A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n The Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education - September 2000
The Monthly Satellite Town Meeting
On the third Tuesday of each month during the school year, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley hosts a live, interactive video teleconference for communities working to improve their schools. During the teleconference, these communities share real-life, practical solutions to education challenges and discuss ways to fulfill the Department's priorities. Interested individuals may view the meetings by going to a nearby community down link site or by watching participating local public access TV.
- Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Satellite Town Meetings are hosted by Secretary Riley. National experts, community leaders and educators are the in-studio guests to share their insights and practical "how-to" advice for communities.
- Viewers call in with questions for the secretary and his guests or with examples of effective programs in their own communities.
- To take part in the Satellite Town Meeting, local educators, business and community leaders, parents and others convene at school facilities, community colleges, chambers of commerce, businesses-wherever there is a satellite dish. In many areas of the country, the Satellite Town Meeting is available live on local cable television access stations.
- Major national cable outlets, including the Discovery Channel, America's Disability Channel and Channel One, carry the Satellite Town Meeting, as do a number of state education television systems.
- Recent Satellite Town Meetings have focused on strategies for preparing young children for school, eliminating youth violence and developing school-to-career partnerships to prepare students for today's jobs. Secretary Riley's guests have included educators and community leaders from across the country, as well as President Clinton, Attorney General Janet Reno and other Cabinet officials.
To learn more about the Satellite Town Meeting, call 800-USA-LEARN.