local, and national program and policy leaders of adult education and literacy programs. The Illinois Adult Education Professional Association is hosting the event, which is expected to attract more than 1,500 participants.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary,
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Address to the U.S. Conference on Adult Basic Education and Literacy

Where:
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago

When:
Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 1p.m. CDT

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Event Date: March 16-20, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Deputy Secretary Miller to Visit Brazil This Week for Education Outreach Events

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will visit Brazil this week to meet with educators to exchange ideas on effective practices that promote educational excellence and equity for all students. As deputy secretary, Miller is the No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Education. He will be accompanied by Assistant Secretary Russlynn Ali, who heads the department's Office for Civil Rights, which enforces civil rights laws for education.

Who:
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali

What:
Meetings with Brazilian educators on effective practices for promoting educational excellence and equity

When:
Schedule follows

  • Tuesday, March 16:
    Deputy Secretary Miller and Assistant Secretary Ali will meet in Brasilia with leadership at the Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equity.

  • Wednesday, March 17:
    Miller will hold separate meetings with representatives of Brazil's council of state secretaries of education and the Foundation for Improvement of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education. Miller will also deliver opening remarks to start a digital videoconference between students at the Binational Center in Brasilia and Robert L. Patton High School in Morganton, N.C.. Later, he will help inaugurate a new English Language Teaching Resource Center.

  • Thursday, March 18:
    Miller and Ali will meet with Brazilian counterparts for a binational seminar on education equity, during which they will share information on the Education Department's civil rights work.

  • Friday, March 19:
    Miller will meet with Brazil's minister of education in Brasilia to renew the U.S.-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding on Education. A press availability will follow. Later that day, Miller will meet with representatives from nongovernmental organizations in Sao Paulo.

  • Saturday, March 20:
    Miller will meet with the Sao Paulo State Secretary of Education and visit one of the state's community outreach programs. Miller will later deliver the keynote address at the ExpoBelta conference in Sao Paulo on promoting study in the United States, the importance of U.S.-Brazil relations in education, and educational equity in the higher education sector.

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Event Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

Secretary Duncan, NAACP, Diversity Institute to Hold Press Conference Call on Grad Rates of NCAA Tournament Teams

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, and Richard Lapchick of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida will hold a joint press call with reporters Wednesday to discuss the graduation rates of basketball teams in the NCAA tournaments and suggest ways to increase college completion for teams with low graduation rates.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP
Richard Lapchick of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida

What: Press conference call to discuss the graduation rates of basketball teams in the NCAA tournaments and suggest ways to increase college completion for teams with low graduation rates

Where: Dial-in: 888-790-3591
Passcode: Graduation

When: 5:30-6:15 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Event Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 – 10 a.m.(Senate) and 2:30 p.m.(House)
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO TESTIFY ON PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO OVERHAUL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT

Testimony to be given to House and Senate Committees

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will testify on the Obama administration's blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on Wednesday, March 17, before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the House Education and Labor Committee

Event 1

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Senate testimony on President Obama's plans to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Where:
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
216 Hart Building
Washington, D.C.

When:
10 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Event 2

What:
House testimony on President Obama's plans to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Where:
House Education and Labor Committee
2175 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

When:
2:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Event Date: Monday, March 15, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Hold Press Conference Call on Administration Proposal for Reauthorizing ESEA

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hold a national press conference call with reporters today to discuss the administration's proposal to reauthorize ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
National press conference call on administration's blueprint for ESEA

When:
11:30 a.m. EST Monday, March 15

Where:
Dial-in: 800-857-5738, passcode: Excellence

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Event Date: 4 p.m. ET on Monday, March 15, 2010
Contact: Jane Glickman and Stephanie Babyak, 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO ADDRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES' CONGRESSIONAL CITY CONFERENCE

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address some 2,000 elected officials from small to mid-size cities attending the National League of Cities' annual Congressional City Conference at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, March 15, in Washington, D.C. His remarks will address the importance of accountability for improving student outcomes and the special role of community leaders in supporting students and boosting achievement.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference "Education Reform, Accountability, and the Role of Cities"

Where:
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2600 Woodley Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

When:
4 p.m. ET, Monday, March 15, 2010

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Event Date: 10 a.m. EST, Thursday, March 11, 2010

EDUCATION'S KANTER AND POSNY TO TESTIFY ON PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR PUTTING ADULTS BACK TO WORK

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Alexa Posny will testify on the Obama Administration's FY 2011 budget proposal for putting adults back to work at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 11, before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS/ED), 2358 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,Washington, D.C.

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter
Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Alexa Posny

What:
Testimony on President Obama's FY 2011 budget request for returning Americans to work

Where:
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/ED
2358 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C.

When:
10 a.m. EST, Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Event Date: 7:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 10, 2010

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO ADDRESS WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL'S GLOBAL EDUCATION GALA

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give a keynote address at the World Affairs Council's 30th anniversary Global Education Gala at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, at the Ritz Carlton - Washington, D.C. Duncan will also receive the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC International Affairs Award.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

What:
Keynote address followed by Q and A
"The U.S. Global Education Challenge in an Inter-Connected World"

Where:
Ritz-Carlton-Washington, D.C.
1150 22nd St., N.W.

When:
Wednesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m

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Event Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Contact: Justin Hamilton or Jim Bradshaw, 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO HOLD WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE ON LOS ANGELES SCHOOL ACTION

en español

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will hold a press conference Wednesday in Los Angeles to announce an action regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District and its compliance with federal civil rights laws for education.

Following the 3:15 p.m. news conference at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Ali will lead a special "town hall" meeting that evening with parents and community leaders in Los Angeles focused on the education of English language learners in L.A. Unified.

The events follow an announcement Monday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan of his intention to "reinvigorate" the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children.

EVENT ONE

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Press conference to announce an action regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District's compliance with federal civil rights laws for education

Where:
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, room A 350 S. Bixel St.
Los Angeles

When:
3:15 p.m. PT Wednesday, March 10, 2010

EVENT TWO

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Community forum "town hall meeting" with parents and community leaders focused on the education of English language learners in L.A. Unified

Where:
St. Anne's Conference Center
155 N. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles

When:
6-7:30 p.m. PT Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO KEYNOTE EVERYBODY WINS! DC GALA

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will keynote Everybody Wins! DC's 15th annual gala celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. During his speech, Secretary Duncan will praise the efforts of the organization and its volunteers, and highlight the national importance of reading programs.

Everybody Wins! DC is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting children's literacy. The program pairs elementary students in low-income schools with reading mentors in order to instill in students a love of learning through shared reading experiences. For the past 15 years, Everybody Wins! DC has served more than 34,000 students and distributed more than 100,000 books to them.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

What:
Everybody Wins! DC Annual Gala Celebration

Where:
Capital Hilton Hotel
1001 16th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Tuesday, March 9th - 7:00 p.m. EST

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Event Date: Monday, March 8, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updates times for events in Selma.

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN TO VISIT ALABAMA, ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR A REINVIGORATED OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Alabama Monday where he will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights confrontation in Selma, Ala., by announcing plans for a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children.

Secretary Duncan will first visit students and teachers at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, then travel to Selma where he will hold a national press conference call on his intentions for the Education Department's civil rights office. (Dial-in information below)

Following the call, he will march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma with students and civil rights activists, recognizing the 45th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" confrontation which became one of the defining events of America's civil rights movement. Afterwards, he will address students and adults, announcing his plans for reinvigorating the Office for Civil Rights, which protects against discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin and disability status.

EVENT ONE

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Meet students and teachers at Robert E. Lee High School

Where:
225 Ann St., Montgomery, Ala.

When:
12:05-12:45 p.m. CT Monday, March 8

EVENT TWO

What:
National press conference call on reinvigorating Office for Civil Rights

Where:
Dial-in: 888-769-8523, passcode: civil rights..

When:
2-2:30 p.m. CT Monday, March 8

EVENT THREE

What:
Speech announcing plans for a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children.

Where:
Edmund Pettus Bridge, 1012 Water Ave., Selma, Ala.

When:
2:30-2:45 p.m. CT Monday, March 8

EVENT FOUR

What:
March across Edmund Pettus Bridge

Where:
Edmund Pettus Bridge, 1012 Water Ave., Selma, Ala.

When:
3:15-3:30 p.m. CT Monday, March 8

EVENT FIVE

What:
Press availability

Where:
National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, 1012 Water Ave., Selma, Ala.

When:
3:30-3:45 p.m. CT Monday, March 8

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. MT
Contact: David Thomas, 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL TO KEYNOTE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL NEGOTIATORS

Charles Rose, general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the status of competition for Race To The Top funds at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 at the annual conference of the National Association of Educational Negotiators at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Rose serves as the chief legal officer for the department and as the legal adviser to the Secretary of Education on all matters affecting the department's programs and activities.

The North American Association of Educational Negotiators (NAEN) is a network of educational management experts for effective employee relations. NAEN members are management negotiators in K-12 school districts, community colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada who meet annually for professional development and related activities.

Who:
Charles Rose, general counsel, U.S. Department of Education

What:
North American Association of Education Negotiator's 41th Annual Conference

Where:
Chaparral Suites Resort
5001 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Ariz.

When:
Tuesday, March 9th - 1:30 p.m. MT

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Event Date: 10 a.m. to noon PST, Monday, March 8, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING ON TURNING AROUND CALIFORNIA'S LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

California Eligible to Receive $415.8 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Alberto Retana will hold a community meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, March 8, at the San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, to discuss funding available to California to turn around its lowest-performing schools. This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). California is eligible to receive $415.8 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

"California is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring," Retana said. "This Monday, we will meet with San Francisco community leaders, school board members, parents, teachers and union representatives to discuss what needs to be done to pave the way for change."

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
San Francisco Community Meeting on Turnaround Schools

Where:
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
Latino Heritage Room
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA

When:
10 a.m. to noon, Monday, March 8

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Event Date: Monday, March 8, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO ADDRESS TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ON IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss civic education and student engagement when he addresses teachers and students from around the country who participate in the Close Up program. Close Up focuses on educating and inspiring students to become more informed and engaged citizens through civic education programs. Jennings' address to teachers will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Later that afternoon, he will meet with an estimated 200 students at 2:20 p.m. at the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, 550 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

Event 1:

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings

What:
Remarks to teachers who work with students in the Close Up program

Where:
National Press Club
529 14th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
1 p.m. Monday, March 8

Event 2:

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings

What:
Remarks to Close Up program students from around the country

Where:
Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
550 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
2:20 p.m. Monday, March 8

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Event Date: Friday, March 5, 2010 from 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. EST
Contact: David Thomas(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN AND FORMER EDUCATION SECRETARY RICHARD W. RILEY TO DISCUSS NATION'S SCHOOLS AT FIFTH ANNUAL TEACHING AND LEARNING SUMMIT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and one of his predecessors, former Secretary Richard W. Riley, will discuss the past, present and future of the nation's schools at the fifth annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning at the Hilton New York in New York City on Friday, March 5. The Celebration of Teaching & Learning 2010 is a professional development conference that brings together more than 8,500 educators with global experts, activists, academics and artists to share their experiences in and outside of the classroom.

