In addition to hearing from the audience, Secretary Duncan responded to phone calls, emails, and video submissions from across the nation. (See photos.) Dave from Iowa asked about standards. A mother in California asked how to improve teaching for children with disabilities. A caller from Nevada questioned whether teachers should be evaluated based on student test scores. A parent from Tennessee asked how to gain buy-in from teachers for a longer school year.
The town hall-style meeting was broadcast live on many of the approximately 800 public access, PBS, and Dish Network stations that are registered broadcast partners.
Secretary Duncan and his leadership team will visit all 50 states this year to listen and learn from students, teachers, and communities in preparation for working with Congress on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).