- TEACH campaign: created to increase the support for and status of the teaching profession. TEACH.ORG is a coalition of public, private, and government sponsors. The website contains:
- Troops to Teachers (TTT): a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed. Teaching a critical subject such as math, science, special education, foreign language and career-technical affords the highest opportunity for employment although TTT will provide counseling and referral services in respect to any desired grade and subject area.
Teacher Initiatives and Engagement
- Excellent Educators for All: aimed at ensuring teacher equity regardless of student income.
- Teach to Lead: an initiative created to promote and accelerate opportunities for teachers to lead without leaving the classroom.
- Commit to Lead: an online community of Teach to Lead. The community makes it easy for educators to share and collaborate on promising ideas to advance teacher leadership to address pressing problems in education. Through the power of crowdsourcing, Commit to Lead allows members to vote and comment on ideas submitted by others so that the most talked about ideas rise to the top. Members are invited to submit short ideas – under 300 words — that advance teacher leadership in their area and promote them on social media, helping to spur the conversation beyond their own school buildings.
- The RESPECT Project: developed with the goal of working with teachers, school and district leaders, teachers’ associations and unions, and education organizations to spark a dialogue that results in strong policy and a sustainable transformation of the teaching profession.
- Teaching Ambassador Fellowship: Fellows spend a year gaining greater knowledge of the content of key federal programs and policies, in addition to the context and process by which they are designed and implemented. Fellows share their expertise with federal staff members; provide outreach and communication about federal initiatives to other educators on behalf of the Department; and facilitate the involvement and understanding of teachers in developing and implementing these efforts at the federal, state and local levels, to improve the likelihood of their success.
- The Teachers Edition: a weekly newsletter written by teachers at the US Department of Education that celebrates teaching and leading. The Teachers Edition highlights great teachers and teacher leadership and offers a number of resources, including examples of best practices and links to interesting reading and emerging research that help educators solve problems and answer burning questions. Subscribe to The Teachers Edition here.
- Transforming Teaching and Leading: initiatives and resources that lift the profession and help educators and students succeed.
- TEACH Grant Program: provides student aid with the goal of increasing the number of teachers in low-income schools.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: encourages individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers. You may qualify for this program if you serve as a public education teacher.
- ¡Graduate! Financial Aid Guide to Success: includes information and resources for students considering a teaching career.