The Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) (formerly Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is a subdivision within the United States Department of Education that is responsible for assisting drug and violence prevention activities within the nation's schools.

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  • “But I’m just a teacher…” We, teachers, change the mindsets of self-doubters, instill a lifelong love of learning for many, care for the children of others as if they’re our own, and play a major role in creating all other professions. Yet, despite those superpowers, many of us have heard or uttered the phrase ourselves, Continue Reading The post Calling Local Heroes Directly into Action; Apply to...

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  • “When can I go back to school?” When that experience is disrupted, getting back to school can mean everything to students. And the adults who care for them — parents, educators and civic leaders — feel a special urgency. For our fellow Americans in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, including more than 410,000 students in grades K-12, the 2017 Continue Reading The post “The Spirit is There” appeared...

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  • It took me a while to feel comfortable with Twitter. I opened a personal account years ago, but I just didn’t see what all the buzz was about. Once my district started encouraging teachers to build their Professional Learning Networks, however, I reluctantly created a professional account.  I was a little skeptical that it would Continue Reading The post ED’s School Ambassador Fellows Connect with...

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  • For several years our kindergarten and third grade students were accustomed to pairing up as reading buddies to improve their literacy skills through a mentee/mentor relationship. As a result of that success we decided to use a similar model to encourage our kids to collaboratively explore coding. Students Engaged Quickly The first step was to Continue Reading The post Coding and Collaboration wit...

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  • SUMMARY:  In accordance with section 5005 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Secretary seeks information from the public regarding actions the Department of Education (Department) can take to improve how it considers the unique needs of rural schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) as it develops and implements its policies and programs.  The Continue Reading The post Public Comme...

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  • Human trafficking, exploiting people through forced labor and commercial sex, is modern-day slavery.  ED’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students maintains that schools can and should be safe places where students can thrive.  Unfortunately, the trafficking of America’s students, both for labor and for commercial sex, is a dark presence in our nation’s schools, jeopardizing Continue Reading The post ...

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  • Seventeen-year-old Keevon Howard has mastered one cardinal rule laid down by his high school art teacher, one that resonates beyond the classroom. “Don’t erase,” his teacher counselled — accept the mistake and weave it into your composition. Coping is a vital life skill, she said, so whatever you put on the paper, that’s what you Continue Reading The post Very Special Student Artists Display Visio...

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Proud to Serve Again

  • Each year our school hosts a Veterans Day assembly and breakfast. After this year’s assembly, a number of students shared how they were surprised and excited to see my military photo during the slideshow tribute. Some were shocked and amused to see a serious looking and clean shaven Master Sergeant Harris instead of their bearded Continue Reading The post Proud to Serve Again appeared first on ED....

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  • As a School Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education, I had the opportunity to help plan and coordinate a visit for First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos to Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, MI. The school was selected because they had pledged their commitment to anti-bullying initiatives promoting inclusion Continue Reading The post FLOTUS, Secretary Visit...

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  • Here at the Department of Education, autumn is more than back to school.  In addition to all the back to school activities, we also host significant events each year tied to our nation’s history.  Veterans Day is one of them and is observed at the Department each year close to November 11. 2017 marks the Continue Reading The post Longest Serving Sergeant Major of the Army to Highlight ED Veterans ...

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  • To comply with the law that requires all schools that receive federal funding and all federal agencies to observe Constitution Day, September 17, here at the Department of Education, we focused on the Constitutional issues that arose during World War I. We chose to focus on World War I because 2017 marks the centennial of Continue Reading The post Still Ripe after 100 Years; ED Panel Discusses the...

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  • The principal’s day is a reflection of many complex interactions such as: communicating with multiple types of stakeholders, managing financial resources, connecting daily with students, leading professional development, and being a collaborative team player. You may be wondering how one person could accomplish all of this in one day, so I welcome you into one Continue Reading The post A Day in th...

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  • Note: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), which receives Federal funding from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration, is pleased to share Joseph’s (pictured above) success story in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). ...

