U.S. Education Secretary to Call on Howard University Students to Pursue Teaching Careers

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U.S. Education Secretary to Call on Howard University Students to Pursue Teaching Careers

Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend to participate, discuss his involvement in education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, joined by Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend, will visit Howard University in Washington, D.C. at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, to encourage students to choose teaching careers. The visit is part of the Department's TEACH campaign, a national teacher recruitment initiative launched earlier this year to celebrate and recruit more diverse, high quality teachers. Secretary Duncan and Legend will host a TEACH town hall meeting with students and educators in the university's Cramton Auditorium. Legend will share his involvement in education and his work with both TEACH and Show Me campaigns.

"With more than a million teachers expected to retire in the coming years, we have a historic opportunity to transform public education in America by calling on a new generation to join those already in the classroom," Secretary Duncan said. "We are working with the broader education community to strengthen and elevate the entire teaching profession so that every teacher has the support and training they need to succeed. Education is the great equalizer in America. If you care about promoting opportunity and reducing inequality, the classroom is the place to start."

The TEACH campaign encourages more minorities, especially males, to pursue careers in the classroom. Nationwide, more than 35 percent of public school students are African American or Hispanic, but less than 15 percent of teachers are African American or Hispanic. Less than two percent of our nation's teachers are African American males.

To learn more about the TEACH campaign and to view public service announcements (PSAs) by celebrities such as John Legend, visit www.teach.gov. The site provides information and resources for students and prospective teachers—including a new interactive "pathway to teaching" tool designed to help individuals chart their course to becoming a teacher. More than 7,000 teacher job listings also are posted on the site.

Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
John Legend, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
Jim Wyche, provost, Howard University
Leslie T. Fenwick, dean, School of Education, Howard University
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) education deans
What : TEACH Town Hall with students and educators
When : 11:25 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 10
Media avail follows
Where : Howard University
Cramton Auditorium
2400 6th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.