Category: Listening Tour

Funky Facts about the Listening Tour:

  • In 2008, I blew up a pressure cooker for fun in my home. It was this model, and here’s the video.
  • In 2009, I was referred to in the press as the “world’s most obnoxious man”.

Race to the Top Begins

Today the Obama Administration is beginning the “Race to the Top” to reform our schools.

Thanks to the work of the president and Congress, we have $4.35 billion of from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the “Race to the Top” fund to invest in school reforms that work. Today, we’re telling states what they have to do to win the competition for that money.

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Heard on the Tour: NorthLake Park Community School in Orlando, FL

Last week Secretary Arne Duncan took his Listening and Learning Tour to Orlando, Florida, where he visited a very unusual school: NorthLake Park Community School.

Located in the NorthLake Park Community at Lake Nona, this school represents a 10-year partnership between the YMCA and the public school system. The school and the Y are in the same state-of-the-art facility. The Y is the school, and the school is the Y. The school is the civic and physical focal point of the NorthLake Park Community.

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Secretary Arne Duncan Speaks at NEA Conference, Invites Comments About Test Scores and Teacher Evaluations

Secretary Arne Duncan spoke today about educator effectiveness at the annual NEA conference.  He discussed, among other things, the important link between student achievement and teacher effectiveness.  He said:

“Let’s talk about data.  I understand that word can make people nervous but I see data first and foremost as a barometer. It tells us what is happening.  Used properly, it can help teachers better understand the needs of their students.  Too often, teachers don’t have good data to inform instruction and help raise student achievement.

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Public Health Officials Offer Swine Flu Guidance to Schools

Schools can be leading indicators of public health outbreaks, so the Department of Education hosted a conference call this afternoon to guide education officials on how to identify, contain, report and prevent swine influenza in school facilities. Public-health and epidemiology experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and President Obama’s Homeland Security Council joined officials from the Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools to update the education community on the flu outbreak and recommend procedures for dealing with it.

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