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Meeting the Challenge: Building & Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning

Join us on August 8-9 in Washington DC for a conference titled Meeting the Challenge: Building & Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning.

The conference, organized by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students, will explore five prevailing and emerging issues that influence conditions for learning:

  • school discipline
  • gender-based violence
  • behavioral health
  • bullying 
  • school safety

The event will provide a unique opportunity for participants to provide feedback to federal, nonprofit, and philanthropic agencies to help shape future work in these areas. To learn more and to register, click here.

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Summer Seminar Highlights Personalized Learning

On July 10, the Department of Education hosted a Teacher Summer Seminar titled, "What Teachers Need to Know about Personalized Learning." The seminar provided perspectives on the meaning, purpose, and future of personalized learning from Department of Education staff; teachers from Maryland and Virginia also shared how they use real-time data to individualize instruction and engage students with varied abilities.

The archived seminar and PowerPoint presentations used in the seminar are all available online at the Summer Seminar webpage.

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Announcing the 2012 Teacher Incentive Fund Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the final application period for the $285 million Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) 2012 competition. This round of TIF includes a new focus on supporting district-wide evaluation systems that reward success, offer greater professional opportunities, and drive decision-making on recruitment, development, and retention of effective teachers and principals.

The next round of funding will also invite applications for a separate competition that centers on improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction.

Districts may apply for a share of funds either individually or in partnership with one or more districts. States and non-profits are also invited to apply in conjunction with one or more districts.

For more information on the 2012 application process, read the press release or visit the TIF program website at

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