Saturday, August 4, 2012

completing a Summer of virtual 'Homeroom' time Logo  “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose,” read former NFL player Brian Mitchell during the  final installment of ED’s Let’s Read! Let’s Move! summer series on Monday. Mitchell read Dr. Seuss’s popular book Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, which encourages children to reach for their dreams.  Each event supported First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, which promotes healthy eating and an active lifestyle, while also encouraging summer reading and adult participation.

Cydney Adams is a student at the University of Georgia and an intern in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach.(Guest Blogger)

Watch the (YouTube) video:  'Let's Read, Let's Move - July 30th, 2012 -
Brian Mitchell, Cecilia Muñoz, and Secretary Arne Duncan read to children at the U.S. Department of Education on July 30th, 2012.  [Click here for an alternate version of the video with an accessible player. uploaded by on Jul 30, 2012]

Here are more education articles for Students, Parents, Teachers, Counselors,Librarians, Innovators, Collaborators, Policymakers and anyone interested in education.  View the videos. Check the dates for programs registrations/deadlines.  Incorporate concepts in your personal, professional and community development. Notate who wrote and contributed to the articles, many of whom are 'Guest Bloggers'.

Profile Picture   Coming to you Live from Washington, D.C…the Bullying Prevention Summit! Cross-posted from
Next week, leaders of non-profit and corporate organizations engaged in anti-bullying work will join researchers, parents and students to participate in the third Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit on August 6th and 7th in Washington, D.C.   It’s important for us to hear the voices of those impacted by bullying from around the country and to share the knowledge we’ve gained to stop bullying. So for the first time this year, we will be livestreaming the entire Summit and engaging the at-home audience through Twitter and Facebook.
Since we hosted the first Summit in August, 2010, attention and efforts around bullying have taken on new importance and urgency. We are starting to turn a corner from thinking of bullying as “kids being kids,” to understanding the real and serious consequences bullying may have.

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  • by Deborah Temkin is a Research and Policy Coordinator for Bullying Prevention Initiatives at the Department of Education (Guest Blogger - Posted on

    .Why Open Education Matters Video Competition Winners Announced by Hal Plotkin is a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. ..a solution that would make high-quality education freely available to anyone with a computer or cell phone, help instructors build new teaching skills, and also greatly reduce costs for schools, families and students..., the nearly one hundred videographers who entered the “Why Open Education Matters” video competition, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, spent part of this summer doing.
    Here are the top three winners(with Vimeo videos):
    FIRST PLACE: Congratulations to Blinktower, a creative agency based in Cape Town, South Africa
    SECOND PLACE: Congratulations to Laura Rachfalski and her team. Laura is an artist, videographer and photographer from Philadelphia.
    THIRD PLACE: Congratulations to Nadia Paola Mireles Torres and her collaborators from the design firm Funktionell. Nadia has also made all the video assets available for download and reuse under a CC BY intellectual property license.
    Click here for an alternate version of the video with an accessible player. Posted on by Hal Plotkin

       Education Innovation Clusters: Accelerating Innovation Through Regional Partnerships - by Richard Culatta is deputy director of the Office of Educational Technology
    At a time when advances in technology and digital media hold the potential to dramatically reshape the way we approach instruction, assessment, and research, many barriers still continue to slow innovation in learning, teaching and educational technologies. Accelerating the pace of innovation requires collaboration between educators, researchers, and commercial partners to work through these problems and create a shared research and development ecosystem. More information and elements of effective clusters can be found on the education innovation cluster website.  Posted on by Richard Culatta

    Teachers Reject “Captain Bligh” Principals - by Greg Mullenholz (Guest Blogger)  is a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow on loan from Montgomery County, Maryland.             As Teaching Ambassador Fellow Greg Mullenholz ends his tenure at ED, he reflects on what he has heard from teachers and principals about effective school leadership.  Posted on

    Reading Recovery: i3 Grantee Has Immediate Impact on Young Readers  by Guest Blogger  When young children struggle to read, they can quickly fall behind their classmates in a number of subjects. Teachers with the 27-year old Reading Recovery program work one-on-one with 1st graders to rapidly reverse that descent, developing tailored strategies that respond to individual students’ unique hurdles in processing text.

