What’s Going On With The Postal Service?

The post office has always been a part of American life, and it is still popular with the public. In a poll in September 2020, 91% of the public said they viewed the post office favorably – more than any other government organization. Recently, however, there have been problems surrounding the post office, with the health … Read more

Keeping the Promise: Enhanced Entrance and Exit Counseling on StudentAid.gov

Federal Student Aid has renewed our commitment to delivering innovative tools and resources to empower you throughout your financial aid journey. This month, we’ve made updates to some of those pretty well-known resources on StudentAid.gov: entrance and exit counseling. Entrance counseling—required before you receive your first Direct Subsidized or Direct Unsubsidized Loan as an undergraduate … Read more

Finding Teachable Moments on the Field and in the Classroom

This Sunday afternoon, the world will watch the 55th Super Bowl take place in Tampa Bay. While these football professionals play the last game of their season, high school coaches around the country are preparing for their next. Many of these coaches are tasked with balancing responsibilities as leaders on the field and as educators … Read more

U.S. Department of Education Releases Digital Learning Guides for Teachers and School Leaders

The U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce the release of two new resources that help teachers and school leaders meet the needs of their students by using thoughtful and creative digital learning experiences. The Teacher Digital Learning Guide (Teacher Guide) and the School Leader Digital Learning Guide (Leader Guide) are designed to provide … Read more

95 Finalists Announced in National Challenge to Break Down Barriers to Apprenticeships

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced 95 finalists in the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, a $750,000 competition to advance pre-apprenticeships. We issued this challenge to support adult education providers in creating innovative learning and training opportunities. Many adult learners face barriers to accessing apprenticeships, even though these programs can serve as pathways into meaningful … Read more

College Scorecard Publishes New Loan Repayment Rate Data to Help Students Make Informed Choices

What happens to student borrowers after they finish or leave school and start paying down their federal loans?  While many students look at, and many colleges promote, salaries of graduates, considering the student loan repayment rates of former students can provide a broader picture of financial wellness after attending a school. College Scorecard, a U.S. … Read more

New U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative

This year, international education has looked different, more than ever before. Traditional exchange programs have been largely unavailable, and other avenues of world language and cultural education have gone online. Still, the need for strong cross-cultural learning opportunities remains pressing. Learning a second language benefits students academically and on the job market, with many U.S. … Read more

Five Federal Institutions with Free Education Materials

Winter break is coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to explore new subjects and continue learning. Your daily routine may look different and may present opportunities to discover new and fun learning opportunities. Many organizations across the federal government and their partners have free education resources available for use. Here are five institutions that offer education materials for teachers, students, and lifelong learners.

Arlington National Cemetery
There are 400,000 people interred at our nation’s most hallowed grounds, and their newly launched education program can help you begin learning about them. From notable African Americans to figures of the Spanish American War, these materials only scratch the surface of the learning opportunities this sacred shrine has to offer.
https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/education
Smithsonian
The Smithsonian’s museums and zoo are out of reach for many right now. Fortunately, the institution offers resources for both educators and students. They offer many resources and digital tools that support inquiry-based learning and active engagement to spark creativity and curiosity.
https://www.si.edu/educators
National Park Service
As president, Theodore Roosevelt created five national parks, 18 national monuments, 51 bird sanctuaries, began the National Wildlife Refuge system and set aside more than 100 million acres for national forests. Now, you can learn about all of the national parks and monuments with NPS’s educator resources including audio, video, blogs, and more.
https://www.nps.gov/teachers/teacher-resources.htm
U.S. Department of Treasury
Did you know that Crane and Co., a Massachusetts-based company, has been providing the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing with paper for U.S. currency since 1879? There’s a lot to learn about money and currency, and the Treasury Department has a handful of resources to help. Their education materials cover the features of currency, currency design, and the history of the U.S. bills.
https://home.treasury.gov/services/education
U.S. Department of State
Who is a diplomat? What is an embassy? State’s Discover Diplomacy education materials offer prompts and exercises that teach students the function of diplomacy and the importance of foreign affairs.
https://diplomacy.state.gov/discover-diplomacy/