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Education Secretary and National Leaders Team Up on Day 2 of Collaborative Labor-Management Conference

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Event Date 1: February 16, 2011 08:15 am - 01:30 pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Department officials and several national education leaders will discuss the future of labor-management collaboration during the second day of a conference in Denver on Wednesday, Feb. 16. School districts and labor leaders from across the country will attend the conference to identify labor-management relationships, policies and agreements that can more directly drive student achievement.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the National School Boards Association, the American Association of School Administrators, the Council of the Great City Schools, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Funding to support the conference is being provided by the Ford Foundation.

Hundreds of school districts applied to attend the event. To attend, the board president, superintendent and teacher union or teacher association leader had to agree to come, and all attendees pledged to collaboratively develop and implement policies. The broad cross section of participating districts selected by the Department closely mirrors the makeup of America's schools. Overall, close to 5.2 million students will be affected by the work of the districts invited to participate.

Press must RSVP to if they wish to attend. Members of the media are asked to check in at the registration table in Four Seasons Ballroom 2 & 3, which will be available from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events listed below will take place at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, Colo.

8:15-8:30 a.m.
Welcome, Review Agenda for the Day
Joanne Weiss, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education
Four Seasons Ballroom 2 & 3

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions: Breakout #3

9:30-10:30 a.m.
The Difference You Can Make: The Positive Impact of Reform From the Perspective of Students, Parents, Teachers, and Principals
Moderator: Brad Jupp, Senior Program Advisor, U.S. Department of Education
Four Seasons Ballroom 2 & 3

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Supporting Labor-Management Collaboration
Four Seasons Ballroom 2 & 3

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Leading a Movement to Advance Student Achievement Through Labor-Management Collaboration
Moderator: Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools
George H. Cohen, Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School
Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Four Seasons Ballroom 2 & 3

1:15-1:30 p.m.
Next Steps and Closing Remarks
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Four Seasons Ballroom 2 & 3