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Assistant Secretary Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana to Keynote Central Regional School Improvement Grant Conference in Denver


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Event Date 1: May 24, 2011 08:30 am - May 24, 2011 09:30 am
Event Date 2: May 25, 2011 08:30 am - May 25, 2011 09:30 am
Event Date 3: May 25, 2011 08:30 am - May 25, 2011 09:30 am

U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana will keynote the Central Regional School Improvement Grant Capacity-Building Conference for School Improvement Grant (SIG) recipients on Tuesday, May 24 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colo. She will provide an overview of the SIG program, including its purpose and the financial support it provides. Meléndez de Santa Ana also will discuss the role of the SIG program in the Department's education reform agenda.

Additional Department officials participating in the conference include John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, and the Rev. Girton-Mitchell, director of the faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, who will each give remarks during the opening plenary on Wednesday, May 25. White will discuss early progress he has seen during his visits to rural SIG schools and describe federal resources and partnership opportunities, particularly for distant and remote schools in areas where other partnerships are not easily accessible. Girton-Mitchell will share effective strategies for family and community engagement, as well as discuss how school turnarounds benefit students, families and the community.

The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with its Comprehensive Centers and other regional technical assistance service agencies, is hosting the Central Regional School Improvement Grant Conference. The conference is the last of four regional, capacity-building conferences that began in April to support state and local education agencies, as well as schools, in their efforts to successfully turnaround persistently low-performing schools. The conferences, which also have taken place in Los Angeles, the District of Columbia and Chicago, have brought together practitioners, researchers and education leaders from across the country to discuss challenges and share promising practices and examples.


Event 1
Who :

Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, assistant secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Opening remarks at the Central Regional School Improvement Grant Capacity-Building Conference

When :

8:30 a.m. MT Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Where :

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Ave.
Denver, Colo.

Event 2
Who :

Rev. Girton-Mitchell, director for faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Opening remarks at plenary session during the Central Regional School Improvement Grant Capacity-Building Conference

When :

8:30 a.m. MT Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Where :

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Ave.
Denver, Colo.

Event 3
Who :

John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Opening remarks at plenary session during the Central Regional School Improvement Grant Capacity-Building Conference

When :

8:30 a.m. MT Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Where :

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Ave.
Denver, Colo.

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