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July 30, 2013

Building Bridges: Fostering Innovative Leadership and Learning

Thanks, Mike, for the kind introduction. It's a pleasure to join all of you.

The theme of this leadership conference—"building bridges"—is fitting.

Today, I'd like to talk with you about how the Administration and the Department of Education are continuing to support education reform and success for all students in the second term.

December 5, 2012

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Inter-American Development Bank

As I listened to [IDB] President Moreno's remarks, I was struck not by how different the U.S. education system is but rather by how many educational challenges the U.S. shares with Latin America and Caribbean nations.

The RESPECT Project Vision Statement

The RESPECT Project: Envisioning a Teaching Profession for the 21st Century

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April 30, 2012

The Obama Record in Education

Thank you, Mark.

Good morning and welcome to Washington, delegates.

This is the third Mom Congress, and I've been honored to be at all three of them. I'm even more honored to have partners like you working across America to support education.

Schools, Districts, and States Transform Seat-based Requirements into Competency-based Pathways to College- and Career-Readiness

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in addressing the "new normal" schools are facing – tight budget times that call for doing more with less and finding ways to innovate, increase efficiency and effectiveness, and accelerate reform – released promising practices last March to help states, districts, and schools meet this extraordinary challenge. The Department, in furthering the Secretary's efforts, offered a set of additional innovative approaches and best practices, Increasing Educational Productivity, last May.

Department Awards Nearly $5 Million in Charter School Grants for Planning, Program Design, Implementation and Dissemination

(October 5, 2011)  The U.S. Department of Education announced today charter school grants totaling $4,792,526 to charter developers for planning, program design, and initial implementation, as well as for dissemination. These Charter School Program Non-state Educational Agency (Non-SEA) grants will assist in expanding the number of high quality charter schools in the nation by providing funding to 23 new, or recently opened, charter schools over the next three years. These grants will also provide three high quality charter schools the ability to partner with other charter and non-charter public schools to improve academic performance and share effective practices.

Grants Awarded Under Charter Schools Program’s Charter Management Organization Competition

(September 28, 2011)  The U.S. Department of Education announced today charter school grants totaling $25 million to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools that have demonstrated success. Today's grants will serve nearly 45,000 students in 124 new and 3 expanded charter schools over the next five years.

Feature: It’s “Déjà Vu All Over Again” for Arts Integration

As Arts in Education Week – September 11-17 – was being observed, arts integration was a hot topic nationally.  Consider these two statements about arts integration:  (1) “Creative teachers have integrated the arts with other subjects for years. During the past decade, however, there has been an upsurge of interest in this approach.”  And, (2), “In recent years, arts integration has … generated a lot of enthusiasm from classroom teachers, school administrators and policy researchers for its ability to produce results.”  These are very similar testaments to the concept of arts integration, but more than three decades separate the two.

The first statement is from “Coming to Our Senses: The Significance of  the Arts for American Education,” a landmark report of a national panel convened by David Rockefeller, Jr. in 1977 to explore the notion that “education” and “the arts” need not be mutually exclusive – that they in fact could be productive partners.  The second is taken from “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools,” a report of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) released this past May.

January 27, 2011

Assistant Deputy Secretary to Give Keynote at Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the importance of improving America's schools at the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. His keynote address will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Kirkwood Adams Community Center.

February 3, 2010

Remarks of Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana to the National Association for Bilingual Education

Thank you for inviting me to address this group of valued colleagues and champions—it is wonderful to be here among so many people committed to guaranteeing an excellent education for every child in America.

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