Secretary Duncan and the former Secretary Richard W. Riley, Education Secretary during the Clinton Administration, will discuss the challenges and accomplishments of establishing and sustaining a concerted effort to reform and enhance America's public schools. The conversation will be moderated by Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting System.

The Celebration is hosted by WNET.ORG, the premier public media provider of the New York City metropolitan area and parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN & WLIW21. This year's theme focuses on creativity and will feature sessions on English Language Arts, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Social Studies and Whole School Issues.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley

What:
WNET.ORG's Celebration of Teaching & Learning 2010

Where:
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas @ 53rd Street
Chase Center Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor
New York, N.Y.

When:
Friday, March 5, 2010 from 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. EST

Note to editors: Press availability with Secretary Duncan in Conrad Room on 4th Floor immediately following.

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Event Date: 2:30 p.m. EST Thursday, March 4, 2010
Contact: Justin Hamilton, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO ANNOUNCE RACE TO THE TOP FINALISTS DURING CONFERENCE CALL

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce round-one finalists for the Department's two-round, $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition during a press conference call with reporters at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Press conference call on Race to the Top

Where:
Dial-in: (800) 857-9879
Passcode: Schools

When:
2:30 p.m. EST Thursday, March 4

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Event Date: 1 to 3 p.m. MST Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576; Helen Littlejohn, (303) 325-4284

U.S. Department of Education to Host Community Meeting On Turning Around Colorado's Lowest-Performing Schools

Colorado Eligible to Receive $39.7 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

en español

U.S. Department of Education's Alberto Retana will hold a community meeting this Wednesday at Padres Unidos, 3025 W. 37th Ave., Denver, to discuss funding available to Colorado to turn around its lowest-performing schools. The meeting will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. with Denver community leaders, school board members, parents, teachers, union representatives and others. Since January, Retana has traveled throughout the country, visiting Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Alabama and New Mexico to meet with local and state officials, educators, parents and students on turnaround schools. Later this month, he also will visit Nevada, Maryland and Wisconsin.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Colorado is eligible to receive $39.7 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

"Colorado is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring," Retana said.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Denver Community Meeting on Turnaround Schools

Where:
Padres Unidos
3025 W. 37th Ave.
Denver, CO

When:
1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 3

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Event Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Keynote Association of American Publishers Annual Meeting in D.C.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the keynote address to the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Publishers Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Secretary Duncan will discuss how technology can transform education and the Obama administration's plans to advance the use of technology in schools.

The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. Its more than 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in America, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Keynote address to the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Publishers

Where:
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.

When:
1:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 3

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Contact: press@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education to Host Community Meetings on Turning Around New Mexico's Lowest-Performing Schools

New Mexico Eligible to Receive $28.5 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Alberto Retana will hold several community meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday, March 2, to discuss turning around New Mexico's lowest-performing schools and the $28.5 million available to do so. During his trip, Retana, director of community outreach for the U.S. Department of Education will meet with students, parents and members of the Rio Grande Community at the Westside Community Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m., to discuss the importance of turnaround schools.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). New Mexico is eligible to receive $28.5 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Meeting with students and parents from Rio Grande Community

Where:
Westside Community Center
Albuquerque, NM

When:
6:30 to 8 p.m. MST, Tues., March 2, 2010

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Event Date: 3:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010
Contact: Liz Utrup, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Secretary of Education Hosts Call with High School Students to Discuss Presidential Commencement Challenge and Education Reform

On Wednesday, Mar. 3, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will host a conference call with high school journalists and student leaders to discuss President Obama's Commencement Challenge and the Administration's education reform agenda. The White House and Department of Education launched the Challenge in a presidential video address on Feb. 18. The Challenge invites public high schools across the country to compete to have the President speak at their graduation ceremony this spring. Public high school principals can complete applications at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/Commencement until March 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Following the application deadline, the White House and Department of Education will select six finalists. The public will be invited to review the finalists and vote for the three most deserving schools. The President will select a national winner from these three finalists and deliver the commencement address to the high school's class of 2010.

The Challenge offers public high schools across the country the opportunity to highlight their hard work toward academic excellence and college readiness, and how they are helping prepare students to meet the President's 2020 goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Conference call with high school journalists and student leaders to discuss the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge and education reform

Where:
Dial-in: 888-970-4134
Passcode: SCHOOLS

When:
3:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 3

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Event Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw 202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION ASSISTANT SECRETARY, FORMERLY POMONA SUPERINTENDENT, TO VISIT LONG BEACH, BALDWIN PARK SCHOOLS

Assistant Secretary Thelma Meléndez, who heads the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, will visit schools offering exemplary programs Friday in Long Beach and Baldwin Park. Meléndez served as superintendent of the Pomona Unified School District until her Senate confirmation last July.

In Long Beach, she will tour International Elementary School from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. followed by a media availability. From there she will observe a teacher training program at the Teacher Resource Center in Signal Hill, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Afterwards, she will meet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. with students in the college and career technical program at Baldwin Park, Calif., High School. A media availability will follow.

As assistant secretary, Meléndez oversees several major programs aimed at helping promote educational excellence for America's elementary and secondary students. She received her bachelor's degree from UCLA and doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Who:
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana,
assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education,
U.S. Department of Education

What:
School visits in Long Beach and Baldwin Park, Calif.

Schedule:
** 8:30-10 a.m.
Visit International Elementary School,
700 Locust Avenue, Long Beach.
Media availability at 9:45 a.m.

** 10:30
Observe teacher training at Teacher Resource Center,
Teacher Resource Center,
Room AB, 1299 East 32nd St.,
Signal Hill, Calif.

** 1:30-3 p.m.
Visit Baldwin Park High School, touring college and career technical program, interacting with students,
3900 North Puente Ave.,
Baldwin Park, Calif.,
with media availability at 2:45 p.m.

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Event Date: 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Deputy Education Secretary to Keynote Education Industry Association Conference

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will provide an overview of the Department of Education's reform agenda and discuss the importance of building on successful private sector initiatives when he keynotes the Education Industry Association's 10th annual conference. His keynote address will take place at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Education Industry Association, headquartered in Rockville, Md., consists of more than 450 members who are engaged in driving innovation in partnership with states and school districts across the country. Its membership includes charter schools and charter management organizations, online learning and teacher education and professional development programs.

Who:
U.S. Deputy Education Secretary Tony Miller

What:
Remarks at Education Industry Association's annual conference

Where:
Liaison Hotel
415 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25

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Event Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Contact: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Rural Community College Day Focuses on Meeting President Obama's 2020 Graduation Goal

Education Officials Join Rural Community College Alliance to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities to Increase College Graduation and Career Training

U.S. Department of Education officials will join more than 20 community college and university administrators at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Holiday Inn Capitol as part of the Rural Community College Alliance's "Rural Community College Day" activities in Washington, DC. Education officials will provide program briefings and an overview of the American Graduation Initiative. They also will receive feedback about challenges and opportunities for rural community colleges to contribute to President Obama's goal of America having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

Who:
Frank Chong, deputy assistant secretary for community colleges, U.S. Department of Education
John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Randy Smith, president, Rural Community College Alliance
Rural Community College presidents (see list below)

WHAT:
Rural Community College Day education policy briefings

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
8:30 a.m.-Noon

Where:
Holiday Inn Capitol - Apollo Room
550 C Street S.W. Washington, DC

Attendees:
Name Organization

  1. Felicia Casados New Mexico State-Grants NM
  2. Oliver Young Southwest Mississippi Comm. College MS
  3. Bill Tucker Southwest Mississippi Comm. College MS
  4. Phil Sutphin East Central Community College MS
  5. Ed Davis Mississippi State University MS
  6. Marty Wiseman Mississippi State University MS
  7. Mike Chipps Mid-Plains Community College NE
  8. Marsha Drennon State Fair Community College MO
  9. Ted Spring New River Comm. and Tech. College WV
  10. Blair McDonald Pierpont Community College WV
  11. Randy Smith Rural Community College Alliance OK
  12. Roy Smith Northeast MN Higher Ed. District MN
  13. Debbie Parrish Keweenaw Bay Comm. College MI
  14. Terry Suarez Mountain Empire Comm. College VA
  15. Herb Swender Frank Phillips Comm. College TX
  16. Mike Metke Tyler Junior College TX
  17. Steve Katsinas University of Alabama AL
  18. Linda Hagadorn Iowa State University IA
  19. Marcie McLaughlin Rural Policy Research Institute DC
  20. John Salois Blackfeet Community College MT
  21. Jim Shanley Ft. Peck Community College MT
  22. Jim Davis Turtle Mountain Comm. College ND
  23. Terri Burchell Mid-Plains Community College NE

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Event Dates: Monday, Feb. 22 and Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON TURNING AROUND TEXAS' LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Texas Eligible to Receive $337.9 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Alberto Retana will hold several community meetings in Austin, Texas, today (Monday) and Tuesday, Feb. 22-23, to discuss turning around Texas' lowest-performing schools and the $337.9 million available to do so. During his two-day trip, Retana will meet with students at Reagan High School, parents of students who attend schools in the St. John area, and members of the St. John Community School Alliance.

Retana, director of community outreach for the U.S. Department of Education, will meet with students at Reagan High School from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Feb. 22, to hear how they worked with the community to improve their school and keep it open. Later this evening, at 7 p.m., Retana will travel to St. John Community Center to meet with parents whose children attend schools in the St. John area. He will hold a community discussion on the importance of turnaround schools.

On Tuesday, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Webb Middle School, Retana will meet with the St. John Community School Alliance to discuss its role in stopping the closure of Webb Middle and bringing strong turnaround improvements in the St. John area. The Alliance consist of more than 55 partner organizations, including non-profits, churches, businesses, schools and community groups, that meet monthly to plan ways to coordinate youth support in the St. John area.

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Texas is eligible to receive $337.9 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Event 1

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Meeting with students at Reagan High School

Where:
Reagan High School
7104 Berkman Dr.
Austin, Texas

When: 4 to 6 p.m. CST today, Feb. 22

Event 2

What:
Meeting with parents whose children attend schools in the St. John area

Where:
St. John Community Center
7500 Blessing Ave.
Austin, Texas

When:
7 p.m. CST today, Feb. 22

Event 3

What:
Meeting with St. John Community School Alliance on Turnaround Schools

Where:
Webb Middle School
601 E. St. Johns Ave.
Austin, Texas

When:
Noon to 1:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 23

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Event Date: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Justin Hamilton, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO ADDRESS NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will discuss the Administration's education agenda and the important role states play when he gives remarks at the National Governors Association's winter meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

The National Governors Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the collective voice of the nation's governors. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Governors

What:
Remarks at National Governors Association's winter meeting

Where:
JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Salons III and IV
Washington, D.C.

