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October 22, 2009

Teacher Preparation: Reforming the Uncertain Profession

It's an honor and pleasure to be here at Columbia Teachers College—the oldest, largest, and most storied graduate school of education in the United States. Here in this citadel of teacher preparation, where giants like John Dewey played such a formative role, I've come to speak to you today about the need for a sea-change in our schools of education.

October 9, 2009

Secretary of Education Delivers a Call to Teach from Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today told students from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education that they are answering a call that is as important as any career available to them now and in the future.

October 9, 2009

A Call to Teaching

It is a great honor and thrill to be here speaking to you today at the University of Virginia, at the university that Thomas Jefferson founded and in the famous Rotunda that Jefferson designed.

September 30, 2009

Education Secretary Duncan Announces $43 Million in Grants to Improve Teaching in High-Need Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $43 million for 28 new five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grants to improve instruction in struggling schools. These grants will be used to reform traditional university teacher preparation and teacher residency programs.

August 4, 2009

Secretary Duncan Announces 13 Teachers Selected for Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that 13 teachers have been selected as Teaching Ambassador Fellows for 2009-2010. Three fellows will become full-time U.S. Department of Education employees for one year. Ten will participate part-time while remaining in their classrooms throughout the school year.

July 2, 2009

Secretary Duncan Challenges National Education Association to Accelerate School Reforms

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today praised the National Education Association for its effort to improve the quality of the education workforce and challenged the union to reevaluate some of its policies on compensating teachers and offering them job protections.

June 30, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Calls Texas High School Teacher Kyle Brenner to Discuss Post on Department's "Listening and Learning Tour" Blog

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today called Kyle Brenner, a world history teacher and debate coach at Princeton High School in Princeton, Texas to discuss comments Brenner recently posted on the U.S. Department of Education's Listening & Learning Tour blog at

June 26, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Study Finds that Good Teaching can be Enhanced with New Technology

Providing further evidence of the tremendous opportunity to use technology to improve teaching and learning, the U.S. Department of Education today released an analysis of controlled studies comparing online and face-to-face instruction.

June 17, 2009

Professional Development Programs in Seven States Awarded Nearly $3.8 Million to Improve Indian Education

Education programs in seven states—Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and South Dakota—have been selected to receive nearly $3.8 million to provide training programs to recruit and graduate new American Indian teachers and school administrators, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.

May 4, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $6.8 Million in Transition to Teaching Grants, Bringing New Teachers to Schools Needing Them Most

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a total of $6,857,548 to 14 teacher training programs through the department's Transition to Teaching program. The program supports efforts to recruit mid-career professionals and recent college graduates with degrees in areas other than education and then to help these recruits become teachers through alternative certification methods.