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Assistant Deputy Secretary to Deliver Keynote Address on Creating Safe, Healthy and Caring Learning Environments

Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: January 12, 2011 08:30 am - 12:00 am

IOWA—Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will address the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments in an effort to increase student achievement at the Iowa Department of Education’s Safe, Healthy and Caring Learning Environments workshops. He will deliver a keynote address for workshop attendees at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Iowa State University’s Scheman Building in Ames, Iowa. The purpose of the workshops is to offer skill building and provide strategies for improving learning conditions in Iowa schools.

Jennings will discuss the Department’s efforts over the past year to create safe learning environments through its Safe and Supportive School grants program. Last year, the Department awarded $38.8 million in Safe and Supportive School grants to 11 states, including Iowa, which received a grant for more than $3.4 million.

The goal of the Safe and Supportive School grants program is to provide assistance to state education agencies to develop measurement systems to assess conditions for learning within individual schools, including school safety, and to make this information publicly available. Using this data, the grant recipients will work in collaboration with participating local educational agencies to improve the learning environment within schools facing the biggest challenges.

Event 1
Who : Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
What : Discussion on creating safe, healthy and caring learning environments
When : 8:30 a.m. CST Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
Where : Iowa State University
Scheman Building
Ames, Iowa