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 Schools for all Students appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

By |January 19th, 2017|Headlines, News|Comments Off on LGBT Students Work to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for all Students|

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 Student Activism appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

By |January 18th, 2017|Headlines, News|Comments Off on Creating an Educational System that Supports Democracy Through Student Activism|

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 ED.gov Blog.

By |January 18th, 2017|Headlines, News|Comments Off on A New Principal — Again|

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 Shows Increased Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

By |January 13th, 2017|Headlines, News|Comments Off on New Report Shows Increased Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning|

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 appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

By |January 11th, 2017|Headlines, News|Comments Off on Believe in Your Power|

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 Children appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

By |January 11th, 2017|Headlines, News|Comments Off on Ensuring Education for All Children|

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 ready to be engaged in education? appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

By |January 5th, 2017|Headlines, News|Comments Off on Are you ready to be engaged in education?|

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.

By |January 4th, 2017|Headlines, News|Comments Off on A New Year, A Fresh Perspective|

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 Blog.

By |December 21st, 2016|Headlines, News|Comments Off on A Life Changing Experience|

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 Districts Realize the Personalized Learning Vision, See its Future appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

By |December 20th, 2016|Headlines, News|Comments Off on Districts Realize the Personalized Learning Vision, See its Future|