Education Secretary Duncan to Participate in Roundtable on TEACH Initiative; Play in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

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Education Secretary Duncan to Participate in Roundtable on TEACH Initiative; Play in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 18, to participate in a roundtable discussion on ways to accomplish the goals of the national teacher recruitment campaign, known as TEACH, take part in a media availability following the roundtable, and play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. He will be joined at the roundtable by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Grammy-award winning artist John Legend, Olympic gold medalist and boxer Oscar de la Hoya, and others to discuss ways to encourage students to choose teaching careers. Some 400 students and 100 education stakeholders from the Los Angeles area will attend.

Duncan has said: “With more than a million teachers expected to retire in the coming years, we have a historic opportunity to transform public education in America by calling on a new generation to join those already in the classroom.”

Unveiled in September, the TEACH campaign aims to increase the number and diversity of people seeking to become teachers, particularly in high-need schools and subject areas with the greatest demand. It encourages more minorities, especially males, to pursue careers in the classroom. Nationwide, African-Americans and Hispanics comprise 35 percent of public school children but less than 15 percent of the teachers, and yet, less than 2% of our nation’s teachers are African-American or Hispanic men.”

The TEACH campaign features a website – www.teach.go – that includes an interactive “pathway to teaching” tool to help individuals chart their course to becoming a teacher, as well as other resources and information for prospective teachers.

Who : Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles
John Legend, artist
Oscar de la Hoya, boxer
What : Roundtable on TEACH – teacher recruitment campaign Media Availability
When : 10:30 a.m. PT —roundtable
11:55 a.m. PT - media availability
Where : Edward R. Roybal Learning Center
1200 Colton St.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Who : Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
What : NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
When : 4:30 p.m. PT
Where : Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, Calif.