When:
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21

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Event Date: Monday, Feb. 22, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO APPEAR ON CONFERENCE PANEL IN ORLANDO EXPLORING AMERICA'S CIVIL RIGHTS PROGRESS

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in a panel discussion Monday in Orlando on the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court ruling which began the process of integrating America's schools a half-century ago. The group will also explore the importance of diversity in today's interconnected global marketplace.

The panel is part of the Stetson University College of Law's 31st Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education, set for the Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel, 8101 World Center Drive in Orlando.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights,
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Participation on a panel, "The Legacy of Brown in the Obama Era," at the Stetson University College of Law's 31st Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education

Where:
Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Fla.

When: 1:30–3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

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Event Date: Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan to Address Teachers College Group, Visit Single Gender Public School in Atlanta

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Atlanta Friday, delivering the keynote address to the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Following his speech, Duncan will tour the Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy, a public, all-girls school currently serving grades 6-8.

In his remarks to teacher college representatives, set for 12:15 p.m., Secretary Duncan will address the need to elevate and overhaul preparation programs for teachers and principals in the United States. He will also speak to the administration's plans to dramatically expand support for effective preparation programs.

Following that appearance, Duncan will travel to Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy at 1:30 p.m. where he will visit a classroom, host a roundtable discussion with local educators and hold a media availability.

Event One

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Where:
Hilton Atlanta, Grand Ballroom
255 Courtland St., N.E.
Atlanta

When: 12:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Event Two

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Atlanta Schools Superintendent Beverly L. Hall

What:
Classroom visit, roundtable discussion with local educators and media availability.

Where:
Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy
1190 Northwest Dr.
Atlanta

When:
1:30-2:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

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Event Date: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at 12:15 p.m. EST
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION BRENDA DANN-MESSIER TO ADDRESS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE WORKFORCE AGENCIES' WINTER POLICY FORUM

U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier will keynote a luncheon at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies' (NASWA) Winter Policy Forum on Thursday, Feb. 18 in Washington, D.C. Dann-Messier will discuss how the workforce system can work more effectively with postsecondary education, vocational, and adult education, as well as federal student aid.

NASWA is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other programs and services provided through the publicly-funded state workforce system.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

What:
Address to the National Association of State Workforce Agencies Winter Policy Forum

When:
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 - 12:15 p.m.

Where:
Hyatt Regency Washington (Regency A Ballroom)
400 New Jersey, Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

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Event Date: 1:30-2 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010
Contact: Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Hold Conference Call on Direct Lending and Making College More Affordable

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. EST, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hold a conference call with reporters to discuss direct lending and President Obama's initiative to make college more affordable.

What:
Conference call with media on direct lending and making college more affordable.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

When:
1:30 to 2 p.m. EST

How:
Dial-in: 888-972-6898
Passcode: Lending

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Event Date: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2009
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN, CONGRESSMAN CONNOLLY TO VISIT RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY ON ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF RECOVERY ACT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly will highlight the achievements of the Recovery Act at Riverside Elementary School at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly
Fairfax County Superintendent Jack Dale

What:
Visit to Riverside Elementary School to discuss accomplishments of the Recovery Act on its one year anniversary.

Where:
Riverside Elementary School
8410 Old Mount Vernon Road
Alexandria, Va.

When:
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2009
10:05-10:15 a.m.: Kindergarten classroom visit
10:20-10:50 a.m.: Roundtable discussion in the library
10:50 a.m.: Press availability

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Event Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

Civil Rights Assistant Secretary to Keynote New York Conference Exploring Impact of Stimulus Funding on Educational Opportunity

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver the keynote address to the Fifth Annual Equity Symposium at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York.

The conference will explore the impact of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) on equity and opportunity for low-income students. More than 300 are expected, including educators, policymakers, teacher union officials and others.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote address to the Fifth Annual Equity Symposium, convened by the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York

Where:
Cowin Center
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th St.
New York

When:
9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

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Event Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Brenda Dann-Messier to Address National Skills Coalition

U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) Brenda Dann-Messier will discuss the goals and vision for OVAE at the National Skills Coalition annual summit in Washington, D.C, on Feb. 9. Dann-Messier will explain how her office's activities will help to support the development of stronger educational pathways for workers at all skill levels.

The skills summit will bring together more than 150 workforce development experts from across the nation to discuss the future of federal training and education policies. The summit will also address how the workforce community can effectively partner with federal agencies and Congress on strategies to improve economic prosperity.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education U.S. Department of Education

What:
Address to the National Skills Coalition Annual Skills Summit

Where:
Madison Hotel (Dolley Madison Room)
1177 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC

When:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 12:30 p.m.

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Event Date: Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

Civil Rights Assistant Secretary to Keynote Magnet Schools of America Legislative Conference

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver the keynote address to the 2010 National Legislative Advocacy Conference sponsored by the Magnet Schools of America at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1012 14th St., N.W., in Washington.

Magnet schools are elementary and secondary public schools of choice. They use public funds and serve as models for school improvement, providing students an opportunity to succeed academically while learning in a racially diverse environment.

Assistant Secretary Ali will discuss the administration's support for magnet schools, as evidenced by its proposed 10 percent increase in the FY 2011 budget, along with the historically important role that magnets have played in providing both excellent educational opportunities and diverse learning environments.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Keynote address to the 2010 National Legislative Advocacy Conference sponsored by the Magnet Schools of America

Where:
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
1012 14th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.

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Event Date: Monday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.
Contact: Gregg Wiggins, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Education Secretary to Address Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh, N.C.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the keynote address to the annual Emerging Issues Forum of the Institute for Emerging Issues at the Raleigh Convention Center. Secretary Duncan will discuss the importance of a well-rounded education to economic prosperity for individuals and for the nation.

A media availability will follow.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Secretary Duncan speaks to the Emerging Issues Forum

When:
Monday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. Media availability begins approximately 5 p.m.

Where:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Emerging Issues Forum
Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, N.C.

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Event Date: 10 a.m. to Noon EST, Monday, Feb. 8, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING ON TURNING AROUND PENNSYLVANIA'S LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Pennsylvania Eligible to Receive Approximately $163 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Alberto Retana will hold a community meeting at the Department's regional office in Philadelphia from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 8, to discuss funding available to Pennsylvania to turn around its lowest-performing schools. This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Pennsylvania is eligible to receive an estimated $163 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

"Pennsylvania is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring," Retana said. "This Monday, we will meet with Philadelphia community leaders, school board members, parents, teachers and union representatives to discuss what needs to be done to pave the way for change."

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grant program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Philadelphia Community Meeting on Turnaround Schools

Where:
U.S. Department of Education Regional Office
The Wanamaker Building, 5th Floor North
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA

When:
10 a.m. to Noon, Monday, Feb. 8

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Discuss President Obama's Plans to Make Student Loans and College More Affordable

On Thursday, February 4, at 3:30 p.m. EST, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hold a call with college journalists to discuss President Obama's plans to open the doors of college and opportunity. Specifically, he will discuss the President's proposal to strengthen income-based repayment plans for student loans by reducing monthly payments and shortening the repayment period. As outlined in his budget, the President's proposal would have overburdened borrowers pay only 10 percent of their discretionary income in loan repayments and have their remaining debt forgiven after 20 years. Those in public service careers will have their debt forgiven after 10 years. Secretary Duncan will also discuss the President's proposal to increase Pell Grants and steps that will put them on firm financial footing.

What: Call with college journalists to discuss President Obama's Plans to Make Student Loans and College More Affordable

Who: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

When: Thursday, February 4, 2010—3:30 p.m. EST

Dial-In: Participant dial in: (800) 288-8960, no passcode necessary. If prompted, this is the "White House call."

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Event Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. MST
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov. Denver contact: Helen Littlejohn 303-325-4284

U.S. Assistant Education Secretary to Visit Goldrick Elementary School in Denver and Meet with Teachers and Administrators

Dr. Melendez de Santa Ana will discuss reauthorization of ESEA and success of bilingual education in Denver

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana will visit Goldrick Elementary School in Denver at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Ten students, dressed in their native attire, will greet Dr. Melendez de Santa Ana in different languages. Following the greeting, Dr. Melendez de Santa Ana will visit classrooms and observe lessons. She will also meet with teachers and administrators to discuss their success with bilingual education, English Language Acquisition and dual language education and to ask for their ideas on education reform and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Who:
Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Dr. Melendez will visit classrooms, observe lessons and meet with teachers and administrators.
Media availability will follow the classroom visits.

When:
8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m., Greeting by students in various languages
8:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Meet and greet with principal and Denver school administrators, followed by school tour and classroom observations
10:30-10:45 a.m., Media availability

Where:
Goldrick Elementary School
1050 South Zuni Street
Denver, CO 80223

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Event Date:Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 11:15 a.m. EST
Contacts: Sandra Abrevaya (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY TO TEACH LESSON ON FEDERAL BUDGET TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS

Duncan to be Joined by Virginia Secretary of Education & Fairfax County Superintendent

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Falls Church High School in Falls Church, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 2 to teach a lesson on the federal budget to an advanced placement Government and Politics class of high school seniors. Secretary Duncan will be joined in the classroom by Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson and Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale.

A media availability will follow the class.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale

What:
Secretary Duncan teaches a class on the federal budget

When:
Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 11:15 a.m. Media availability begins approximately 12:05 p.m. EST

Where:
Falls Church High School 7521 Jaguar Trail Falls Church, Va.

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Event Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. EST
Contacts: Justin Hamilton or Sandra Abrevaya (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

PRESS CONFERENCE CALL TODAY WITH SECRETARY DUNCAN ON EDUCATION BUDGET, ESEA REAUTHORIZATION

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hold a press conference call with reporters from 1:30 to 2 p.m. EST today to discuss the Education Department's budget and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. To meet the President's 2020 goal and secure our economic future, the Administration is investing heavily in college access, adult education, K-12 reform and early learning. The Administration is building bipartisan and grass-roots support for reauthorizing the federal education law to boost standards, promote a well-rounded education, foster competition, and give states and districts as much flexibility as possible. The President will propose an increase in the education budget and is expected to discuss education in tonight's State of the Union

.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Press conference call with reporters to discuss Education Department's budget and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Where:
Conference call dial-in: 888-469-3050
Passcode: Education

When:
1:30-2 p.m. EST today, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

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Event Date: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. EST, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING ON TURNING AROUND OHIO'S LOWEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Ohio Eligible to Receive $152.1 Million to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Department of Education's Alberto Retana will hold a community meeting at the Concourse Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, to discuss funding available to Ohio to turn around its lowest-performing schools. This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states a total of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around their lowest-performing schools. The funds will be awarded by formula to states, which will then make competitive grants to local education agencies (LEAs). Ohio is eligible to receive $152.1 million to turn around its lowest-performing schools.

“Ohio is currently taking a hard look at its lowest-performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring,” Retana said. “This Friday, we will meet with Columbus community leaders, school board members, parents, teachers and union representatives to discuss what needs to be done to pave the way for change.”

