JUST ANNOUNCED: Where We’re Stopping on Our 6th Annual Back-to-School Bus Tour

A map of all locations that the tour will visit. See list in blog post.

We’re hitting the road for our sixth annual back-to-school bus tour, and earlier today we announced the eleven stops we’ll be making in seven states during the week of September 14. We’re really excited to be visiting the following locations:

  • Woodland Early Learning Center, Kansas City, Missouri
  • North High School, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Roosevelt Middle School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Williamsfield Community Unit School District, Williamsfield, Illinois
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Crispus Attucks High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jeffersontown High Magnet Career Academy, Louisville, Kentucky
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Here’s a look at a few of the places and people we’ll be visiting:

The theme of this year’s tour is “Ready for Success,” and during each stop we’ll be celebrating how states and local communities are working to increase access and opportunity from early learning to college.

Stay connected with this year’s tour by signing up for bus tour email updates, and follow the tour on social media with #ReadyForSuccess.

More info:

28 Comments

  1. As a 1960 North High School graduate and 2012 volunteer for President Obama, I’m beyond proud that this wise, committed, and successful President will take time and energy to visit my alma mater. His 21st Century decisions have always been visionary. Students, you might not realize it today, but this is a joyful moment you can remember and build upon if you choose.

  2. When you do your next bus tour think about coming to Alabama and Georgia. I would love to have you come to Anniston High School in Anniston, AL.

  3. Looking forward to learning what successes and new projects will come from the important work the Educational, Back to School Bus Tour finds, as you travel to various locations. It is a great experience for those of us across the USA to learn along with you and find out what is important to the development of local community education and National Education priorities, to ask, what is it that makes success from the simplest form to the greatest of educational experiences. Also if any great learning about/from the LGBT communities are found and shared, many would like to hear about this, especially some of us in California as our practice in education always takes us to the places of working together to improve our communities. Thanks Ed. and White House groups on the Back to School Tour, please share a lot with us! Respectfully, Carol A. Godshall

  4. Are you including a visit to some early childhood programs during your tour? We’d be happy to set up a visit or two while you are in Iowa!

  5. I’m glad some universities are destinations for this tour. One of our sons graduated from University of Louisville in a STEM field and I would love to attend that session during the back to school tour. As an education advocate who served as parent, president, board member, etc at the local, district, state and national levels, I have vested my time and research in learning how we can try to make things better for our students and schools while seeking involvement with parents and our communities. http://ucanchange.webs.com
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  6. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Duncan during my visit to the White House in Washington DC and I see that he will be visiting our district in Des Moines, IA. I am the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year and I would love to join him during his visit to learn from this unique experience and share what our state is working on to ensure our student’s success.
    Thank you,

    • Congratulations Ms. Spizzirri! Thank you for all of your work and dedication! I hope you get to go! I am a parent advocate for quality education in Kentucky. Please share any information from your session that you find helpful by emailing ucanhelp@windstream.net.

  7. I see you are going all around WV. You would be very welcome in WV. We are a rural state with many barriers that are unique to other areas. I am sure parents and teachers alike would value your input and would appreciate being heard.

  8. Although the bus tour concept seems to be wonderful, I clicked to watch the video. Unfortunately, it seems to not be captioned. So, as a deaf educator, a parent of school-age children, and a professional who is responsible in sharing resources with all of the professionals who work with deaf and hard of hearing students in the U.S., I am unable to access to the video. Please advise?

    • Hi Bridgetta — This video doesn’t have words, only music. We’ll work harder to make sure that’s apparent in the captions.

      Cameron
      Office of Communications and Outreach

  9. I look at the map (above) and see all the ’empty space” in between Cincinnati, Ohio and Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. Why not another stop in “Ohio”. There are plenty of fine schools in that empty space. Heck, check out the Hocking Hills area in the southeast area of Ohio. Hocking College has a highly rated Natural Resources Course of study. “AND” it is own the way from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh. Just drive east of Cincinnati on Highway 32. Ohhh, by the way that drive is FFAAAARRR more scenic than the I-71 to I-70 drive to Pittsburgh. If you don’t take the chance, it’s a snooze ya’ loose for you. And, far less traffic.

  10. I look at the map (above) and see all the ’empty space” in between Cincinnati, Ohio and Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. Why not another stop in “Ohio”. There are plenty of fine schools in that empty space. Heck, check out the Hocking Hills area in the southeast area of Ohio. Hocking College has a highly rated Natural Resources Course of study. “AND” it is own the way from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh. Just drive east of Cincinnati on Highway 32. Ohhh, by the way that drive is FFAAAARRR more scenic than the I-71 to I-70 drive to Pittsburgh. If you don’t take the chance, it’s a snooze ya’ loose for you. And, far less traffic.

  11. Hello,
    I was just wondering. Will there be a West Coast stop in the future?

    Thanks,

    Ari Mc Intyre
    Valley Gateway President PTSA
    31st District California

  12. I will like for the tour to come at Dover High School. Dover DE is a great place and we need all the help we can get. I’m ready to help. Schools are the most important part of are children they are the future. Please take the time to think about it it’s close to PA. Thanks

  13. Just wanted to see where you are visiting in Kansas City, MO? Would welcome you to visit Northland CAPS (www.northlandcaps.org). We are a consortium of seven school districts in Kansas City working with juniors and seniors in high school through a professional learning approach. Students explore different career strands though project work with businesses and internships. High school and College credit is offered.

    • Hi Allison,

      WHAT: Preschool classroom visit: expanding access for all students, including those with disabilities
      WHEN: Monday afternoon, Sept. 14
      WHERE: Woodland Early Learning Center, Kansas City, Missouri

      Cameron
      Office of Communications and Outreach

  14. Please come to lake Charles LA so Parents Against Common Core can let you know why your Department needs to be abolished ! Education is for states not federal !

  15. How and where do we sign up to actually join you on the back-to-school tour? Who have you invited to ride the actual bus? Please provide specific details where we can get on the bus to join you. Thank you.

  16. You might want to fix your map. You have Cincinnati located in the wrong part of Ohio and more than 100 miles from where it actually is. Indianapolis and Louisville also are way off from where they should be. Not sure about the remaining cities, but it might pay to double-check those too.

  17. Hello, my name is Curt Hemmeler and I am the President at Everest Institute in Columbus Ohio. My school is one of 50 non profit Career Colleges under Zenith Eduction. We specialize in affordable career college training and would love to have you include us on your tour. If it is not to late to get involved please contact me either by phone at 614-322-3414 or email at curtis.hemmeler@zenith.org.

    Warn Regard,
    Curtis Hemmeler

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