Financial Aid Tool, Bullying Prevention Summit, College Access

The items below were in this morning’s inbox. A single email contained items related to student financial aid tools, upcoming meetings on prevention of bullying, higher education access and affordability, and the remarks made at the annual GEAR UP conference.

Read on.

Message 1
From: U.S. Department of Education <>
Date: 07/20/2012
Subject: Education Department Launches New Website and Social Media Tools to Help Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

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Education Department Launches New Website and Social Media Tools to Help Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

07/20/2012 09:18 AM EDT

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new streamlined website and several social media tools that will make it easier for students and families to navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college. The launch of the new website,, follows a report from the U.S.

Message 2
From: U.S. Department of Education <>
Date: 07/20/2012
Subject: Upcoming: U.S. Department of Education to Host Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit.

Upcoming: U.S. Department of Education to Host Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit

07/20/2012 10:33 AM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education will host the third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 6-7, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The summit will focus on ensuring that anti-bullying efforts are coordinated and based on the best available research.

Other Items

Senior Department Officials to Discuss Administration’s Higher Education Access, Affordability and Completion Efforts at NASFAA conference

07/20/2012 11:03 AM EDT

The U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education David Bergeron, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary on College Access Greg Darnieder will make presentations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) annual conference in Chicago July 23-25.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Discuss College Access at NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

07/20/2012 10:29 AM EDT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at the 2012 National Council for Community and Education Partnerships’ (NCCEP) Annual GEAR UP Conference in Washington, D.C.


Webinars and Online Courses for Teachers and Students

Today’s inbox contained this post from Virtual School Meanderings, a blog I follow about online resources for educators and students. Items include the addition of Japanese language courses, driver education, conferences, and using social networking for learning. Read on:

JULY 2012 eNewsletter

In this issue:  New Courses For Fall 2012, Summer Session II – Now Registering,

Join Our Upcoming Webinar, STEM for College & Careers

VHS Introduces New Courses In Fall 2012

New Languages Pave the Road to a New School Year

In partnership with Connections Learning, The VHS Collaborative (VHS) will be offering more online course options for middle and high schools worldwide. Starting in the fall of 2012, students will have the opportunity to take sought-after courses including  Japanese I and II, Sign Language I and II and Driver’s Education.

Our continued partnership with Connections Learning allows VHS member schools and individually enrolled students access to a wide variety of programs. Students are able to access courses that would otherwise be unavailable to them through their local school programs. Read the full article.

Join Our Next Webinar

The VHS Collaborative Webinar Series Presents…

“Policy, Quality and Cost Considerations of Blended Learning Environments“

Join us on July 30, 2012 for a free webinar to review options for online education that will boost your school’s 21st century studies.

Identify the goals and benefits of implementing a blended learning environment

Explore the range of delivery methods

Look at the current marketplace of online education providers and partners

Discuss Policy and Cost considerations

Our session concludes with setting goals, offering ideas of delivery models that that will best suits your needs, and provide ways in which your school or district can further develop a curriculum to incorporate online learning.

Webinar: Policy, Quality and Cost Considerations of Blended Learning Environments


Date: Monday July 30, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm EDT


For more information contact, or call 978-450-0413.

STEM Learning For College & Careers

Blogging On Preparing Students for Careers in Science

Jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are growing faster than in any other field in the United States but less than 30% of high school graduates are ready to pursue college education in science.

We need to do more to ensure that all students have access to rigorous and engaging science courses that provide them with the skills, tools, and global perspective necessary to succeed in STEM careers. Read the full blog post now.

Subscribe to The VHS Collaborative Blog. Read more from colleagues, experts and online learning advocates and join in the conversation to discuss blended learning initiatives in education today.

Now Enrolling for Summer Session II

There’s Still Time to Take An Online Summer Course – Register Now

Whether you need to make up credit before the fall semester, or you are looking for interesting courses that will teach you new and innovative skills, VHS online Summer School courses are a great way to get ahead!.

With the support of a teacher, and interaction with online peers troughout the course, VHS’ Online Summer program is a convenient option for students who:

Need to make up credits to graduate on schedule

Have other commitments and need flexible scheduling

Want to try an online course while their schedule is less demanding

Are looking to get ahead or stay academically engaged during the summer months


Summer Session II offers online studies in the following subject areas:

Chemistry, Biology, English Literacy Skills,  Financial Literacy, Pre-Algebra/Algebra Preparation, Planning for College, Health, U.S. History, Video Game Design

For more information, please visit our website, or contact Lauren Skinner at 978.450.0427 for enrollments and questions.

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11 Important Issues Educators Should Follow This Election Year – Online Colleges

Below is a link to a blog dealing with important issues educators need to keep in mind as the presidential election approaches. No matter which side of an issue you are on, stay informed on these and other issues. As a critical thinker, take a few minutes to browse this blogger’s views. Keep an open mind to the issues and learn all sides.

11 Important Issues Educators Should Follow This Election Year – Online Colleges.