Camden Principal Honored by U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan

Camden Public Schools reports that Principal Keith Miles of Woodrow Wilson High School met yesterday with Sec. Duncan and other senior U.S. D.O.E. officials for “a full day of learning and advising, as part of the new Principals at ED effort.”

From the press release:

The goal is to bring groups of highly innovative and successful principals from across the country to the Education Department to learn more about federal programs and to share experiences from their jobs as school leaders. Throughout the day, the principals will meet with senior staff from across the agency to learn about and give input on a variety of the Department’s programs, policies and initiatives. The participants will spend time with leaders from the offices of early learning, English language learners, special education and educational technology—to name a few. The day will culminate with a roundtable discussion with Secretary Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deb Delisle.

“Strong school leadership is the key to ensuring that the best teachers are recruited and supported and that high-quality instruction is offered to kids in every classroom, every day,” said Secretary Duncan. “We are excited that principals from all over the nation will spend a full day with us to share their perspectives on leading schools of excellence and equity. Great school leadership matters now more than ever.”

Added Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, “Great schools start with great school leaders, and we’re supporting our principals more than ever. Principal Miles is an extraordinarily hard-working school leader who is making real progress to Woodrow Wilson High School, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

Woodrow Wilson High School is the alma mater of graduate Aleysha Figueroa, whom Superintendent Rouhanifard profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer last week as a symbol of the urgency of improving Camden Public Schools. Aleysha speaks for herself here, about 27:30 into  a video celebrating Camden’s “Remarkable Graduates.”
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