Secretary King to Give Remarks at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will deliver remarks at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Washington, D.C.

King, a former social studies teacher, will share his vision of how social studies fits within a well-rounded education. He will also speak to the possibilities offered by the newly authorized Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in addressing the needs of social studies education.

The conference titled: “Civil Learning and Cultural Inquiry in a Changing World,” will have more than 800 presentations by the leading social studies researchers and practitioners with classroom-ready resources on the latest social studies issues and teaching methods. The conference will run from Dec. 2-4.

President Barack Obama entered office in 2009 with a comprehensive vision for improving our education system to advance our children's opportunity and success. That vision included efforts to address the dropout crisis, improve student achievement, increase graduation rates, and expand equity in education through stronger schools. In December 2015, he signed ESSA into law, offering the chance to reclaim the promise of an excellent, well-rounded education for every student.