Back-to-School Bus Tour Takes Shape – CA, NV, UT

What do tech startups, the Biggest Little City in the World, and great skiing have in common? They’re the first things that come to my mind when describing the early stops on ED’s Education Drives America cross-country bus tour.

Silicon Valley – Sept. 12

Bus Tour LogoSecretary Arne Duncan will kick off the back-to-school bus tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, Calif., where he will join students, parents, teachers, and education stakeholders for an event focusing on equity and expanding opportunities to learn with emerging digital technologies. Audience members will use new media to ask questions through Twitter and Facebook. The event will be livestreamed and there will be a Twitter question stream for online participants. Read about additional events that will occur in Silicon Valley.

Sacramento – Sept. 12

From Silicon Valley, Secretary Duncan will spend time in Sacramento holding a stakeholder town hall with 30 superintendents and 30 mayors at the Sacramento Public Library to discuss district-level school reforms.

Reno – Sept. 12

Secretary Duncan will host a town hall with 700 stakeholders at the University of Nevada, Reno, where the discussion will focus on education issues impacting Hispanic Americans, college access and affordability, and the connection between education and jobs. Univision’s Anya Arechiga, will moderate the discussion and Hispanic community leaders, educators, parents, and students will also engage in the discussion. Read about other events happening in the Reno area.

Elko – Sept. 13

Secretary Duncan will leave the bus in good hands on Sept 13 as Deb Delisle, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, and William Mendoza, director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, will visit Great Basin College in Elko, where they’ll participate in a roundtable discussion on issues related to Indian education.

Salt Lake City – Sept. 13

Following Elko, the back-to-school bus will roll into the Salt Lake Valley, where Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, ED Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss and Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Association (NEA) will join school officials, teachers, and students for a tour and roundtable discussion at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City. There are several more events surrounding this stop, click here to read more.

More specific details about each stop will become available as the time for the events draws closer. Look for information on the rest of the cross-country tour in the coming days. For up-to-the-minute updates from the road, subscribe to our Education Drives America e-mail updates by clicking here.

Cameron Brenchley is director of digital engagement at the U.S. Department of Education