Report: Florida, Ohio called ‘advanced leaders’ in K-12 media literacy efforts

As the U.S. enters another presidential election year, 14 states have “some media-literacy language on the books,” according to a new report detailing legislative efforts to integrate media literacy instruction into curriculum. But “action is too slow compared to the urgent need,” wrote Erin McNeill, president and board member of Media Literacy Now, a nonprofit advocacy organization that defines media literacy as the “ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and take action with all forms of communication.” The Read More

TeachME CEUs: New Courses

THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN YOUTH HARASSMENT VICTIMIZATION This brief continuing education course, developed using information from the National Institute of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, examines technology-involved harassment within the context of other types of youth victimization and risk. Key components of peer harassment, incident characteristics, and highlights of the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence II (NatSCEV II) are discussed. In addition, implications for future research as well as Read More

TeachME: New CEU Courses

VIOLENCE AND BULLYING AMONG SCHOOL-AGED YOUTH Youth violence is widespread in the United States and it impacts the health of individuals, families, schools, and communities.  The purpose of this brief continuing education course, developed using information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is to provide an overview of the prevalence and characteristics of teen violence and bullying and to address prevention efforts. Risk and protective factors, research findings, and strategies to help youth Read More

Fact Sheet: Best Job in the World

There is no task more critical to securing our nation’s economic future and preserving the promise of the American Dream than educating our children who have historically faced the longest odds. We know that great teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student achievement, which means we must continue to attract, and keep, top talent and we must ensure that high-needs schools are not only a great place to work, but also are a Read More

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Chicago Public Schools to Increase Athletic Opportunities for Girls to Comply with Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education today announced that its Office for Civil Rights has reached an agreement with the Chicago Public Schools to ensure that Illinois’ largest school district complies with Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. OCR’s investigation revealed significant disparities between the enrollment of female students and their participation in high school interscholastic athletics at the majority of district high schools. OCR determined that 6,200 additional athletic participation opportunities would Read More

Obama Administration Expands Efforts to Help Americans Manage Student Loan Debt

Continuing its work to make student loan debt more manageable, the U.S. Department of Education today announced its plans to provide an additional six million federal loan borrowers access to student loan payments capped at 10 percent of income. Last year, as part of his year of action to expand opportunity for all Americans, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department to propose regulations to ease the burden of student loan debt by expanding repayment Read More

New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying

New data indicate the first significant decrease in school-based bullying since the federal government began collecting that data in 2005, suggesting that efforts at the federal, state and local levels to prevent bullying may be paying off. According to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the reported prevalence of bullying among students ages 12 to 18 dropped to 22 percent after remaining stubbornly around 28 percent for the Read More

Federal Agencies Collaborate to Improve After-School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is leading new interagency partnerships to bring hands-on STEM learning opportunities to high-need students during after-school and out-of-school time. Through this collaboration, the Department will expand an existing pilot program with NASA and build new partnerships with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These partnerships will create opportunities for students to engage in solving Read More

Top 10 Reasons Why the Expansion of High-Quality Early Learning is Inevitable

Throughout the country, there is a tremendous unmet need for high-quality early learning. Fewer than three in ten 4-year-olds are enrolled in high-quality preschool programs, and yet, the importance of early learning is clear. Studies prove that children who have rich early learning experiences are better prepared to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. In a recent speech during the National Governors Association’s winter meeting, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that we have reached an important Read More

ED Accepting Applications for Summer 2014 Internships Through March 15

The Department of Education (ED) is the place where you can explore your interests in education policy research and analysis, or intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or even work with social media while learning about the role Federal Government plays in education. If the above appeals to you, then an internship at ED may be right for you. Not only will an internship at ED provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about federal education policy Read More