Do Taxpayers Pay for Kevin Jennings’ jet-setting speech trips?

Posted by on March 9, 2011

At a time when President Obama and his Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools have eliminated $32 million in school emergency planning grants and $295 million in Safe and Drug Free Schools Program grants, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education for safe schools, Kevin Jennings, is jet-setting across the nation keynoting conferences at resort hotels for private, non-profit, and special interest organizations.

Jennings has keynoted and presented at least 13 conferences in the past two months and at least 21 conferences since the start of this school year last August.  A preliminary investigation finds Jennings has been out of his office to provide at least more than 30 high-profile presentations in the past year. 

Are taxpayers picking up expensive travel costs (airlines, hotels, ground travel, etc), in addition to Jennings’ salary (listed as over $153,000 a year in 2009), at a time when Jennings, Education Secretary Duncan, and President Obama have cut millions of dollars from local school districts for school emergency planning, security, and prevention programs?

Jet-Setting Trips Include Crisscross National Travel to Upper-End Hotels

Jennings’ jet-setting trips in less than a year have crisscrossed the nation from the DC region to San Francisco (CA), Orlando (FL), San Diego (CA), Kansas City (MO),  Raleigh (NC), Ames (IA),  Roanoke Valley (NC), Hartford (CT), Commerce City (CO), Portland (OR), Cambridge (MA), Shawnee (KS), Minneapolis (MN), Chicago (IL), St. Louis (MO), Cleveland/Parma (OH), Pine Mountain (GA), Austin (TX), and numerous other locations.  

Jennings has spoken at programs at upper-end resorts and hotels including the Doubletree Resort SeaWorld (Orlando, FL), Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel (Baltimore, MD), Doubletree Hotel (Austin, TX), Sheraton Bloomington Hotel (Minneapolis, MN), and Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley (San Diego, CA), to name a few.

Speeches Include at Private For-Profit Companies and for Wall Street Banks, and with a Skewed Focus on Bullying, Diversity, and LGBT Gay Special Interest Agendas

Jennings travel includes speaking at conferences run by for-profit private conference, publishing, and consulting companies, including at events with a questionable nexus to federal school safety, security, emergency planning, and related local school district school safety goals.  

The content of Jennings’ presentations appears to be consistently skewed to LGBT gay special interests, diversity, bullying, and civil rights issues.

A few presentations of particular interest include: 

The report said, “Jennings gave a deeply nuanced analysis of history and time as only a history teacher could.  He mentioned how when he was growing up, the idea of a homosexual senior presidential appointee, a Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, and an African American President would have been ludicrous…he argued that it was individual people who realized that it was their moral obligation to do something about the fundamental wrongs they saw in the world, that were able to make so much progress in recent decades…Secretary Jennings reminded us, we as young leaders need to believe not that time will bring change but that we will bring change.”

School Safety Agenda or Political and Social Agenda?

I struggle to see the connection between the role of the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug Free Schools, i.e., to administer federal policy and funding for a comprehensive approach to drug and violence free schools, and Jennings speaking about “coming out on Wall Street.”  Jennings has publicly identified his domestic partner as a banking and financial investment firm employee and at least one online bio on Jennings reports the same. But aside from that connection to Wall Street, I am missing the connection of our tax dollars paying an assistant secretary for education for safe schools to be on this program agenda.

Jennings’ presentations in his capacity as Obama’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug Free Schools also have common themes and/or contexts of LGBT gay special interest issues, civil rights, diversity, and “bullying.”  Bullying increasingly appears to be a code word in the Obama Administration for advancing gay rights social and political special interests.

Jennings’ national speaking tour themes, his poor decisions to eliminate $32 million in school emergency planning grants and $295 million in Safe and Drug Free Schools Grant Program grants for school security and prevention programs, and his skewed policy and funding focus on “bullying” and “school climate surveys” have radically deteriorated federal safe schools policy and funding.  Jennings’ speeches and funding priorities intentionally ignore a comprehensive approach to school safety and, in particular, inclusion of efforts and presentations which include violence, drug prevention, school security, school-based policing, and school emergency preparedness.

