Join ED’s John White for #EDRuralChat

The U.S. Department of Education’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, John White, will host the agency’s first Twitter Rural Forum at #EDRuralChat on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 3-3:30 p.m. EDT.  Beginning today, Twitter users can submit questions on rural education to the Deputy Assistant Secretary using the hash tag #EDRuralChat.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held the Department’s first Twitter Town Hall event of any kind on Aug. 24, 2011.  Thousands of Twitter users submitted #AskArne questions, and Duncan answered a range of tough questions during a town hall conversation moderated by journalist John Merrow.

The Department of Education uses several Twitter accounts to share information and converse with the education community and the American people. Click here for a complete list of ED’s Twitter accounts.

For general news and information about ED, follow @usedgov. To keep up-to-date with Secretary Duncan, follow @ArneDuncan. Justin Hamilton, ED’s Press Secretary, can can be found at @EDPressSec, and Massie Ritsch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Outreach, shares information and converses with stakeholders, teachers and parents at @ED_Outreach.

Linda Hall
Office of Communications and Outreach


  1. It is important for Native Americans to become teachers and leaders in their communities. They are the stakeholders and know what works best in educating their children.

  2. In rural America, a number of American Indian/Alaska Native reservations, villages and communities exist. In keeping with the principles of Government to Government Consultation, it is imperative that the Department of Education work with Indian Tribal Governments and organizations to ensure equitable support systems for rural communities and schools. Often times, schools serve as the center of rural communities; therefore, parents and community members must be afforded a more active role in the decision making process of these schools. In some cases, non-Native educators travel miles to work in the community, but at the end of the day return to their own communities with no real investment in the community. Therefore, the role of tribal and parental engagement in rural schools is critical, especially in the rural schools.

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