Former OII Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton talks with students during a stop at Berea College in Berea, Ky., as part of the Department’s 2012 back-to-school bus tour.
St. Patrick School students and faculty in Washington, Ill., proudly display their Blue Ribbon Schools medals. (Photo courtesy of Kara Kamienski for St. Patrick School)
Student artists cut the official ribbon to open the PTA Reflections exhibit to the public and ED employees in the headquarters lobby. (Official Department of Education photo by Paul Wood.)
Members of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s National Performing Arts High School Program perform for an audience of ED staff and outside guests in a lecture demonstration on jazz education. (Official Department of Education photo by Paul Wood.)
Students in Robert Rivera-Amezola’s fourth-grade classroom in Philadelphia work collaboratively on a writing assignment. (Photo by Jason Miczek, courtesy of the National Writing Project.)
Children pilot the “At the Beach” Pocoyo PlaySet at Kingsbridge Community Center in the Bronx, N.Y. (Photo courtesy of HITN’s Early Learning Collaborative)
As part of Diplomas Now’s comprehensive support system, a City Year corps member tutors a student at Burke High School in Boston.
Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Amanda Layton Whiteman leads a preschool class in movement as part of the Early STEM/Arts Program. (Photo by Scott Suchman, courtesy of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.)
Maureen Dowling, director of ONPE (center), congratulates (left to right) Meghan Sayer, director of gift planning at Westtown School; Anne Morse-Hambrock, board member of Racine Montessori School; and Debra Wagner and Jodi Tucker, elementary school teachers at St. Paul Lutheran School.
Teachers experience creative movement at a Kennedy Center professional development workshop. (Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center)
Brett Peiser, CEO of Uncommon Schools, accepts the 2013 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools from (far left) Rebecca Wolf DiBiase, managing director of programs for The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and Roberto Rodriguez, White House special assistant for education. (Photo by Panayiotou Photography, Inc. and courtesy of the Broad Foundation)
The inherent connections between the visual arts and literacy are the point of this year’s Youth Art Month observance in Maryland’s Howard County Schools. (Photo courtesy of the Visual Arts Office, Howard County Public Schools)
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden greet State of the Union box guest Susan Bumgarner, and her guest Pamela Hibbs, in the Blue Room of the White House, Feb. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Military-connected student artists cut the ribbon to officially open their exhibit, “America’s Children,” in April 2013.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners cut the ribbon to open the exhibit. (Department of Education photo by Leslie Williams)
Lauren McDowell with her collage, We Wear a Mask, accompanied by her family. (Department of Education photo by Leslie Williams)
Sophia Pink shared her self-directed sabbatical year that included online courses and a film project.
A DMA student illustrates a live canvas for the DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative.
Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Laura Schandelmeier leads the preschoolers in an arts-integrated activity. (Department of Education photo by Leslie Williams)
Teacher Kalpana Kumar-Sharma and her students make arts and science connections through music. (Department of Education photo by Leslie Williams)
Students from PS 33 watch the judging for their team’s poems in the winter 2012 slam tournament. (Photo courtesy of Global Writes)
Poetry slams unlock powerful teaching and learning experiences. This participant from MS 145 in the Bronx provides evidence of that with his performance during the winter 2011 tournament. (Photo courtesy of Global Writes)
VSA student and adult artists and speakers at the exhibit opening gather for a moment on stage before the ribbon-cutting.
Marquise Griffin, with his mother, tells the audience about his plans to become a famous artist.
Blessing Offor, on the keyboards, and Paul Gavin, on the drums, show why they won the VSA International Young Soloists Competition in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
Margarita Meléndez with the June 2013 edition of Language Magazine, in which her article about Digital Is appeared. (Photo by Judy Buchanan, courtesy of NWP)
The Ridgewood teachers commemorate their professional development experience with a photo in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo courtesy of Ivy Urdang)
Bailey Callahan, a Reflections Award of Merit recipient, performs her award-winning “The Magic of Moments” composition.
Reflections Award of Excellence winner Jessica Clay (right), accompanied by Kendyl Kokoyama, performs “Born to be Somebody.”
A New York City school student and parent, with the help of a software developer, view data on high school choice available through the School Choice Design Challenge. (Photo courtesy of Innovate NYC Schools)
New York City middle schools teachers become the “lead users” of new products and services for their classrooms, as they prepare to prototype games and apps designed to enhance math learning and engagement. (Photo courtesy of Innovate NYC Schools)
Mentor Shalini Patel (right) meets with new Chicago Public Schools teacher Emily Lopez to provide feedback following Patel’s observation in Lopez’s classroom. (Photo by Daniel Shea, courtesy of New Teacher Center)
Mentor Shalini Patel models a teaching practice with one of Emily Lopez’s students. (Photo by Daniel Shea, courtesy of New Teacher Center)
The Music In Our Schools Tour, featuring Danielle Bradbery of The Voice, which starts in Disneyland and ends at Walt Disney World, honors five schools for their excellent music programs. Pictured from left to right: Student Wendy Holloway; student Anthony Rodarte; singer Danielle Bradbery; Mickey Mouse; and student Angelisa Calderon. (Photo courtesy of Disney Performing Arts/Scott Brinegar)
Youth Art Month flags on display at the 2013 National Art Education Association conference. (Photo courtesy of the National Art Education Association)
Student art works on display at the 2013 National Art Education Association (NAEA) conference from NAEA state affiliates’ Youth Art Month celebrations. (Photo courtesy of the National Art Education Association)
Teachers at Sammamish High School meet for collaborative PBL curriculum planning. (Photo courtesy of Gabriel Miller/Edutopia)
Concept Schools students with two of their award-winning robots in front of the new arts exhibit in the LBJ Building lobby.
