E-Update for October 2, 2014

E-Update for October 2, 2014

E-Update for October 2, 2014

Updates

On October 1, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced guidance aimed at ensuring all students have equal access to educational resources. A Dear Colleague letter by the Department’s Office of Civil Rights provided detailed information on the standards set in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This guidance is one part of President Obama’s larger equity agenda, including the recently announced Excellent Educators for All initiative.

Events

On October 3, the Center for Educational Leadership will host a webinar on “Prioritizing What Matters Most: How School Leaders Can Find Time to Focus on Instructional Leadership” at 1pm. CEL Project Director Lisa Rooney will share her experiences from working side-by-side with school leaders from across the country and present strategies for finding the time to accomplish the tasks that will most impact instructional quality and student achievement. This is first in a series of webinars on the 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership. RSVP here.

On October 3, the Urban Alliance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host “Youth Employment Matters! High Quality Solutions and the Role of Corporate Engagement” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This event will feature discussions on the importance of youth workforce development, collaborative initiatives that are working to narrow the current skills gap, and ways for the business community to further support development of America’s future workforce. Speakers will include executives from Marriott International, Bank of America, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, the Urban Institute, Futures and Options, and distinguished government officials.

On October 6, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future will host the Good Teaching Summit: Strategies to Foster Teaching Success. The summit will highlight three promising strategies for organizing schools for successful teaching: professional learning communities, project-based learning, and teaming with outside content experts—the three elements of NCTAF’s Learning Studios Program work. The event will convene organizations working in these areas to highlight connections among interventions and share tools that support effective implementation. RSVP here.

On October 6, leaders from the two largest testing consortia, PARCC and Smarter Balanced, will host a webinar update at 1:30pm as they finish preparing for their first operational assessment deliveries for later this school year. Consortia leaders will be joined by Bob Rothman of the Alliance for Excellent Education and Pat Forgione of the K-12 Center at ETS for a discussion of what each consortium learned from field testing. RSVP here.

On October 7, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) will host two Hill briefings, “Transforming the Teaching and Principal Professions: A Pathway for Policymakers.” The Coalition for Teaching Quality has developed a new, comprehensive framework for educator quality that will ensure that each student, regardless of need, race, ethnicity, or disability, has fully-prepared and effective educators. Panelists will focus on the components necessary for teachers and principals to be “profession ready” before they enter the classroom or lead a school. RSVP here.

U.S Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education Awards 12 New Grants Totaling More Than $20 Million to Train, Support and Retain Leaders of Turnaround Efforts in the Lowest-Performing Schools: On October 1, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award of more than $20 million for 12 new awards from the Turnaround School Leaders Program, under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, to prepare leaders of reform efforts in the nation’s lowest-performing schools.
October 1, 2014

Department Awards $75 Million in “First in the World” Grants to 24 Colleges and Universities: To drive innovations in higher education that increase college completion, value and affordability, the Education Department awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new “First in the World” (FITW) grant program. Through FITW, the Obama Administration will support postsecondary institutions’ efforts to develop and evaluate new approaches that can expand college access and improve student learning while reducing costs. In May, the Department announced this year’s grant competition as part of President Obama’s ambitious agenda to increase postsecondary access and completion.
September 30, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools:U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
September 30, 2014 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Voluntary Resolution of Mississippi’s Tupelo Public School District School Discipline Investigation: The U.S. Department of Education announced that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached an agreement with the Tupelo Public School District in Tupelo, Mississippi, to ensure nondiscrimination in the district’s disciplinary system for students.
September 25, 2014

24 New Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Totaling More Than $35 Million Awarded to Recruit, Train and Support More Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teachers: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award of $35 million for 24 new partnerships between universities and high-need school districts that will recruit, train and support more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years—primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields—to improve student achievement. These awards are the culmination of this year’s Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant competition that President Obama announced in May at the White House Science Fair.
September 25, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Awards $3.9 Million to Partnerships to Support Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs: The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to partnerships of postsecondary institutions and school districts that focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs.
September 24, 2014

New Data Shows a Lower Percentage of Students Defaulting on Federal Student Loans: The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the official three-year federal student loan cohort default rate has declined to 13.7 percent for students who entered repayment in FY 2011. That drop was across all sectors of higher education – public, private and for-profit institutions – even though an additional 650,000 students entered repayment in FY 2011 compared to FY 2010.
September 24, 2014

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