Assistant Secretary to Discuss How Improving School Climate Can Help Improve Student Performance at Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference

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Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle will give luncheon remarks at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference. The national two-day conference, “Meeting the Challenge: Building and Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning,” will take place Wednesday – Thursday, Aug. 8 – 9, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. In her remarks on Wednesday, Aug. 8, Delisle will highlight the Department’s collaborative work with other federal agencies and experts in the field to address school climate as a means of improving student performance. She will also highlight positive interventions in handling problem behaviors.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for participants to provide feedback to federal, nonprofit, and philanthropic agencies to help shape future work in these areas. More than 500 participants—ranging from education leaders, behavioral health representatives and parents to experts in the field of substance abuse, violence prevention and emergency preparedness—are expected to attend. The summit will explore five issues that influence conditions for learning:

  • School discipline
  • Gender-based violence
  • Behavioral health
  • Bullying
  • School safety

Important information about the conference can be found at:, including a copy of the two-day agenda.