In order for states to qualify for funding under the Title I School Improvement grants program, they are required to identify their lowest-performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improving student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving.
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Who:
Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Columbus, Ohio Community Meeting on Turnaround Schools

Where:
Concourse Hotel and Conference Center
4300 International Gateway
Columbus, OH

When:
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. EST Friday, Jan. 29

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Event Date: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

NATIONAL FFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO MEET TUESDAY ON FUTURE OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION

Student officers of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, along with the National FFA Board of Directors and National FFA Board Consultants, will hold a joint meeting Tuesday at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington to discuss the future of agricultural education.

The group will review educational trends, issues and related initiatives to help the National FFA Organization Board of Directors in strategic planning and developing mission-based policies.

Who:
Student and adult leaders of the National FFA Organization Student national officers include:
National FFA President Levy Randolph, Hemet, Calif.
National FFA Southern Region Vice President Chelsea Doss, Christiana, Tenn.
National FFA Secretary Bethany Bohnenblust, Altamont, Kan.
National FFA Eastern Region Vice President Alexandria Henry, Elwell, Mich.
National FFA Western Region Vice President Randa Braune, Industry, Texas
National FFA Central Region Vice President Chase Rose, Clyde Park, Mont.

What:
Meeting to discuss the future of agricultural education

Where:
U.S. Department of Education's
Potomac Center Plaza Building 550 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
10:45 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010

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Event Date: Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. EST
Contacts: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or david.thomas@ed.gov

DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO JOIN STEM CONVERSATION AT MATH AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP LEARNING NETWORK CONFERENCE

Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton and Michael Lach, the Secretary of Education's science advisor, will join a conversation about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Learning Network Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C. on Monday, Jan. 25. They will talk about the role of STEM education as part of the Obama administration's broader education reform efforts and opportunities for STEM to advance the country's innovation agenda in education and other areas requiring STEM competencies.

This is the 8th Annual National Science Foundation (NSF) MSP Learning Network Conference and brings together approximately 400 participants representing the NSF funded MSPs from across the nation. In addition, as part of the collaboration between ED's and NSF's MSP programs, a number of ED state-funded MSP projects will be in attendance.

Who:
Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton, Office of Innovation and Improvement Michael Lach,
science advisor to U.S.Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Math and Science Partnership Learning Network Conference

Where:
Renaissance Washington Hotel
999 Ninth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202

When:
Monday, Jan. 25 - 4:30 p.m. EST

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Event Date: Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-1576 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

NATIONAL FFA LEADERS TO MEET WITH EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will meet Friday with leaders of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America. The group, which will include national officers representing a half-dozen states, will discuss with Secretary Duncan the needs of agriculture education. The secretary will commend the students for their preparation as future leaders and innovators in agricultural industries. More than a half-million students from all 50 states belong to FFA.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
National FFA President Levy Randolph (California)
National FFA Southern Region Vice President Chelsea Doss (Tennessee)
National FFA Secretary Bethany Bohnenblust (Kansas)
National FFA Eastern Region Vice President Alexandria Henry (Michigan)
National FFA Western Region vice President Randa Braune (Texas)
National FFA Central Region vice President Chase Rose (Montana)

What:
Meeting with Secretary Duncan and national FFA leaders to discuss the needs of agriculture education.

Where:
Secretary's Conference Room
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington

When:
9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

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Event Date: 4 p.m. EST, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw, U.S. Education Department, 202-401-1576
Ida R. Eblinger Kelley, U.S. Education Department, 202-641-8178
or Matthew T. Sheaff, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 202-449-8154

DIRECTORS OF WHITE HOUSE HISPANIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE, NATIONAL HEAD START TO VISIT LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

en Español

Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative for Excellence in Hispanic Education, and Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, national director of the Office of Head Start in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will meet Friday at the Los Angeles County Office of Education in Downey with more than 250 school leaders to provide updates and get feedback on the Obama administration's efforts to promote educational excellence for Hispanic Americans and all students.

Who:
Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative for Excellence in Hispanic Education Yvette Sanchez
Fuentes, national director of the Office of Head Start, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What:
Directors Sepulveda and Sanchez Fuentes will meet with more than 250 school leaders to provide updates and get feedback on the Obama administration's efforts to promote educational excellence for Hispanic Americans and all students.

Where:
Los Angeles County Office of Education, Board Room, 9300 Imperial Highway, Downey, Calif.

When:
Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
9:30-10 a.m. -- News media briefing

10 a.m.-1 p.m. (closed) -- Sepulveda will remain in the Board Room for a closed-door "group conversation" with local superintendents and board members.

10:15-11 a.m. -- Sanchez Fuentes will visit with staff, parents and children at the Plaza de la Raza Head Start preschool across the street in the L.A. County education office's Education Center West Building.

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Event Date: 4 p.m. EST, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
Contacts: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO DISCUSS ESEA REAUTHORIZATION AT NATIONAL TITLE I CONFERENCE

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will address more than 2,800 educators at the 2010 National Title I Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. He will discuss the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act when he gives remarks at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

The four-day conference, which will take place Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 21-24, will feature more than 100 sessions that focus on key elements of Title I and its relationship with other federal programs. Title I is the largest single federal aid program for elementary and secondary education.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, U.S. Department of Education
Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services, U.S. Department of Education
Title I directors and other educators from around the country

What:
Remarks at National Title I Conference

Where:
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
Potomac Ballroom
National Harbor, MD

When:
4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22

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Event Date: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010
Contacts: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-1576 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

CIVIL RIGHTS ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO ADDRESS NATIONAL URBAN FELLOWS' 40TH ANNIVERSARY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will address the National Urban Fellows' 40th Anniversary Leadership Conference Thursday at the Top of the Hill Center in the Reserve Officers Association of the United States Building in Washington, D.C. National Urban Fellows is a leadership development organization founded to counter the under-representation of people of color and women in leadership positions.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Address to the National Urban Fellows' 40th Anniversary Leadership Conference

Where:
Top of the Hill Centerbr
Reserve Officers Association of the United States Building
One Constitution Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

When:
2-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

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Event Date: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
Contacts: Gregg Wiggins (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

SECRETARY DUNCAN TO ADDRESS U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak and hold a Q&A session with about 250 of the nation's mayors when he attends a luncheon during the 78th winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Secretary Duncan will discuss the role of mayors in education and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a nonpartisan organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to U.S. Conference of Mayors

Where:
Capital Hilton Hotel
1001 16th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m.

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Event Date: 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010
Contacts: Justin Hamilton or Sandra Abrevaya, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary to Hold Teleconference on Race to the Top

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will discuss the Race to the Top grant competition during a conference call with reporters at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The dial-in number is (888) 942-9690; pass code: education.

Race to the Top Fund is a $4.35 billion competitive grant program designed to encourage and reward states that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform, achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, and implementing ambitious plans in four core education reform areas: tough academic standards, recruiting and keeping effective teachers, tracking student performance with refined data collection methods, and turning around the lowest performing schools.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Press briefing by conference call on the Race to the Top grant competition

Where:
Conference call dial-in: (888) 942-9690; pass code: education

When:
1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 19

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Event Date: Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 – 10 a.m. ET
Contact: Contact: David Thomas
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO HELP AT D.C.'s RON H. BROWN MIDDLE SCHOOL AS PART OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Under Secretary Martha Kanter and more than 50 Department of Education employees and their families will participate in City Year's service project in Washington D.C. at Ron H. Brown Middle School on Monday, Jan. 18. They will help beautify the school with painting and small construction jobs, as well as make blankets for a homeless shelter and create transitional housing kits.

Department employees will join more than 600 community and corporate volunteers, as they paint murals, build bookshelves, and reorganize books in the library on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to celebrate and honor his memory.

Founded in 1988, City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them valuable skills and opportunities. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England.

Who:
Secretary Arne Duncan
Under Secretary Martha Kanter
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, District of Columbia City Council
600 community and corporate volunteers

What:
Community service project at local middle school where volunteers help beautify the school

When:
Monday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where:
Ron H. Brown Middle School, 4800 Meade Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.

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Event Date: Friday, Jan. 15, 2010
Contact: Contact: Justin Hamilton or Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN TO ADDRESS MARTIN LUTHER KING BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT EBENEZER BAPTIST IN ATLANTA

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks during the Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration Friday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church (new church) Friday in Atlanta. Secretary Duncan will pay tribute to Dr. King's legacy of striving for educational equity.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration

When:
Friday, Jan. 15, 2010; program lasts from 9 to 11 a.m.

Where:
Ebenezer Baptist Church (new church)
407 Auburn Ave.
Atlanta

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Event Date: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010
Contact: Contact: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN TO ADDRESS NCAA CONVENTION

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the 2010 NCAA Convention Thursday in Atlanta, stressing the value of sports in higher education and the need to raise college persistence and graduation rates, especially for men's basketball teams at Division I institutions and men's football teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A).

More than 2,000 are expected to attend the 3:30 p.m. general session at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel's Centennial Ballroom, 265 Peachtree St., N.E., in Atlanta.

Duncan will praise many of the steps that the NCAA has taken in recent years to improve accountability and boost college graduation rates and applaud Myles Brand's legacy at the NCAA. At the same time, Secretary Duncan will cite some of the abuses that continue to occur and call upon college presidents, athletic directors and the NCAA to take steps to hold institutions accountable if they have low graduation rates for student-athletes.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Address to the 2010 NCAA Convention with more than 2,000 expected at the general session

When:
3:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Where:
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel
Centennial Ballroom
265 Peachtree St., N.E.
Atlanta

WEB PAGE:
http://www.ed.gov/news/staff/bios/duncan.html

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Event Date: 1 to 3 p.m. CST Monday, Jan. 11, 2010
Contact: Contact: Patrick Kerr, Senior Public Affairs Officer (Kansas City)
(816) 268-0403 or Patrick.Kerr@ed.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HOST KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY MEETING ON TURNAROUND SCHOOLS

Missouri Eligible For Nearly $400 Million to Turn Around Low Performing Schools

This Monday, Jan. 11, Alberto Retana, U.S. Department of Education's Director of Community Outreach, will host a community meeting on turnaround schools in Kansas City. Last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced $3.5 billion to turn around our nation's lowest performing schools. Missouri is eligible for $382,352,113 as part of this program.

“Missouri is currently taking a hard look at its lowest performing schools to make tough decisions about where to invest millions of dollars that will be available to them this spring,” Retana said. “On Monday, we will meet with Kansas City community leaders, school board members, parents, teachers and union representatives to discuss what needs to be done to pave the way for change.”

This spring, the U.S. Department of Education will award states $3.5 billion through its turnaround program, School Improvement Grants. States will be required to identify their lowest performing schools and transform them with one of the four following intervention models:

  • Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time, and budgeting) to implement fully a comprehensive approach to substantially improve student outcomes.
  • Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
  • School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the LEA that are higher achieving
  • Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.

