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            The U.S. Department of Education’s Mark Scheessele will highlight effective teaching practices and the No Child Left Behind Act during a visit to F.J. Reitz High School at 3 p.m., Oct. 10, in Evansville, Ind.  In a surprise announcement, Scheessele will recognize teacher Jon Carl as Indiana’s No Child Left Behind 2007 American Star of Teaching.

WHO:             Mark Scheessele, U.S. Department of Education
WHAT:         School visit to F.J. Reitz High School to announce American Star of Teaching
WHERE:        F. J. Reitz High School, 350 Dreier Blvd, Evansville, IN 47712
WHEN:          3 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 10, 2007

NOTE:  Please arrive at the school by 2:30 p.m. and park in visitor parking.  This is a surprise announcement for the teacher. 

             Jon Carl, a social studies teacher at F.J. Reitz High School, makes history come alive for his students.  During the school year, his students create historical documentaries and become local historical experts.  Mr. Carl also provides training in social studies instructional strategies for other teachers.             

            “Just like Jon Carl, No Child Left Behind expects results for every child.  So we must support teachers who get the job done in America’s most challenging classrooms,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.  “The American Stars of Teaching highlight some of the many outstanding educators in communities across the nation who are making a difference for their students and helping to close the achievement gap so that every child can succeed.”

            Teachers across all grade levels and disciplines will be honored this fall as American Stars of Teaching.  One teacher will be recognized in every state and the District of Columbia.  A committee of former teachers at the U.S. Department of Education selected the American Stars from among 4,000 nominations based on their success in improving academic performance and making a difference in their students’ lives. 

Started in 2004, the American Stars of Teaching is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative, which includes regional and district workshops, roundtables for teachers and principals, regular e-mail updates and digital learning.  By the end of this summer, the teachers of over one million students will have benefited from these Teacher-to-Teacher activities.

President Bush and Congress have provided an unprecedented $27 billion in federal funding since 2002 to support teachers. One of President Bush’s new initiatives -- the Teacher Incentive Fund – was funded for the first time in 2006 and is providing financial incentives to teachers who improve student achievement in high-poverty schools.  Another program supporting teachers is permanent student loan forgiveness up to $17,500 for highly qualified math and science teachers who choose to serve low-income communities.

The Department and Secretary Spellings are committed to supporting educators through efforts such as the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative and other programs.

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