Director of Strategic Partnerships Suzanne Immerman to Serve as Panelist at Microsoft’s Global Education Forum in Miami

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Suzanne Immerman, director of strategic partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education, will serve on a discussion panel on “Public, Private, Community Partnerships with Local Capacity Development” on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Microsoft Education Forum in Miami. Immerman will discuss best practices in working with the private sector, especially the TEACH Program, which is aimed at recruiting new STEM and minority teachers into the system, as well as changing the perception of teaching in the country.

The panel will look at the elements of an effective public-private partnership and will explore examples of partnerships that have been successful, as well as the challenges that panelists have faced in developing such partnerships.

Microsoft’s Senior Director of Global Strategic Partnerships James Bernard will moderate the panel. Other panelists include Simon Gammell, director, West Coast, British Council; Agnes Slayman, superintendent of Chester County School District in Chester, South Carolina; Daniel Garashi Da Cruz, chief of strategy and business, MSTECH; and Erika Twani, CEO, Learning One-to-One Foundation.

The Obama Administration strongly believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and education is crucial to the economic strength and security of our nation and communities. The Department of Education’s work is focused on ensuring all students receive an education that prepares them for success in life and their career, through programs including Promise Neighborhoods, School Improvement Grants, Race to the Top, and ConnectED, as well as ED's work to expand access to preschool and make college more affordable.