The impact of Jennings’ actions and agenda will be felt hard as high-profile violent incidents continue to occur in schools and, unfortunately, when the next major school violence tragedy (or tragedies) strike ill-prepared and poorly protected American schools.

See below for a detailed list with links to more than 30 Jennings’ presentations I have tracked so far.

Ken Trump

Visit School Security Blog at:  http://www.schoolsecurityblog.com

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Synopsis and links to Jennings presentations in the past year:

Six Wall Street Firms Plan LGBT Summit, “Out on the Street,” planned for March 30 at Deutsche Bank at 60 Wall Street, will be the first-ever LGBT leadership summit sponsored by top Manhattan financial firms. Others making presentations at the summit include Kevin Jennings, an assistant secretary of education in the Obama administration, Dr. Brad Sears, president of the Williams Institute, a UCLA Law School think tank that works on legal issues related to sexual orientation, Sylvia Ann-Hewlett, president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, and author Brian McNaught, an LGBT leadership expert. http://www.gaycitynews.com/articles/2011/02/18/gay_city_news/news_in_brief/today/doc4d5eba1edf695882540873.txt

U.S. Department of Ed’s Jennings to Keynote National Special Needs Transportation Show Kevin Jennings will keynote the Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers 20th National Conference and Exhibition in Kansas City in March, the event’s organizer announced. Roseann Schwaderer, owner of conference organizer EduPro Group, said Jennings will speak to attendees on the $38.8 million Safe and Supportive Schools grant program, which was announced in October. Jennings is scheduled to make his presentation on March 14. http://www.stnonline.com/home/latest-news/3004-kevin-jennings-keynote-special-needs-show

Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Keynote Annual Summit on Substance Abuse, Mental Health and School Safety/Violence, March 07, 2011 12:00 pm – 02:00 pm, Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will keynote the sixth annual summit on “Substance Abuse, Mental Health and School Safety/Violence: Best Practices for Working With Youth” on Monday, March 7, in Pine Mountain, Ga. http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-kevin-jennings-keynote-annual-summit-substance-abus and http://www2.wrbl.com/news/2011/mar/07/school-safety-summit-callaway-gardens-ar-1550425/

U.S. Department of Education Senior Officials to Participate in National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference in San FranciscoEvent Date 1: February 26, 2011 11:45 am – 01:45 pm At 11:45 a.m., Jennings will give remarks on the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments and the harmful impact of bullying and harassment on the academic performance of youth.  http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/us-department-education-senior-officials-participate-national-association-seco 

Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Give Keynote at Conference on Bullying in San Diego, Will Discuss the Harmful Impact of Bullying and Harassment on Academic Performance, Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will give the keynote address at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at the “Solutions to a Crisis: Supporting Students, Saving Lives” Conference in San Diego. www.cescal.org , http://www.cescal.org/lgbtqi/2011.cfm, http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-kevin-jennings-give-keynote-conference-bullying-san

Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Give Keynote at Texas Schools Social Workers Conference in Austin, February 24, 2011 08:30 am – 10:30 am, Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will give the keynote address at the Texas School Social Workers’ 20th anniversary at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin. http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-kevin-jennings-give-keynote-texas-schools-social-wo

Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Give Opening Remarks at School Safety Advocacy Council’s National Bullying Conference in Orlando, Florida. Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will highlight the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments at the first annual School Safety Advocacy Council’s National Conference on Bullying. He also will discuss the harmful impact of bullying and harassment on academic performance. He will give opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the Doubletree Resort SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-kevin-jennings-give-opening-remarks-school-safety-a    

U.S. Department of Education Senior Officials to Participate in National Alternative Education Association’s Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee February 11, 2011 12:45 pm – 02:45 pm Jennings, who will keynote Friday’s luncheon, will discuss the Department’s efforts over the past year to create safe learning environments Jennings will discuss the Department’s efforts over the past year to create safe learning environments through its Safe and Supportive School grants program. http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/us-department-education-senior-officials-participate-national-alternative-educ

