Archived Information

Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Visit North Carolina to Meet with American Indian Students, Parents, Education Officials, Tribal Leaders


Contact:  
Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
Kerry Bird, N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs, (919) 996-9822


Event Date 1: November 30, 2010 01:00 pm - November 30, 2010 03:00 pm
Event Date 2: November 30, 2010 07:00 pm - November 30, 2010 09:00 pm
Event Date 3: December 01, 2010 10:00 am - December 01, 2010 04:00 pm

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will visit North Carolina Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, to meet with American Indian students, parents, education officials and tribal leaders. They will discuss education challenges facing American Indian students—from a rural to an urban perspective. The trip is a follow-up visit for Jennings, a North Carolina native who is a leader in the Department’s Indian Education Initiative. In August, he participated in an all-day Tribal Listening and Learning event that focused on improving educational opportunities and resources for Native students in the state.

On Tuesday at 1 p.m., Jennings will visit Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School in Hollister, North Carolina, to meet with students. The K-12 charter school, operated by the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, incorporates Haliwa-Saponi culture into the school's curriculum. It serves approximately 150 children, 90 percent of whom are American Indian living in Halifax and Warren counties. Jennings will attend a meeting hosted by the Wake County Title VII Indian Education Program later that evening at 7 p.m. at the Wake County Public Schools Garner Facility in Garner. He will meet with students, representatives from the Parent Committee, administrators and staff, and representatives from the Wake County Title VII Indian Education Program. They will discuss the experiences and challenges facing American Indian students in urban schools, including bullying.

Jennings will attend an all-day forum, beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, with representatives from the State Advisory Council on Indian Education. The forum will focus on effective practices for American Indian students that raise academic performance, reduce dropout rates and prepare them for college. It will take place in North Carolina State University’s McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh.

The overall goal of the two-day visit, hosted by the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, is to improve academic outcomes for American Indian students attending schools in North Carolina. The state has one of the largest American Indian student populations in the country. It is home to eight tribes and more than 20,000 American Indian students.


Event 1
Who : Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
What : School visit
When : 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 30
Where :

Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School
130 Haliwa-Saponi Trail
Hollister, N.C.

Event 2
Who : Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
What : Meeting with representatives of the Wake County Title VII Indian Education Program, school administrators, students and parents
When : 7 p.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 30
Where :

Wake County Public Schools Garner Facility
201 Avery St.
Garner, N.C.

Event 3
Who : Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
What : All-day meeting with representatives from the State Advisory Council on Indian Education
When : 10 a.m.-4 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 1
Where :

North Carolina State University
McKimmon Conference Center
1101 Gorman St.
Raleigh, N.C.


Notice of Language Assistance: English  |  español  |  中文: 繁體版  |  Việt-ngữ  |