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#RethinkSchool: Struggling Student Discovers Path through Colorado Apprenticeship Program

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Sierra didn’t always dream of working in the insurance business. In fact, until recently, she didn’t even know if she’d finish high school. But with the help of a caring counselor, a local business and an innovative state effort, Sierra is now thriving in her new role as a full-time employee at Pinnacol Assurance. Her journey from struggling student to working professional began when Sierra’s counselor approached her with a new opportunity through CareerWise, a Colorado nonprofit that helps businesses recruit talent through paid apprenticeships that begin in high school.

Secretary DeVos Mourns the Loss of President George H.W. Bush

1 week 1 day ago
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush: "My heart and prayers are with the Bush family at this time of great loss. George H.W. Bush's gentle approach called us to the greater good, and his strong example over the years inspired many, me among them, to enter public service.

#RethinkSchool: iLEAD Academy Students Take the Lead in Northern Kentucky

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“Strangely, I’ve started a school, and I am not an educator,” said Alicia Sells, founder of iLEAD Academy, a STEM high school in northern Kentucky. Sells’ background is in public policy. She noticed that neighboring Kentucky school districts of Gallatin, Carroll, Henry, Owen and Trimble did not offer a dedicated STEM program and, as a result, many students’ needs were not met in their preparation for the workplace.

The 5 Most Helpful Federal Student Aid Blog Posts

1 week 4 days ago
Not attending the FSA conference this week? Learn from home using these resources. With Federal Student Aid’s (FSA) Annual Conference in full swing in Atlanta, we understand that not everyone is able to attend and learn from financial aid experts. However, you don’t have to be a financial aid professional to become a FAFSA expert. Here are the Top 5 FSA blog posts to help students and parents become FAFSA ‘pros’:

Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Federal Student Aid’s Training Conference

1 week 5 days ago
ATLANTA — I'm pleased to be back at this conference with all of you who work so hard to educate, support, and serve students. The role you play in their lives is essential. You are there for them as they take steps on their lifelong learning journeys. They might not always say it, but I will: your impact on students is significant. So, let me take this opportunity to thank you.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Warns of Looming Crisis in Higher Education

1 week 5 days ago
ATLANTA—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos raised a red warning flag today for America's students and taxpayers regarding what she called, "a crisis in higher education." In remarks she delivered at the annual Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference in Atlanta, Secretary DeVos called America's higher education system "the envy of the world" but warned that if significant policy changes aren't made to the way student aid is distributed, administered and managed, "the program on which so many students rely will be in serious jeopardy."

ED’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives Hosts Opioid Prevention Listening Session

2 weeks 5 days ago
In 2016 alone, 42, 249 Americans died of opioid overdoses.  President Donald J. Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017 as the crisis continued to persist.  More than 300,000 Americans have died from overdose since 2000 and this public health emergency has had a profound effect on students and families.  Opioid addiction and overdose has been coined the “crisis next door” as it plagues American communities from cities to suburbs and rural areas.  On October 2, 2018, the U.S.

U.S. Department of Education Builds on Efforts to Improve Services for Students, Increase Effectiveness and Fairness of Office for Civil Rights Investigations

2 weeks 5 days ago
WASHINGTON — As part of its ongoing work to protect students' civil rights and effectively, efficiently and fairly investigate civil rights complaints, today the U.S. Department of Education announced additional improvements to the Office for Civil Rights' (OCR) Case Processing Manual (CPM).

Sustainable School Successes in the “Show-Me” State

3 weeks 2 days ago
Imagine asking a group of urban students how they upcycle. I assumed I would get answers such as, ‘We keep scrap paper and use it for other projects’ or ’We reuse cardboard paper towel inserts for various projects in our classes’. However, after participating in this year’s “Living School Grounds” 2018 Green Strides Tour in St. Louis, Missouri and seeing the innovative efforts of nine unique schools, I have a new understanding of what it means to be green.

National Apprenticeship Week: The Time to Rethink Apprenticeships is Now

3 weeks 4 days ago
In June of 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Expanding Apprenticeships in America.” This order called for the creation of a special Task Force to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships in the United States. To meet this challenge, Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta brought together representatives from companies, labor unions, trade associations, educational institutions and public agencies.

School Principals at Work—Sage Advice for New Principals

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Principals lead schools in preparing students for successful lives.  They are expected to be leaders and guide administrators through vision, instructional leadership, data analysis and planning.  It seems pretty clear and defined, right?  Yet, most often, if you ask veteran principals if they were prepared to become a principal, they will say “I thought I was until I found myself sitting in that chair.”  That answer doesn’t mean they weren’t adequately trained and didn’t have sufficient teaching experiences or internships.  It simply means comprehending the significance and complexity of t
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