Who:
Alberto Retana, Director of Community Outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Zollie Stevenson, Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability, U.S. Department of Education

What:
Kansas City Community Meeting on Turnaround Schools

When:
1 to 3 p.m. CST, Monday, Jan. 11, 2010

Where:
U.S. Department of Education
8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2014
Kansas City, MO

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Event Date: 10 a.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010
Contact: Contact: Justin Hamilton or Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY AND U.S. SURGEON GENERAL TO VISIT CARLIN SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VACCINATION CLINIC

Officials to Highlight Importance of Second Dose of H1N1 Vaccine for Children under the age of 10

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, joined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, will visit a school-based flu vaccination clinic on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Carlin Springs Elementary School in Arlington, Va., where local school children will receive their second dose of the H1N1 vaccine. Prior to visiting the clinic, Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius, along with Dr. Benjamin, will hold a media availability to discuss the importance of having children, ages 10 and younger, receive a second dose of the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin

What:
Media avail and visit to a school-based flu vaccination clinic

When:
10 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2010
Note: Press preset at 9:45 a.m.

Where:
Carlin Springs Elementary School
Gymnasium
5995 5th Road South
Arlington, VA

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January 4, 2010

President Obama to Honor Teachers and Mentors, Announce Key Partnerships in "Educate to Innovate" Campaign

Washington — On Wednesday January 6, at his second "Educate to Innovate" Campaign event for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education, President Obama will honor educators from across the country for awards received for excellence in mathematics and science teaching and mentoring. The President will also announce key new partnerships in his campaign to help reach the Administration's goal of moving American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. In November, President Obama announced a series of high-powered partnerships involving leading companies, foundations, non-profit organizations, and science and engineering societies dedicated to motivating and inspiring young people across America to excel in science and math. For more information on the President's Educate to Innovate Campaign, click here.

The event will be webcast at www.whitehouse.gov/live and is open press. Interested reporters who are in Washington and who do not have a White House hard pass should email media_affairs@who.eop.gov with their full name, date of birth, Social Security number, and country of citizenship by 4 p.m. Tuesday January 5. Reporters will not receive a confirmation of clearance, but we will contact you if additional information is needed.

Reporters should enter through the Northwest Gate (on Penn at Jackson Pl) and be prepared to show ID and go through security. The gather location will be the Palm Room doors. (Pre-Set 12:30 p.m., Final Gather 1:00 p.m.). Note that reporters who arrive after the final gather time will not be able to attend the event.

More than 80 teachers from across the country are expected to attend this event at the White House. For bios and a list of the teachers who received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and will be recognized, click here.

More than 20 mentors are also expected to attend this event at the White House and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. They are:

  • Frank T. Bayliss Jr., San Francisco State University, CA
  • Laura Lynne J. Bottomley, North Carolina State University, NC
  • Goldie S. Byrd, North Carolina A&T State University, NC
  • Suzzette F. Chopin, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, University of Central Florida , FL
  • Patricia A. DeLeon, University of Delaware, DE
  • Nancy L. Elwess, SUNY College, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Benjamin C. Flores, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
  • Susan M. Kauzlarich, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Philip Kutzko, University of Iowa, IA
  • Cato T. Laurencin, University of Virginia, VA
  • Jerzy R. Leszczynski, Jackson State University, MS
  • Mary Anne Nelson, University of New Mexico, NM
  • Steven B. Oppenheimer, California State University, Northridge, CA
  • Stacy Phelps, Chief Executive Officer, The American Indian Institute for Innovation, SD
  • Ashanti Johnson, University of South Florida and Institute for Broadening Participation, FL
  • Kennedy J. Reed, Lawrence Livermore Natl. Lab. and the University of California, CA
  • Kenneth S. Sajwan, Savannah State University, GA
  • Richard N. Zare, Stanford University, CA
  • Leadership Alliance, Providence, RI
  • Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket, MA
  • Project Exploration, Chicago, IL

For more information on the awards these teachers and mentors received, click here.

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Event Date: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010
Contact: Contact: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN, DR. JILL BIDEN, AND D.C.'S BANNEKER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE SIMPLER APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Dr. Jill Biden, and senior department officials will join local students as they work with school counselors to complete the new, streamlined 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at an event at Benjamin Banneker Senior High School, 800 Euclid St., N.W., Washington, D.C., at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5. A media availability will follow the demonstration.

Secretary Duncan and Dr. Biden will first visit a classroom and have a conversation with Banneker's international baccalaureate students; Duncan will highlight improvements to the FAFSA that make it simpler, shorter, and more user friendly. They will then visit the counseling office and talk to students as they complete the FAFSA from school computers.

President Obama has challenged the nation to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020, and simplifying the federal student aid application process supports that goal by making it easier for students to access financial support for postsecondary studies. For the 2010-11 academic year, students could begin filing their FAFSAs on January 1, 2010.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Dr. Jill Biden, 29 year educator and wife of Vice President Joe Biden
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter
U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Education Bob Shireman
Anita Berger, principal, Benjamin Banneker High School

What:
Discussion with students and demonstration of filing the 2010-2011 FAFSA

When:
9:30 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Where:
Benjamin Banneker Senior High School
800 Euclid St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

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Event Date: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009
Contact: Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-1576 or
jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON REAUTHORIZATION OF WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT SET FOR THURSDAY IN D.C.

Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier will hold a community conversation on reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Thursday in Washington. This key dialogue is one in a series held by Dann-Messier since assuming office in October. During that time, she has visited with adult education stakeholders across the country, including adult learners, teachers and local and state WIA administrators.

WIA provides funds for adult basic education, English language acquisition and high school completion. The goal of the conversations is to facilitate a candid and constructive discussion among a range of stakeholders to help the Education Department inform its thinking as it prepares for reauthorization of the law, enacted in 1998.

Who:
Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education,
U.S. Department of Education

What:
Community conversation on reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, soliciting public opinion on how the law is working and what needs to be improved

Where:
Hall of States
444 N. Capitol St., N.W.,
Washington, D.C.,
room 333.
Note: a government-issued photo ID is required for entry into the facility.

When:
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to noon

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Event Date: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009
Contact: Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-1576 or
jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO CONVENE LISTENING AND LEARNING SESSION ON EDUCATION REFORM IN BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

Peter Groff, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education, will visit Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday as part of the department's national Listening and Learning tour to hear from the public about improving American education, particularly the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

In a meeting starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Branch of the Birmingham Public Library, Groff will discuss with school, community, faith, philanthropy and business leaders what they believe should be done to achieve excellence in education. Joining Groff at the session will be Joseph B. Morton, Alabama state superintendent of education.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other Education Department officials have held similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country in recent months as Congress prepares to reauthorize the ESEA.

Earlier in the day, Groff will visit Tarrant Middle and High School in Tarrant, Ala., from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Clay-Chalkville High School in Pinson, Ala., from 12:45 to 2 p.m.

Who:
Peter Groff, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education Alabama State Superintendent of Education Joseph B. Morton

What:
Listening and Learning tour to gather public thoughts on how to improve American education.

Where:
Birmingham Public Library, Central Branch 2100 Park Place Birmingham, Ala.

When:
3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

WEB SITE:
http://www.ed.gov/blog/topic/listening-tour/ (Listening and Learning Tour)

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Event Date: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16
Contact: Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

SECRETARY DUNCAN TO HONOR NATIONAL HISTORY TEACHER OF THE YEAR

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will congratulate the National History Teacher of the Year and talk to students during a ceremony to honor the 2009 recipient, Utah Teacher Tim Bailey, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at The School Without Walls at 2130 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Bailey will receive the $10,000 award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which conducts the Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award program as part of its larger effort to promote the study and love of American history.

Winners are selected in each of the 50 states, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific. From those winners, a national award winner is chosen. Each state honoree receives $1,000 and an archive of books and resources.

Who:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Utah Teacher Tim Bailey – The 2009 Preserve America National History Teacher of the Year

What:
Recognition ceremony for National History Teacher of the Year Award

Where:
The School Without Walls Senior High School
2130 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16

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Event Date: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009
Contact: Contact: Gregg Wiggins (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY JOINS FTC AND FCC CHAIRMEN TO INTRODUCE ONLINE SAFETY GUIDEBOOK FOR PARENTS

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chairman Jon Leibowitz and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski will visit Jefferson Middle School in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Dec. 16 to introduce Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online. The booklet is a guide for parents as they teach and help children navigate the Internet.

The free Net Cetera guidebook addresses several topics, including safe use of social networking Web sites, "cyberbullying", and the importance of protecting computers from viruses and other malicious software. It is available at OnGuardOnline.gov, the federal government's online safety website. OnGuardOnline.gov is a partnership of more than a dozen federal agencies and the technology industry.

A Spanish-speaking representative will also be available for media interviews.

Who:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski

What:
Release of Net Cetera, a guidebook for parents

Where:
Jefferson Middle School (7th Street Entrance)
801 7th St. S.W., Washington, D.C.

When:
Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 9 a.m.

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Event Date: 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009
Contact: Contact: Liz Utrup
lizutrup@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION HOLDS VIDEO CONFERENCE TO CONGRATULATE STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS

On Tuesday, December 15 at 1 p.m. EST, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will hold a video conference with the three winners of the “I Am What I Learn Video Contest:” Rene Harris, Alex Hughes and Jordan Lederman.

More than 600 students submitted entries to the contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and YouTube, between Sept. 21 and Nov. 9. The Department's Office of Communications and Outreach carefully reviewed each of the videos and narrowed the group down to 10 finalists, whose videos were posted on YouTube. The public voted on their favorites between Nov. 16 and Dec. 4, casting a total of more than 28,000 votes.

The three winners who received the most votes are Rene Harris, a 12th grader at Oxford Area High School in Oxford, Pa., Alex Hughes, an 11th grader at Southeast Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C., and Jordan Lederman, an 8th grader at Pine Lake Middle School in Sammamish, Wash. The winning videos can be viewed at http://www.ed.gov/iamwhatilearn/index.html.

The Secretary will hold a discussion about the inspiration behind each student's video submission and the overall importance of education, followed by Q&A with departmental staff. From 1:20-1:30 p.m., the students will be available to answer questions from press.

Media interested in attending should RSVP to Liz Utrup at elizabeth.utrup@ed.gov by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and student video contest winners, Rene Harris, Alex Hughes and Jordan Lederman

What:
Video conference with student video contest winners

Where:
U.S. Department of Education, Room 4W334
400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202

When:
Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. EST (open for press questions from 1:20-1:30 p.m.)

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Event Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15
Contact: Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

TOMORROW: ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE FINANCIAL CAPABILITY AMONG YOUTH

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan will announce an Obama Administration initiative to promote financial education among the nation's youth at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Area students will be in attendance for the unveiling of the first step in this effort, the National Financial Capability Challenge, a national award program that aims to encourage financial education in schools across the country and recognize high-performing teachers, students, and schools.

