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  • What Forgiveness Means to Students

    We tell small children that it is okay to make mistakes. We are told to forgive and forget. But our country doesn’t hold to these adages for those convicted of a crime. The revolving door of incarceration and juvenile justice has ensnared many of my students. It’s a hamster wheel that proves very hard to Continue Reading The post What Forgiveness Means to Students appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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  • Committing to More Adult Schools by 2020

    Over the last few months, staff of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) visited adult charter schools and schools for disconnected or opportunity youth in the D.C. area. We were inspired by the dedicated students, faculty, and staff and saw the need for more high-quality and adequately resourced adult and family charter Continue Reading The post Committing to More Adult Sch...

  • Learning to Lead at a Teach to Lead Summit … Priceless

    “Our kids need an education that is reflective of them, that challenges them, and helps them to better understand who they are in the world.” Last April, I was able to take advantage of an opportunity to explore this powerful idea. My team and I were able to travel to New Orleans to attend a Continue Reading The post Learning to Lead at a Teach to Lead Summit … Priceless appeared first on ED.gov B...

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  • Ensuring Every Student Succeeds

    As we reflect on the important work that we have been able to do throughout the Administration, we wanted to highlight some of our key messages. This is part of a reflection series presented by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Ensuring educational access for all youth requires partnerships beyond the classroom. Educators Continue Reading The post Ensuring Every ...

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  • Pack Your Bags!

    June 28, 2016, Day 2 Facebook recap: “We woke up early and went on a bird walk ‪at 6am, spotting different species of hummingbirds, black King Vultures, and peculiar plants. Students collected the guano from their bat poop tarps from day 1 and got to analyze and learn about the seeds bats help disperse. We Continue Reading The post Pack Your Bags! appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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  • Who Is In Your Village?

    Traditionally, when we think about schools and family involvement, we picture “moms.” Moms getting their children up in the morning, fixing lunches, and walking children to school. Moms helping with homework, going to parent-teacher conferences and volunteering at school. This vision makes sense, given that at one point in our society, mothers were the primary Continue Reading The post Who Is In Y...

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  • A Lifetime of Service to Children

    When I signed up for the Army, it was not a popular time to serve our country in the military. People who understood what it meant to serve congratulated me, while others thought I was making a big mistake, or worse, ridiculed me because of Vietnam, but I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Continue Reading The post A Lifetime of Service to Children appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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  • A Mother Reflects on the Power of Preschool

    From a young age I knew that I wanted to be a mom. I would envision my future as a mother who would be annoyingly affectionate, always smothering my kids with hugs and kisses as they squirm saying “enough ma!” A mother who would be class mom or on the PTA. A mother who would be Continue Reading The post A Mother Reflects on the Power of Preschool appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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  • School Volunteers and FERPA

    Volunteers are important in helping schools operate efficiently, but it’s important to know your role in protecting student information while helping out in your school. This video explains some of a volunteer’s responsibilities to help keep the student information they work with private and secure. The Privacy Technical Assistance Center has also released a corresponding brochure that schools ca...

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  • Investing in Our Principals

    My first year as a principal I wanted a great school, and I wanted it immediately. I remember feeling that pit in my stomach, reminding me that every child and parent was depending on me to deliver the best educational experience possible. I remember including in the parent newsletter ways for parents to engage their Continue Reading The post Investing in Our Principals appeared first on ED.gov Bl...

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  • 5 Financial Aid Tips for Parents (from a Parent)

    Happy New (School) Year! The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time in our home. For my kids, it’s the anticipation of going back to school, making new friends, and the start of soccer! For my husband and me, it’s the joy of getting back to a routine. This year is slightly Continue Reading The post 5 Financial Aid Tips for Parents (from a Parent) appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

  • Developing Their Reason, Revealing Their Spirit

    Over the course of my teaching career, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what to teach next. Lesson planning is a constant internal monologue: What’s next? What’s important for my students now? Where do we go after that? In the early days of my career, I was obsessed with what I perceived my Continue Reading The post Developing Their Reason, Revealing Their Spirit appeared first on ED.gov Bl...

  • The Constitution Is For All of Us

    Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Education John King gave an inspiring speech on civic education at the National Press Club. As part of his speech, he called for a commitment to nonpartisan constitutional education in our classrooms. At the same time, he recognized that civic education isn’t easy. Even for teachers and administrators with Continue Reading The post The Constitution Is For All o...

  • ‘We’re All in This Together’: Reflections on ParentCamp 2016

    During a morning in mid-October, I stood on a corner in Washington, D.C., accompanied by two friends as we patiently waited for the illuminated walking man to give us safe passage across the street. The view before us was an expansive building stretching the majority of the block of Maryland Avenue — the United States Continue Reading The post ‘We’re All in This Together’: Reflections on ParentCam...