    A child and teacher use magnetic numbers.
    Magnetic letters are often used in Reading Recovery lessons as children learn how letters and words work.
    “Over the past few weeks, I have seen such a change in my students,” said Amarisa Fuentes, an Elkins Elementary teacher in Fort Worth. “They came to me knowing only a few words and now they are reading and taking risks without fear of failure.” Thanks to Texas Woman’s University’s $3.7 million share of an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant(one of 19 colleges nationwide that is benefitting from a $46 million i3 grant that ED awarded), her school is offering the early literacy intervention program for the first time.After having a tough time in kindergarten, 1st grader Jaylen Gamble “likes to show off by reading to everybody,” said Jaylen’s grandfather Dan Cunningham. “My son is now reading everything he sees – magazines, stuff on cell phones….even the back of our bottle of bubble bath,” said Brandie Poindexter of her son, Ikiam Pass. “I’m so proud of him.” “One parent told me he had never seen his child make so much progress in a short amount of time,” said Fuentes, in describing the impact of Reading Recovery in her class. “Tears came to his eyes as he watched his son read a book for the first time.”  Posted on

    Open Data for College Affordability and Better Student Outcomes

    Cross-posted from the White House Blog.

    The challenge to build innovative education tools and services, for potential demonstration at the Datapalooza, is open to everyone. Information about the data sets presented at the Data Jam is available here. And if you’d like more details about the Education Dataplaooza or if you have an idea or an example of a private-sector innovation (a product, service, website, app, or feature) that uses open education data, please send an email to

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       Summer Seminar Gets Personal

    Recently teachers from across the country participated in a summer seminar to grapple with an emerging hot topic in education: how to personalize learning in a classroom full of diverse students with varying interests, skills and learning styles. STEM teacher Matt McCrea took participants through strategies he has used successfully when personalizing instruction for his middle school math and engineering classes. Special education teacher and technology specialist Patrick Ledesma discussed what teachers can do to prepare for personalizing learning and how teacher leaders can help other teachers in their school to design effective personalized learning.   Click to watch the second summer seminar on personalized learning.

    Leaders@ED: Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Alexa Posny with a group of Special Olympics athletes
    Assistant Secretary Alexa Posny at the 2011 Special Olympics
    “There was no field of special education until the 1970s,” she said. “What amazes me is that in just over three decades, a sea change has occurred. In 1975, we excluded 2 million kids with disabilities from school doors. Now we serve more than 7 million kids with disabilities in the public schools. It’s one of the most valuable things I’ve lived through.”

    Closing the Morrill Act Gap

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, a law that set a foundation for our nation’s public university system by establishing the first set of land-grant universities. And while some of America’s greatest institutions of higher education were created by the act, it is worth reminding Americans that not one but two Morrill Acts were enacted in the last half of the 19th Century.

    Students Provide Feedback on ED’s “Blueprint for Transforming CTE”

    Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier recently met with student members from Career and Technical Student Organizations to discuss the department’s Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education (CTE).  The discussion is part of the ongoing Student Voices Series where students regularly engage with the Secretary of Education and Senior Staff to receive recommendations on current programs and future policies.

    Putting the I in Health IT Logo  White House Rural Council’s Health IT Initiative Helps Community Colleges Tailor Programs to Workforce Needs
    By John White, Judy Murphy, and Thomas Morris
    With a major workforce transition underway in many rural hospitals and health clinics, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a conference call with staff from nearly 80 rural community colleges recently to discuss federal resources available to expand training for health information technology workers.
    Click here (doc) to review a transcript of the health IT call with rural community colleges.
    John White is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, is Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Tom Morris is Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Secretary’s Mom Inspires National Service at Chicago Conference

    Secretary Duncan discusses his hero -- his mom -- with CNN's Soledad O'Brien (left) and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service at the National Conference of Volunteering and Service in Chicago on June 19.
    Who inspires you?
    Secretary Duncan discusses his hero -- his mom -- with CNN's Soledad O'Brien (left) and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service at the National Conference of Volunteering and Service in Chicago on June 19.
    Challenge are at
    While funding is a consistent issue in education, Duncan has learned through his own experiences – beginning with his mother’s efforts — that money is not the ultimate solution.
    “Some people think that the only way to fix education is to fix poverty first,” he said. “I think the only way to fix poverty is to fix education.”
    Watch a video of the session.
    –Julie Ewart is the Director of Communications and Outreach in ED’s Chicago Regional Office.

