An Interview with the U.S. Department of Education’s Greg Darnieder
By Rob Gira, Executive Vice President, AVID Center
A couple of weeks ago, Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, met with a group of AVID Center staff to discuss a number of issues. Naturally, college readiness and degree attainment, especially for underserved students, were paramount topics. Shortly after that meeting, President Obama made his State of the Union Address, which, of course, has implications for our work. Some of our AVID alums responded immediately to the President.
Darnieder is a long-time advocate for children, especially those in challenging circumstances. He is a former middle school teacher who then directed programs for the Cabrini-Greens Housing Developments in Chicago, served as executive director of the I Have a Dream Foundation in that city, and launched several non-profits as well.