Deputy Assistant Secretary to Discuss Importance of Early Learning and Family/Community Engagement at National Title I Conference in Salt Lake City

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U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning Libby Doggett will moderate two panel discussions on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 5 – 6, at the 2015 National Title I Conference in Salt Lake City. Additional senior staff from the Department also will participate in the conference.

On Thursday, Doggett will moderate a panel titled "The U.S. Department of Education's Family and Community Engagement Framework." She will give an overview of Department-wide family and community engagement efforts and share how the Department has begun implementing frameworks at the federal, state and district levels. Monique Chism, director of the Department's Office of State Support that oversees the Title I program, will join Doggett. During the panel, state and district representatives will give examples of promising practices and discuss how they are using family and community engagement to increase academic achievement. A question-and-answer session will follow.

On Friday, Doggett will moderate an early learning panel titled "Early Learning as a School Improvement Intervention." The session will provide an overview on the critical role of high-quality early learning education and highlight how early learning can be used as a school improvement intervention. In addition, key research on the impact of high-quality early learning programs will be presented.

The National Title I Conference will take place Feb. 5 – 8 and bring together thousands of Title I practitioners from across the country. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, and conference activities will celebrate this landmark legislation that ensures every child achieves at high levels.

**NOTE: Reporters attending the conference should check in at the main registration desk outside of Hall B.