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Duncan’s Road Show Ends with Rally, The Atlantic Tackles the ‘Writing Revolution,’ and Education Nation Starts Monday

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will wrap up his 12-state bus tour with a rally today in Washington, D.C., featuring music and dance performances by local youth and an appearances by LaVar Arrington, former Washington Redskin; and Destiny Michelle Welch, America’s Miss Teen 2012. The “Education Drives America” rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the plaza outside the Education Department’s headquarters on Maryland Avenue, and Duncan will speak at 7:30 p.m.


The tour began Sept. 12 in Redwood City, Calif. Along the way, Duncan met with students, teachers, and staff, as well as community stakeholders and policymakers. He also found the time to do a little dancing, as Education Week’s Politics K-12 blog reported. (You don’t want to skip the video. Trust me.)

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The Atlantic’s October issue has a fascinating story by the talented Peg Tyre, looking at what can happen to student achievement when schools put a steady, near-daily focus on the mechanics of analytic writing. The Writing Revolution asks some tough questions about whether the popularity of using memoir and first-person narratives as techniques for teaching writing, focusing more on personal experiences than on the mechanics, might actually be holding back traditionally underserved student populations.

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I’m headed to NBC’s third annual Education Nation next week, and I look forward to sharing details of the many panels, debates and special events — including a screening of “Won’t Back Down,” which appears eager to become this year’s “Waiting for Superman”. You can watch live streaming video, and NBC News will broadcast select portions. You can also look to EWA’s EdMedia Commons for more resources on some of the key education topics you’ll be hearing about at the summit. And don’t follow me on Twitter @EWAEmily.



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