U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Participate in Panel Discussion at Georgetown University on Importance of Character Development in Student Achievement

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Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in an education forum addressing character development and its impact on student achievement. The forum, hosted by the Chavez Schools and Georgetown University, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Georgetown University. Shelton is part of a distinguished panel of school leaders and education policy makers who will discuss the role schools can play in shaping and influencing character, and the impact character has on student achievement.

Additional panel participants include John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University and moderator of the panel; Paul Tough, former New York Times Magazine editor and author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America; Abigail Smith, chief of the Transformation Management Office of D.C. Public Schools; Tim King, chief executive officer and founder of Urban Prep Charter Schools in Chicago; and Irasema Salcido, chief executive officer and founder of the Chavez Schools.