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New Pell experiment to cover dual enrollment expenses. A new federal experiment allows students taking college-credit courses to access federal Pell Grants while still in high school. FACT SHEET: Expanding College Access Through the Dual Enrollment Pell Experiment (U.S. Department of Education)

White House Stands Up for Transgender Students: On May 13, the Education and Justice Departments sent a Dear Colleague letter to every public school district in the country reaffirming the administration's interpretation of sweeping protections for transgender students under Title IX - including a transgender student's right to use a bathroom or locker room that aligns with his or her gender identity. "No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus," Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said. "This guidance further clarifies what we've said repeatedly - that gender identity is protected under Title IX." (Kimberly Heffling, Politico)

Teacher Impact Grants Announced

Applications open May 16 - June 16

The White House announced last week that ASCD has received funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support Teacher Impact Grants. These direct grants to teachers will help fund their teacher leadership projects in the 2016-2017 academic year.


The Teacher Impact Grants range from $5,000 - $15,000 and will directly support promising teachers who seek to improve education through teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs or initiatives.


Teacher Impact Grants are part of ASCD's commitment to Teach to Lead, an initiative jointly convened by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and ASCD. The Teacher Impact Grants  will enable teachers to have a greater impact on the quality of teaching in their classrooms, schools, and districts (and assume greater ownership of student outcomes) by using their expertise to accelerate positive change in professional learning at all levels.


Applications will open on Monday, May 16 and close on Thursday, June 16. More information can be found in the press release and the website.



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