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Meet the Mentor: Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education (2009-2016), provides a rare and intimate glimpse into his life and work at this Meet the Mentor session hosted in March 2016 as part of The Varkey Foundation’s Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF).

During a one-on-one interview facilitated by The Education Partners’ CEO Denise Gallucci, Arne candidly discusses his beginnings in education, his service as the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, and his tenure as the top U.S. education official. Arne also shares entertaining anecdotes about his personal journey as a leader in Chicago and Washington D.C.

Questions posed by an international audience heighten the level of collaborative discourse at the conclusion of the session. Audience members from Kenya, Somalia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States incite thought-provoking responses from Arne on topics ranging from the value of socio-emotional intelligence in primary education, the United States’ use of education as part of a broader foreign policy agenda, STEM professional preparedness, and the U.S. government’s follow-up plans to its Race to the Top (RTTT) grant award competition. From beginning to end, this Meet the Mentor session featuring Arne Duncan provides a number of robust insights into the recent history of U.S. education policy formation and future pathways for education reform around the world. 

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