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Why STEM Education Matters

You will hear the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) a lot whenever the discussion turns to improving education in the United States, and there is a good reason. Those disciplines are the cornerstones of the jobs that will keep America competitive in the near and distant future, and we have to get our students ready for that future now.

A Healthier Summer Brings Kids Back to School Ready to Learn

Imagine a child cooped up inside a stuffy apartment building on a beautiful, sunny day because there's no safe place to play outside. She has only unhealthy processed and fast foods to eat. This image is far removed from the nostalgic picture of a childhood summer filled with fun family vacations and camps. But for too many children, it is a reality that directly affects how ready they will be to move ahead in the classroom come September.

Sports Wives Describe Favorite Children’s Books

Members of the group Game Changerz, also known as Sports Wives With Purpose, were in Washington recently, and we took the opportunity to ask them to talk about their favorite children's books and the lessons they teach.

YSA STEM Fest Celebrates Achievement Through Service-Learning

On Aug. 1, 13 teachers gathered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for STEM Fest, a panel discussion highlighting effective practices in STEM-based service-learning. Convened by Youth Service America (YSA), STEM Fest celebrated the teachers' achievements in implementing YSA's STEMester of Service, a program that introduced extended service-learning to middle school students to learn science, technology, engineering, and math by addressing local environmental issues.

Baltimore VISTAs Combat the Summer Slump

One of the major factors that contribute to children falling behind in reading is the learning loss that occurs during summer break. Low-income students, in particular, lose two to three months in reading achievement over the summer.

Mr. Urbigkit Goes to Washington

A Senior Corps volunteer, John Urbigkit of Cheyenne,WY, accepts the Jefferson Award for Public Service with Senators Barrasso and Enzi. Urbigkit serves as a Foster Grandparent at Triumph High School.</body></html>

Together for Tomorrow: Expanding Community Partnerships for Education

Today, I was thrilled to be with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at Memorial Middle School in Orlando, FL to announce Together for Tomorrow, a new initiative to expand community engagement and citizen service to improve low-performing schools.

Invest in the Future: Mentor a Child

Today, too many young people in America are struggling.

More than a million students drop out of high school each year and one in every three do not graduate on time. The problem is even more severe among African American and Latino youth, and those from low-income backgrounds.

Last Call for Honor Roll Applications!

A George Washington University student particpates in a day of volunteer service in 2009.

Coming Together to Advance the Community

Hispanic leaders in Colorado, like so many in the United States, are committed to addressing challenges and improving opportunities for their community. They want to work with the Federal government to understand policies, access information, leverage resources, and build collaboration that will help provide solutions to pressing concerns. In Denver, I saw this commitment first hand.


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