Secretaries Geithner and Duncan will also be joined by CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Richard Ketchum to present the findings from a new national financial capability survey that, for the first time ever, measures financial literacy levels among U.S. adults.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Announcement of Administration efforts to promote financial literacy among nation's youth

Where:
U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20220

When:
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009
11:30 a.m.

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Event Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at 2 p.m. EST
Contact: Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-401-2310 or
jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

SECRETARY DUNCAN TO HOST NATIONALLY TELEVISED STUDENT TOWN HALL MEETING

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will host a nationally televised town hall meeting with students at 2 p.m. EST Tuesday to discuss what's working and what needs improvement in America's schools -- all part of a special edition of the Education Department's monthly "Education News Parents Can Use" broadcast.

Live from the WETA-TV PBS studios in Arlington, Va., Secretary Duncan will explore with students how to take responsibility for their learning and achievement. Duncan will take comments and questions from students in the studio, by phone and via e-mail.

To participate, students and other viewers may call the show during the live broadcast, at 1-888-493-9382, or submit comments at http://www.ed.gov/blog/2009/11/town-hall-for-students-on-november-24/ .

The program will be carried live from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on the Dish Network and select PBS stations and cable outlets. Other broadcast, cable and satellite channels will transmit the show on a tape-delayed basis. A complete listing of viewing options is available at www.ed.gov/edtv.

The broadcast will also feature the three winning videos from the U.S. Department of Education's "I Am What I Learn" video contest. To view the winning entries, visit: www.youtube.com/iamwhatilearn.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Students from Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., and others around the country

What:
National town hall meeting with Secretary Duncan and students on what's working and what needs improvement in America's schools -- all part of a special edition of the Education Department's monthly TV program, "Education News Parents Can Use."

Where:
WETA-TV studios (working press welcome)
3620 S. 27th St.
Arlington, Va.

When:
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at 2 p.m. EST

WEB SITE:
http://www.ed.gov/edtv/

SATELLITE:
C-Band: Galaxy 19, Transponder/Channel 16C
Orbital Location: 97º West
Uplink Frequency: 6245.000 MHz Vertical
Downlink Frequency: 4020.000 MHz Horizontal
Audio: 6.2 and 6.8
Allocated Bandwidth: 36 MHz

Ku-Band:
Galaxy 18, Transponder/Channel 24K
Orbital Location: 123º West
Uplink Frequency: 14484.000 MHz Vertical Downlink Frequency: 12184.000 MHz Horizontal
Audio: 6.2 and 6.8
Allocated Bandwidth: 32 MHz

Education News Parents Can Use is the U.S. Department of Education's monthly television series focusing on schools, learning and student success. For more on the program and access to archived shows, please visit www.ed.gov/edtv.

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Event Date: Monday, Dec. 14, 2009
Contact: Contact: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION DUNCAN TO VISIT TWO LOCAL ATLANTA HIGH SCHOOLS MONDAY
Duncan to convene Listening and Learning Session with Sen. Isakson and continue discussion on violence prevention in schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit two Atlanta high schools on Monday, Dec. 14. At 10 a.m. EST, he will join U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (Ga.) to convene a Listening and Learning session at Atlanta Tech High School, 1043 Memorial Drive, S.E. A press availability will follow at 11 a.m. EST. Duncan will then visit Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Drive, N.E., for a policy discussion roundtable on the Promise Neighborhood initiative and effective violence prevention strategies as part of the National Conversation on the Future of Cities and Metropolitan Areas directed by The White House Office of Urban Affairs. At 1 p.m. EST, he will tour the school with White House Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carrion and other officials, and a media availability will follow.

Secretary Duncan and other education department officials have held similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country in recent months as Congress plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the cornerstone of the government's involvement in elementary and secondary education.

The National Conversation is a White House initiative to highlight best practices around the nation that reflect the principles of President Obama's new vision for developing cities and metropolitan America. As part of the FY 2010 budget, the Obama administration has proposed $10 million for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. The initiative will provide one-year planning grants to non-profit, community-based organizations for the development of comprehensive neighborhood support programs for children and youth from preschool through college.

MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2009

EVENT ONE:

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (Ga.), member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
and former chairman of the Georgia Board of Education

What:
Listening and Learning discussion on improving American education Media Availability

Where:
Atlanta Tech High School
1043 Memorial Drive, S.E.
Atlanta, Ga. 30316

When:
Listening and Learning: 10 a.m. EST
Media Availability: 11 a.m. EST

EVENT TWO:

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Adolpho Carrion, Jr., director, White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy
Shirley Franklin, mayor, City of Atlanta
Beverly Hall, superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools

What:
Policy discussion on violence prevention in schools (closed press) School tour, followed by media availability

Where:
Grady High School
929 Charles Allen Drive, N.E.
Atlanta, Ga. 30309

When:
1 p.m. EST

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Event Date: Thursday, Dec. 10
Contact: Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN TO JOIN LOS ANGELES MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA AT GOMPERS MIDDLE SCHOOL DURING LISTENING AND LEARNING TOUR
Duncan also to keynote National Conference of State Legislators' Fall Forum

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will continue his national Listening and Learning Tour in California Dec. 10, when he visits Gompers Middle School in LA with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LA School Superintendent Ramon Cortines. Later that day he will keynote the National Conference of State Legislators' (NCSL) Fall Forum in San Diego.

Secretary Duncan and his senior staff have conducted similar tours across the country. These community conversations have brought together students, parents, educators, community leaders and elected officials to share their ideas for education reform and how the federal government can help improve public education.

In his remarks to the NCSL, Secretary Duncan will talk about the critical role legislators play in education reform and the need to rewrite state laws to support reform efforts. He will also discuss the department's competitive grants programs and the Race to the Top Fund.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles School Superintendent Ramon Cortines

What:
Listening and Learning Tour

When:
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 (all times local, PST)
12:15-1:00 p.m.–School visit and tour
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.–luncheon with Los Angeles education leaders
1:30 -1:45 p.m.–Press Avail

Where:
Gompers Middle School
234 East 112th Street
Los Angeles

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What:
Remarks to the National Conference of State Legislators' Fall Forum

When:
4:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009

Where:
Marriott Hotel and Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego

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Event Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009
Contact: Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO ADDRESS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR URBAN DEBATE LEAGUES

Charles P. Rose, general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver remarks at a reception of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues on Thursday at 801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., in Washington, D.C.

Rose will discuss his work as the chief legal officer for the Education Department and legal adviser to the secretary of education. Among those in attendance will be education stakeholders, former debaters, lawyers and students.

The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues consists of high school debate groups in 24 of the nation's largest cities, including more than 400 high schools. Through the years, more than 40,000 urban public school students have competed in urban debate leagues.

Who:
Charles P. Rose, U.S. Department of Education general counsel

What:
Remarks to National Association for Urban Debate Leagues reception

Where:
801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

When:
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at 6:45 p.m.

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Event Date: 4 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO VISIT WITH HORTON'S KIDS STUDENTS
Will Thank Employees for Volunteering

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit with District K-5 students at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the U.S. Department of Education's cafeteria, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. The students, who receive free tutoring through Horton's Kids, come to the Department each Wednesday for tutoring sessions with Department employees. While visiting with students, Secretary Duncan also will thank employee volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of children.

Horton's Kids is a 20-year-old charity that provides mentoring and tutoring to more than 150 children and their families in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Visit with District students who participate in Horton's Kids at the U.S. Department of Education

Where:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W. (cafeteria)
Washington, D.C.

When:
4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9

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Event Date: Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 7-9, 2009 (all times local)
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576
press@ed.gov

U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION PETER CUNNINGHAM CONTINUES PACIFIC ISLAND LISTENING AND LEARNING TOUR IN HAWAII

Assistant Education Secretary Peter Cunningham continues his Pacific Islands Listening and Learning tour in Hawaii Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 7-9.

The tour is part of a 10-day trip through the Pacific Islands, during which Cunningham is visiting local schools and meeting with elected officials and community members about improving education.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his senior staff have conducted similar listening and learning sessions across the country. These community conversations have brought together students, parents, educators, community leaders and elected officials to hear their ideas for education reform and how the federal government can help improve public education.

Who:
Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary,
Office of Communications and Outreach

What:
Pacific Islands Listening and Learning Tour in Hawaii

December 7, 2009, Monday – Oahu -- Honolulu

11:00 - 12:00 -
Visit to Kapalama Elementary School (Blue Ribbon School)
1601 North School Street

12:15 - 1:00 -
Focus group meeting and lunch by Culinary Academy at Farrington High School
1564 North King Street

1:00 - 2:00 -
Campus Tour of Farrington High School

2:15 - 3:30 -
Meeting with Hawaii State Parent Teacher Student Association President Valerie Sonoda, teachers, parents,
Hawaii Education Matters members - HMSA Multipurpose room
818 Keeaumoku Street

4:00-5:00 pm –
Community Forum at Boys and Girls Club – Contact: Randa Obata (808) 541-2570

6:30-7:30 pm –
Dinner Meeting with Parent Group, Education Matters

December 8, 2009, Tuesday – Oahu – Honolulu and Kaneohe

9:00 - 10:00 -
Visit to Lanakila Elementary School (Blue Ribbon School)
717 North Kuakini Street

10:30 - 11:30 -
Visit to Hakipu'u Learning Center (Hawaiian culture-based public charter school) campus tour
45-720 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe

12:00 - 1:15 –
Meeting and lunch at McKinley High School visit (robotics demonstration)
1039 South King Street

1:30 - 2:30 -
Visit to Punahou School
1601 Punahou Street (Sullivan Administration Building President's Office)

2:45 - 3:45 -
Visit to Honolulu Community College Music Education Learning Experience (MELE) program 4th floor, Bldg 2, Rm 416,
874 Dillingham Blvd.

4:00 - 5:00 -
Meeting with Hawaii State Teachers Association
1200 Ala Kapuna Street

5:15-6:15 pm –
Meeting with Special Education Parent Group

December 9, 2009, Wednesday – 'Big Island' - Kailua-Kona

10:30 - 11:30 -
Visit to West Hawaii Explorations Academy Public Charter School
73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Kailua-Kona

11:30 - 12:30 –
Meeting and lunch with Curtis Muraoka and Charter School Network - Alapaki Nahale-A (HCSN Executive Director, Usha Kotner (Network Executive Board President.), VP Susan Osborne, Secretary Daniel Caluya),
Steve Hirakami, HCSN Treasurer/Director of Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science, Gene Zarro, Local School Board Chair of Kihei Charter School, Taffi Wise, Executive Director of Kanu O Ka 'Aina Learning 'Ohana

1:00 - 2:30 -
Visit to Kealakehe Intermediate School (Robotics Project-Based learning - meet VEX robotics teachers, parent volunteers, students;
meet LEGO Robotics teachers and students
74-5062 Onipaa Street

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Event Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 at 1 p.m.
EST; media pre-set by 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN AND HHS SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS TO HONOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION EXPERT AT NATIONAL EDUCATION SUMMIT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will discuss the importance of early learning and honor early childhood education expert Barbara T. Bowman during a summit at Georgetown University at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Bowman co-founded the Erikson Institute in Chicago, where she is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development. She also serves as the chief officer for Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education.

