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Top U.S. Education Officials to Visit Salt Lake Thursday as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-to-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

Ten Events Scheduled in Salt Lake City for Thursday as “Education Drives America” Comes to Utah

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Event Date 1: September 13, 2012 08:00 am - 10:00 am
Event Date 2: September 13, 2012 11:00 am - 02:30 pm
Event Date 3: September 13, 2012 09:30 am - 11:30 am
Event Date 4: September 13, 2012 09:30 am - 11:15 am
Event Date 5: September 13, 2012 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Date 6: September 13, 2012 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Date 7: September 13, 2012 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Event Date 8: September 13, 2012 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Event Date 9: September 13, 2012 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Event Date 10: September 13, 2012 03:45 pm - 05:45 pm

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and Education Department Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss will spotlight turnaround efforts at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 13 as part of a three-day visit to Utah with the Education Department’s 2012 cross-country, back-to-school bus tour, “Education Drives America.”

More than a half-dozen senior officials will hold events, highlighting classroom success, college affordability and the link between education and jobs.

At Glendale Middle School, Kanter and Weiss will be joined by Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Association (NEA), where they will tour classrooms and hold a roundtable discussion on school improvement.

Glendale is one of 14 schools in Utah that have benefited from the $23.1 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG) awarded to the state by the Education Department to turn around schools and improve student achievement. In its final year of a three-year intervention through SIG, Glendale’s turnaround efforts also have been supported by the NEA through its Priority Schools initiative.

In addition to the roundtable at Glendale, other Education Department senior officials will hold events across Salt Lake, outlined below. The bus tour began this week in Silicon Valley and continues across America, winding up in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21.

For live, up-to-the-minute updates from the road, follow the Education Drives America tour on Twitter using the hashtag #edtour12, or see 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.


Event 1
Who : U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Jason Snyder
What : Visit to two Salt Lake-area schools that are implementing a school turnaround model through School Improvement Grants (SIG) from the U.S. Department of Education. In roundtables at Granger High School in West Valley City and Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake, students, parents, teachers, and school and district leaders will discuss lessons learned and promising practices regarding the school turnaround experience.
When : 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
(Granger High School)
Where : Granger High School
3690 South 3600 West
West Valley City, Utah
Event 2
Who : U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Jason Snyder
What : Visit to two Salt Lake-area schools that are implementing a school turnaround model through School Improvement Grants (SIG) from the U.S. Department of Education. In roundtables at Granger High School in West Valley City and Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake, students, parents, teachers, and school and district leaders will discuss lessons learned and promising practices regarding the school turnaround experience.
When : 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 (Horizonte Instruction and Training Center)
Where : Horizonte Instruction and Training Center
1234 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah
Event 3
Who : Melody Musgrove, director of the Office of Special Education Programs
What : Remarks to the fall meeting of the Utah Special Education Administrators, updating participants on her office’s work to improve results and outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
When : 9:30 a.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Where : Jordon Auxiliary Services Building
7905 S. Redwood Road
West Jordon, Utah
Event 4
Who : Greg Darnieder, senior advisor on the College Access Initiative
What : Visit Granite Park Junior High and Jackson Elementary schools, stressing the importance and accessibility of a college education.
When : 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 (Jackson Elementary School)
Where : Jackson Elementary School
750 West 200 North
Salt Lake City, Utah
Event 5
Who : Greg Darnieder, senior advisor on the College Access Initiative
What : Visit Granite Park Junior High and Jackson Elementary schools, stressing the importance and accessibility of a college education.
When : 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 (Granite Park Junior High School)
Where : Granite Park Junior High School
3031 South 200 Eastl
Salt Lake City
Event 6
Who : U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter
U.S. Education Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss
David Bergeron, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education
Richard Culatta, deputy director of the Office of Educational Technology
What : Roundtable discussion with teacher education deans and pre-service teachers from across the state on the future of teacher preparation and education technology
When : 10:00 a.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Where : Brigham Young University
Alumni Center
224 Hinckley Center
Provo, Utah
Event 7
Who : U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter
David Bergeron, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education
Melody Musgrove, director of the Office of Special Education Programs
What : Roundtable discussion with teacher candidates
When : 1:00 p.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Where : University of Utah
Alumni House-Dumke Room
155 Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah
Event 8
Who : U.S. Education Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss
Richard Culatta, deputy director of the Office of Educational Technology
What : Forum on educational technology and personalizing learning – local teachers and technology leaders will lead a series of rapid-fire presentations and open discussions about digital learning – the event formally kicks off the Utah Ed Tech community of practice.
When : 1:00 p.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Where : Salt Lake Community College
Miller Center
4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, Utah
Event 9
Who : U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter
U.S. Education Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss
Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Association
What : Tour of classrooms and a roundtable discussion on school improvement
When : 3:00 p.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Where : Glendale Middle School
1430 Andrew Ave.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Event 10
Who : David Bergeron, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education
What : Roundtable discussion on college access and affordability
When : 3:45 p.m. MT, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Where : University of Utah
Parlor A
1901 East Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah