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U.S. Education Officials to Join State, District Leaders Across 41 States for Two-Day Conference on Strengthening 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

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 focus on how to transform the teaching profession, highlighting 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 state 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 Education Department, 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).

Press interested in attending must RSVP to julie.ewart@ed.gov by Tuesday, May 22 at 1 PM 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 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 : Conference on Strengthening Teaching Profession
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 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 : Conference on Strengthening Teaching Profession
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
Accelerating Transformation – State teams meet with district teams to discuss how the State can help accelerate transformation of teaching profession
1-2 p.m. ET
Team Reflection and Action Planning – 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, Ohio.
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