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  • Weekly Wrap Up: “Every kid in this country can make it”

    Weekly Wrap Up: Promise Zones, Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance, Affordable Care Act, We the Geeks and Strengthening our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure.

  • President Obama: “A child’s course in life should be determined not by the zip code she’s born in”

    President Obama announced the first five “Promise Zone” locations, an initiative that partners with local communities and businesses to create jobs, expand access to educational opportunities and spur economic mobility and security.

  • Partnering with Local Communities: The First Five “Promise Zones”

    By working with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safe, Promise Zones will help build on the Obama Administration’s commitment to create better futures for the middle class and those striving to reach the middle class.

  • PCAST Considers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Related Technologies in Higher Education

    Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter report to the President about opportunities for education technologies to improve educational outcomes and lower costs in higher education. The report, which builds on insights from PCAST members and additional outside experts, underscores the promise of new high-tech educational tools and advocates for continued experimentation in the education technology domain.

  • Enabling the Future of Learning

    The Department of Education announces the second round of grantees in the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition.

  • Announcing "Of the People: Live from the White House" with Discovery Education

    We’re excited to kick off "Of the People: Live from the White House," a virtual field trip series with Discovery Education that’s designed to offer middle and high school students unique access to the White House.

  • Games that Can Change the World

    Computers and computer science are becoming ever more important to the future careers of today’s students. That’s one reason OSTP is interested in exploring the use of “games for impact” to address important societal challenges and opportunities—including in the realm of education. Games for impact are designed to be at once entertaining and engaging, and also something more: educational, enlightening, and perhaps even designed to motivate action.

  • New Grants to Help More Students Pursue STEM Careers

    Computer Science Education Week is a perfect time to highlight a new Administration effort—called Youth CareerConnect—to inspire and prepare girls and boys in communities across the country to be the designers, programmers, engineers, and innovators of the future through increasing their access to hands-on, real-world-relevant education and skills.

  • Computer Science is for Everyone!

    This week, we’re celebrating Computer Science Education Week (CS Ed Week), which highlights the importance of computer science in our education system. To recognize CS Ed Week this year, we encourage everyone to participate in the Hour of Code. It’s an easy way for anyone to learn computer science and see that it’s fun, creative, and challenging.

  • STEM Mentoring Initiative Gains Momentum

    At the 2013 White House Science Fair, President Obama announced US2020, a campaign led by a coalition of leading tech companies and education non-profits to encourage companies to mobilize 20 percent of their STEM employees to complete 20 hours of STEM teaching or mentoring per year by the year 2020—with a focus on girls, minorities, and low-income youth. Today, the US2020 Initiative is moving ahead at full speed.