Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Collett to Visit Missouri During Back-to-School Tour

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Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Collett to Visit Missouri During Back-to-School Tour

As part of the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' 2019 Back-to-School Tour, U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Johnny W. Collett will travel to Belton and Kansas City, Missouri, to visit education programs designed to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.

Collett, who oversees the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), is among several top Department officials travelling across the country this week to visit schools and education programs rethinking educational opportunities for all students.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Collett will visit Kentucky Trail Elementary School in Belton to tour the school and meet with faculty and administrators to learn more about the school's programs.  While at the school, Collett will also meet with Elizabeth Hart, a special education teacher at Kentucky Trail Elementary, who was selected as the Belton School District Teacher of the Year in 2018, was named as one of the five Teachers of the Year from Kansas City, and as one of seven finalists for the 2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year award.

In the afternoon, Collett will visit the University of Missouri–Kansas City (Volker Campus).  The visit will include a school tour and a roundtable with students and faculty about the Propel Program.  The Propel Program is a transition program for young adults with intellectual disabilities that allows students opportunities to explore employment and education on a university campus.

Credentialed media interested in attending the events must RSVP to press@ed.gov by 8 a.m. CDT, on Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019. Include the name of the school/event in the subject line of your message. A valid media credential and photo ID will be required for access to the event.

You can also follow the 2019 tour on social media at #EducationFreedomTour,@JCollettOSERS

Who :

U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Johnny W. Collett

What :

School tour and discussion with school leadership

When :

9:00-10:30 a.m. CDT
Open Press (tour only)

Where :

Kentucky Trail Elementary School
8301 E.163rd Street
Belton, MO


Who :

U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Johnny W. Collett

What :

School tour and a roundtable with students and faculty

When :

3:00 – 4:30 pm. CDT
Press Avail – 4:30 pm CDT

Where :

University of Missouri–Kansas City (Volker Campus)
5000 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO