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Teachers invited to hear Arne Duncan speak during April 23 Louisville visit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Teachers and administrators across Kentucky are invited to attend a special presentation by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Louisville next week.

Duncan will be town to meet with elected officials and tour schools, as well as speak to educators during a 3 p.m. event at duPont Manual High School on April 23. Teachers interested in attending are being asked to register for the event by clicking on this link.

"We are very excited to participate and attend the speech by Secretary Duncan," said Brian Bishop, the national director for state teacher fellowship programs with the Hope Street Group, a non-profit organization based out of California that is helping get the word out about Duncan's visit to Manual. "We are looking forward to sharing in this amazing opportunity to hear what he may have to say about teacher leadership."

The Hope Street Group, based out of California, is dedicated to fostering innovative and collaborative reform in education, health and the workforce. Kentucky is one of four states to offer a state fellowship program for teachers and works in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky Education Association, Bishop said.

A spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Education said details about Duncan's visit to Louisville will likely not be finalized until the end of the week. Duncan has visited Louisville several times since becoming education secretary in 2009. He was last here in 2013, when he spoke at the St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education about President Obama's early childhood education initiatives. 

Duncan also visited the Academy @ Shawnee in 2011 for a round-table discussion and to press Obama's American Jobs Act.

The Hope Street Group fellowship program is for educators who want to contribute their ideas and expertise to help shape national, state and local policy. Kentucky currently has 21 teacher fellows, including Sarah Yost, a language arts teacher at Westport Middle School, Kip Hottman, a Spanish teacher at Oldham County High School and Michelle Rynbrandt Hendricks, a teacher at Freedom Elementary in Bullitt County.

"Our goal is to connect teachers with policy makers because we believe those folks in the classroom each day hold the keys for success in America's classrooms," he said. "This past year, our Kentucky fellows have been working to provide feedback from thousands of their peers to the Kentucky Department of Education on the student surveys and student observation pieces of the state's new teacher evaluation system."

Bishop noted the application period for the 2015-16 year is open through Friday (April 17). Those interested in applying for a fellowship can click here. Selected teachers work approximately 10-15 hours a month and receive a $3,500 stipend, will learn about state education reform efforts and meet directly with state policymakers to share the views of educators and to present educator-generated solutions.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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