U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently visited Aurora Public Schools for a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The discussion, held at Vista PEAK Preparatory School, focused on our Academic and Career Pathways.
Several APS pathways teachers, staff, parents, students and partners participated in the discussion, giving Duncan an overview of the P-20 and pathways concepts as well as reasons why they have been so successful in the district.
Gateway High School teacher Justin Hoffman felt Duncan left with a clear picture of what APS has to offer students and, in turn, what he can do to help the cause.
"I believe that it is genuine and it's not going to just be lip service," Hoffman said. "I think that he understands the hard work that these teachers have done in this district over the course of time. It really shows what this school district is about."
Following the roundtable discussion with Secretary Duncan, several APS teachers and AEA President Amy Nichols participated in a session of the “U.S. Department of Education’s National Conversation on Teacher Effectiveness” with members of the U.S. Department of Education.
Rangeview High School teacher Bill Petry was honored to be a part of the conversation.
"Maybe some of the things we talked to the Secretary about will be considered when implementing policy," Petry said. "It also might bring us opportunities (to secure) federal funds because they see that we are doing good work here."
These discussions provided a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase on a national stage the great work we have been doing in Aurora Public Schools!