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U.S. Education Secretary Embarks on 'Courage in the Classroom' Bus Tour to Honor Nation's Teachers

Sandra Abrevaya, (202) 260-5003

Event Date 1: August 26, 2010 - August 27, 2010
Event Date 2: August 30, 2010 - August 31, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off a back to school bus tour to hold conversations with and honor America’s teachers in Little Rock, Ark., this Thursday. Throughout the tour, Duncan will be visiting classrooms breaking ground in closing the achievement gap, early education, school nutrition and safety and teacher recruitment. Duncan will be joined by public school teachers now serving as U.S. Department of Education teaching fellows as well as local leaders. All events are open press.

To follow the tour online: Updates, photos and videos from the road will be posted daily on the Education Department’s website at and via Twitter (@ED_Outreach) and Facebook (Secretary Arne Duncan fan page).

To equip teachers and students for the new academic year, Target will be donating a variety of commonly needed supplies to each school Secretary Duncan visits on the tour.


All Times for Thursday Are Central Standard Time

8–9:50 AM
Roundtable Discussion with Teachers
Central High School
1500 Park Street
Little Rock, Ark.
Secretary Duncan will be joined by Sen. Mark Pryor, Gov. Mike Beebe and CSSO Tom Kimbrell and Mayor Mark Stodola
8:05–8:45 AM Roundtable Discussion with Teachers
9–9:20 AM Kick Off Remarks
9:30–9:50 AM Media Availability

Noon–12:40 PM
Lunch Discussion with Teachers from Hamburg Pre-K program on the Bus
12:45–1:15 PM
Hamburg Pre-K Tour with Teachers and Americorps Volunteers
Hamburg Pre-K
521 East Lincoln St.
Hamburg, Ark.

3:15–4:55 PM
Health, Nutrition and Exercise Roundtable Discussion with Stakeholders and Tour of Student’s
Vegetable Garden J.S. Clark Elementary School
1207 Washington St.
Monroe, La.
Secretary Duncan will be joined by CSSO Paul Pastorek, and State Board President Keith Guice
3:15–4 PM Health, Nutrition and Exercise Roundtable
4:10–4:30 PM Tour of the students’ vegetable garden
4:40–4:55 PM Press Availability

6:15–7:45 PM
Basketball with Teachers, Students and Coaches
Madison High School
Madison High Road and Bayou Road
Tallulah, La.


All Times for Friday Are Central Standard Time

8:30–10:10 AM
Roundtable Discussion with Children’s Defense Fund “Servant Leaders,” Marian Wright Edelman and teachers Kids Kollege Freedom School
Jackson State University
College of Education-Joseph H. Jackson Building
Jackson, Miss.
Secretary Duncan will be joined by CSSO Tom Burnham
8:45–9:45 AM “Why I Became a Teacher” Roundtable Discussion with 10 “Servant Leaders,” and Marian Wright Edelman
9:55–10:10 AM Media Availability

Noon–1 PM
Lunch Discussion with Regional Teachers
Hattiesburg High School
301 North Hutchinson Ave.
Hattiesburg, Miss.
12:15–1 PM Lunch on gazebo benches with elementary, middle and high school teachers, Interim Superintendent Jimmy Hopkins and Principal Robert Sanders

3:15–4:45 PM
Turnaround Roundtable Discussion
George C. Hall Elementary School
1108 Antwerp St.
Mobile, Ala.
3:15–4:15 PM Roundtable discussion with teachers, parents and school administrators, Principal Terri Thomlinson, Assistant Principal Elizabeth Reints and union leadership
4:25–4:45 PM Media Availability


All times for Monday are Eastern Standard Time

Noon–1:30 PM
Roundtable Discussion: “Recognizing and Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness”
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Headquarters
800 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, N.Y. 12110
12:05–1:05 PM Roundtable Discussion: “Recognizing and Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness” with local union teachers, administrators, and labor officials
1:15–1:30 PM Media Availability

3:30–5 PM
Community Forum: “Transforming Our Schools”
High School of Commerce
415 State Street
Springfield, Mass. 01105
3:35–4:35 PM Community Forum with administrators, teachers, parents, students, and local elected officials
4:45–5 PM Media Availability

5–5:15 PM
Private meeting with Ms. Sirdeaner Walker on bus

7–8 PM
School of Education Classroom Observation, Discussion with Prospective and Current Teachers
Keene State College
229 Main St.
Keene, N.H. 03435
7:05–7:15 PM Classroom Observation in Room N210

  • 23 undergraduate students who are intending to major in education
  • 5 graduate students who are currently classroom teachers and earning their master’s degrees in education
  • Keene State College faculty and partners

7:15–7:50 PM Discussion with Prospective and Current Teachers, Keene State College Faculty, and Partners


All times for Monday are Eastern Standard Time

8:30–10 AM
Teacher Leaders Roundtable Discussion
Bakersville Elementary School
20 Elm St.
Manchester, N.H. 03101
8:35–9:25 AM Roundtable Discussion moderated by the Superintendent with teachers, community members, parents, and local school board members
9:40–9:58 AM Media Availability

11–12:30 PM
Lunch Discussion with Military Families and Youth Center Tour
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Jamaica Island Family Rec Area
Portsmouth, N.H.
11:10–11:55 AM Lunch with military family members
Noon–12:25 PM Tour Youth Center and participate in Youth Activities
12:25–12:30 PM Media Availability

2–3:30 PM
School Safety Roundtable
King Middle School
92 Deering Ave.
Portland, Maine 04102
Secretary Duncan will be joined by Deputy Director of Demand Reduction David Mineta of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
2:05–2:15 PM Tour of three Expeditionary Learning Projects with students and teachers
2:15–3 PM Roundtable discussion with teachers, community members, parents, local school board members and school administrators, Superintendent James Morse and Principal Mike McCarthy
3:10–3:30 PM Media Avail