USED & White House
Webinar Registration Announcement for the Opioids, Drug-related Emergencies, and Substance Abuse Prevention Before, During, and After the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Webinar

On Monday, August 10, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department), Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS) and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host a webinar on the topic of opioids, drug-related emergencies, and substance abuse prevention before, during, and after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


  • Dr. Sycarah Fisher, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Georgia;
  • Elyse Robertson, Education Program Specialist, OSSS, U.S. Department of Education; and
  • Alison Curtis, Director of Information and Product Management, REMS TA Center


Join Us for a Live Twitter Chat Following the Event!
The webinar will be followed by a live Twitter Chat from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.


To register for the webinar, please visit:


Patrick Rooney, Director

School Support and Accountablity

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.