U.S. Department of Education Official Visits BYU

Dr. John B. King, Jr., senior advisor delegated duties of deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education visited BYU on Wednesday, July 8, to learn about the BYU–Public School Partnership (BYU-PSP).

 Dr. King and Assistant Dean of the McKay School, Al Merkley during Dr. King's visit to BYU. Dr. King and Assistant Dean of the McKay School, Al Merkley during Dr. King's visit to BYU.

BYU-PSP has drawn national attention because of the opportunity it provides to improve both teacher education and K-12 learning through the collaborative efforts of BYU and five area school districts. The partnership is coordinated through the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES) in the David O. McKay School of Education.

Accompanying King were Carri Jenkins, assistant to the BYU president; Tina Dyches, McKay School associate dean; Al Merkley, McKay School assistant dean; Gary Seastrand, director of CITES; Sam Jarman, superintendent of Alpine School District; Cynthia Glad, McKay School director of public relations and Melissa Salmanowitz, director of strategic communications, Office of the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

“Establishing the partnership has allowed us to offer additional teaching experiences for education students,” Seastrand said. “Program requirements like practicum and student teaching are more beneficial to students because of the input we get from teaching professionals in the partnership.”

Writer: Kirsten Clancy

Contact: Cynthia Glad (801) 422-1922