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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Kick Off “Education Drives America” 2012 Cross-Country Back-to-School Bus Tour in Silicon Valley

“Education Drives America” to Spotlight Education Successes, Engage Communities in Conversations about School Reform, College Affordability, and Link Between Education and Economy

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Event Date 1: September 12, 2012 09:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Date 2: September 12, 2012 11:00 am - 01:00 pm
Event Date 3: September 12, 2012 01:10 pm - 03:10 pm
Event Date 4: September 12, 2012 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Redwood City, Calif., with a visit to Sequoia High School. This school visit is the official first event in a series of engagements to be held coast-to-coast where Secretary Duncan and other senior leaders from the Department will highlight the theme that Education Drives America.

Secretary Duncan and Assistant Secretary Deb Delisle will join students, parents, teachers, and education stakeholders at Sequoia High School for an event focusing on equity and expanding opportunities to learn with emerging digital technologies. Audience members will use new media to ask questions through Twitter and Facebook. The event will be streamed live here and there will be a Twitter question stream for online participants.

Following the event at the high school, Secretary Duncan and Delisle will hold a town hall in Sacramento at 1:10 p.m. PT with state superintendents and mayors to discuss local-level school reform. The event will be followed by a press availability.

In addition to these events with Secretary Duncan, Department of Education senior officials will travel across Silicon Valley on Wednesday for other events, outlined below:

  • Deputy Secretary Tony Miller and Director of Education Technology Karen Cator will hold an education leadership roundtable directly following the kickoff event at 11 a.m. PT, at Sequoia High School.

  • Cator, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton and Deputy Director of Educational Technology Richard Culatta also will meet with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, at 2 p.m. PT, at Stanford University.

The bus tour will begin in California’s Silicon Valley and conclude on the evening of Friday, Sept. 21 at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Additional stops include: Las Vegas, Reno, and Elko, Nevada; Salt Lake City; Rawlins, Rock Springs, and Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver, Colorado Springs, and Limon, Colo.; Topeka and Emporia, Kan.; Columbia, St. Louis, and Kansas City, Mo.; Mt. Vernon, Ill.; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston and McDowell County, W.Va.; and Roanoke and Richmond, Va.

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

The 2012 bus tour marks the third consecutive year Secretary Duncan and his leadership team have promoted education on a back-to-school bus tour. In 2010, the tour included the Delta region in the South and the Northeast. In 2011, the tour covered the Midwest from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin.


Event 1
Who : Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Assistant Secretary Deb Delisle, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
What : Visit to Sequoia High school for digital technologies and learning event
When : 9:00 a.m. PT, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 10:20-10:35 a.m. PT media availability
Where : Sequoia High School
1201 Brewster Avenue
Redwood City, Calif.
Event 2
Who : Deputy Secretary Tony Miller
Director of Educational Technology Karen Cator
What : Town hall discussion with educators
When : 11:00 a.m. PT, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
Where : Sequoia High School
1201 Brewster Ave.
Redwood City, Calif.
Event 3
Who : Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Assistant Secretary Deb Delisle, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
What : Town hall discussion with superintendents and mayors on local level reform
When : 1:10 p.m. PT, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 2:20-2:35 p.m. PT media availability
Where : Sacramento Public Library
828 I Street
Sacramento, Calif.
Event 4
Who : Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton
Director of Educational Technology Karen Cator
Deputy Director of Educational Technology Richard Culatta
What : Meeting with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to discuss technology in education
When : 2:00 p.m. PT, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
Where : Stanford University
Center for Educational Research (CERAS) Building Lobby
Stanford, CA
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