Risk and Rigor in the Classroom

TNTP, a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all students get excellent teachers, recently released the latest in its one-of-a-kind series of essays on effective teaching written by and for practicing teachers. Titled “Going Deep: Empowering Students to Take Risks, Make Mistakes and Master Difficult Material,” the new paper was written by some of the[…]

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Studies Cast Doubt on Race to the Top

Two recent studies have shown that Race to the Top, the Obama Administration’s signature education initiative to help states close achievement gaps, has not lived up to its billing. The first, by Elaine Weiss of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, argues that a lack of time, resources, and tools to address opportunity gaps puts[…]

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Are Personalized Learning Environments the Next Wave of K-12 Education Reform?

The first of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top District grantees proposed reforms for personalized learning environments that challenge every aspect of the traditional school culture, including what is taught, how it is taught, and where it is taught. Now, as the Department of Education invites districts to apply for a portion[…]

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Kennedy Center Announces the 2013 Inspirational Teacher Award

Did you have a teacher who inspired you? One who changed your life? Is there a teacher you credit with helping you become the person you are today? Do you remember a specific interaction with your teacher that proved to be a moment of inspiration and transformation? Share your story. The Kennedy Center seeks nominations[…]

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Education Department seeks Applications for Student Test Fee Waivers

The Department is currently seeking applications for the Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program and the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program. The AP Test Free Program awards grants to states to enable them to pay all or a portion of AP test fees on behalf of low-income students.  Applications are due June 3.  The[…]

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ED Launches 2013 i3 Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $150 million 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition with the release of the program’s invitation for pre-applications for the i3 “Development” grant category and the notice of final priorities for the i3 program overall. The announcement incorporates several improvements the Department has made to[…]

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Spencer Foundation: “Evidence for the Classroom” Request for Proposals

The Spencer Foundation, an organization that investigates “ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world,” is seeking research studies to inform the current push for data-based educational reforms. Here is more from the press release: We announce a second-round Request for Proposals (RFP) to promote research that examines the assumptions underlying[…]

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$10K Music Educator Award Nominations Open

The GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Award.  The award is open to U.S.-based music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools.  Anyone can nominate a teacher, and teachers may nominate themselves. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to complete an application. April[…]

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Education Department Demands more Evidence

Big changes may be coming in the way the Department of Education selects grant recipients. Last year, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo to federal agencies requiring them to demonstrate the use of evidence in their fiscal 2014 budget requests. This new requirement signals a shift of emphasis toward the use of[…]

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What are states doing with their Race to the Top funding?

On February 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education released state-specific reports for 12 Race to the Top grantees, detailing their progress on transforming education at the local level. The reports highlight the second-year work and accomplishments of states awarded funding through the first two phases of Race to the Top: Delaware, the District of[…]

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Hilton offers Unique Teacher Travel Opportunity

Hilton will fund 15 teachers to “travel and experience first-hand the subject they teach, enriching their curriculum and inspiring students to explore the world.” Known as the Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition, Hilton developed the program in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the world’s largest and most experienced international education[…]

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BetterLesson offers Stipend for Master Math Teachers

BetterLesson has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to offer a two-year program for master math teachers to develop Common Core aligned math curriculum that they would share with other teachers.  For those skilled teachers selected, BetterLesson is offering a stipend of $30,000 paid out over the course of 1.5 years for contracted,[…]

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16 Race to the Top District Winners Announced

On December 11, 2012, the Education Department announced the 16 winners of the Race to the Top school district grants (RTTD).  61 Finalists had been announced recently out of an original 372 districts that turned in applications in November. A total of $400 million was due to go out, and winners ranged from $10 million[…]

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NBPTS and edTPA partners to Create Online Video Library for Teacher Preparation

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $3 million “Investing in Innovation” grant to a partnership of educational organizations that will aid in two major educational initiatives: better preparing new teachers and bolstering math and science instruction. The project will operate under the leadership of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and[…]

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Race to the Top-District Finalists Announced

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 61 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The 2012 RTTT-D program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and[…]

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LAUSD Ineligible for Race to the Top Funds

Recently, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) submitted its Race to the Top-District proposal without the signature of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA). The move will make them ineligible for $40 million in funding. The controversy between LAUSD, headed by Superintendent John Deasy, and UTLA, headed by President Warren Fletcher, surrounds exactly[…]

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