Ninth-grader Aylisa Grenald explains how her colored pencil rendering, “Still Life With Winter Gear,” fits her art-in-everyday-life approach to the visual arts.
“This is remarkable leadership in action,” Secretary Arne Duncan told the press at the Hollywood FamilySource Center, following a roundtable with community stakeholders of the East Hollywood Promise Neighborhoods project. (Official Department of Education photo)
Secretary Duncan listens to youth, parents, local teachers and school administrators, and representatives of community-based organizations during the March 19 roundtable. (Official Department of Education photo)
(Left to right) Malachi Byrd, Cedric Harper, Devyn Jefferson, Cynthia Johnson, and Juwan Middleton performed original spoken-word pieces as part of the School Leadership Program conference. These students represent CONTRA VERSE, a spoken-word team from Cesar Chavez School for Public Policy, which is led by their teacher and coach, Michael Bolds. Throughout the two-day convening, these students and others shared insightful perspectives on education and the impact of current reforms on educators and students.
Arvada High School Principal Kathy Norton (fourth from left) and students accept a check from the Colorado Education Initiative for outstanding A.P. course completion scores. Pictured, left to right, are: Greg Hessee, director of initiatives, Colorado Education Initiative; Cindy Stevenson, former Jefferson County Schools superintendent; Tony Giurado, executive director of school effectiveness, Jefferson County Schools; Arvada High Principal Norton; Leroy Williams, Ball Corporation; Herman Musimbi, senior at Arvada High; Robert Hammond, Colorado Commissioner of Education; Desmas Archuleta, junior at Arvada High; Matt Walsh, achievement director, Jefferson County Schools; and Helayne Jones, president & CEO, Colorado Education Initiative. (Photo courtesy of the Colorado Education Initiative)
Gaby Moran, South Iredell High; Dalton Hart, North Iredell High; and Nick Osborne, South Iredell High, perform a scene from “Tom Dooley.”
Garris Coulter, North Iredell High; Evan Hoots, North Iredell Middle; and Davis Brown, North Iredell Middle, perform bluegrass music.
Kinsey Birch, South Iredell High; Mark Parker, Visual & Performing Arts Center; Logan Potts,West Iredell Middle; Mackenzy Sharpe, Northview IB; Kamie Souther, North Iredell Middle; and Angel Torrealba, Statesville High, dance to “Old Joe Clark.”
N.B. Mills Elementary School’s intervention time, a COMPASS component, gives students the ability to grow and learn from each other while another group works with a teacher. (Left to right) 5th-grade students Ashley, Sitaly, Jose, Jasiah, and Bobbie work together during their science intervention time to discover the meaning of “force.” (Photo courtesy of Jada Jonas and the Iredell-Statesville Schools)
Children begin their learning activities after receiving a sticker from the “Word Machine” (upper left). Each sticker has the name and picture of a vehicle. (Photo courtesy of HINN/Rodrigo Sanchez)
Students at Metropolitan Business Academy participate in the Student Ambassador Program, which promotes positive character development and a healthy and safe school community. Photo by Coppola Photography, courtesy of New Haven Public Schools.
Students at 8 Points Charter Middle School in Jacksonville, Ill., are prepared to succeed in high school academically, socially, and emotionally. (Photo courtesy of 8 Points Charter Schools)
Russell Shilling (center) joins faculty and students at the Huntsville Center for Technology to learn about Greenpower Team USA. The Huntsville City Schools, which was the only U.S. competitor in last year’s international Greenpower competition, is expanding participation in the unique STEM learning initiative. (Photo courtesy of the Huntsville City Schools)
Warren Township students experience increased engagement and collaboration as a result of the school district’s adoption of personalized learning approaches. (Photo courtesy of Metropolitan School district of Warren Township)
P.S. 177 Technology Band member Jeremiah Estick appreciates the exhibited work of visual artists from Singapore and the United States. (Photo credit: Paul Wood/U.S. Department of Education)
Proud members of the P.S. 177 Technology Band participate enthusiastically in the ribbon cutting ceremony. (Photo credit: Paul Wood/U.S. Department of Education)
Travez Bradford, recipient of a National Award of Excellence for Music Composition/High School Division, performs his winning rap Believe, Dream, and Inspire. (Photo credit: Paul Wood/U.S. Department of Education)
Vy Nguyen, recipient of an Award of Excellence for Visual Arts/Intermediate Division, shares the inspiration for her painting Dream with Eye Wide Open. (Photo credit: Paul Wood/U.S. Department of Education)