NOTE: The White House Summit on Advancing Postsecondary Diversity and Inclusion to Expand College Opportunity, taking place today in South Court Auditorium, will be livestreamed at www.wh.gov/live. The agenda can be found here: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/white-house-summit-friday-advancing-postsecondary-diversity-and-inclusion.
New from U.S. Department of Education
Citing Prison Inmate Literacy Study, King Calls for More High-Quality Education Programs in Correctional Facilities
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. today called for more high-quality education programs within correctional facilities – especially, since nearly all of America’s 1.5 million incarcerated individuals will eventually reenter society.
Editor's Note 11/23/16: The specific highlight comparing the median earnings of for-profit certificate program graduates to the yearly income of a full-time worker earning the federal minimum wage was updated to more directly reflect the shares of graduates in the for-profit and public sectors.
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 then walked across the suspension bridge to a site along the Serapiquí River to collect water and animal samples to determine the health of the river. Which was great since after lunch we went white-water rafting!
The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $104 million to Minority Serving Institutions. These five-year grants provide resources to 104 institutions, in 13 states, to improve and expand their capacity to serve Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander, and low-income students.
FACT SHEET: New Federal Guidance and Resources to Support Completion and Success in Higher Education
"America's path to progress has long depended on our nation's colleges and universitiesand today, that's more true than ever, when a college degree is increasingly a ticket to 21st-century careers and a secure middle class life or better," said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. "Higher education is the gateway to opportunity for all people." Editor's Note: State-by-state data follow in the table below.
U.S. Department of Education Awards $836,000 to 3 States for Asian American Pacific Islander Data Disaggregation Initiative
The U.S. Department of Education announced today $836,000 in grants to Minnesota, Washington state and Hawaii to improve data collection of Asian American Pacific Islander students and to help identify effective practices to close achievement and opportunity gaps through data analysis.
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 caregivers and school volunteers. However, our society has changed and so have moms.
U.S. Department of Education Announces Highest-Rated Applications for the 2016 Investing in Innovation Competition
Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 15 highest-rated applications for the 2016 Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, which will award more than $103 million to launch and expand evidence-based practices that support educators and transform students’ academic experiences. These 15 potential grantees—selected from 385 applications—will have to secure matching private sector funds by December 2016 in order to receive federal funding.
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 my father and grandfathers before me. I ended up working in security and some hours as a physical activities specialist, which involved physical fitness and sports for the unit.
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 cheering on the sidelines of all my sons games and lugging a handful of costumes to all of my daughters dance competitions.
U.S. Department of Education Levies Historic Fine Against Penn State Over Handling of Sexual Misconduct Incidents
The U.S. Department of Education today announced that it is seeking to impose on Penn State University a record fine of nearly $2.4 million for failing to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act after a comprehensive review prompted by on-campus sex offenses involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Walter N. Ridley Lecture: Pre-Kindergarten Access and Quality are Essential for Children's Growth and Development
At the University of Virginia, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., delivered a guest lecture as part of the Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Speaker Series. Ridley was the first African American to graduate from the University of Virginia, with a doctorate in education from the Curry School of Education.
My first year as a principal I wanted a great school, and I wanted it immediately.
U.S. Department of Education Launches $680,000 Challenge for Virtual and Augmented Reality Learning Experiences
The U.S. Department of Education today launched the EdSim Challenge, a $680,000 competition to design the next-generation of educational simulations that strengthen career and technical skills. The Challenge calls upon the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century.