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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will Travel to London and Paris, Meet with Foreign Education Officials and Discuss the Obam

Posted Nov 02 2010 7:43pm

Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1 : November 03, 2010 - November 04, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to London on Wednesday Nov. 3, where he will join the England’s Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove for a visit to Mossbourne Community Academy. Duncan and Gove will visit a classroom before holding a closed press roundtable on turning around low performing schools with education stakeholders. Additional participants include Mossbourne Principal Sir Michael Wilshaw, Haggerston School’s Chair of Governors Barry O’Brien, Haggerston School’s Head Teacher Dr. Jane Keeley, Mossbourne Governors Lady Bourne and Robert Feld, The Learning Trust’s Chief Executive Alan Wood and parents of Mossbourne students. A media availability for pooled press will follow the roundtable discussion.

Mossbourne Community Academy recently underwent a transformation to improve student learning through efforts such as instituting small “learning areas,” investing in professional development and extending the school day. Turning around low performing schools is a major focus of the U.S. Department of Education’s reform agenda. In August 2009, the Department announced $3.5 billion for School Improvement Grants (SIG) to challenge state departments of education to identify their lowest-achieving schools, support the most rigorous interventions that hold promise for rapid improvement in student achievement, and measuring progress in achievement results.

On Thursday Nov. 4, Duncan will visit Paris where he will give remarks at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Forum. UNESCO Deputy Director-General Getachew Engida and U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO David Killion will open the forum with brief remarks at 9:30 a.m. CET; Duncan’s remarks will take place from 9:40-11 a.m. CET. Duncan will highlight the Obama Administration’s education reform agenda and discuss the role of education in economic competitiveness and global prosperity. UNESCO is an international organization that brings together cultures and people around share values of advancing education and gender equity, alleviating poverty and promoting peace.

Following the UNESCO Forum, Duncan will attend the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial where he will participate in a plenary working lunch; attend breakout sessions with fellow education ministers and government officials from OECD member countries and key emerging economies, and meet with the OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria and U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh. The United States is a founding member of the OECD, an international organization devoted to forging better policies for a stronger, cleaner and fairer world economy. Among the OECD’s programs is the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an exam that helps to benchmark, compare and improve education policies and results around the world. PISA’s 2009 National Report is schedule for release in December 2010 in Washington, D.C.

*The OECD Forum preceding the Ministerial is open to the press. The OECD working sessions are closed to the press.

Event 1
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U. K. Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove Visit to Mossbourne Community Academy 11:25-11:35 a.m. BST: Classroom Visit (pooled press)
11:40-12:15 p.m. BST: Turnaround Roundtable (closed press)
12:15-12:30 p.m. BST: Press Avail (pooled press) Mossbourne Community Academy
100 Downs Park Rd
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Event 2
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Remarks at the UNESCO Forum 9:30-11:00 a.m. CET
(The Secretary will give remarks from 9:40-11:00 a.m. CET) UNESCO House, Room XII
7, place de Fontenoy,
Paris 7e
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