  • 10 Myths About the FAFSA and Applying for Financial Aid

    There’s so much information available about financial aid for college that it can be hard to tell the facts from fiction.  We’ve got you covered!   Here are some common myths about financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)—and we’ll give you the real scoop.   MYTH 1: My parents make too Continue Reading The post 10 Myths About the FAFSA and Applying for Financial Aid ...

  • What We Owe the Next Generation of Teachers

    I was a fairly mediocre teacher when I first started. Sometimes I look back on my first few years and wonder why my students didn’t walk out on me. My old slides look atrocious; my handouts were too wordy; my instruction was completely teacher centered: me talking, me explaining, me doing some weird dance. There Continue Reading The post What We Owe the Next Generation of Teachers appeared first o...

  • Raising Expectations and Rethinking Discipline

    Editor’s Note: This is the third post in a series about rethinking discipline in charter schools. I remember when my 6th grade teacher challenged my class to read a 1,000 page novel—something I knew even then was well beyond what most 11-year-olds were usually asked to do. At the time, I grumbled about why Ms. Continue Reading The post Raising Expectations and Rethinking Discipline appeared first ...

  • Teach with Corazón and a Lot of Ganas

    I began teaching roughly 10 years ago. With nothing more than a teaching certification and a lot of ganas or desire to be successful, I was hired at César Chávez High School. At the end of the interview, I remember the principal telling me that I had answered every single question incorrectly, but that he Continue Reading The post Teach with Corazón and a Lot of Ganas appeared first on ED.gov Blog...

  • Ensuring Equity Across Rural Schools

    During my 11 years as a classroom teacher, I have learned that many things shape the learning opportunities available to a child. These factors can range from the abilities of the classroom teacher, to the climate of the school, to the leadership and vision of administration. We rightfully spend a lot of time discussing how Continue Reading The post Ensuring Equity Across Rural Schools appeared fi...

  • Sustainability as a Mechanism for School Engagement

    Cross-posted from the Green Schools National Network. U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is founded on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) authority to identify and communicate practices that increase student and community engagement and, in doing so, also raise academic achievement.  Annually, the Green Strides Tour shines a spotlight on the potential Continue Reading ...

  • One Million Champions for Opportunity: How AmeriCorps Improves Public Education

    Today marks an important milestone for our nation. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has sworn in over one million AmeriCorps members, so many of whom devote their service to ensuring that every child has the opportunity succeed. Since AmeriCorps launched in 1994, young people have dedicated themselves to public service through a Continue Reading The post One Million Champi...

  • Teachers Across Many Nations With a Singular Purpose

    As we celebrate World Teachers Day 2016, I want to thank my teaching colleagues around the world for daring to take on this extraordinary profession, for spending long hours honing a unique set of skills, for teaching generations to come how to mine their own capacities and for helping our young people forge a stronger, Continue Reading The post Teachers Across Many Nations With a Singular Purpose...

  • Hearing the Voice of Families: Meet ED’s First Family Ambassador

    Parents and families are a child’s first teachers, supporters, coaches, cheerleaders, tutors, confidantes, conspirators and advocates. They are the experts about their children and the authors of what they want for their future. When it comes to school, however, families are sometimes left out of the discussion regarding the needs of their children in receiving Continue Reading The post Hearing th...

  • Celebrating our Students’ Assets and Intentionally Targeting their Needs

    “Merhaba!” “Salaam!  “¡Buenos días!” In my eleven years as a public school principal, greeting my students at the door as they start their school day is one of my greatest joys. It also serves an important purpose – setting a welcoming, warm environment in which each student is known and valued. In serving a range Continue Reading The post Celebrating our Students’ Assets and Intentionally Targeti...

  • Communicating Visions of the Current World: 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners Honored

    During Keiji Ishida’s vacation last year in Japan, the 17-year-old Los Angeles teen observed an overwhelming number of subway commuters tethered to their cell phones, texting and playing games. “People were quiet — muted,” he noted, “and that just isn’t right.” Not, he continued, in a country alive with so much beauty and expression. This Continue Reading The post Communicating Visions of the Curr...

  • 3 Types of FAFSA Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To

    Ah, deadlines. The sworn enemy of students across the nation. When you’re busy with classes, extracurricular activities, and a social life in whatever time you’ve got left, it’s easy to lose track and let due dates start whooshing by. All of a sudden, your U.S. history paper is due at midnight, and you still don’t Continue Reading The post 3 Types of FAFSA Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To app...

  • 4 Things You Should Know After Filing Your FAFSA

    Congratulations! You submitted your 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)! Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for: 1. Your FAFSA confirmation page is not your financial aid award. After you complete the FAFSA online and click “SUBMIT,” you’ll see a confirmation page like the one below. This Continue Reading The post 4 Things You Should Know After Fil...

