U.S. Department of Education Announces Travel for Senior Department Officials during “Opportunity Across America” Back-to-School Bus Tour

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Travel for Senior Department Officials during “Opportunity Across America” Back-to-School Bus Tour

Senior Department of Education officials will travel as part of the seventh annual back-to-school bus tour announced last week to celebrate progress in communities and states across the country.

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will kick off the tour Monday, Sept. 12, in the nation’s capital and end in Louisiana, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. King and other senior Department officials will hold events touting the Administration’s key initiatives over eight years, highlighting the progress made to expand opportunity across the nation and the groundwork laid for continued momentum.

President Barack Obama entered office in 2009 with a comprehensive vision for improving our education system to advance our children’s opportunity and success. That vision included efforts to address the dropout crisis, improve student achievement, and increase graduation rates; expand equity in education through stronger schools; ensure all students achieve high standards that prepare them for college and career; and grow innovation and investment in what works, while safeguarding the right of all students to a world-class education.

Thanks to the hard work of educators, state and local leaders, communities, parents, families, and students, the nation has made significant educational progress over the last eight years. To build on our prosperity and competitiveness as a nation, the Administration has worked diligently to make a positive difference for students and to continue the work to deliver on the promise of a world-class education to every child.

Below are the details of senior officials’ travel during the five days of the tour.

To RSVP for stops on the tour, please email press@ed.gov.

DAY 1

Investing in Innovation (i3) and Computer Science for All
WHO: Johan E. Uvin, deputy assistant secretary, delegated the duties of assistant secretary, Career, Technical, and Adult Education
WHAT: Event highlighting CTE Makeover Challenge
WHEN: 3 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 12
WHERE: Capital City Public Charter School, 100 Peabody St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

DAY 2

ConnectED
WHO: Sue Swenson, acting assistant secretary, Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Ruth Ryder, acting director, Special Education Programs
WHAT: School visits and listening and learning sessions on technology access for all
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Sept. 13
WHERE: Henderson K-12 Inclusion School, 1669 Dorchester Ave., Boston, Massachusetts (8:30)
Susan B Anthony Middle School, 107 Newhall St, Revere, Massachusetts (10:30 a.m.)
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), 40 Foundry St., 3rd Floor, Wakefield, Massachusetts (1:30 p.m.)

WHO: Mario Cardona, Senior Policy Advisor, Domestic Policy Council
Colin Rogister, Special Advisor, National Economic Council
Joseph South, Director, Office of Educational Technology
WHAT: Visit to Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Sept. 13
WHERE:
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School, 240 Jay St., Brooklyn, New York

America’s College Promise
WHO: Kim Ford, deputy assistant secretary for management and planning, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
WHAT: Event highlighting college affordability
WHEN: 9 a.m. CT, Tuesday, Sept. 13
WHERE: West Kentucky Community and Technical College, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Kentucky

WHO: Kim Ford, deputy assistant secretary for management and planning, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
WHAT: Event highlighting adult education programs
WHEN: 4:15 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Sept. 13, Press availability 7 p.m. at 70 Hickory Road, Hickory, Kentucky
WHERE: Graves County Jail, 103 E South St., Mayfield, Kentucky

Teacher Leadership and Lifting up Educators
WHO: Amy McIntosh, deputy assistant secretary delegated duties of assistant secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development
WHAT: Roundtable with educators on school leadership and equity, and principal shadow
WHEN: 8:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Sept. 13
WHERE: Argyle Middle School, 2400 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring, Maryland

DAY 3

Criminal Justice Reform and Second Chance Pell
WHO: Kim Hunter Reed, deputy under secretary of education
WHAT: Event highlighting Second Chance Pell
WHEN: 10 a.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 14
WHERE: McPherson Correctional Facility, 302 Corrections Dr., Newport, Arkansas

College Scorecard and FAFSA
WHO: Sue Swenson, acting assistant secretary, Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Ruth Ryder, acting director, Special Education Programs
WHAT: Listening and learning session on college access and completion for students with intellectual disabilities
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 14
WHERE: University of Massachusetts, Think College, Institute for Community Inclusion, 150 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester, Massachusetts