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  • International Education Week (IEW), November 13-17, 2017, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State is part of our efforts to promote programs that help U.S. students and teachers develop the global skills critical for success in the 21st century. ...

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  • International Education Week (IEW), November 13-17, 2017, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State is part of our efforts to promote programs that help U.S. students and teachers develop the language skills and global competencies critical for success in ...

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  • Note: In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), a State VR agency which receives funding from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration, is pleased to share Burt’s success story.  Burt began his path to employment in a sheltered workshop in 2007, where he Conti...

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Things People Say

  • Note: October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.   Number One. “Did you know?” They never complete the thought, as if just looking at him implies what they’re really asking. I ache to play dumb: Know what? That he would almost never cry as a baby and be a champion sleeper? That he would love to swim Continue Reading The post Things People Say appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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  • I had the honor of attending the Georgia Green Strides Tour 2017 with Andrea Falken of the U.S. Department of Education and Keisha Ford-Jenrette of the Georgia Department of Education, and numerous other national, state and local partners.  We rode a van to some of the school sites that had been honored over the years Continue Reading The post Learning Outside from the 2017 Green Strides Tour in G...

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  • Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released the Secretary’s proposed priorities for ED’s competitive grant programs and launched the 30-day public comment period. Once we consider the comments received and issue the Secretary’s final priorities, the Secretary may choose to use one or more of them in competitions for new grant awards this year Continue Reading The post ED Releases Secreta...

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  • It’s a rainy day in Walker County, Georgia. In most schools, this would mean a day indoors with children and teachers wishing they could be outside. At Gilbert Elementary, you can look out the window and see a group of kindergarteners, in lime green rain suits, splashing their way across the playground on their way Continue Reading The post The Path Begins: Forest Kindergarten appeared first on ED...

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  • On Sept. 15, 2017, for the 14th year, the U.S. Department of Education opened the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibit of works by students from across the country, with a special exhibit this year of winners from Harris County (Houston), Texas. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and founded in 1923, Continue Reading The post Student Artists and Writers Spark a Celebration ...

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  • Note: October is Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month. A teacher can make the difference between a good day and a bad one. Actually, they can make or break a child’s entire school year by understanding what accommodations in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP) can do to help a Continue Reading The post Understanding Teac...

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  • There’s so much information available about financial aid for college or career school that it can be hard to tell the facts from fiction. We’ve got you covered! Here are some common myths—and the real scoop—about financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. MYTH 1: My parents make too much Continue Reading The post 12 Myths About the FAFSA® Form and Applying for F...

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  • Having one child who is heading to college can be stressful, but having to help multiple children at the same time can feel like too much to manage. While I can’t save you from a forgotten application deadline or the “how to do your own laundry” lessons, hopefully, I can help make the financial aid Continue Reading The post How to Fill Out the FAFSA When You Have More Than One Child in College app...

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  • Photo credit: Heidi Markley Photography National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (September 24-30, 2017) is a big opportunity to come together as a field to celebrate adult education and to raise awareness of the 36 million adult learners across the nation who are in need of assistance. Of the 36 million adult learners, the Continue Reading The post Lifelong Learning: A Roadway to Success...

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  • Congratulations! You submitted your 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form! Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for: 1. Review Your FAFSA® Confirmation Page After you complete the FAFSA form online and click “SUBMIT,” you’ll see a confirmation page like the one below. This is not your financial aid Continue Reading The post 5 Things to Do After Fi...

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  • While the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is the student’s application, we know that parents often play a large role in the process. After all, students who are considered dependent have to provide parental information on the FAFSA form anyway and must have a parent sign it. While we recommend that the Continue Reading The post The Parent’s Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA® Fo...

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  • Need to fill out the 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form but don’t know where to start? I’m here to help. Let’s walk through the process step by step. TIP: Ready to fill out the FAFSA form? Make sure you avoid these 12 common FAFSA mistakes. 1. Create an account (FSA ID). Student: An Continue Reading The post 8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA® Form appeared first on ED.go...

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