The Education Drives America bus has a full tank of gas is ready for the launch of ED’s back-to-school tour. Secretary Arne Duncan will kick off the tour in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and below are the details of the final two days of the tour:
Lexington – Sept. 20
Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will visit Picadome Elementary School in Lexington, Ky., to discuss foreign language education during a classroom visit and a roundtable discussion with 15 local education and community stakeholders. Read about additional events in the Lexington region.
Charleston – Sept. 20
Secretary Duncan will visit Elk Elementary Center in Charleston, W.Va., where he will participate in a roundtable with local and state early learning stakeholders. Read about additional events in W.Va.
McDowell County – Sept. 20
Secretary Duncan will engage in a panel discussion with community members and stakeholders at Mount View High School in McDowell County, W.Va. Participants will discuss how to build public-private partnerships to support educational improvement as the path to a brighter economic future. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, will join the Secretary for the W.Va., events.
Roanoke – Sept. 21
Secretary Duncan will lead a town hall discussion that will explore indicators of college and career readiness at Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) in Roanoke, Va. Also participating in the town hall will be Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier, VWCC faculty, students, regional employers, and local community members.
Richmond – Sept. 21
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Henderson Middle School in Richmond, Va., on Friday, Sept. 21, to highlight First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign that focuses on confronting and ending childhood obesity. The event, held in conjunction with Richmond Fit for Life and other health stakeholders, will feature health screenings for middle school and high school students.
Washington – Sept. 21
Secretary Duncan and senior staff at the Department of Education will wrap up the 2012 back-to-school bus tour with a rally on Friday, Sept. 21 on the plaza at the Department’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C.
Visit www.ed.gov/bustour to read details of the entire tour and follow the tour on Twitter with hashtag #edtour12.
Cameron Brenchley is director of digital engagement