Rocky Mountain High – Details for Bus Tour Stops in WY and CO

ED’s third annual back-to-school bus tour is taking Secretary Duncan and top federal education officials across the country for a series of events and community conversations reinforcing the message that Education Drives America. Yesterday we provided details on our stops in California, Nevada and Utah. Here is additional information on our stops in Wyoming and Colorado:

Rock Springs – Sept. 14

After making their way across the deserts of Nevada and through the rugged mountains of Utah’s Wasatch Front, Under Secretary Martha Kanter and Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss will board the Education Drives America bus and head to the Equality State for a stop in Rock Springs, Wyo. Kanter and Weiss will tour career academies and participate in a roundtable discussion at Rock Springs High School. Read about other events in the Rocks Springs area.

Bus Tour MapRawlins – Sept. 14

Later that day, Kanter, Weiss and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will visit the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins, Wyo., to participate in a roundtable discussion on the topic of distance learning, with an audience including Wyoming’s state and county school superintendents, local college leaders, and local community college students and teachers.

Cheyenne – Sept. 14

Under Secretary Kanter, and Chief of Staff Weiss will end the week by joining Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier on a visit to Laramie Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., to highlight education successes and lead community conversations about school reform, college affordability and completion, and the link between education and jobs. Read more about other events near Cheyenne.

Denver – Sept. 17

Secretary Arne Duncan will rejoin the Education Drives America tour on Monday, Sept. 17, and will start off with a visit to Lowery Elementary School in Denver, Colo. Duncan will participate in a “Let’s Move!” nutrition event and group fitness activity. Read about other tour events in the Denver area.

Limon – Sept. 17

Secretary Duncan will then make a stop at Limon Public School—a K-12 school—in Limon, Colo., addressing some 200 students, parents, teachers and community members at the school’s Constitution Day celebration.

Next stop, the Sunflower State. Details coming soon.

More specific details about these stops will become available as the time for the events draws closer. For live, up-to-the-minute updates from the road, follow the Education Drives America tour on Twitter using the hashtag #edtour12, and read more about the entire tour at ed.gov/bustour.

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

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

Cities Announced! 2012 Back-to-School Bus Tour

Bus Tour MapEarlier today, Secretary Arne Duncan announced ED’s third back-to-school bus tour. The tour, themed Education Drives America, will take Duncan and senior ED leaders across the country, with stops in the following cities:

    • Secretary Duncan in front of last year's bus

      Secretary Duncan in Pittsburgh kicking off last year's back-to-school bus tour. Official Department of Education Photo by Leslie Williams

      Redwood City, Calif.

    • Sacramento, Calif.
    • Reno, Nev.
    • Elko, Nev.
    • Salt Lake City
    • Rawlins, Wyo.
    • Rock Springs, Wyo.
    • Cheyenne
    • Denver
    • Limon, Colo.
    • Topeka, Kan.
    • Emporia, Kan.
    • Kansas City, Mo.
    • Columbia, Mo.
    • St. Louis
    • Mt. Vernon, Ill.
    • Evansville, Ind.
    • Lexington, Ky.
    • Charleston, W.Va.
    • McDowell County, W.Va.
    • Roanoke, Va.
    • Richmond, Va.
    • Washington, DC

The tour will highlight education successes and bring communities together to talk about P-12 school reform, college affordability and the link between education and jobs.

Last year’s tour took ED through the Midwest, and in 2010 Duncan and staff visited the South and the Northeast.

Secretary Duncan will lead the tour from Redwood City through Reno, Denver through Kansas City, and Charleston through Washington. Deputy Secretary Tony Miller and Under Secretary Martha Kanter will also lead portions of the tour.

More details on each stop will be announced in the coming weeks. To receive updates about the tour, SIGN UP for our Education Drives America email list.

Cameron Brenchley is Director of Digital Engagement