The White House Blog: Dr. Jill Biden
- Posted byon April 28, 2015 at 9:12 PM EDT
- Posted byon April 28, 2015 at 10:41 AM EDT
Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Reading Rainbow Blog. See the original post here.
Earlier this month, Joe and I invited a few military families over to our home for dinner to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. We know we owe thanks every day to those who wear the uniform, but we also believe we owe a debt of gratitude to their families as well. Because when you have a family member who serves in the military, your whole family serves too.
There are so many military-connected children in this country, and on average these children will attend six to nine different schools before graduating high school. Frequent school changes mean you have to start over in your new community, from trying out for another sports team to making new friends. We know military parents try to do everything that they can to make those transitions as smooth as possible, but we also know it is not easy.
- Posted byon April 27, 2015 at 2:45 PM EDT
Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Medium.
Today, we received an important message from space:
As a proud military mom, and grandmother to military-connected children, I couldn’t agree more with Captain Scott Kelly. We have asked a lot of our military families and I believe they deserve the very best efforts of each of us to show them how much we appreciate their service to our country. That is why First Lady Michelle Obama and I started Joining Forces four years ago: to unite non-profits, schools, foundations, businesses, associations, and Americans of every stripe around this initiative to support these families -- not just in word on Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day, but with good deeds and best efforts, each and every day of the year.
- Posted byon April 16, 2015 at 6:29 PM EDT
The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces in April 2011 to call on Americans across the country to rally around service members, veterans, and their families.
This month, Joining Forces is celebrating its fourth anniversary! We're talking about how we can inspire, educate, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.
Want to join the conversation? We'll be focusing on specific themes throughout the month. Around each theme, the Joining Forces team will be hosting a Twitter chat to answer your questions on mental health, homelessness, employment, and education -- and hear from you.
Ask your questions and join the conversation now using the hashtags below, and we'll answer from @JoiningForces on the day of the chat!
- Posted byon April 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM EDT
Last night, I visited De Anza College — a vibrant school in Cupertino, California that is successfully helping their students pursue their dreams.
De Anza College is one of the top community colleges in the state for the number of students who transfer to the University of California and California State University. In fact, 67 percent of De Anza College students will graduate or transfer to a four-year school within six years.
What is even more impressive than the statistics of student success at De Anza College, are the students themselves. I had the opportunity to talk with a group of students about their participation in community and civic engagement programs, like Latino Empowerment at De Anza (LEAD), which is developing the next generation of leaders in their community.
- Posted byon March 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM EDT
This week, the President focused on students and college affordability at Benedict College, Georgia Tech, and back at the People's House -- as did Dr. Biden, who met with community college students in Gainesville and Austin. The First Lady hosted a Nowruz celebration, and the First Family marched to mark an important anniversary.
That's March 6 to March 12, or "The Single Most Powerful Word."
Dr. Biden at SXSWedu: Let's Ensure Education Is Accessible, Affordable, and Attainable for All AmericansPosted byon March 10, 2015 at 7:41 PM EDT
Yesterday, with Under Secretary of Education Dr. Ted Mitchell, I had the pleasure of visiting Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, and Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. Both schools are making transformative changes on their campuses to adapt to the needs of their students.
After visiting these community colleges, I had the opportunity to share this experience -- how these two schools meet students where they are, and guide them to where they want to go -- with a diverse group of students, educators, entrepreneurs, and administrators from across the country at SXSWedu Conference in Austin, Texas.
To see just how innovative these community colleges truly are, watch the video below:
- Posted byon March 6, 2015 at 12:55 PM EDT
This week, the President broke bread with My Brother's Keeper mentees, sat down with the President of Liberia and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, shared the stage with Eric Holder and Aretha Franklin, and welcomed law enforcement officials and Peace Corps volunteers to the White House. While the Vice President was in Guatemala to discuss investing in Central America. That's February 27 to March 5 or, "Just a Souvenir!"
- Posted byon March 4, 2015 at 4:06 PM EDT
Community colleges have entered a new day in America. They lead the way in preparing graduates in the fields of green technology, health care, teaching, and information technology — some of the fastest-growing fields in America and the rest of the world. Community colleges are able to meet the needs of their community and provide students and workers with the education and skills they need to succeed and to get good-paying jobs to support their families.
That’s why I am excited to attend SXSWedu 2015 to discuss the importance of community colleges to America’s future. I have been an educator for more than 30 years, and I have spent the last 20 years teaching at community colleges. And, as Second Lady, I have traveled across the country to see firsthand the critical role community colleges play in creating the best, most-educated workforce in the world.
Before I get to SXSWedu 2015, I want to hear from you. Starting today, you can tweet your questions about community colleges to me @DrBiden using the hashtag #AskDrBiden. Then, watch here on Tuesday, March 10 at 9 a.m. CST/10 a.m. EST as I respond to some of your questions during a live event moderated by a community college student.
- Posted byon February 26, 2015 at 7:27 PM EDT
Blue Star Families creates a platform for military families and civilian leaders to work together encouraging community-level leadership to address the challenges of military service. Through Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden -- a Blue Star mother herself -- have worked side-by-side with Blue Star Families to honor service members, veterans, and their families. This week, Blue Star Families hosted a celebration commemorating their fifth anniversary.
In the past five years, Blue Star Families has grown its membership and its programming exponentially. It has helped 700,000 military family members experience the arts through Blue Star Museums; it has gathered more than 26 million hours of volunteer service through Operation Honor Card, and it has informed policy makers through the publication of its annual Military Family Survey.
I was honored to attend the fifth anniversary celebration this week, and I was happy to help share this video from the First Lady with Blue Star Families:
United States Army Colonel Steve Parker is the Executive Director of Joining Forces.