Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan kicked off the Department of Education’s third annual cross-country “back-to-school bus tour;” this year’s theme “Education Drives America.” During the bus tour, Sec. Duncan and other senior Department of Education leaders aim to highlight education successes and engage communities in conversations about school reform, college affordability and completion, and the link between education and jobs.
The tour began last Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Redwood City, Calif. at Sequoia High School, where Sec. Duncan moderated a panel of experts from Silicon Valley about promoting technology in education. Following the high school event, Sec. Duncan and Assistant Secretary Deb Delisle held a town hall in Sacramento with state superintendents and mayors to discuss local-level school reform. Other senior leaders at the Department of Education met with edtech Silicon Valley entrepreneurs at Stanford University last Wednesday. Thursday the bus tour headed east, stopping in cities in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado for Arts in Education Week. Tomorrow the bus tour continues in Topeka, Kansas.
Check for updates and follow the tour on the Department of Education’s blog, “Homeroom,” or on Twitter using the hashtag #edtour12.