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March 15, 2022

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to join ASCD 2022 Annual Conference

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will be a featured speaker at the 2022 ASCD Annual Conference, entitled Recharge & Reconnect.
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Ken Pratt, Chief Engagement Officer, 407-247-4958 CHICAGO, IL—ASCD, the nation's leading organization for professional learning for K-12 educators, has announced that U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will be a featured speaker at the 2022 ASCD Annual Conference, entitled Recharge & Reconnect. The conference will be held in-person in Chicago and run from Friday, March 18 through Monday, March 21.
On Monday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m., Secretary Cardona will join ASCD Board President Avis Williams to discuss the current landscape of teaching, learning, and the most timely issues impacting our school communities. Secretary Cardona will share his vision for K-12 education, insights about the value of educators, and strategies to support comprehensive learning opportunities for all students.
Williams said: "We are thrilled that our educators, school leaders, and school system administrators will have a chance to hear from Secretary Cardona during the conference."
"After two years of teaching and leading in pandemic conditions, the conference and our conversation with Secretary Cardona will be important opportunities to reconnect to each other and the work, reflect on what we've learned, and recharge as we prepare to take on the challenges and opportunities ahead."
"Our educators play an integral role in supporting children and families as our country begins to recover from the pandemic," said Secretary Cardona. "The American Rescue Plan is providing unprecedented resources to schools and together we can work to address the academic and mental health needs of students. I applaud ASCD for convening this important conference and look forward to joining in the conversation."
Secretary Cardona has dedicated his career to serving students, educators, and families as an elementary school teacher, school principal, district administrator, and, most recently, as commissioner of education for the state of Connecticut. He has led the federal government's effort to support states in reopening America's public schools for in-person learning amid the recovery from the pandemic.
Under Secretary Cardona's leadership, the U.S. Department of Education also has distributed historic funding through the American Rescue Plan to support K-12 schools and colleges and has granted more than $13 billion in student loan forgiveness.
The 2022 ASCD Annual Conference will be held in Chicago from Friday, March 18 through Monday, March 21. While the in-person conference is sold out, information about ASCD's upcoming virtual conference is available at

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