Assistant Deputy Secretary to Participate in Anti-Bullying Forum at Montclair, New Jersey. February 07, 2011 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will participate in an Anti-Bullying Forum in New Jersey beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Montclair State University. http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-participate-anti-bullying-forum-montclair-new-jerse

To determine funding, Durham to count the homeless DURHAM A Washington bureaucrat is coming to help with the annual “Point-in-Time” count of Durham’s homeless population Wednesday night. Kevin Jennings, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools, also plans to meet with Durham Public Schools’ staff liaison for homeless pupils while he is in town. “The number of homeless students is reaching crisis levels,” Jennings said in a prepared release. http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/01/25/944002/to-determine-funding-durham-to.html

Valley son will stress learning:  “I am coming to talk to the chamber about the importance of investing in education and having businesses involved if we are to continue to make opportunities available for the next generation the way a previous generation did for me,” he said. Jennings is a multi-award winner in various fields of leadership, human and civil rights and education. He is a graduate of Harvard and New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has written six books and was co-writer and co-producer of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, “Out of the Past.” http://www.rrdailyherald.com/articles/2011/01/22/news/doc4d3b8683230b4180796025.prt

Assistant Deputy Secretary to Deliver Keynote Address on Creating Safe, Healthy and Caring Learning Environments January 12, 2011 08:30 am – 12:00 am Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will address the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments in an effort to increase student achievement at the Iowa Department of Education’s Safe, Healthy and Caring Learning Environments workshops.  The purpose of the workshops is to offer skill building and provide strategies for improving learning conditions in Iowa schools. http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-deliver-keynote-address-creating-safe-healthy-and-c

Overcoming Unearned Privilege: Leadership, Diversity and Our Nation’s Future Dec 14, 2010 Jennings is the assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). He told his family’s story to DiversityInc’s audience of chief diversity officers and executives at our two-day diversity event in Washington, D.C., where he talked about how ingrained sense of privilege and attitudes about what is “normal” can impede further movement. Jennings pointed out that of the United States’ 44 presidents, only nine presided after the end of legal segregation, only eight have presided after homosexuality was no longer classified as a mental illness and only one is not a white man http://diversityinc.com/article/8137/Overcoming-Unearned-Privilege-Leadership-Diversity-and-Our-Nations-Future/

Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Address Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) in Baltimore December 16, 2010 Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, will address JMATE’s plenary session at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. He will discuss efforts by the Education Department and federal government to reach out to youth currently in recovery. http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-kevin-jennings-address-joint-meeting-adolescent-tre

Dec 2, 2010 – RALEIGH — American Indian students in North Carolina have made slight gains in school achievement, according to the latest data, but still lag significantly behind state students as a whole. Kevin Jennings of the department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools pointed out that nationally American Indian and Alaska native students have higher dropout rates than other ethnic groups. Jennings and others in the Obama administration have met with tribal leaders across the country, who have complained about dilapidated tribal schools, high rates of violence, alcohol and drug abuse among students and difficulty recruiting teachers from the community. The education department has made some changes to benefit American Indian students, Jennings said. For example, instruction in native languages previously did not qualify for funding because they were not classified as “foreign languages” even though they were second languages for students. On Tuesday, Jennings visited the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School in Halifax County and then met with American Indian students from Wake County, who told of being bullied in school. http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/12/02/837864/american-indian-students-lag.html

Assistant Deputy Secretary to Keynote Connecticut Bullying Forum. Remarks to focus on bullying and harassment as hindrances to learning.  November 22, 2010 10:00 am CONNECTICUT, Hartford—Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will address the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments at the Connecticut Bullying Forum at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at the Connecticut State Capitol. He also will discuss the harmful impact of bullying and harassment on academic performance. In addition, Jennings will discuss the Department’s efforts over the past year to address bullying. https://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-keynote-connecticut-bullying-forum

Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Keynote Maryland State Department of Education’s Bullying and Harassment Conference . November 17, 2010 09:30 am Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will address the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments at the Maryland State Department of Education’s Bullying and Harassment Conference at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Church of Severn Run in Severn, Maryland. He also will discuss the harmful impact of bullying and harassment on academic performance during his keynote address. The theme of this year’s conference is “Above and Beyond Bullying: Who Are the Youth Being Targeted?” http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-kevin-jennings-keynote-maryland-state-department-ed

Assistant Deputy Secretary to Discuss Importance of Creating Safe, Supportive School Environments at National Association for Pupil Transportation’s Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon Keynote address to focus on bullying and harassment as hindrances to learning Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will address the importance of creating a safe and supportive school environment at the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s annual summit in Portland, Oregon. His remarks at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, will focus on “Creating an Environment Where Everyone Can Learn: Addressing Bullying and Harassment in Our Schools.”  http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-discuss-importance-creating-safe-supportive-school-1

Assistant Deputy Secretary to Keynote Fifth Annual National Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation Symposium August 17, 2010 03:30 pm MINNEAPOLIS—Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the importance of creating a safe and supportive school environment at the 5th Annual National Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation Symposium about Children and Young Adults with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. He will deliver his keynote address this Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Minneapolis South.  http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-deputy-secretary-keynote-fifth-annual-national-ted-and-dr-roberta-ma

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, SEIU Summer Interns. A Talk with Kevin Jennings, “They were ordinary people who saw something wasn’t right and stood up to fight against it” Yesterday, the Alliance for Justice hosted its annual summer lunch for Washington DC summer interns at the SEIU. After a warm welcome from Nan Aron, the Alliance for Justice interns and I listened to the captivating Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Department of Education, speak to a packed house. Secretary Jennings, a teacher, civil rights leader, and writer gave a poignant speech; I think it is fair to say that everyone in the audience was left feeling that they could go out and improve the world. Without using clichés like “you are the future,” Jennings gave the young progressives in the room tangible ways to create change. http://afjjusticewatch.blogspot.com/2010/08/talk-with-kevin-jennings.html

 9:30 a.m. MDT Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576 or
press@ed.govASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO KEYNOTE SCHOOL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION CONFERENCE, DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE SCHOOLS Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the importance of school safety and its impact on learning at the second annual School Safety and Violence Prevention Conference at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, in Commerce City, Colo.

Event Date: 5:30 to 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Contact: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, 202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov, Assistant Deputy Secretary to Discuss Importance of a Well-Rounded Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education Public Forum. Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will participate in a Harvard Graduate School of Education public forum, “What Matters and What Counts? Expanding What We Value in Schools,” on Wednesday, May 12, at the graduate school in Cambridge. The forum aims to stimulate discussion about ways to expand what schools value and accomplish, as well as explore how researchers, policymakers and educators can promote rigorous, high-quality, assessable and accountable work in areas other than literacy and math.

9 a.m. CDT Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Contacts: Jo Ann Webb or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576, or press@ed.gov, ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO KEYNOTE COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF CHICAGO ANNUAL PARTNER RECOGNITION BREAKFAST  Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will applaud the hard work of school principals, educators and community service partners at the Communities in Schools of Chicago annual partner recognition breakfast Tuesday, May 11, in Chicago. A large number of Chicago public school students come from low-income homes, and many live in underserved communities. Communities in Schools of Chicago addresses the gap between students’ needs and schools’ ability to respond to these needs. The organization partners with a broad range of service providers to connect students with programs and services.Event Date: 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2010, Contacts: Jo Ann Webb,
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov, ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE SCHOOLS, HEALTHY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AT OHIO COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the need for safe schools during his keynote address at the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management on Tuesday, May 4, in Columbus. He will deliver remarks to more than 200 school administrators, teachers and counselors. Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland will join him. The Commission provides dispute resolution and conflict management resources, training, and direct services to Ohio schools, communities, courts, and state and local government. Its overall goal is to assist in resolving disputes in the most efficient way possible while reducing the chance of violence and building positive relationships.

