We are proud to announce that United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be visiting the Reading Public Schools this week. Secretary Duncan will be visiting the Arthur W. Coolidge Middle School on Wednesday, March 12th to visit a Grade 8 math classroom and to hold a roundtable discussion with Reading Public Schools teachers, administrators, and students about our progress on current educational initiatives, the benefits we are working to achieve for our students, and challenges we face in implementation. Each school in the district will be represented in this critical discussion.
In addition to Secretary Duncan’s visit, a group of Reading educators will also be participating in a discussion facilitated by members of the US DOE’s Principal Ambassador Fellowship and Teacher Ambassador Fellowship programs. The mission of the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship is to improve education for students by involving teachers in the development and implementation of national education policy. The Fellowship also seeks to involve teachers in developing policies that affect the classroom, to improve education programs and policies by strengthening the connection to practical knowledge about school realities, and to expand teachers’ leadership in policy at the national, state, and local levels.
As part of his two day visit to Massachusetts, Secretary Duncan will also be visiting the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Roxbury, Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, and the Match Charter Public High School in Boston.
Secretary Duncan has chosen Reading as one of the places he is visiting while in Massachusetts because of Reading’s leadership with several state initiatives and its commitment to prepare students for college and career readiness. These initiatives include our emphasis on the literacy and mathematics curriculum frameworks, educator collaboration in the development of district determined measures, the educator evaluation process, elementary standards-based report cards, technology integration, and a focus on 21st century skills. The strength of these initiatives is due to the enormous dedication and collaboration among teachers, administrators, and the community. We look forward to engaging in a meaningful dialogue that will benefit all educators and students, and we are honored to be hosting such an important opportunity for our district, our state, and our nation.