Dept. of Education

Correctional Education Guidance Package

A new guidance package released by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder helps ensure that incarcerated youth get the quality education they deserve.

Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit

The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention joined for the second annual Bullying Prevention Summit, on September 21-22, 2011, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and eight other federal agencies. The event engaged representatives from federal agencies, national organizations, parents, teachers, and students with the goal to discuss and share their progress on anti-bullying efforts across the country.

Federal Collaboration

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) is composed of representatives from 21 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP seeks to promote achievement of positive results for at-risk youth.

Department of Education Opportunity: Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth

The following blog post originally appeared on the Department of Education’s website.

Collaborative Efforts to Address Youth Violence

In response to the recent killing of a 16 year old Chicago honor student, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/CDC, the Department of Education (ED), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) started work to address youth violence. Because of connections facilitated by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, they were able to learn that CDC was working with local and state organizations and agencies to develop a comprehensive approach to youth violence prevention.

Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs Develops Common Language on Positive Youth Development

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs supports several subgroups, including one focused on Positive Youth Development. Eight Federal youth-serving departments participate actively on this subgroup, which is focused on identifying promising approaches, strategies, and evidence related to positive youth development, youth-adult partnerships, and youth engagement in youth programs.

Improving education for youth living in poverty

As part of its “Back to School” day on August 5, 2011, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced its “Coordinating Housing with Education”Initiative. The initiative is part of HUD’s effort to bridge the gap between poverty and education, by increasing the number of HUD-assisted households with school-aged children who have access to schools scoring at or above the local average. Providing low-income parents and guardians with access to information regarding local schools and their performance ratings is a key ingredient to this effort.

Federal Government Releases Annual Statistical Report on the Well-Being of the Children and Youth

The adolescent birth rate declined for the second consecutive year, adolescent injury deaths declined, and fewer 12th graders binge drank, according to the federal government's annual statistical report on the well-being of the nation's children and youth.

However, a higher proportion of 8th graders used illicit drugs, more children were likely to live in poverty, and fewer children were likely to live with at least one parent working year round, full time, according to the report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011.

Keeping youth in school and out of the justice system

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the launch of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, a collaborative project between the Departments of Justice and Education that will address the “school-to-prison pipeline” and the disciplinary policies and practices that can push students out of school and into the justice system. The initiative aims to support good discipline practices to foster safe and productive learning environments in every classroom.

GEAR UP Program Succeeds In Helping Latinos Enter College

In the fall of 1999, Art Castanon and Ana Coria were part of the seventh grade class at Sycamore High School in Anaheim that began GEAR UP—Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program. Funded by a U.S. Department of Education federal grant, GEAR UP is a six-year curriculum aimed at middle schools in low-income communities to help raise expectations and ensure successful college entry.