US Department of Education Creates Two New Resources for Education Stakeholders

By John D. Musso, CAE, RSBA posted 12-20-2013 13:45


The first resource is a new website called "Progress: Teachers, Leaders, and Students Transforming Education." You may have heard about it already, and you can find it here:


"Progress" aims to highlight state and local innovative ideas, promising practices, lessons learned, and resources informed by the implementation of K-12 education reforms. These lessons from the field showcase reforms in action spurred by programs such as Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, School Improvement Grants, Promise Neighborhoods, and ESEA flexibility. The website is intended to provide insight into the transformations taking place in classrooms, schools, and systems across the country through the leadership of teachers; school, district, and state leaders; and their partners.


The U.S. Department of Education created this site to emphasize the voices of educators, students, and administrators to better understand how policy changes are spurring educational improvements, and to draw out what can be learned from areas of progress occurring at the state and local level.


The site will spotlight partnerships among the U.S. Department of Education, states, districts, educators, and families that are helping to build a better education for children.  Of particular focus is:


  • How students are being prepared to succeed in college and careers;

  • How educators are receiving higher quality support and challenging professional opportunities

  • How innovative leaders are transforming school systems to meet new, higher expectations.


    "Progress" does not recommend or endorse any particular approach. It is intended to share information that can be of use to educators, parents, learners, leaders, and other stakeholders in their efforts to ensure that every student is provided with the highest quality education and expanded opportunities to succeed.


    Unlike ED's Homeroom blog, which covers a broad swath of announcements, events, and opinions from senior ED officials, "Progress" is designed to give voice to what's actually going on in the field--often from the perspective of those doing the work on the ground.


    In addition, the second resource, ED's “bookshelf,” is now live at


    This site has a series of ready-made presentations for anyone's use, that highlight various focus areas in education. These decks present facts, charts, data and other information reflecting progress and challenges in improving education, as well as information regarding U.S. Department of Education programs and initiatives that aim to close achievement gaps and foster equal educational opportunities.