The Week Ahead: Dec. 2-6, 2013
(All times local; information and schedule are subject to change)
Monday, December 2
No public events scheduled.
Tuesday, December 3
Secretary Duncan will join Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), for the American release of an international assessment known as the PISA, which tracks educational progress of 15-year-olds in more than 70 countries. Duncan and Gurría will discuss the results and implications of the report for students in America and worldwide.
The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington
Wednesday, December 4
Secretary Duncan will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for a series of events.
The secretary will address more than 6,000 financial aid counselors and professionals at the 2013 Federal Student Aid Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals. He will discuss and answer questions about President Obama’s proposal to make college more affordable for middle-class Americans, including planned college ratings. Duncan will also pay tribute to the counselors for the work they do in helping students and families understand financial aid packages and pay for college.
Mandalay Bay Hotel, 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev.
The secretary will visit Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School led by Principal Kathleen Decker, a 2013 Terrel H. Bell Award winner for outstanding school leadership. After meeting with district leaders, teachers, and students, he will participate in a roundtable discussion with district principals on the transition to higher academic standards. A media availability will follow at the school.
1200 N. 27th St., Las Vegas, Nev.
Duncan will visit East Career Technical Academy, a magnet high school that offers a variety of career and technical education programs. The secretary will highlight President Obama’s proposal to strengthen career and technical education, in part through redesigning America’s high schools via the new Youth CareerConnect program. A media availability will follow at the school.
6705 Vegas Valley Dr., Las Vegas, Nev.
The secretary will deliver remarks at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s annual conference, where he will discuss the president’s Youth CareerConnect announcement to dramatically redesign the high school experience and support innovative high school models and partnerships with colleges and employers that ensure all students graduate better equipped for the demands of a high-tech economy.
Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom A&B, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday, December 5
Secretary Duncan will travel to Salt Lake City where he will showcase the academic improvements at Northwest Middle School, a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grants (SIG). The SIG program is a key component of the department’s strategy for helping states and districts turn around the nation’s lowest-performing schools. Under the Obama administration, more than 1,500 schools have implemented comprehensive turnaround interventions aimed at drastically improving achievement.
1730 West 1700 North, Salt Lake City
Friday, December 6
No public events scheduled.