I hope to go, listen and learn and then tell you about it.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit two Atlanta high schools on Monday, Dec. 14. At 10 a.m. EST, he will join U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (Ga.) to convene a Listening and Learning session at Atlanta Tech High School, 1043 Memorial Drive, S.E. A press availability will follow at 11 a.m. EST. Duncan will then visit Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Drive, N.E., for a policy discussion roundtable on the Promise Neighborhood initiative and effective violence prevention strategies as part of the National Conversation on the Future of Cities and Metropolitan Areas directed by The White House Office of Urban Affairs. At 1 p.m. EST, he will tour the school with White House Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carrion and other officials, and a media availability will follow.
Secretary Duncan and other education department officials have held similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country in recent months as Congress plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the cornerstone of the government’s involvement in elementary and secondary education.
The National Conversation is a White House initiative to highlight best practices around the nation that reflect the principles of President Obama’s new vision for developing cities and metropolitan America. As part of the FY 2010 budget, the Obama administration has proposed $10 million for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. The initiative will provide one-year planning grants to non-profit, community-based organizations for the development of comprehensive neighborhood support programs for children and youth from preschool through college.