    Presidential Scholars Recognized in Washington

     U.S. Presidential Scholars for the Arts Performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.CScholars take a bow at the U.S. Presidential Scholars for the Arts Performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

    More than 140 of the country’s brightest high school seniors ...
    Read Secretary Duncan’s Presidential Scholars speech
    Click here to see a list of this year’s U.S. Presidential Scholars, and read more about the Presidential Scholars program.  

    ED-Green Ribbon Schools Prove that Every Month is Right for Getting Outdoors

    A young boy examines an earthworm. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    And while schools may place an emphasis on outdoor, hands-on learning, parents can also teach these skills in their own garden or with a backyard campout.
    Young boy holds a wormPresident Obama designated June Great Outdoors Month to encourage Americans to take advantage of our rich, natural and cultural outdoor resources while being active outdoors. Fortunately, the first group of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools provides us many examples of innovative approaches to getting students active and learning outdoors year-round.  

    The Top 10 Ways School Counselors Can Support Teachers
    Editor’s note: We met middle school counselor Ian Brodie at a recent RESPECT roundtable discussion at the U.S. Department of Education. He writes to offer tips for teachers on how to form partnerships with counselors.

    Top 5 Ways to Prevent Rusty Summer Readers 

    Madison Killen is a student at the University of California Berkeley and an intern in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach With summer vacation started or on its way, as parents or guardians, it’s important to ensure that reading remains on your child’s schedule even while school is out. Reading over the summer is important not only because it improves literacy and language skills, but also because it prevents what has become known as the “summer slide”—a regression in reading ability.

    School Garden Plants Sense of Community

    At Cherry Hill Alternative High School in Cherry Hill, N.J., great educations are made with soil, seeds, and sunshine.

    Impact in Place: ED Releases Report on “Place-Based” Strategy

    Secretary Duncan announces Promise Neighborhoods
    ... the Department of Education has adopted a “place-based” approach – recognizing that the federal government can support strategies to achieve better outcomes for students and families by taking into account where investments are made and how those investments interact with other resources, policies, and programs. On Friday, the Department released a report on these efforts titled “Impact in Place: A Progress Report on the Department of Education’s Place-Based Strategy.”

    Secretary Duncan announced in September 2010, that 21 nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education would receive Promise Neighborhoods planning grants.
    For the first time, the Department is explicitly using “place” as the unit of analysis, not just the set of programs that the agency funds. 
    Learn more about Promise Neighborhoods, see a list of last year’s winners and read Secretary Duncan’s speech announcing the program. 
    The report explains how the Department is able to better align its work with other levels of government to address common challenges. 


    State and District Education Leaders Collaborate to Transform the Teaching Profession

    Leaders of the eight co-sponsoring organizations discuss their support for collaboratively transforming the teaching profession. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Education.Leaders of the eight co-sponsoring organizations discuss their support for collaboratively transforming the teaching profession. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Education.
    Cross-posted from the White House Blog.
    Last week, state and district education leaders from across the country traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to share their stories, strategies, and best practices around a topic in education that seldom sees the spotlight: labor-management collaboration. For a second time, the U.S. Department of Education partnered with national education organizations, including the American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, Council of the Great City Schools, Council of Chief State School Officers, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, National Education Association, and National School Boards Association, to host a major convening centered on changing the way that school administrators, board members, and union leaders work together to improve teaching and learning. logoAll of these articles and more are featured in 'Homeroom - The Official Blog Of The U.S. Department of Education.

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