Buffalo State Connects with U.S. Secretary of Education

Ronald S. Rochon, dean of the School of Education and associate vice president for teacher education, traveled to Washington, D.C., on Friday to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his staff.

Rochon was one of seven representatives from across the country selected to attend the meeting, which was convened to discuss relationships between higher education institutions and K–12 schools, outcomes and challenges facing schools of education, and how to work with the U.S. Department of Education to improve training for teacher educators.

The encounter with Duncan was a “humbling” experience, Rochon said. “I left the meeting feeling extremely optimistic about the future of education. It was exciting to hear [Duncan] talk about the importance of what schools of education are doing.”

Rochon, chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and program chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), is now working to book Duncan as a keynote speaker for upcoming association events. He also hopes Duncan and his staff will travel to Buffalo sometime soon.

“I felt honored to sit next to Secretary Duncan and talk about our profession and Buffalo State College’s programs,” Rochon said. “It bodes well for us to have him thinking about our college.”