Senior Officials to Visit Southern Alabama to Discuss President’s 2020 College Completion Goal, Rural Education, and School Partnerships

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Senior Officials to Visit Southern Alabama to Discuss President’s 2020 College Completion Goal, Rural Education, and School Partnerships

John White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, and Michael Robbins, Special Assistant for Faith-Based and Community Partnerships will travel to the Black Belt region of Alabama this week to meet with rural community college presidents, visit rural schools, and meet with faith and community partners supporting school reform and improvement in high poverty areas.

This evening, White and Robbins will engage community college presidents in a conversation about college access and completion. President Obama set an ambitious goal for the nation to again lead the world in the proportion of college graduates by the year 2020. At the same time, the Department of Education estimates that over the next 10 years more than 1.6 million teachers will be needed to fill open positions. White and Robbins also will discuss with the community colleges presidents the role their colleges can play in developing the next generation of great teachers.

Tomorrow morning, they will meet with rural K-12 school leaders to discuss the Administration’s blueprint for reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the TEACH Campaign ( On Thursday afternoon and Friday morning in Greensboro, AL, White and Robbins will meet with community partners, visit Greensboro Elementary School and Greensboro Middle School, and meet with Teach for America regional leaders regarding their work in Alabama.

Their complete travel schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

5:00 p.m. – Shelton State Community College, 9500 Old Greensboro Rd Tuscaloosa, AL
Meeting with rural community college presidents hosted by Dr. Mark Heinrich, President, Shelton State Community College, and the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama (Dr. Stephen G. Katsinas, Director, and Chair, National Scholars Panel, Rural Community College Alliance), to discuss expanding degree/certificate achievement in community colleges that serve high poverty areas.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

9 a.m. – Dean’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Carmichael Hall, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Meeting with Richard Rice, Director of the Alabama Superintendent's Academy, Dr. Katsinas, and a group of rural school leaders to discuss the Administration’s blueprint for reform of ESEA, and the TEACH Campaign.

1 p.m. – Safe House Museum, 2402 Davis St, Greensboro, AL
Meeting with Teresa Burroughs, Director, to discuss the history of the Black Belt region and Hale County.

2 p.m. – Greensboro Elementary School, 1801 South St, Greensboro, AL
Visit includes school partners from Camp McDowell and Project Horseshoe Farm. The Camp McDowell experiential environmental education program is intended to be an extension of the classroom to increase student’s understanding of environmental science. Project Horseshoe Farm, a non-profit service, leadership development, and educational initiative located in Greensboro (Hale County), uses local talent from Auburn University’s Rural Studio, local AmeriCorps Vistas, Marion Military Institute, and local community leaders to tutor and mentor local 4th and 5th graders.

4 p.m. -- Greensboro Elementary School, 1801 South St, Greensboro, AL
J.W. Carpenter (Executive Director, Alabama Region, Teach for America) Frank Stegall (Hale County Superintendent) John Heard (Perry County Superintendent) Daniel Boyd (Lowndes County Superintendent) Sonny Ryan (Hale County Judge and Chairman/Founder, Hale County Revitalization and Empowerment Organization H.E.R.O.) Bill Mackey (Local Community Leader) to discuss bringing Teach for America to the Black Belt Region of Alabama and next steps of reforming education in this region.

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

8 a.m. – 2100 Main St Greensboro, AL
Meeting with community leaders to learn about the Harvard, Princeton and Yale Summer Internship Program proposed for Greensboro, AL, and partnerships to provide career training, community housing, child care and other services.

10:15 a.m. – Project Horseshoe Farm campus, 745 Horseshoe Bend, Greensboro, AL
Meet with Horseshoe Farms Fellows and Dr. John Dorsey, Director of the Horseshoe Farms Fellowship program, to discuss how the Horseshoe Farm Fellows work with the Greensboro Community to teach the importance of service, leadership, community engagement as part of a complete education.

11:15 a.m. – Auburn Rural Studio, 7887 Al Highway 61, Newbern, AL
Meet with Andrew Freear, Director of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, and Rural Studio Staff about the Rural Studio mission, education objectives and impact on the local community. The late legendary architect Samuel Mockbee developed the Rural Studio into a teaching laboratory with a strategy to improve the living conditions in rural Alabama while imparting practical experience to architecture students.

12:30 p.m. – Greensboro Middle School, 620 Carver St., Greensboro, AL 36744
Meet J.W. Carpenter, Teach for America’s Executive Director of Alabama Region, to visit with TFA’s first year Corps Members at Greensboro Middle School.