  • Validating My Seat at the Table

    “We as students, and people of marginalized communities, belong at the table.” The idea of belonging is something I’ve struggled with for years. From my lived experiences, growing up as an Asian American and Filipino American low-income student often made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. But recently I was able to participate in Continue Reading The post Validating My Seat at the Table appeared ...

  • The First Lady’s New Tool for Students: Up Next

    When we talk about improving educational outcomes, we talk about all kinds of critical issues: poverty, accountability, school climate, teachers and curriculum to name a few. These are all essential pieces of the puzzle and deserve our attention as educators, advocates, and parents. But another piece of the puzzle also merits further attention: student access Continue Reading The post The First La...

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  • Kevin Durant: Be a Mentor

    "#MyBrothersKeeper is connecting kids with mentors who can help them reach their potential!" - Kevin Durant Learn more at http://www.mentor.gov

  • Email and Student Privacy

    Email is an easy way to communicate with students and parents. Prior to sending an email, it’s important to evaluate the risk associated with sending student information and recognizing if it is personally identifiable information (PII). This video walks you through best practices on how to email student inform

  • FAFSA Is FREE money for College!

    These students filled out the FAFSA and they want you to do the same. The FAFSA is available this year beginning October 1. It's easier and faster than every to fill out. Get started here: http://FAFSA.gov

  • Supporting Educators: A Live Video Chat with Secretary King

    Secretary King and educators are engaging in a virtual roundtable discussion about how Title II, Part A funds can be used at the state and district level to support teacher and principal diversity, training and hiring, and development. Watch along live and discuss with your own watch party of educators and advocates on September 27th from 6:00-7:00pm ET.

  • Highlights from the 2016 #OpportunityTour

    Take a look back at the sights and sounds of the Opportunity Across America 2016 Back-to-School Bus Tour!

  • On the road with the #OpportunityTour Bus Mural

    During the Opportunity Across America 2016 Back-to-School Bus Tour, we created a traveling art project that brought together artists, students and educators from around the country. Each person answered one simple question: What does opportunity mean to you? Share your story at http://www.ed.gov/opportunity

  • Opportunity Across America: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education for All

    Secretary John B. King, Jr. delivers a speech at LSU's Digital Media Center on the importance of college access, affordability, and completion.

  • 8 Ways Education Has Improved Under the Obama Administration

    Educators, families and students have helped lead our education progress in America. Here are just 8 of the many ways education has improved in the U.S. under the Obama Administration.

  • High Quality Early Learning is Essential

    Expanding access to high quality early childhood education is among the most important things we can do for our children. Leif and Eric are 4-year-old twins in #PreK. Follow them during their day and hear from their parents about the importance of early learning.

  • The Importance of Second Chance Pell

    We spoke with some of the recipients of our Second Chance Pell grants and Limestone Correctional Facility … and they say the education they’ve gotten has truly changed their lives. Just one of the many reasons why we believe in #SecondChances.

  • Easier College Choices with the College Scorecard

    Check out the College Scorecard → https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/ Have a question about college? Scorecard it. Use the College Scorecard to discover schools based on the things that matter to you. Our school profiles contain tons of information about thousands of schools, including their costs, how much their students earn, and more. Start your next great adventure with a map!

  • College Can Be Expensive

    But President Obama wants to make two years of community free for hard working Americans through America's College Promise.

  • #OpportunityTour Kick Off

    Secretary John B. King, Jr. kicks off the 2016 #OpportunityTour with a speech about the progress that’s been made in education over the last eight years.

  • Opportunity Across America 2016 Bus Tour

    Join us as we hit the road the week of September 12th for our annual bus tour. This year’s event kicks off in Washington DC and continues across six states to celebrate the local successes and the progress of impactful education programs, policies, and the people supporting them. From rural towns to big cities, educators, schools, families, and communities share a belief that a quality education c...

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  • Voice from the Classroom: The Value of a Mentor

    I’m new to teaching and have recently earned my master’s in education. I just started to implement the strategies I learned during student teaching in my own classroom. Getting to start from scratch is very exciting, but also a little intimidating. I am finally moving from wondering how I would make my classroom look, how Continue Reading The post Voice from the Classroom: The Value of a Mentor ap...

  • 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes

    The 2017–18 FAFSA® will be available October 1, 2016—three months earlier than usual! Beginning this year, you’ll also be required to use earlier (2015) tax information than in previous years. How does that benefit you? Since you’ve already filed your 2015 taxes, you’ll be able to transfer your tax information into your FAFSA right away! Continue Reading The post 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes appeared ...

