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U.S. Education Officials to Join State and District Leaders across 41 States for a Two-Day Conference on Strengthening the Teaching Profession


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Event Date 1: May 23, 2012 01:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Event Date 2: May 24, 2012 08:00 am - 02:30 pm

Editor's Note: The following advisory has been updated to include a webcast address for opening and closing sessions, and a Twitter hashtag: #LMConf12.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join several national education leaders to host state and district education leaders representing 41 states for the 2012 Labor Management Conference from Wednesday, May 23 to Thursday, May 24. The event, titled, “Collaborating to Transform the Teaching Profession," will highlight innovative approaches to improve student achievement by dramatically increasing the stature of the teaching profession and the number of highly qualified teachers in our nation’s schools.

More than a dozen state and district teams will showcase their local work. The conference will encourage participants - teams of state and district school chiefs, union leaders, and school board leaders from over 100 states and districts -- to exchange ideas, share lessons learned, and encourage leaders to take on similar efforts when they return home.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Education Association (NEA), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), National School Boards Association (NSBA), and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

The opening and closing session on day one and closing session on day two will be webcast at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department. The general public is also invited to participate by joining the conversation on Twitter via hashtag #LMConf12.

Press interested in attending must RSVP to julie.ewart@ed.gov today, Tuesday, May 22, by 1 p.m. ET. All events listed below will take place at the Duke Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
AFT President Randi Weingarten
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
NSBA Executive Director Anne L. Bryant
AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech
CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit
CGCS Executive Director Michael Casserly
FMCS Director George Cohen
Over 100 teams of state and district school chiefs, union leaders, and school board leaders
What : Labor Management Conference
When : 1-2:15 p.m. ET
Opening Session – Leaders will discuss the past year’s challenges and progress in collaborating to transform the teaching profession
in the service of increasing students’ success
2:30-5:15 p.m. ET
Transformer’s Dialogue – Exhibit area will be set up “gallery walk” style to allow participating states and districts to visit each
other’s booths and network
5:30-6 p.m.
Closing Plenary – Town Hall meeting will highlight ideas shared during the Transformers’ Dialogue
Where : Duke Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Event 2
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
AFT President Randi Weingarten
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
NSBA Executive Director Anne L. Bryant
AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech
CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit
CGCS Executive Director Michael Casserly
FMCS Director George Cohen
Over 100 teams of state and district school chiefs, union leaders, and school board leaders
What : Labor Management Conference
When : 8-9:30 a.m. ET
Breakout session #1 – more than a dozen district and state teams will present their local work
9:45 -11:15 a.m. ET
Breakout session #2 – more than a dozen district and state teams will present their local work
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Team Reflection and Commitment - State teams meet with district teams to discuss how the State can help accelerate transformation of the teaching profession
1-2 p.m. ET
Meeting with Colleagues and Finding Support – Attendees will meet in small groups to discuss and reflect on what they learned and next steps
2-2:30 p.m. ET
Closing session
Where : Duke Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, O
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