U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to 10 States to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 10 states will receive more than $95 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through awards from the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
Upcoming Event: Education Stakeholders Forum on School Turnarounds and the School Improvement Grant (SIG) on Thursday, April 26
Please join us for the next Education Stakeholders Forum, which will focus on the progress of the School Improvement Grant as grantees work to turn around low-performing schools across the country.
The forum will feature educators and practitioners including:
- Ann Chafin, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Student, Family, and School Support, Maryland State Department of Education
- Kelvin Adams, Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools
- Michael Haggen, Associate Superintendent, Office of Innovation, St. Louis Public Schools
- Roy Sandoval, Principal, Alchesay High School, Whiteriver Unified District, Arizona
ED’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Michael Yudin and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and School Turnaround Jason Snyder will also share their take on the program’s national impact.
DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: ED's Barnard Auditorium in the LBJ Building, 400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20202
RSVP: To ensure building access, please RSVP with your name, organization, and title to EDStakeHolder@ed.gov no later than COB Tuesday, April 24th.
In addition, for those who are not in the DC area, this forum will be available on our USTREAM channel for live viewing on the 26th. ED’s USTREAM link is http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department.
In 2009, more than 9,000 educators attending NEA’s representative assembly responded to President Obama’s policy on turning around low-performing schools by voting to direct NEA’s resources toward transforming struggling schools. As a result, the Priority Schools Campaign was born.
In our new issue of the School Turnaround Newsletter, turnaround teams and directors from four states reflect on their first year implementing the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, and what they've learned from their experiences so far. We also share new resources for school turnaround in the newsletter, along with a reminder to register for our Spring 2011 Regional SIG Conferences, which are fast approaching!