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Ohio Schools Receive National Award
The U.S. Department of Education recently honored 14 Ohio schools that were named 2006 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools. Learn More.

Michigan Moves Forward on New Merit Exam
The Michigan Department of Education has announced that the new Michigan Merit Exams will be administered this spring. Learn More.

Ohio Receives 1 of 16 New Grants That Will Reward Effective Teaching and Leadership
Earlier this month the Ohio Department of Education was awarded a grant that will be used in part to provide financial incentives to principals and teachers who improve student achievement in high-poverty schools. Learn More.

What Works Clearinghouse Releases New Intervention Reports
The What Works Clearinghouse has released new reviews of research on educational interventions. The reviews cover the following topics: beginning reading, character education, dropout prevention, early childhood education, English language learning, and elementary school mathematics. Additional reviews will be released soon. Learn more.

Comprehensive Centers Second Annual Directors Meeting
On September 11-12, 2006, the U.S. Department of Education hosted its second annual meeting titled Comprehensive Centers: Adding Value to the Work of State Education Agencies. The meeting took place in Washington, D.C., and was attended by the directors and key staff from the 16 Regional Comprehensive Centers and the five Content Comprehensive Centers. Learn More.

Inaugural Institute Focuses on SES Providers and Restructuring
The Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center and the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Assistance Center are joining the efforts to collaborate with the Center on Innovation and Improvement on the inaugural Institute for School Improvement and Education Options on September 25–26. The event will be convened in Des Plaines, Illinois, and will focus on two topic areas: supplemental educational services (SES) and restructuring.

The two-day institute will provide participants with ample opportunities to learn from one another, the panelists, and the keynote speaker. The keynote speaker, William L. Librera, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement and former New Jersey Commissioner of Education, will share his own experience of dealing with restructuring firsthand as a state commissioner. The format of small groups and panels will allow participants to have focused discussions about state evaluation of SES providers, outreach to parents to increase enrollment in SES programs, research on restructuring, and substantial change in school improvement and restructuring.

Other comprehensive centers collaborating on this event are: California Comprehensive Center, Mid-Continent Comprehensive Center, New England Comprehensive Center, and the New York Comprehensive Center.

U.S. Department of Education Names NCLB Blue Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education announced the first list of schools that were selected as NCLB Blue Ribbon Schools. These 250 schools are being recognized for their work in helping to close the achievement gaps. Learn More

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Raising Student Achievement Through the Equitable Distribution of Teachers was conducted on
Thursday, March 30, 2006. Learn more.

Final Comprehensive Center Award Announced
The U.S. Department of Education office of Elementary and Secondary Education announced the final Comprehensive Center award on January 3, 2006. Learn more.


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