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A Teacher's Guide to Fixing No Child Left Behind

Previously posted on the ED.gov blog, this new video discusses problems created by No Child Left Behind and details how the Obama Administration intends to solve them through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The video was written by a teacher at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Thanking Mrs. Silverman

Cross posted from the ED.gov blog.

I still remember how nervous I was during my first day of school, as a new kindergartener at Fremont Elementary. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, I only spoke Spanish at home. So, I was worried about how I would fare in school. Would I understand what my teacher was saying to me? How would I make friends? What if I didn’t like school?

Thanks to Mrs. Silverman, I didn’t have to worry about any of that. She welcomed me into her classroom and helped me fit in, even going so far as to set up a play date for me and a classmate, Brenda, who would go onto be my best friend. Gradually, she taught me my second language, while never devaluing or trying to erase my first. Most importantly, she showed me how magical learning could be, and set me on a path to academic success.

It is in large part because of Mrs. Silverman that I became a teacher. To this day, I have a photo of her with some of my classmates and me that appeared in a district newsletter. And whenever I have the opportunity to speak about the power of education, my story always seems to come back to Mrs. Silverman. Every so often, I do a search online for her, to see if I can find her, and tell her in person how much she’s done for me.  I haven’t found her, but I’ll continue to share broadly my memories of Mrs. Silverman. Maybe that’s my way of thanking her over and over again for all that she did for me – though I sure would like the chance to tell her in person.

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May 3, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Visits Randolph Elementary School in Arlington, Va. to Kick Off Teacher Appreciation Day

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a morning visit today to Randolph Elementary School in Arlington, Va. The school day had yet to begin when Duncan surprised the Randolph staff at a Staff Appreciation Breakfast sponsored by the Randolph Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

April 29, 2011

President Obama, Dr. Jill Biden to Honor Teachers of the Year

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, President Obama will honor the 2011 National Teacher of the Year and State Teachers of the Year, thanking them for their hard work and dedication each and every day in the classroom. The President believes that the education of our children is critical to our nation’s success as we compete in a 21st century global economy.

April 28, 2011

President Obama Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Obama today named 85 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The educators will receive their awards in Washington, D.C. later this year.

April 15, 2011

Math Teachers: The Nation Builders of the 21st Century

I want to start by thanking you. All of you here today have dedicated your lives to the classroom and your students.

I know that you could have chosen easier jobs – and everyone knows there are plenty of better paying jobs--especially people with your high level of mathematical knowledge.

March 31, 2011

White House Initiative Calls Upon AAPI Youth to Become Teachers

WASHINGTON -- The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders issued a call to action today encouraging AAPI community members to consider making a difference in the lives of children by becoming teachers. As the baby boomer generation retires, the U.S. anticipates losing more than a million teachers. Today, AAPIs make up less than 1 percent of all teachers.

March 23, 2011

President Obama Highlights Favorite Teacher in 'Teach' Campaign PSA

Today, the Department of Education released a public service announcement (PSA) by President Obama illustrating his support of the TEACH initiative. The President and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched TEACH last September as a national initiative aimed at recruiting the next generation of amazing teachers.

March 17, 2011

Sixteen Countries and Regions Convened for First-Ever International Summit on the Teaching Profession to Promote Building, Developing and Sustaining World Class Teaching Force

Today the U.S. Department of Education completed its two-day International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City, N.Y. The event marked the first time education ministers, teachers and union leaders from around the world convened in the United States to discuss best practices in building a world-class teaching force.

March 12, 2011

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller to Participate in Panel Discussion at the 11th National Tap Conference in Los Angeles

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will participate in a panel discussion at the 11th National TAP Conference: Changing the Landscape for Educator Support and Evaluation, hosted by The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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