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The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Help Tool

June 18, 2019 - 9:50am

Chances are that you’ve at least heard of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, but do you know if your loans qualify? How to apply? If not, we’re here to help! First, what is PSLF? PSLF is a program that forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying

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Suns Out, Funs Out! Summer Safety Tips for 2019

June 13, 2019 - 11:50am

It’s finally here…the end of the school year! The summer provides many opportunities to go outside and be active in the sunshine. However, be sure to keep in mind these simple safety guidelines which can help ensure that children spend more time visiting the local park rather than the local emergency room. Keep It Covered

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Parent Like a Pro: Slowing the Summer Slide

June 11, 2019 - 8:14am

Learning doesn’t have to fall by the wayside just because school is out. Use these five parent pro tips to keep your child learning and having fun over the summer months. 1.) “Summer”ize your Summer Activities After completing a fun activity with your child this summer – such as going to the zoo, park, pool, etc.

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PLUS Loan Basics for Parents

June 5, 2019 - 8:15am

Your child is going to college or career school—that’s great! But you may have questions about how to pay for it. If your child hasn’t completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), ask your child to complete it today. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives your child access to

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7 Tips to Help Parents Make Summer Reading Fun 

June 4, 2019 - 1:27pm

When you hear the words “summer slide,” what images pop into your mind? A park slide? A water slide? Sunshine and summer fun? Wrong.  The “summer slide” has nothing to do with a fun summer pastime. Instead, it’s a term used to describe the tendency for students to decline in achievement gains during the summer months when school is not in session. This phenomenon is especially

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Peaks and Pits: Mental Health Check-Ins in the Classroom

May 30, 2019 - 10:24am

Many children come to school with much more packed in their backpacks than just their lunch. They may walk into school weighed down by family conflicts or concerns, friendship troubles, hunger, exhaustion, or strong feelings of sadness or fear. These stressors can cause students to have greater difficulty focusing, processing information, and regulating their emotional

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The Only Way Out is Through

May 28, 2019 - 11:11am

On any given day I may receive a phone call from a teacher to check in with one of my students. It may be a student who frequently complains of stomach aches or got angry and yelled about an unexpected schedule change. It could be a student that has isolated herself from others at recess

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How Schools are Reducing their Environmental Impact, Improving Health, and Cultivating Stewardship Values- 2019 Green Ribbon Schools Announced

May 22, 2019 - 11:04am

Today the U.S. Department of Education named the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country there are 35 schools including 25 public schools, 3 magnet schools, 2 charter schools, 10 nonpublic schools, and four postsecondary institutions that are recognized. Thirty-six percent of the 2019

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Signing Day: Every Team’s Most Important Recruit

May 16, 2019 - 9:12am

As spring approaches, thousands of coaches and athletes from around the country get ready for National Signing Day, a day where press conferences are scheduled, coaches’ phones ring off the hook, and star recruits ceremoniously sport the hats of their chosen colleges. For star athletes, it is the day they begin their trek toward what

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Apprenticeship – An Unexpected Choice Becomes the Path to Success

May 13, 2019 - 8:21am

Everyone assumed Kevin King would graduate and head straight to college. “I was your stereotypical AP student,” he notes. “Straight A’s through middle school, almost straight A’s through high school … I was the guy you would look at and say, ‘He’s going to college.’ It was just a matter of which one.” As it

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4 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Your Teacher

May 9, 2019 - 9:45am

Teacher Appreciation Week is here! As a former teacher and in my current role engaging with teachers across Tennessee, I love that we celebrate and recognize our teachers. In case you’re stumped for ways to meaningfully show your appreciation for the teachers in your life, here are a few suggestions…and most won’t cost you a

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Why I Stay: 3 Reasons Why I Continue to Lead from the Classroom

May 8, 2019 - 1:08pm

I’ve always known that my purpose in life was to teach. With eleven years on the job, I still get interesting feedback around my choice to stay in the classroom. “The job has no money or glory in it,” I was once told. Well, that’s not why I entered the field or why I choose

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The Most Meaningful Way to Celebrate Your Teacher

May 7, 2019 - 10:47am

In classrooms all across America, long hours of curriculum are taught, thousands of papers are graded each day, yet teachers still find the time to constantly brainstorm strategies to support their diverse student population. They stay up late answering emails and stay after class to help a struggling student. On any given day, a teacher

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The Value of Financial Literacy and Self-Advocacy

April 29, 2019 - 11:23am

In my senior year of high school, as college decisions were released, opening the financial aid award letters was scarier than the decisions themselves: the final number, or net cost, could make or break my ability to attend university. To confuse matters, without an understanding of financial aid terms, award letters can be hard to

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“Workforce Development for All”- ED Take Your Child to Work Day

April 26, 2019 - 8:51am

Rethinking education for the 21st century means recognizing that learning can happen anytime, anywhere – far beyond the boundaries of the school day or a brick and mortar building. Secretary DeVos has challenged the nation to question everything, to ensure that nothing limits students from being prepared for what comes next. Here at the Department

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Redesigning the Financial Aid Offer Letter at the University of Pennsylvania

April 24, 2019 - 11:28am

Every year, incoming and current college students have to file a FAFSA in order to determine their potential and continued eligibility for federal financial aid. Students may also have to file institution-based financial aid applications every year, along with institution-based or outside scholarships. Offer letters are key tools used by colleges and universities to notify

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Keeping the Cost of College Down

April 22, 2019 - 1:53pm

Between the high costs of tuition, living expenses, meal plans and textbooks, it is easy to see why college students are increasingly stressed about their finances. A 2015 survey  found that around 70% of college students feel stressed about their personal finances in general. As a current student at UCLA, I too have felt the financial

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3 Ways Education Freedom Scholarships Could Support Military Families

April 18, 2019 - 12:35pm

April is “The Month of the Military Child,” and serves as a reminder that military children serve our country alongside their parents and face challenges that most other students don’t think about, let alone experience themselves. Each military child deserves the chance to flourish in an education environment that best leverages their unique learning style

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5 Things to Know When Evaluating a Financial Aid Offer

April 15, 2019 - 11:10am

April is National Financial Capability Month and understanding the terms of your financial aid offer and making smart decisions about paying for college can be a good indicator of your financial capability. Many schools use the term “award letter” which can be misleading and make it sound like all the aid that is listed will

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Answering your Frequently Asked Questions about Second Chance Pell

April 11, 2019 - 8:38am

This April, in recognition of Second Chance Month, we’re answering the most frequently asked questions about Second Chance Pell. What is Second Chance Pell? In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education created the Second Chance Pell (SCP) Experimental Sites Initiative to provide need-based Pell grants to those in state and federal prisons. This initiative examines

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