U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray; District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson; State Superintendent of Education Jesus Aguirre; and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will visit and tour DC Scholars Stanton Elementary on Monday, Feb. 10. The group, including representatives from City Year, will also participate in a roundtable discussion on the school’s turnaround effort and the importance of partnering with key stakeholders to achieve education reform. A media availability will follow the roundtable.
The event also highlights the one-year anniversary of the School Turnaround AmeriCorps grant program, which is administered jointly by the U.S. Department of Education and CNCS. The program aims to improve education for all students by engaging community partners in the effort to accelerate schools’ progress in achieving reform.
DC Scholars Stanton Elementary is benefitting from a School Turnaround AmeriCorps grant, awarded last year to City Year, which has placed 18 AmeriCorps members at the school to help develop a positive school culture and to provide intensive support to students in reading, math, and social-emotional skills development.
In addition to Mayor Gray and Chancellor Henderson, Michael Brown, CEO of City Year, Rena Johnson, principal of DC Scholars Stanton Elementary; and several other stakeholders, teachers, and leaders in education reform will join Duncan and Spencer for the roundtable discussion, which will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m.