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Learn more during our April Webinar on Improving Outcomes for Hispanic Males. This webinar will take place on April 23 at 2PM est. To join, send an email to WHIEEH@ed.gov. Read more on the state of education for Hispanic Males here.

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Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive

By raising awareness of child development, an initiative Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families look for and celebrate milestones, promote universal screenings, identify delays as early as possible, and enhance support needed to help children succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers. 

Race to the Top Progress Reports

Race to the Top States and Award Amounts

The Department released Race to the Top Year 3 progress reports for the 11 states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Tennessee) and the District of Columbia. Read, Five Ways Race to the Top Supports Teachers & Students

Teach to Lead

"The moment for teacher leadership is now." - Arne Duncan

Secretary Duncan announced the Teach to Lead initiative. The program’s goal is to ensure that teachers are able to take key leadership roles in providing input when major decisions affecting the teaching profession are being made, without sacrificing time in the classroom with students.

Are You Ready to Pay for College?

Student Loans

If you do have to take out student loans make sure to borrow only what you need and try and limit borrowing to federal student loans. Federal student loans typically have lower interest rates and more flexibility when it comes time to pay them back. Learn more

Classroom Training = College Credits

Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium

The Departments of Education and Labor launched the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium, a new effort that will allow graduates of registered apprenticeship programs to turn their years of rigorous on-the-job and classroom training into college credits toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.  

Family Engagement

Framework Photo

The U.S. Department of Education is proud to release a framework for schools and their broader communities to build parent and community engagement.  The Dual Capacity framework -- a process used to teach staff to effectively engage parents, and for parents to work successfully with the schools to increase student achievement -- provides a model that schools and districts can use to build the type of effective community engagement that will make schools the center of communities.  

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Interagency Working

The Initiative’s Federal Interagency Working Group met on March 6 to discuss their efforts and investments on behalf of the Hispanic community. Visit their landing page for upcoming opportunities, including grants and internships.

Visit the Initiative

April Events

April is Financial Literacy Month, making it a great time to visit MyMoney.gov, the U.S. government’s web site dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Think you already know all about earning, borrowing, saving, investing? Take the quiz and test your financial literacy.

Celebra El Día de los Niños - Una fecha que se celebra en toda Latinoamérica y también en las comunidades hispanas de EE.UU. - todo el mes de Abril con Univision! Aprende mas del mes de Acción por los Niños

Civil Rights Data Collection

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  • About 40% of public school districts do not offer preschool
  • English learners make up 5% of high school enrollment but 11% of high school students held back each year.
  • Latino students (67%), students with disabilities (63%), and English language learner students (65%) have less access to the full range of math and science courses compared to Asian-American and White students. 
  • Nearly one in four districts with two or more high schools reports a teacher salary gap of more than $5,000 between high schools with the highest and the lowest black and Latino student enrollments.

Four New Civil Rights Data Collection Snapshots: To coincide with the most recent data release, the Office for Civil Rights has created four new snapshots to help understand the data released in the CRDC. 

Initiative Activities

Photo of Initiative staff

March 26: the Initiative visited Manual Arts H.S., a SIG recipient, and learned about their turnaround and positive school climate efforts and health, wellness and enrichment programs. (see photos attached) 

Group Watching a Presentation

March 27: the Initiative and its Commission held the National Policy in Action Forum on Integrated Student Supports at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, CA. The forum highlighted the efficacy of integrating student support strategies for Hispanics and the role philanthropy plays in this effort. 

Commission Meeting

April 1: the Initiative and its Commission met in Miami, FL and discussed the launch of the Initiative’s National Policy in Action Forums, the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the First Lady’s college access efforts. 

FY2015 Budget

The 2015 budget request reflects the President's strong belief that education is a vital investment in the nation's economic competitiveness and in its communities. Learn more here.

Civil Rights /

Derechos Civiles

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today announced a settlement aimed at providing greater access to college and career preparatory courses for black and Latino students. Learn More (Español).