U.S. Education Secretary Continues 'Courage in the Classroom' Bus Tour in the Northeast to Honor Nation's Teachers

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U.S. Education Secretary Continues 'Courage in the Classroom' Bus Tour in the Northeast to Honor Nation's Teachers

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will make stops in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine on his back to school bus tour to hold conversations with and honor America’s teachers on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 30-31.

Duncan will also hold press conferences in Albany and Springfield to celebrate New York and Massachusetts' success in the second phase of the Race To The Top competition.

Throughout the bus tour, Duncan will be visiting classrooms that are breaking ground in closing the achievement gap, early education, school nutrition and safety and teacher recruitment. Duncan will be joined by public school teachers now serving as U.S. Department of Education teaching fellows as well as local leaders. All events are open press.

To follow the tour online: Updates, photos and videos from the road will be posted daily on the Education Department’s website at www.ED.gov and via Twitter (@ED_Outreach) and Facebook (Secretary Arne Duncan fan page).

To equip teachers and students for the new academic year, Target will be donating a variety of commonly needed supplies to each school Secretary Duncan visits on the tour.


10 a.m.
Press Conference on Race To The Top
New York State Capitol
Washington Avenue and Upper Swan Street
Albany, N.Y.

11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. (NOTE NEW TIME)
Roundtable Discussion: “Recognizing and Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness”
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Headquarters 800 Troy-Schenectady Road Latham, N.Y.

2:30 p.m.
Press Conference on Race To The Top
High School of Commerce
415 State St.
Springfield, Mass.

3:30 p.m.
Community Forum: “Transforming Our Schools”
High School of Commerce
415 State Street
Springfield, Mass.

7:05 - 7:50 p.m.
Keene State College
229 Main St.
Keene, N.H.

7:05 p.m. Classroom Observation in Room N210

7:15 p.m.
Discussion with Prospective and Current Teachers, Keene State College Faculty, and Partners

  • 23 undergraduate students who are intending to major in education
  • 5 graduate students who are currently classroom teachers and earning their master’s degrees in education
  • Keene State College faculty and partners



8:30–10 a.m.
Teacher Leaders Roundtable Discussion
Bakersville Elementary School
20 Elm St.
Manchester, N.H.

Roundtable Discussion moderated by the Superintendent with teachers, community members, parents, and local school board members

9:40 a.m.
Media Availability

11–12:30 p.m.
Lunch Discussion with Military Families and Youth Center Tour Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Jamaica Island Family Rec Area Portsmouth, N.H.

11:10–11:55 a.m.
Lunch with military family members

Noon–12:25 p.m.
Tour Youth Center and participate in Youth Activities

12:25–12:30 p.m.
Media Availability

2–3:30 p.m.
School Safety Roundtable
King Middle School
92 Deering Ave.
Portland, Maine
Secretary Duncan will be joined by Deputy Director of Demand Reduction David Mineta of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

2:05 p.m.
Tour of three Expeditionary Learning Projects with students and teachers

2:15 p.m.
Roundtable discussion on school safety with teachers, community members, parents, local school board members and school administrators, Superintendent James Morse and Principal Mike McCarthy

3:10 p.m.
Media Availability