Summer Seminars at Six: An Introduction to Education Policy


US Department of Education LogoHere is a reminder about a very special opportunity.


Take time this summer to participate in a special opportunity from the U.S. Department of Education: Summer Seminars at Six: An Introduction to Education Policy.



Summer Seminars at Six are designed to share information about education policy that will help teachers to be engaged and participate in policy discussions at the federal, state and district level.  Led by teachers working at the Department, along with other staff, there will be opportunities for questions and discussion both in person and online.


Participate in person or online. Summer Seminars at Six will be held at the U.S. Department of Education's LBJ Building (400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202) or you can attend live online via U-Stream.


To register to attend in person or online, please fill out the Summer Seminar Registration Form.


Here is the schedule and outline for the upcoming U. S. Dept. of Education summer seminars.  

Who's on First? State and Federal Roles and Responsibilities for Education
Thursday, July 28th, 6pm - 7pm ET
Questions to be answered include:

  • What are the states' and the federal government's responsibilities for education?
  • What is the Common Core?
  • What are the primary ED funding streams and competitive programs? 
  • What is Race to the Top and how does it support teachers and students? 

Fixing What's Broken in No Child Left Behind
Thursday, August 11th, 6pm - 7pm ET
Questions to be answered include:

  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act and No Child Left Behind-same or different?  
  • What problems are teachers, schools, and states having with NCLB?
  • In their Blueprint for Reform, what do President Obama and Secretary Duncan propose to do to fix what is not working in NCLB?
  • What does the Blueprint propose with regard to testing?
  • What is the federal School Improvement Grant program for low-performing schools and how might it affect my school or state?

Leading Their Profession: Teachers and Education Policy
Thursday, August 25th, 6pm - 7pm ET
Questions to be answered include:

  • What are ED's proposals for strengthening teaching and supporting teachers?
  • What does the Blueprint say about teacher evaluations?
  • What can teachers do to get involved in educational issues both at the national level and in their state or district?
  • What are the Teacher Incentive Fund and Title II?