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Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Give Keynote at Texas Schools Social Workers Conference in Austin

Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: February 24, 2011 08:30 am - 10:30 am

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will give the keynote address at the Texas School Social Workers’ 20th anniversary at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin. Jennings will address the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments in an effort to increase student achievement. During his remarks, he also will highlight the Department’s efforts over the past year to prevent bullying and 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.

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

The University of Texas at Austin is sponsoring the three-day conference that will provide participants with new strategies and tools to empower children, parents and school personnel. The conference also will offer school-based service providers a wide array of effective techniques and programs to enhance the challenging work they face in schools.

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 learning environments at Texas School Social Workers Conference
When : 8:30 a.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Where : Doubletree Hotel
6505 Interstate Highway 35 North
Austin, Texas