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Pack Your Bags!

3 months ago
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!

FACT SHEET: New Federal Guidance and Resources to Support Completion and Success in Higher Education

3 months ago
"America's path to progress has long depended on our nation's colleges and universities—and 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.

Who Is In Your Village?

3 months 1 week ago
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

3 months 1 week ago
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.

A Lifetime of Service to Children

3 months 1 week ago
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.

A Mother Reflects on the Power of Preschool

3 months 2 weeks ago
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

3 months 2 weeks ago
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.

U.S. Department of Education Launches $680,000 Challenge for Virtual and Augmented Reality Learning Experiences

3 months 2 weeks ago
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.
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