The Department of Education has named Carole L. Kennedy, a middle school principal in Missouri, its next principal-in-residence.
The two-year appointment is designed to help the department better communicate with school leaders and keep their perspectives in mind when setting policy.
Ms. Kennedy's experience includes a 1997 stint as the president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and she was a founder of a parental-outreach program called Parents as Education Partners. Most recently, Ms. Kennedy, 59, has served as the principal of Lange Middle School in Columbia, Mo. ("House Calls," Sept. 3, 1997.)
"Her insight as an administrator will be valuable to our goal of recruiting talented individuals to become principals and effective instructional leaders," Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley said in a written statement.
The Education Department has created a new Internet site to help educators better communicate and share ideas with one another.
The AskEDInfo service will provide a place for educators to discuss 22 current topics, such as charter schools, after-school programs, and parent involvement. The site is located at oeri3.ed.gov:8000/AskEDInfo/.
Thomas Hehir, the director of the office of special education programs, left the Education Department last Friday, a few weeks earlier than originally planned.
Mr. Hehir is returning to his native Massachusetts to serve as a lecturer at Harvard University and a consultant on special education. Until his successor is named, Patty Guard, OSEP's deputy director, will hold the reins at the office.
The department has also named Art Love the acting director of the office of bilingual education and minority-languages affairs. Mr. Love had served as deputy director in the office until Director Delia Pompa announced her resignation last month.
--Joetta L. Sack [email protected]
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