As reported by EdWeek, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton is planning to resign at the end of this year.  “Before being promoted to deputy secretary, Shelton was the assistant secretary for innovation and improvement, where he managed a portfolio of high-profile competitive-grant programs targeted at improving teacher quality, public school choice, and education technology—including the nearly $1 billion Investing in Innovation contest.”  Dep. Sec. Shelton has been a real friend to innovation and technology and a frequent participant and presenter at the GSV Advisers EdInnovations conference.

Also, EdWeek reports that on Wednesday, September 24, Robert Gordon, who has been nominated to succeed Carmel Martin as assistant secretary for planning evaluation and policy, joined the Office of the Secretary as a consultant and senior advisor to Duncan. In this role, Gordon will advise Duncan on top administration priorities and initiatives while his nomination remains pending in the Senate.”