by Claire Miller
Massie Ritsch, acting assistant secretary of the Office for Communications and Outreach for the U.S. Department of Education, will lead a town hall meeting with representatives of the urban education community at Georgia State University on Monday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. in Speakers Auditorium.
The event is free and open to the public.
Ritsch will outline the Department of Education’s priorities and discuss the College of Education’s Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NET-Q) project. The project, funded with a $13.5 million Department of Education grant, is a collection of programs, partnerships, initiatives and incentives to prepare teachers for the demands of teaching high-need subjects in high-need schools and gives them the support they need once they are in their classrooms.
Ritsch will visit Cross Keys High School, one of the schools involved in NET-Q, prior to the town hall.
“It’s exciting for NET-Q to be recognized at the national level and for us to facilitate a conversation with our partner schools and the faculty and students at Georgia State about topics in education,” said DaShaunda Patterson, College of Education clinical assistant professor and NET-Q project director.
Ritsch oversees the U.S. Department of Education’s communications, directing a team of more than 100 professionals in Washington and its regional offices who inform the public about the department’s priorities, policies and programs. Prior to becoming acting assistant secretary last December, he served for three and a half years as the deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and outreach, connecting U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan and other leaders with organizations of educators, students, parents, civil rights advocates, and business and civic leaders.
For more information about the town hall, contact Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.