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#RethinkSchool: iLEAD Academy Students Take the Lead in Northern Kentucky

Department of Education - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:23
“Strangely, I’ve started a school, and I am not an educator,” said Alicia Sells, founder of iLEAD Academy, a STEM high school in northern Kentucky. Sells’ background is in public policy. She noticed that neighboring Kentucky school districts of Gallatin, Carroll, Henry, Owen and Trimble did not offer a dedicated STEM program and, as a result, many students’ needs were not met in their preparation for the workplace.

The 5 Most Helpful Federal Student Aid Blog Posts

Department of Education - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:32
Not attending the FSA conference this week? Learn from home using these resources. With Federal Student Aid’s (FSA) Annual Conference in full swing in Atlanta, we understand that not everyone is able to attend and learn from financial aid experts. However, you don’t have to be a financial aid professional to become a FAFSA expert. Here are the Top 5 FSA blog posts to help students and parents become FAFSA ‘pros’:

Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Federal Student Aid’s Training Conference

Department of Education - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:26
ATLANTA — I'm pleased to be back at this conference with all of you who work so hard to educate, support, and serve students. The role you play in their lives is essential. You are there for them as they take steps on their lifelong learning journeys. They might not always say it, but I will: your impact on students is significant. So, let me take this opportunity to thank you.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Warns of Looming Crisis in Higher Education

Department of Education - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 07:06
ATLANTA—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos raised a red warning flag today for America's students and taxpayers regarding what she called, "a crisis in higher education." In remarks she delivered at the annual Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference in Atlanta, Secretary DeVos called America's higher education system "the envy of the world" but warned that if significant policy changes aren't made to the way student aid is distributed, administered and managed, "the program on which so many students rely will be in serious jeopardy."

ED’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives Hosts Opioid Prevention Listening Session

Department of Education - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 19:07
In 2016 alone, 42, 249 Americans died of opioid overdoses.  President Donald J. Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017 as the crisis continued to persist.  More than 300,000 Americans have died from overdose since 2000 and this public health emergency has had a profound effect on students and families.  Opioid addiction and overdose has been coined the “crisis next door” as it plagues American communities from cities to suburbs and rural areas.  On October 2, 2018, the U.S.

U.S. Department of Education Builds on Efforts to Improve Services for Students, Increase Effectiveness and Fairness of Office for Civil Rights Investigations

Department of Education - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 08:08
“Our top priority in the Office for Civil Rights is ensuring all students have equal access to education free from discrimination,” said Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth L. Marcus.

Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group Releases Rural Resource Guide

Department of Education - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:04
The Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group recently released a Rural Resource Guide to help rural communities address the opioid epidemic.

Sustainable School Successes in the “Show-Me” State

Department of Education - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:53
Imagine asking a group of urban students how they upcycle. I assumed I would get answers such as, ‘We keep scrap paper and use it for other projects’ or ’We reuse cardboard paper towel inserts for various projects in our classes’. However, after participating in this year’s “Living School Grounds” 2018 Green Strides Tour in St. Louis, Missouri and seeing the innovative efforts of nine unique schools, I have a new understanding of what it means to be green.

Secretary DeVos: Proposed Title IX Rule Provides Clarity for Schools, Support for Survivors, and Due Process Rights for All

Department of Education - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:28
WASHINGTON — Continuing its efforts to ensure equal access to education free from discrimination, today the U.S. Department of Education released its proposal on improving schools' responses to sexual harassment and assault.

#RethinkSchool: Military Family Finds Homeschooling to be Just the Right Fit

Department of Education - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:46
When asked to share their thoughts on the benefits of school choice and their homeschool experience, this military family did what they do every da

National Apprenticeship Week: The Time to Rethink Apprenticeships is Now

Department of Education - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:28
In June of 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Expanding Apprenticeships in America.” This order called for the creation of a special Task Force to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships in the United States. To meet this challenge, Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta brought together representatives from companies, labor unions, trade associations, educational institutions and public agencies.

DeVos: Filling Out the FAFSA® Is Now Easier Than Ever Before

Department of Education - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:10
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today joined Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) at Sevier County High School to show students and local guidance counselors how to use the newly launched myStudentAid mobile app. 

School Principals at Work—Sage Advice for New Principals

Department of Education - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 17:11
Principals lead schools in preparing students for successful lives.  They are expected to be leaders and guide administrators through vision, instructional leadership, data analysis and planning.  It seems pretty clear and defined, right?  Yet, most often, if you ask veteran principals if they were prepared to become a principal, they will say “I thought I was until I found myself sitting in that chair.”  That answer doesn’t mean they weren’t adequately trained and didn’t have sufficient teaching experiences or internships.  It simply means comprehending the significance and complexity of t

Identifying and Addressing Leaks in the STEM Education Pipeline

Department of Education - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 16:23
Students need a strong foundation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math, including computer science) education to be prepared for the caree

#RethinkSchool: Challenging Journey Empowers Student to Dream Big

Department of Education - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:52
When it came time for Miami resident Lily Suquet and her son Ethan to determine which middle school Ethan would attend, they decided to shop around

U.S. Department of Education Fulfills Administration Promise to Invest $200 Million in STEM Education

Department of Education - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 07:52
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has not only fulfilled but surpassed President Trump's directive to invest $200 million in high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including computer science, education. In total, the Department obligated $279 million in STEM discretionary grant funds in Fiscal Year 2018.

Secretary DeVos Releases Guide to Help Families Understand School Report Cards Required by ESSA

Department of Education - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 12:16
WASHINGTON – Building on her commitment to empower parents and guardians with relevant, transparent information on their local schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released today a resource guide to understanding state and local report cards required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).