The U.S. Department of Education; the Georgetown University Center on Health and Education; and ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families are hosting the event, "The Science of Professional Development in Early Childhood Education: A National Summit." The all-day summit features scientists, policymakers and key federal and state administrators who will address best practices and policies and future opportunities in the field of early childhood education and workforce development. To download the complete agenda, visit: http://nhs.georgetown.edu/nationalsummit.pdf.

Attendance is limited to invited participants and the media.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

What:
The secretaries will give remarks and honor early childhood education expert Barbara T. Bowman for her contributions.

When:
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. EST: Summit
1 p.m.-1:50 p.m. EST: Secretaries' remarks, presentation of award to Bowman and keynote address by Bowman

Where:
Georgetown University
Salon G and Salon H, Leavey Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
Note: Luncheon and remarks will be held in Salon H

MEDIA COVERAGE:
Media interested in covering the National Summit must RSVP to Bill Cessato at cessatow@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-7936. Space is limited.

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Event Date: 2 p.m. CST, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
Contact: Jane Glickman, Stephanie Babyak
(202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TO CONVENE LISTENING AND LEARNING SESSION ON EDUCATION REFORM IN JACKSON, MISS.

John S. Wilson, Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will visit Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday, Dec. 8, as part of the department's national Listening and Learning tour to hear about improving American education, with a special focus on programs that prepare teachers for our nation's schools. The session will be held at Jackson State University's Mississippi e-Center, 1230 Raymond Rd., Jackson, Miss., at 2 p.m. CST.

Wilson will host the forum at Jackson State University, which has a teacher preparation program, meeting with more than 50 parents, teachers, administrators, students, and community leaders to hear their ideas about what should be done to achieve excellence in education.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other education department officials have held similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country in recent months as Congress plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the cornerstone of the government's involvement in elementary and secondary education.

Wilson will also discuss the Administration's higher education agenda, as well as how American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are being used to strengthen education at all levels.

Who:
John S. Wilson, Jr.
Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

What:
Listening and Learning discussion on improving American education

Where:
Jackson State University
Mississippi e-Center, California Room (second level)
1230 Raymond Rd.
Jackson, Miss.

When:
2 p.m. CST, Tuesday, Dec. 8

WEB SITE:
http://www.ed.gov/blog/topic/listening-tour/ (Listening and Learning Tour)

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Event Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
Contact: Jim Bradshaw (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.gov

SECRETARY DUNCAN TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL LAUNCH OF NEW PROJECT ON SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AT NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at the national launch of a new project regarding school leadership sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington. Duncan will discuss the importance of effective school leaders in advancing school reform.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks at the national launch of a new project regarding school leadership sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Where:
National Press Club
529 14th St. N.W., 13th floor
Washington, D.C.

When:
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8

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For Planning Purposes Only: Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009
(202) 514-2007 TDD (202) 514-1888 WWW.USDOJ.GOV

ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER, SECRETARY DUNCAN TO FACILITATE TEEN DISCUSSION ON DATING VIOLENCE

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan will meet with teen leaders, their parents and program directors from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships initiative to discuss teen dating violence on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009 at 9 A.M. EST. Youth representing four Start Strong communities: Bridgeport, Conn., Boston, Providence, R.I. and Bronx, N.Y., will participate.

Thursday's event is part of the Department of Justice's year-long commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is raising public awareness of the many forms of violence against women. The discussion will be held in conjunction with nationwide events as part of the 6th It's Time to Talk Day, organized annually by Liz Claiborne Inc. to draw national attention to the importance of talking about domestic violence, teen dating violence and intimate partner abuse.

Who:
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

When:
Thursday, December 3, 2009
9 A.M. EST

Where:
Department of Justice
7th Floor Press Conference Room
RFK Main Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

NOTE:

All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver's license) as well as valid media credentials. Media wishing to attend must RSVP to Nana Efua. E-mail at Nana.Efua.Embil@usdoj.gov by Wednesday, December 2 at 12:00 P.M. EST, priority will be given to Justice and Education beat reporters. Due to the nature of the event, there will be a mandated pool for TV cameras, and a tight wire pool for still photos. Media may begin arriving at 8:00 A.M. EST and cameras must be pre-set by 8:45 A.M. EST. Media must enter the Department at the visitor's entrance on Constitution Avenue between Ninth and Tenth Streets. Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007.

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Event Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
Contact: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO CONVENE LISTENING AND LEARNING SESSION ON EDUCATION REFORM IN KANSAS CITY, MO.

Ricardo Soto, principal deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, will visit Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday as part of the department's national Listening and Learning tour to hear from the public about improving American education, particularly the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

In a meeting starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Border Star Montessori School, 6321 Wornall Rd., in Kansas City, Soto will listen to administrators', parents', teachers', students' and community leaders' ideas about what should be done to achieve excellence in education.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other Education Department officials have held similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country in recent months as Congress prepares to reauthorize the ESEA, the cornerstone of the government's involvement in elementary and secondary education.

Among the officials expected to attend will be: Jill Shackelford, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools; Anthony Moore, executive director of elementary schools and early childhood education at the Kansas City, Mo., School District; and R. Stephen Green, president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars Inc.

Who:
Ricardo Soto, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.

What:
Listening and Learning tour to gather public thoughts on how to improve American education.

Where:
Border Star Montessori
6321 Wornall Road
Kansas City, Mo.

When:
9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

WEB SITE:
http://www.ed.gov/blog/topic/listening-tour/ (Listening and Learning Tour)

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Event Date: 9 a.m. (all times local) Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576
press@ed.gov

U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION PETER CUNNINGHAM TO HOLD PACIFIC ISLAND LISTENING AND LEARNING TOUR

Hawaii is the first stop followed by visits to Guam and American Samoa

Assistant Education Secretary Peter Cunningham will hold a Pacific Islands Listening and Learning tour in Hawaii on Monday, Nov. 30, with visits to Waimanalo Elementary School in Waimanalo, and to Niu Valley Middle School in Honolulu. He will be joined by U.S. Reps. Mazie K. Hirono, and Neil Abercrombie, respectively.

The tour is part of a 10 day trip through the Pacific Islands, during which time Cunningham will visit local schools and meet with politicians, legislators, educators and community members about improving education. Additional stops will include Guam and American Samoa.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his senior staff have conducted similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country. These community conversations have brought together students, parents, educators, community leaders and elected officials to hear their ideas for education reform and how the federal government can help improve public education.

Who:
Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary, Office of Communications and Outreach
Rep. Mazie K. Hirono
Rep. Neil Abercrombie

What:
Pacific Islands Listening and Learning Tour

First school
9-10:30 a.m. (local)
Waimanalo Elementary with Rep. Mazie K. Hirono
41-1330 Kalanianaole Highway
Waimanalo

Second school
11-1:30 p.m. (local)
Niu Valley Middle School with Rep. Neil Abercrombie
310 Halemaumau Street
Honolulu

**Tentative details on his subsequent stops are attached

In addition to school visits, Cunningham will be meeting with elected officials and education stakeholders. A tentative look at his schedule follows (all times local):

Wednesday, Dec. 2 - Guam

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Meeting with Gov. Felix Camacho

10:00-11:00 a.m. – School visit to Agana Heights Elementary
Joseph Cruz Avenue
Agana Heights

11:00-12:00 p.m. – Luncheon meeting with University of Guam President Robert Underwood

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Visit to George Washington High School
298 Washington Drive
Mangilao

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Meeting with Guam Community College President Mary A.Y. Okada

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Visit to Jose Rios Middle School
165 Spruance Drive
Piti

3:00-4:00 p.m. – News conference with Guam Department of Education principals, education policy board and parent groups

Thursday, Dec. 3 - Hawaii

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Meeting with state congressional leaders:
Sen. Norman Sakamoto
Rep. Lyla Berg
Rep. Lynn Finnegan

State Capitol 5th Floor
415 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu

1:30-2:00 p.m. – Meeting with Gov. Linda Lingle and Lt. Gov. James Aiona Jr.
State Capitol 5th Floor, 415
S. Beretania Street
Honolulu

2:00-2:30 p.m. – Meeting with Department of Education Superintendent Patricia Mamamoto
and Board of Education Chair Garrett Toguchi

Board of Education
1390 Miller Street, Room 405 Honolulu


Further details on subsequent stops forthcoming.

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Event Date:Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
Contact: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman (202) 401-1576
press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION DUNCAN TO DELIVER OPENING REMARKS AT THE 2009 FEDERAL STUDENT AID CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver opening remarks at the 2009 Federal Student Aid Conference at 11:15 a.m. CST, Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. Secretary Duncan will discuss the Obama administration's higher education agenda, including plans for improving college completion.

The conference offers financial aid industry participants with critical program and policy information necessary to participate in the federal student aid programs. This year an estimated 6,000 participants are expected to attend.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks to the 2009 Federal Student Aid Conference

When:
Opening session will begin at 10:30 a.m. CST, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Secretary Duncan will deliver remarks at 11:15 a.m. CST.

Where:
Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tenn.

OTHER CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Who:
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter
U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Education Robert Shireman
Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid Bill Taggart

What:
Town Hall Meeting and question and answer session

When:
8:30 a.m. CST, Friday, Dec. 4

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Event Date: 5:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
Contact: David Thomas (202) 401-1576
press@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Discuss How U.S. Students Compare with Foreign Counterparts in Interview with Gwen Ifill

TV news anchorwoman will talk to Duncan as part of Innovation Economy Conference

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will discuss U.S. students' international standings in an interview with Gwen Ifill, moderator of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, at 5:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The discussion, titled American Students in the Global Classroom: Are We Making the Grade?, will help kick off the Innovation Economy Conference, a day-and-a-half-long event featuring forums on what American policymakers, business, and private citizens can do to maintain the innovation that can drive economic recovery and ensure long-term sustainable growth.

The conference is being sponsored by the Aspen Institute, PBS' The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Intel Corporation, and the publication, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. Approximately 450 educators, scientists, investors, legislators, business leaders, and policy experts are expected to attend.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Discussion of American students' international ranking at Innovation Economy Conference

When:
5:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30

Where:
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

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Event Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:45 a.m. CST
Contacts: Jane Glickman, Stephanie Babyak
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN TO ADDRESS ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN SAN ANTONIO

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address some 300 state college and university presidents and chancellors at the annual meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7:45 a.m. CST. A media availability will follow Duncan's remarks.

The Secretary will outline the Administration's higher education agenda, including plans for improving college completion, and discuss ways the higher education community can support education reforms at the K-12 levels.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities followed by media availability

Where:
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 E. Market St.
San Antonio, Texas

When:
7:45 a.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 24

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Event Date: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009
Contact: David Thomas
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN TO HOLD LISTENING AND LEARNING SESSION AT TOWN HALL MEETING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.'S WARD FIVE

To discuss education reform and reauthorization of Ele-Sec Education Act

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will participate in a "Listening and Learning" session at Luke C. Moore Academy Senior High School in Washington, D.C., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 to discuss education reform and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The Listening and Learning session is sponsored by DC VOICE, a Washington, D.C., reform group committed to strengthening public education. Secretary Duncan will be joined by Ward Five Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr., and other education groups.

