The Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) (formerly Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is a subdivision within the United States Department of Education that is responsible for assisting drug and violence prevention activities within the nation's schools.

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  • LGBT Students Work to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for all Students

    Yesterday, myself and four other LGBTQ Activists from GLSEN had the honor of sitting down with US Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, in his second to last day in office. Amid a changing administration, the Secretary offered his words of advice, and listened to our experiences as LGBTQ students as well as our hopes Continue Reading The post LGBT Students Work to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schoo...

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  • Creating an Educational System that Supports Democracy Through Student Activism

    Education is the great engine of our democracy and the fuel for that engine is the opportunities students have to engage in activism on issues that are important to them. It is the job of adult allies to nurture and support student in this endeavor.  Seven student leaders from across the country came to ED Continue Reading The post Creating an Educational System that Supports Democracy Through Stu...

  • A New Principal — Again

    Nine times in twenty-eight years of teaching I’ve gone through the training of a new principal in my high school.  Nine times! And to make matters more frustrating, the replacement always seems to be the philosophical and pedagogical opposite of the one he or she is replacing. The gentle farmer replaced by the fire-breathing nun, Continue Reading The post A New Principal — Again appeared first on ...

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  • Launching ED’s Developer Hub

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launches its first developer hub, a dedicated space for centralizing our developer resources, documenting open government efforts at the agency, and celebrating what you have built using ED data and code. Work began last year to redesign how the Department engages technologists. Partnering with 18F, the federal government’s Continue Reading The post Lau...

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  • 4 Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers

    1. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program Forgives the remaining balance on your Federal Direct Loans after 120 qualifying payments (10 years). View complete program details at StudentAid.gov/publicservice. Here are some highlights: This program has the broadest employment qualification requirements of the federal programs listed—it doesn’t require that you teach at a low-income a public C...

  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

    A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet with Benetech, one of our grantees, and observe some of the tools they have developed under their Department grant to help visually impaired people access the content of graphics in books.  The tool has many applications, including giving visually impaired children the opportunity to better Continue Reading The post U.S. Department of Education Annou...

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  • New Report Shows Increased Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning

    Are there too many federal early learning programs?  This question has been contentiously debated and discussed in Washington, DC for years.  Are programs that simply permit funding for early learning as a part of a larger initiative, such as Title I or English Language Acquisition grants, considered early learning programs?  Should programs that merely mention Continue Reading The post New Report...

  • More Transparency in Higher Education Will Help Improve Student Outcomes

    Every year, the U.S. Department of Education provides billions of dollars in Federal financial aid to help students enroll in college. Yet too many students—roughly two in five bachelor’s degree-seeking students—leave school with no degree, often leaving them with debt, no job, and a high risk of default. In recent years, the Department has made Continue Reading The post More Transparency in Highe...

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  • How to Fill Out the FAFSA When You Have More Than One Child in College

    Having one child who is heading to college can be stressful, but having to help multiple children at the same time can feel like too much to manage. While I can’t save you from a forgotten application deadline or the “how to do your own laundry” lessons, hopefully, I can help make the financial aid Continue Reading The post How to Fill Out the FAFSA When You Have More Than One Child in College app...

  • Believe in Your Power

    On Thursday, January 12, thousands of teachers across the nation will receive appreciation phone calls from the Department of Education; these educators were nominated by their colleagues, parents, and students to receive these calls. As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, I had a chance to read the comments stating why each educator deserved a phone call. Continue Reading The post Believe in Your Power...

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  • Ensuring Education for All Children

    For most children, school is their home away from home. There they form friendships, socialize, grow, and learn.  Children and their families rely on teachers, principals, and other school staff to nurture and protect them when away from home.  And families and educators have a shared responsibility to work together and ensure that schools are Continue Reading The post Ensuring Education for All C...

  • What Gets Measured, Gets Done: DC Public Schools’ FAFSA Completion Initiative

    Let’s state the obvious: 1) Financial aid plays a huge factor in students’ college-going decisions and success (especially low-income students); and 2) Completing the FAFSA is essential for students to access almost all forms of financial aid. So, for a large urban district like DC Public Schools, where 77 percent of our students qualify for Continue Reading The post What Gets Measured, Gets Done:...

