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Highlighting Technical Assistance at the National Title I Conference

This past Monday, I had the pleasure of leading a technical assistance (TA) session at the National Title I Conference in Tampa, Florida. In addition to sharing information on OESE’s TA plan and the changes we are making at the Department to … Continue reading

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Call for Public Input – Comprehensive Literacy Development Meeting

I’m pleased to announce a public input meeting to be held on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy State Grant Program next Friday, November 19, here at the U.S. Department of Education. Next year, the Secretary plans to announce a competition … Continue reading

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Supporting the Teacher Job Search

We’re facing difficult times right now. At all levels – from states to individual schools – we’ve had to make sacrifices and see many programs and budgets cut. As such, it’s no surprise that we hear from a lot of … Continue reading

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Guest Post: ETS Event Highlights the Importance of Families, Fatherhood

By Ken Bedell Senior Advisor, Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center at the U.S. Department of Education When ETS is mentioned I think of educational testing. I remember the anxiety of taking the SAT and GRE exams, but last week I saw a … Continue reading

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So, you want to be a teacher?

I’m always excited to meet people who want to enter the teaching profession. After all, I’ve devoted my entire career to education, and it’s the best decision that I’ve ever made. We do get a lot of questions from teachers … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs the Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

This Tuesday, I had the great honor of joining President Obama as he signed the executive order on theWhite House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. I shared this special moment with my colleagues, Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education … Continue reading

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Video: “La universidad: un sueño alcanzable”

Tomorrow, I have the pleasure of speaking at the National Hispanic Education Summit held by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, or ALAS. I spoke at their summit last year, and I’m excited to be able to return on … Continue reading

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School Turnarounds: Sharing Successes

As we get deeper into the school year, OESE in particular is focusing on supporting schools and districts as they implement turnaround models, using our school improvement grants. I wanted to share this video of a particularly inspiring example of … Continue reading

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Got A Great Idea?

One of the many interesting parts of my job is to hear from those of you who are out there in the field, especially about all the great work that’s being done in schools. From time to time, we get … Continue reading

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