Event Date: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, Contacts: Jo Ann Webb (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov, ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE SCHOOLS AT ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE’S ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss bullying, the impact of violence on learning and the need for safe schools at the Anti-Defamation League’s 32nd annual National Leadership Conference Monday, May 3, in Washington, D.C. He also will discuss the role of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in ensuring that schools remain safe places of learning.  The three-day National Leadership Conference, which will take place May 2-4, will bring together more than 400 Anti-Defamation League leaders from across the country for a series of briefings from legislators, civil rights leaders, ambassadors and foreign policy experts. The League, founded in 1913, fights all forms of bigotry in the United States and abroad through information, education, legislation and advocacy.

Event Date: 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2010 Contacts: Jo Ann Webb (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION AT NATIONAL PRESS CLUB Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the importance of civic education and policies needed to enhance civic skills among young students at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the National Press Club. He is participating in a conference hosted by Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Since 2001, CIRCLE has conducted, collected and funded research on the civic and political participation of young Americans between the ages of 15 and 25.

Event Date: 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Contacts: Jo Ann Webb (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SAFE SCHOOL CLIMATES AT FORUM ON IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR LATINO CHILDREN . Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the importance of creating safe learning environments at the National Latino Children’s Institute forum in Washington, D.C. The all-day forum, “Building a Nation of Hope for Latino Children, will take place on Wednesday, April 28, at the Marriott Courtyard, 1325 2nd St., N.W. Jennings will participate in the forum’s panel discussion titled “Leveraging Community Assets to Improve Educational Opportunities for Young Latinos” from 10 a.m. to noon. He will be joined by Jose Rico, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. The National Latino Children’s Institute was founded in 1997. The organization’s mission is to focus the nation’s attention on issues and challenges facing young Latinos and to assist communities in finding solutions.

Event Date: Monday, April 19 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT Contacts: David Thomas, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT MEETINGS WITH TRIBAL OFFICIALS Senior education officials to receive feedback on various education matters affecting American Indian and Alaska Native students The U.S. Department of Education’s General Counsel Charles P. Rose and Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings will engage in discussions with tribal officials on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the development of the Department’s Consultation Policy. The meeting will take place on Monday, April 19 in Shawnee, Okla. The meeting is one of several in response to President Obama’s Nov. 5, 2009 Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order 13175, which directs agencies to develop a plan of actions for providing regular and meaningful consultation and strengthening of government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes.

8:30 a.m. CDT Thursday, April 8, 2010 ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS IN HELPING TO CREATE POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATES AT NATIONAL SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK CONFERENCE Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss the critical contributions of school social workers in creating positive school climates at the 2010 National School Social Work Conference Thursday, April 8, at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott in St. Louis, Mo

Event Date: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO JOIN U.S. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL IN COMMEMORATING THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will join U.S. Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson in a panel discussion on keeping our institutions of higher education safe for all students. The discussion is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s year-long public awareness campaign commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Approximately 200 students, faculty, staff and the general public are expected to attend the event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, Minn.

8:30 a.m. EDT Friday, March 26, 2010 ASSISTANT DEPUTY SECRETARY TO DISCUSS WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SCHOOL CLIMATE AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION EDUCATION Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will discuss federal initiatives on school climate and ways to create schools where every child feels safe, secure and valued when he addresses the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

March 8, 2010 6:08 PM Jennings Encourages Activism in D.C. Remarks After urging students and teachers to try to “change the world,” federal school safety chief Kevin Jennings insisted Monday that conservatives’ calls for his resignation haven’t affected his visibility. It’s just not Washingtonians, he said, who are seeing him. “I feel like there is a genuine Beltway mentality where it becomes an echo chamber,” said Jennings, the assistant deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s office of safe and drug-free schools, in an interview after a rare public engagement in the nation’s capital. “I think it’s more that I don’t speak in D.C. I’m on the road a lot.”  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2010/03/jennings_encourages_activism_s.html   

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