Education Department to Host Roundtable Discussion in Nashville on Teacher Preparation and College Completion

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The U.S. Education Department will hold a roundtable discussion in Nashville with teachers, families, students, college access professionals, practitioners, and other members of the public to inform federal policy in the areas of teacher preparation and college completion. The discussion will be held on Thursday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. CDT, at Tennessee State University. More than a dozen senior policy advisers and officials from the Office of the Under Secretary and the Office of Postsecondary Education, including David Bergeron, deputy assistant secretary for policy, planning and innovation, will join.

The roundtable in Nashville is the first of four regional meetings to be held around the country to gather ideas for designing and implementing federal programs that focus on key education priorities of the Obama Administration, including improving the effectiveness and diversity of teachers in low-performing schools and helping disadvantaged students enroll in and complete postsecondary education. Other discussions will be held throughout May in Tacoma, Wash., Chicago, Ill., and Charleston, S.C.