WHO: James Cole Jr., general counsel, delegated the duties of deputy secretary of education
WHAT: Roundtable discussion at Urban Prep Bronzeville
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. CT, Wednesday, Sept. 14
WHERE: Urban Prep Academy Bronzeville Campus, 521 E 35th St., Chicago, Illinois

DAY 4

Preschool for All
WHO: Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
WHAT: Preschool Development Grants classroom visit
WHEN: 9 a.m. EST, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Mater Academy, 3445 Mountain Vista St., Las Vegas, Nevada

WHO: Sue Swenson, acting assistant secretary, Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Ruth Ryder, acting director, Special Education Programs
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Easter Seals' Safeway Inc. Child Development Center, 1420 Spring St., Silver Spring, Maryland

WHO: Libby Doggett, deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
WHAT: Preschool Development Grants classroom visit
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Featherstone Elementary School, 14805 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, Virginia

WHO: Robert Kim, deputy assistant secretary for strategic operations and outreach, Office for Civil Rights
WHAT: Preschool Development Grants classroom visit
WHEN: 9 a.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Little Scholars Early Development Center, 15 West 176th St., Bronx, New York

WHO: Libia Gil, assistant deputy secretary and director, Office of English Language Acquisition
WHAT: Preschool Development Grants classroom visit
WHEN: 9 a.m. CT, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Creighton Early Learning Center, 2052 North 36th St., Phoenix, Arizona

Promise Neighborhoods
WHO: Johan E. Uvin, deputy assistant secretary, delegated the duties of assistant secretary, Career, Technical, and Adult Education
WHEN: 9 a.m. CT, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: 1023 N Pine St., San Antonio, Texas

WHO: James Cole Jr., general counsel, delegated the duties of deputy secretary of education
WHAT: Discussion with local leaders, students on Promise Zone programs
WHEN: 1 p.m. CT, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: The Met Center, 6347 Plymouth Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri

Race to the Top and teacher leadership
WHO: Melissa Moritz, deputy director, Office of STEM
WHAT: Panel discussion on “STEM Teacher Leadership Development: Best Practices and Current Challenges”
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. PST, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Center for Education Research at Stanford University (CERAS), 520 Galvez St., Stanford, California

WHO: Emma Vadehra, chief of staff to the Secretary of Education
WHAT: School visit and roundtable discussion with district staff, principals and teachers on teacher leadership
WHEN: 9 a.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Brooklyn Brownstone School, 272 MacDonough St., Brooklyn, New York

College access, affordability, and completion
WHO: Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education
Kim Hunter Reed, deputy under secretary of education
WHAT: Event highlighting diversity and inclusion on college campuses
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. CT, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: University of Mississippi, 145 Martindale, University, Mississippi

WHO: Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education
Kim Hunter Reed, deputy under secretary of education
WHAT: Event highlighting innovation
WHEN: 3 p.m. CT, Thursday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Jackson State University, 1400 John R. Lynch St., Jackson, Mississippi

DAY 5

College access, affordability, and completion
WHO: Doua Thor, executive director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
WHAT: Panel discussion on barriers to college completion
WHEN: 1:00 p.m. PDT, Friday, Sept. 16
WHERE: California State University, Fresno, Alice Peters Auditorium, 5241 N Maple Ave., Fresno, California

WHO: Kim Ford, deputy assistant secretary for management and planning, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
WHAT: Roundtable on college completion
WHEN:11 a.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 16
WHERE: College for America, New Hampshire University, 230 Elm St., Manchester, New Hampshire

WHO: Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
WHAT: Roundtable discussion on teacher leadership
WHEN: 4 p.m. PST, Friday, Sept. 16
WHERE: Vegas PBS room #138, 3050 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada

Turning around struggling schools
WHO: Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
WHAT: Event highlighting innovation in schools working toward improving outcomes for students
WHEN: 10 a.m. PST, Friday, Sept. 16
WHERE: Walter V. Long Elementary School, 2000 South Walnut Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada

WHO: Johan E. Uvin, deputy assistant secretary, delegated the duties of the assistant secretary, Career, Technical, and Adult Education
WHAT: Event highlighting Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth grants
WHEN: 1 p.m. CT, Friday, Sept. 16
WHERE: Greenville Superintendent's Academy, 1645 North Foster Dr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana