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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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