Secretary Duncan and his senior staff have conducted similar sessions across the country. These community conversations have brought together students, parents, educators, community leaders and elected officials to share their ideas for education reform and how the federal government can help improve public education.

Who:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

What:
Listening and Learning Session to discuss ESEA reauthorization and education reform as part of DC VOICE's Town Hall Series

Where:
Luke C. Moore Academy Senior High School
1001 Monroe Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C.

When:
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24

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Event Date: Friday, Nov. 20, at 4:45 p.m. CST
Contacts: Stephanie Babyak, Jane Glickman
(202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

Deputy Under Secretary of Education Shireman to Speak at Hechinger Institute Seminar in Chicago

U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Education Robert Shireman will discuss the Obama administration's agenda for higher education at the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at the Sutton Place Hotel in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 20, at 4:45 p.m. CST. The topic of the seminar is "Attainment, Recovery and New Priorities: What's the Future of Higher Education?"

The Hechinger Institute's seminars for reporters are held throughout the United States and are designed to equip working journalists with the knowledge and skills they need to produce fair, accurate and insightful reporting.

Who:
U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Education Robert Shireman

What:
Remarks to the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media

Where:
Sutton Place Hotel
21 East Bellevue Place
Chicago, Ill. 60611

When:
4:45 p.m. CST, Friday, Nov. 20

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Event Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan, Congressman Scott to Visit Schools in Newport News Friday

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Va., will visit schools in Newport News, Va., Friday where they will observe classes, talk with students and hold a roundtable discussion on how to improve American education.

Secretary Duncan and Rep. Scott will first tour, from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m., An Achievable Dream Academy (elementary) where they will greet students in the gymnasium, then observe first- and fifth-grade classes. Afterwards, they will travel to An Achievable Dream High School where from 1 to 2:20 p.m., they will hold a Listening and Learning Tour discussion, gathering public thoughts on improving education, particularly the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A media availability will follow.

Duncan and other Education Department officials have held similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country in recent months to hear from parents, teachers, students and citizens on the urgent need for education reform in America.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott

What:
School visits, Listening and Learning Tour, media availability

Where:
12-12:45 p.m.
Greet students and visit classrooms at An Achievable Dream Academy (elementary), 726 16th St., Newport News, Va.

1-2:20 p.m.
Listening and Learning Tour event followed by press availability at An Achievable Dream High School, 5720 Marshall Ave., Newport News, Va.

When:
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009

Web Site:
http://www.ed.gov/blog/topic/listening-tour/ (Listening and Learning Tour)

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Event Date: 2:15 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Contact: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov

Education Secretary Duncan to Address National Alliance of Black School Educators

To discuss education reform and teacher equity

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will discuss the department's agenda to ensure an equitable distribution of teachers with educators from across the country at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) on Nov. 19 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

More than 1,000 educators are expected to attend the event, which runs from Nov. 18-22.

Founded in 1970, the NABSE is devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation's children, particularly children of African descent. The theme of this year's conference is "Education is a Civil Right: Today's Needs, Today's Solutions, Tomorrow's Promise." Conference features include best-practice workshops, a Youth Symposium, and a Parents Empowerment Summit.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks and Q&A at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators
(Media avail after presentation)

When:
2:15 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

Where:
100 South Capitol Avenue
Indiana Convention Center (Sagamore Ballroom)
Indianapolis, Ind.

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Event Date: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Contact: Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S., Japanese Students to Discuss Science Education Through International Teleconference

To help commemorate International Education Week, Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller and Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki will host a televised, intercontinental conversation on science education between students at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington and in the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Naha.

The 90-minute event will begin at 6 p.m. EST at the Education Department, located at 400 Maryland Ave., S.W. On hand in Tokyo will be U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos and Japanese Vice Minister of Education Masaharu Nakagawa.

At the Education Department, the U.S. students will represent Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. The Tokyo and Osaka students attend "Super Science High Schools" in those cities.

Who:
Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller
Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
Students from Maryland's Montgomery Blair High School and Virginia's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Students in Japanese locations, including representatives from "Super Science High Schools" in Tokyo and Osaka.

What:
Televised conversation on science education between U.S. students in Washington and Japanese students in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Naha

Where:
U.S. Department of Education auditorium
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
6-7:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

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Event Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO ADDRESS OPENING SESSION OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will highlight the importance of early learning at the opening session of the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference at the Washington Convention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 4:45 p.m. EST. Secretary Duncan will discuss the critical role of early learning in preventing the achievement gap, as well as the progress that has been made in early learning and steps that need to be taken to improve state and federal early learning programs across all settings.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Jacqueline Jones, senior advisor to Secretary Duncan for Early Learning, will participate in a seminar entitled: "Working Together for High-Quality Early Childhood Education: Collaborations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education" at 10 a.m. in the Washington Convention Center Ballroom C.

Who:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Deliver opening remarks on the importance of early learning to prepare a child for success in school and life

Where:
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Exhibit Hall D/E

When:
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Opening Session, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Secretary Duncan's arrival and remarks, 4:45 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.

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Event Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Contact: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO CONDUCT LISTENING, LEARNING TOUR ON EDUCATION REFORM; RECOGNIZE FOUR DALLAS BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali will visit Dallas Wednesday for a Listening and Learning Tour to gather public thoughts on improving American education, particularly the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Joining Ali for the session at George Peabody Elementary School in Dallas will be Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and other community leaders.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other Education Department officials have held similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country in recent months to hear from parents, teachers, students and citizens on the urgent need for education reform in America.

Afterwards, Ali will address students from Peabody Elementary to congratulate their school, as well as three other area schools -- the George Bannerman Dealey International Academy, the School of Health Professions and Victor H. Hexter Elementary -- on achieving Blue Ribbon status. The U.S. Education Department's Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes excellence in education.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, U.S. assistant secretary of education for the Office for Civil Rights

What:
Listening and Learning Tour to gather public thoughts on how to improve American education, followed by a recognition ceremony to honor four Dallas schools as Blue Ribbon Schools

Where:
George Peabody Elementary School
3101 Raydell Pl.
Dallas, Texas
972-794-5200

When:
10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

WEB SITES:
http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html (Blue Ribbon Schools program)
http://www.ed.gov/blog/topic/listening-tour/ (Listening and Learning Tour)

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Event Date: 11 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
Contact: David Thomas
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO SERVE STUDENTS LUNCH IN HONOR OF EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL DAY

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and several other education officials will serve lunch to first- and second-grade students at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day.

As part of American Education Week, NEA is recognizing and honoring support education staff--secretaries, classroom aides, maintenance workers, cafeteria employees, bus drivers and others--for the invaluable services they provide to schools and students. The 88th annual American Education Week runs from November 15-21.

Secretary Duncan will be joined by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, Virginia Education Association President Kitty Boitnott, Alexandria Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman and ESP Employee of the Year Kathie Axell.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
VEA President Kitty Boitnott
Alexandria Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman
ESP Employee of the Year Kathie Axtell

What:
Participation in NEA's Education Support Professionals Day, as part of American Education Week

When:
11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

Where:
John Adams Elementary School
5651 Rayburn Ave.
Alexandria, Va.

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Event Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 a.m. EST

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN DELIVERS REMARKS AT ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC AND LAND-GRANT UNIVERSITIES ANNUAL MEETING

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the 2009 annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Secretary Duncan will discuss the Obama administration's agenda for higher education and the goal of improving college graduation rates. A brief question and answer session will follow.

The APLU is the nation's oldest higher education association consisting of 188 public and land-grant universities, 27 state university systems and four higher education-related organizations. More than 1,500 participants are expected to attend the meeting.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

What:
Remarks to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' annual meeting followed by question and answer session

Where:
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

When:
Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 a.m. EST

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Event Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2009
Contact: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-2310 or jim.bradshaw@ed.gov

OCR Assistant Secretary to Keynote AVID Juntos Conference Monday in San Antonio

Assistant Secretary Russlynn Ali, who leads the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, will deliver the keynote address to about 800 educators attending the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Juntos Conference Monday at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio.

Ali will discuss Latino student achievement and the broader issue of student success for all underserved students. Among those attending will be superintendents, principals, teachers, counselors and school district leaders. AVID helps underachieving middle and high school students prepare for -- and succeed -- in college.

Who:
Russlynn Ali, U.S. assistant secretary of education for the Office for Civil Rights

What:
Keynote address to the AVID Juntos Conference focusing on Latino student achievement and the broader issue of student success among all underserved students.

Where:
Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street at Commerce
San Antonio
210-223-1000

When:
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 at 8:15 a.m.

Web Site:
http://www.avidonline.org/ (AVID)
http://www.ed.gov/news/staff/bios/ali.html (Russlynn Ali bio)

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Event Date: 1:45 p.m. EST Mon., Nov. 16, 2009
Contact: Elaine Quesinberry, 202-401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY TO JOIN HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER STENY HOYER AT BARNHART ELEMENTARY IN WALDORF, MD TO HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF EARLY LEARNING AND COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Barnhart's Judy Center provides comprehensive services from birth to five to promote school readiness.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick to discuss the importance of providing comprehensive early learning services in improving a child's chance for success in school and in life at 1:45 p.m. Mon., Nov. 16, at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary, a Judy Center, in Waldorf, Md.

High-quality early learning programs like the Judy Centers are crucial in providing young children with the skills and services necessary to enter school ready to learn. The centers—named for Majority Leader Hoyer's late wife, Judy Hoyer, an early childhood educator—offer prekindergarten, kindergarten and preschool special education; collaborate with the local Maryland Infant and Toddlers Program; and partner with childcare providers to ensure availability of both before and after-school programs. In addition, Judy Center community partners help implement programs focusing on parent involvement, adult education and family literacy, health care, family support centers and access to public libraries.

To help programs like this reach more children, Majority Leader Hoyer, along with Sen. Ben Nelson, recently introduced the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2009 to establish a nationwide grant program to expand the number of full-service community schools.

As part of the FY 2010 budget, the Obama Administration has proposed $10 million for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. The initiative will provide one-year planning grants to non-profit, community-based organizations for the development of comprehensive neighborhood support programs for children and youth from preschool through college.

Who:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.)
Senior Advisor to Secretary Duncan for Early Learning Jacqueline Jones
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick

What:
Secretary Duncan will deliver remarks and will join Majority Leader Hoyer and Superintendent Grasmick for classroom visits and a press conference

When:
1:45-2 p.m. Welcome and Meet and Greet
2 p.m. Classroom Visits
2:25-2:40 p.m. Press Conference: Judy Centers as a Model for the Nation

Where:
C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School
4800 Lancaster Circle
Waldorf, MD

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