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  • Which College Is Right for You? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

    “So, where are you going to school next year?” Sometimes it feels like this is the only question people ask you. Maybe you’ve been dreaming about a certain university, or maybe you have no idea what you even want to do with your life, let alone where to go to school. Choosing the right program Continue Reading The post Which College Is Right for You? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself appeared first on E...

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  • Are you ready to be engaged in education?

    “With [ESSA], we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will.” — President Barack Obama On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Continue Reading The post Are you...

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  • A New Year, A Fresh Perspective

    Even though we are halfway through the school year, the start of 2017 is the perfect opportunity for a fresh perspective on my classroom. Just like I did with my home over break, I plan to reorganize my room and purge any resources that I no longer need. If I haven’t used it yet at Continue Reading The post A New Year, A Fresh Perspective appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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  • A Life Changing Experience

    My experience as a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Ambassador Fellow (TAF) has been life-changing.  I learned that I should be bold and always look for opportunities to elevate the voice of teachers.   In June 2015, I joined an amazing family of Fellows with a wide range of experiences to bring to the table. Some Continue Reading The post A Life Changing Experience appeared first on ED.gov Bl...

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  • Districts Realize the Personalized Learning Vision, See its Future

    District superintendents across the country have taken on a range of bold approaches to improving students’ experiences in public education. Across these innovations, districts have embraced the notion that empowering students and their teachers is an effective way to improve student outcomes. At a Nov. 15 convening, hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council Continue Reading The post Distr...

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  • Summer 2017 Intern Application

    Have you ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience and help move the needle on education issues in this country? The Department of Education may have opportunities that match your interests – and we’re currently accepting applications for interns! Our Department Continue Reading The post Summer 2017 Intern A...

  • Students Leading the Way on Finding the Right Balance with Well-rounded Education

    Eight incredible student leaders joined in conversation with Secretary John King and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives (DAS), Ary Amerikaner on November 16th, 2016. Students shared their experiences in well-rounded education programs in their own schools, and why these types of programs are important. Student input drove the conversation, as Secretary King Continue Re...

  • Arts in Education Program Seeking Input for 2017 Competition

    The Arts in Education (AIE) Program supports nationwide efforts to improve schools in and through the arts as part of a well-rounded education for all students. AIE’s grants and technical assistance support a variety of organizations including school districts, non-profit organizations, and other entities through three grant categories: Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Continu...

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  • Transforming Assessment into Great Learning Experiences

    Last week, I attended the White House Convening on Better, Fewer and Fairer Assessments.  The event coincided with the release of final rules by the Department to guide states in administering annual assessments as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the regulations build on the President’s 2015 Testing Action Plan.  While these actions Continue Reading The post Transforming Assessment...

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  • Calling All Future Leaders in Education!

    Have you ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience and help move the needle on education issues in this country? The Department of Education may have opportunities that match your interests – and we’re currently accepting applications for interns! Our Department Continue Reading The post Calling All Future L...

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  • Letter to Students at ACICS Accredited Schools

    One of the most important decisions that students make about their futures is where to enroll in college. And higher education remains one of the best investments that you can make in yourself, as you pursue your passions, launch a career, and strive for fulfilling, thriving lives. Accreditation is important to consider as you choose Continue Reading The post Letter to Students at ACICS Accredited...

  • UPDATE: What College Accreditation Changes Mean for Students

    Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this blog post appeared here. This post has been updated to reflect the most recent developments. For millions of Americans, federal student loans and grants open the doors to a college education. That critical federal student aid must be used at a school that is (among other things) given Continue Reading The post UPDATE: What College Accreditation Changes Mea...

  • 2016 VSA International Artists Honored in ED Exhibit Opening

    Uriel Levitt and Sibtain Junejo come from two very different realities. While Levitt, 20, is from Silver Spring, Maryland, Junejo, 15, was born over 7,000 miles away in Karachi, Singh, Pakistan. Now these two artists have something that unifies them: Their artwork is at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in Washington, D.C., along with Continue Reading The post 2016 VSA International Artists Ho...

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  • Planning for Potential Lapse in Funding

    As many of you are aware, annual funding for the government expires on Dec. 9.  The Administration strongly believes that a lapse in funding should not occur.  There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations. However, prudent management requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that a Continue Reading The post Planning for Potential Lapse ...

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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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