Education News

Join America’s PrepareAthon!

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is proud to participate along with FEMA and our Federal family in the first America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide, community-based action campaign aimed at increasing emergency preparedness and resilience. This spring, the campaign is focused on preparing for tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and wildfires.

Remarks to Grad Nation Summit 2014

At the Building a Grad Nation Summit, Sec. Duncan celebrated the country's record 80% high school graduation rate, and called for a focus on college completion, especially for minority and low-income students, noting that the nation's public schools will be majority-minority for the first time this fall,

Taking Action to Improve Teacher Preparation

Recruiting, preparing, developing and supporting great teachers has a direct impact on the learning and success of America’s students. Research confirms that the most important factor in a student’s success in school is a strong teacher, and excellent teachers are especially important for our neediest students.

How to Keep Your Teens Learning This Summer

Summer can be a challenging – and pivotal – time to engage high school students in activities that both keep their interest and provide benefits in the long run. It’s no simple task to offer stimulating and valuable options that can compete with the allure of screen time and hanging out with friends.

Leaders of Learning

It can’t be said enough, school principals seriously matter in any school improvement effort. They directly impact teacher engagement, school conditions, and family involvement, which are all big factors in increasing student performance.

6 Things You Must Know About Repaying Your Student Loans

When it comes to repaying your federal student loans, there’s a lot to consider. But, by taking the time to understand the details of repayment, you can save yourself time and money. This should help you get started.

Give me a break! It’s just a college tour!

Eight years ago, I attended my first college tour thanks to a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Howard University’s Alumni Club of Chicago.

Washington D.C. Charters, District Schools Collaborate Around College- and Career-Ready Standards

The rhythmic sound of poetry could be heard coming from the second-grade classroom at Ross Elementary School in Washington, D.C., though the students already had left for the day. Inside, teachers from several schools in the city were trying to find a poem that would captivate second graders, teach them about figurative language, and serve as the basis for a writing assignment.

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