  • 8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

    Need to fill out the FAFSA® but don’t know where to start? I’m here to help. Let’s walk through the process step by step: 1. Create an Account (FSA ID) Student: An FSA ID is a username and password you need to log in to and sign the FAFSA online. If you don’t have an FSA Continue Reading The post 8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

  • The Presidential Election: A Lesson in Civics

    As a social studies teacher, I’m always excited to teach students about their legal rights, our political system and how they can become engaged citizens. However, that excitement kicks up a notch during a presidential election year because I’m reminded of the importance of teaching students how to become engaged citizens. As a social studies Continue Reading The post The Presidential Election: A ...

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  • Helping ITT Students Find a Way Forward

    Over the past two weeks, since the closure of ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT), we’ve received thousands of emails and calls from its former students trying to find their way forward. Some are looking for a pathway to degree completion by transferring to another institution. Others are applying for federal student loan discharge to wipe Continue Reading The post Helping ITT Students Find a Way...

  • 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA

    If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). The 2017–18 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2016—three months earlier than usual—at 12 a.m. Central time. You should fill it out as soon as possible on the official government site, fafsa.gov. To speed up the Continue Reading The post 7 Things You Need Before You Fi...

  • Why You Should Fill Out the FAFSA ASAP

    Spoiler alert: college is really expensive. Begging the government for money can make it more affordable! Such begging is done in the form of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—FAFSA® for short. In order to maximize the amount of aid you can get, it’s very important that you fill out your FAFSA early. In Continue Reading The post Why You Should Fill Out the FAFSA ASAP appeared first on E...

  • Veteran Teacher Shares Hopes for the New Year

    Secretary King and senior officials got on the bus and went back to school this week during #OpportunityTour, which visited exemplary PK-12 schools and institutions of higher education and celebrated local ideas and initiatives across several southern states, including Alabama. This week’s edition of Voice from the Classroom brings us perspective from the 2008 Alabama Teacher of the Continue Readi...

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  • Choose a College More Easily with the College Scorecard

    Even though my father was a guidance counselor, choosing a college was still an overwhelming process. There were few independent reviews of colleges and no real way of knowing if the information I found was accurate. Unearthing lesser known, high quality colleges outside of my region was tough. It was even tougher to figure out Continue Reading The post Choose a College More Easily with the Colleg...

  • 7 Myths About the 2017–18 FAFSA Debunked

    You might have heard that the next FAFSA® will be available on October 1, 2016 as opposed to January 1, 2017. Well, it’s not a myth! If you (or your child) are planning to go to college during the 2017–18 academic year, you’ll want to make sure you have your facts straight. Check out the Continue Reading The post 7 Myths About the 2017–18 FAFSA Debunked appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

  • 25 Community Colleges that Advance Opportunities for Low-Income Students

    These public, two-year (community) colleges enroll over 40% low-income students at the school, and have relatively high outcomes for those students. In total, low-income students at these schools averaged at least $30,000 in earnings 10 years after they first enrolled at the school. In addition, over 70% of all borrowers at these schools were successfully Continue Reading The post 25 Community Col...

  • 26 Four-Year Public Colleges with Low Costs and High Salaries

    These four-year public and private nonprofit colleges enroll over 40% low-income students at the school, and have good outcomes for those students. All of them boast above-average Pell enrollment, an affordable net price, and good graduation rates for their students (including their low-income students). That’s important, because graduating from college has been shown to lead Continue Reading The ...

  • Find a Community College in Your State with High Salaries

    These public, two-year (community) colleges have the highest earnings of any community college in the state. Note that earnings might vary significantly depending on the program you study – for instance, some of these schools offer a large number of technical or health programs that tend to be higher-earning majors. Students who transfer to a Continue Reading The post Find a Community College in Y...

  • Affordable Four-Year Schools with Good Outcomes

    These four-year public colleges offer their students an affordable higher education, with relatively high salaries. As students weigh the costs and benefits of higher education, it’s especially important to find schools that can offer them the best possible outcomes. For students looking for a high return on investment, these institutions may offer good opportunities. College Continue Reading The ...

  • Honoring the Nation’s Leading Science and Mathematics Teachers and Announcing Active Learning Day

    Cross-posted from the White House blog. Today the White House honored the 213 newest recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Yesterday, these teachers, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity, received their awards – the Nation’s highest honor Continue Reading The pos...

  • Empowering Students Through Nutrition This School Year

    Reading, writing, and arithmetic aren’t the only things our nation’s children will be learning this school year! Schools have made major strides in helping students learn the importance of healthy eating through balanced meals and nutrition education. Now that kids and teens are boarding their buses for another school year, the entire school community has Continue Reading The post Empowering Stude...

  • The Arts for All Students in All Content Classes

    Acrylic paint, sidewalk chalk, and calligraphy pens are staples of my English class. These items, along with reciting poetry and acting out scenes from plays allow my students to communicate through a variety of mediums, and to integrate their creative capabilities into their everyday learning. In 2001, I walked into my 6th grade classroom ready Continue Reading The post The Arts for All Students ...

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