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U.S. Education Official to Speak at Events Surrounding 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis


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Event Date 1: October 23, 2012 02:00 pm - October 23, 2012 04:00 pm
Event Date 2: October 24, 2012 10:30 am - October 24, 2012 12:30 pm
Event Date 3: October 24, 2012 05:00 pm - October 24, 2012 07:00 pm
Event Date 4: October 25, 2012 09:00 am - October 25, 2012 11:00 am
Event Date 5: October 25, 2012 12:00 pm - October 25, 2012 01:00 pm
Event Date 6: October 25, 2012 01:30 pm - October 25, 2012 03:30 pm
Event Date 7: October 25, 2012 05:15 pm - October 25, 2012 07:15 pm

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will address more than 100 college students seeking to become agriculture teachers as part of activities during the 85th National FFA Convention this week in Indianapolis. White will speak to the students on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at a dinner for Alpha Tau Alpha, a national organization for college students majoring in agricultural or extension education.

According to the National FFA, a shortage of qualified agriculture teachers is the greatest challenge facing FFA and agriculture education. The U.S. Department of Education is working with the FFA and thousands of educators to elevate the teaching profession. President Obama has proposed investments to support innovation and improvement in recruitment, preparation and compensation to attract top talent into the profession and keep effective teachers from leaving. Earlier this year, the Department also released a vision for the future of teaching – the RESPECT Project – which is summarized in a teacher-written document based on discussions with thousands of educators, including agriculture teachers.

In addition to the address to the Alpha Tau Alpha dinner, White will be participating in other events related to the FFA convention, listed below:


Event 1
Who :

John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Remarks to a general session of the 2012 conference of the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education

When :

2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Oct. 23

Where :

Westin Hotel Indianapolis (Capitol ballrooms)
50 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis

Event 2
Who :

John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Remarks to the National FFA delegate session, attended by high school and college students serving as the FFA representatives in each state and representing more than 500,000 FFA members nationally

When :

10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Oct. 24

Where :

500 Ballroom
Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium
100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis

Event 3
Who :

John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Remarks to Alpha Tau Alpha dinner, attended by about 100 college students preparing to become agriculture teachers

When :

5 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Oct. 24

Where :

Hilton Indianapolis (Lower-level ballroom)
120 W. Market St.
Indianapolis

Event 4
Who :

John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Participation in “Pathways to Prosperity” roundtable discussions, led by Bill Symonds, director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

When :

9 a.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 25

Where :

Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium (third-floor Board Room)
100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis

Event 5
Who :

John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Remarks to the National FFA Proficiency Awards luncheon

When :

Noon ET, Thursday, Oct. 25

Where :

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Marriott Hotel Ballrooms (I-X)
350 W. Maryland St.
Indianapolis

Event 6
Who :

John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Participation in the “Feeding the World – Starting at Home” service project involving 10,000 FFA members and volunteers packing meals during convention week to fight hunger in the Indianapolis area with the remainder of meals to be sent to Haiti

When :

1:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 25

Where :

Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium
100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis 

Event 7
Who :

John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, U.S. Department of Education

What :

Remarks to the National FFA Sponsors Dinner, emphasizing the importance of business and industry partnerships in education

When :

5:15 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 25

Where :

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Marriott Hotel Ballrooms (I-VI)
350 W. Maryland St.
Indianapolis

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