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July 26, 2010

Secretary Duncan Announces 15 Teachers Selected for Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the appointment of 15 teachers as Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the 2010-11 school year. Five teachers will become full-time employees at Education Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the others will continue as full-time teachers while working as fellows part time.

May 20, 2010

Department Begins Competition for $437 Million in Teacher Incentive Fund Grants

Today, the U.S. Department of Education made $437 million in Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant applications available for school districts, non profits and states. TIF grants support local projects that reward teachers, principals and other school personnel who improve student achievement. States, districts and non-profits partnering with states or districts are eligible to apply.

May 19, 2010

The Lasting Impact of Teachers: Commencement Remarks of Secretary Arne Duncan at Lesley University

Thank you, President Moore, for that generous introduction and for this honorary degree, which I will treasure. I feel so honored to share the stage today with distinguished artists and great leaders like Vicki Kennedy, Professor Chinua Achebe, and Roz Chast.

May 13, 2010

Obama Administration Supports Emergency Funding to Save Teacher Jobs

This afternoon Secretary Duncan issued a letter to congressional leadership, supporting emergency funding legislation to help states and school districts save jobs. In recent weeks, Secretary Duncan has voiced concern for the hardships educators, schools and students would face if emergency funds do not become available.

May 7, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week in a Video with his Favorite Teacher

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledges his favorite teacher, Darlene McCampbell in a video released today on the Education Department's website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py46EaAscOA. In the video, Mrs. McCampbell joins the secretary to discuss the impact teachers have in student success and the positive role Mrs.

April 7, 2010

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on D.C. Teachers Contract

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a tentative agreement regarding a new contract between the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Washington Teachers Union.

March 31, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Statement on the Passing of Jaime Escalante

"Jaime Escalante's extraordinary life and work is a testament to the importance of great teaching. He refused to offer excuses or lower his expectations for disadvantaged students, and he transformed their lives. Too often, great teachers are unsung heroes.

March 30, 2010

Education Secretary Duncan Announces New Teacher Quality Grants Aimed at Improving Student Academic Success

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $99.8 million for 12 new five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grants that aim to raise student achievement by improving instruction in our nation's schools.

February 19, 2010

Preparing the Teachers and School Leaders of Tomorrow: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference

Thank you. I want to talk to you today about a paradox that can handcuff efforts at education reform. The paradox is this: Everyone in this hall would agree that great teachers and principals hold the key to America's children getting a first-rate education—nothing is more important.

October 22, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Says Colleges of Education Must Improve for Reforms to Succeed

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today called for America’s colleges of education to dramatically change how they prepare the next generation of teachers so that they are ready to prepare their future students for success in college and careers.

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