Hey everyone, this is Jessica and I am sharing with you our experience at The Department of Education! As we walked through the doors the first thing we saw was The Department of Education’s mission statement (fitting considering the day before we were creating our own mission statements) saying, “The Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal success.” We were then greeted by a Washington Center Alum, Justis Tula, from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Justis gave us a brief overview about himself and his role at the Department of Education and introduced our next speaker Vicki Robinson.
Vicki Robinson is from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and is also one of the Department’s former teachers working in D.C. Public Schools and in Prince George’s County. She explained more about her role working on Magnet School Assistance Programs (MSAP). MSAP was created to reduce and prevent further minority isolation in schools by offering programs within Title I schools to continue to integrate schools that still are primarily dominated by one race or ethnicity. Robinson gave us more insight on how the process worked and collaborated with some of our group members that are concentrating on STEM about what they would expect when going into a STEM classroom.
Our next speaker was Celeste Rodriguez Jensen who is in charge of Teach to Lead.
Teach to Lead is a professional development program that recognizes teachers as professionals in their field. Teach to Lead holds about two summits per year to focus on professional development through collaborative learning and to develop ideas for change at a local level. Teachers are encouraged to participate with 3-5 team members (team members can include students, parents, staff, community members, government officials, etc.) and submit ideas that
- Promote collaboration
- Motivate teachers to lead
- Identify problems with looking at possible solutions
- Are sustainable for the future
Lastly, we were introduced to two important members who work directly with Title I, Collette Roney and Robert Salley. Both Roney and Salley engaged in discussion with us about Title I and Title II within the Department of Education. As students at High Point University many of us have worked in Title I schools in the area and some of us will continue to work at them in our first year of teaching. Economics within the education world can be complicated because it primarily works at the state level; however, the federal government plays a pivotal role. To learn more about economics within the education world visit edunomicslab.org