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U.S. Department of Education Senior Officials to Participate in National Alternative Education Association's Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee


Contact:  
Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: February 10, 2011 12:45 pm - 02:45 pm
Event Date 2: February 11, 2011 12:45 pm - 02:45 pm

Greg Darnieder, special assistant and senior advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the College Access Initiative, and Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will participate in the National Alternative Education Association’s (NAEA) annual conference Thursday-Friday, February 10-11, in Nashville, Tenn. During their keynote luncheon addresses, Darnieder will discuss the Department’s initiative on college access, and Jennings will address the importance of creating safe, caring and healthy learning environments in an effort to increase student achievement.

During his remarks at Thursday’s luncheon, Darnieder will discuss the Department’s College Access Initiative, which advances the President’s national goal of leading the world in college completion by 2020. In addition, Darnieder will discuss the Department’s $141 million College Access Challenge Grant Program that aims to increase college access for low-income students and help them complete their postsecondary education.

Jennings, who will keynote Friday’s luncheon, will discuss the Department’s efforts over the past year to create safe learning environments Jennings will discuss the Department’s efforts over the past year to 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, including Tennessee, which received a grant for more than $3.3 million, to measure safety at the school building level and to help intervene in those schools with the greatest safety needs.

The four-day conference, taking place Feb. 9-12, will bring together experts in the fields of alternative and nontraditional education, dropout prevention, and service learning. NAEA’s mission is to continue providing advocacy and support for professionals who work on behalf of children and youth receiving alternative education services.


Event 1
Who : Greg Darnieder, special assistant and senior advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the College Access Initiative, U.S. Department of Education
What : Keynote luncheon address on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Access Initiative
When : 12:45 p.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Where : Hilton Nashville Downtown
121 4th Ave. South
Nashville, Tenn.
Event 2
Who : Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
What : Keynote luncheon address on creating safe, healthy and caring learning environments
When : 12:45 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
Where : Hilton Nashville Downtown
121 4th Ave. South
Nashville, Tenn.
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