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U.S. Sec. of Education hosts teaching town hall at Loyola

Loyola press release - April 4, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to host a TEACH town hall meeting on Friday, April 8, featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Joining Secretary Duncan will be Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence. New Orleans Hornet All-Star Chris Paul III also attended the event, but did not take part in the town hall.

The purpose of the event was to highlight and honor excellent teachers from the New Orleans area and use their voices to help recruit the next generation of teachers.

The program is part of a series of events held at colleges, universities and high schools across the country through the U.S. Department of Education’s national TEACH Campaign, which aims to help increase awareness of teaching nationwide as a valuable and important profession. The campaign’s goal is to increase the number, quality, and diversity of candidates seeking to become teachers.

The group focused on why the teachers on the panel chose to enter education, and why it is important to recruit the best and brightest into the teaching profession.

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