As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller and Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton will travel to Columbia, Mo., where they will participate in a video conference and roundtable discussion with local rural educators and participants in the eMINTS program (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies). The discussion will be held in the Ellis Library on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his senior leaders are crisscrossing the country from Sept. 12-21, leading a series of events reinforcing the message that Education Drives America.
“America’s future is directly linked to the quality of education that we provide our children, young people and adults,” said Secretary Duncan, who will begin the tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Redwood City, Calif. “This bus tour is an opportunity to highlight what’s working and create momentum for education reforms that improve the lives of all students.”
Besides the visit to Columbia, some of the other stops include Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Salt Lake City; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver; Topeka, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; Roanoke, Va.; and Washington, D.C.
During the roundtable discussion at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Miller and Shelton will meet in person and virtually with approximately 30 superintendents, principals and teachers from small rural districts, the eMINTS team, and grant stakeholders. The virtual participants will be onsite at the other three campuses of the University of Missouri, located in Rolla, St. Louis, and Kansas City. The discussion will include an overview of implementation progress at participating eMINTS schools along with presentations from researchers and eMINTS partners.
eMINTS is a nonprofit organization that, since 1999, has provided comprehensive research-based professional development services to educators. eMINTS has a business unit within the University of Missouri working in partnership with the Missouri Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education. The program received a $12.27 million grant in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) program.
Later on Sept. 19, Shelton will tour New Franklin School District, which has been implementing the eMINTS approach for over five years. The New Franklin District currently is serving as a model and working with other districts using eMINTS strategies.
More specific details about the bus tour stop in Missouri will become available as the time for the events draws closer. For live, up-to-the-minute updates from the road, follow the Education Drives America tour on Twitter using the hashtag #edtour12, or visit the Department’s bus tour blog. To receive media advisories, press releases, notifications about postings to the blog, and other special updates during the tour, subscribe to the Department’s Education Drives America e-mail updates by clicking here.