Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary Joins Back-to-School Bus Tour

OII’s Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary (ADS) Nadya Dabby will participate in the Department of Education’s annual Back-to-School Bus Tour. The Secretary’s bus tour, themed Strong Start, Bright Future, will run from September 9 – 13, beginning in Santa Fe, N.M., and concluding in San Diego, Calif., with stops along the way in Texas and Arizona.

Strong-StartActing ADS Dabby will begin her travels on Wednesday, Sept. 11th, attending the Secretary’s school visit to Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Ariz., for presentations on the use of technology in the classroom. That afternoon, Ms. Dabby will tour Bisbee High School, in Bisbee, Ariz., an Investing in Innovation (i3) Implementation grantee site, where she will meet with teachers receiving a new professional development program that is part of the i3 grant project.

On Thursday, Acting ADS Dabby will spend the day in Phoenix, touring two charter schools and meeting with leaders from both public charter and traditional public schools to discuss charter schools in the state and areas of collaboration between charters and traditional public schools. She will also visit Trevor Browne High School to tour civics and history classrooms and meet with teachers who are participants in an OII Teaching American History project. They will discuss the unique and content-specific professional development the teachers have experienced through the grant.

In Chula Vista, Calif., near San Diego, Ms. Dabby will join Secretary Duncan for the final event of the bus tour at one of the schools in the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood. The Secretary and Ms. Dabby will attend a pep rally for students and families and take a tour of the campus. The tour is followed by panel discussion and town hall with Secretary Duncan, members of the Chula Vista community, and other local education stakeholders.

You can follow Acting ADS Dabby’s trip at and also look for the hashtag #edtour13 for updates on Strong Start, Bright Future events throughout the week. Also visit ED’s bus tour page at