Odds and ends.* The December 2011 edition of "School Days," the Department's monthly video journal, features President Obama's Osawatomie, Kansas Osawatomie is a city in Miami County, Kansas, United States, 61 miles (98 km) southwest of Kansas City. The population was 4,645 at the 2000 census. It derives its name from two streams near by, the Osage and Potawatomie. , speech emphasizing the importance of education for middle-class prosperity, a celebration of the teaching profession at the White House, and recent grants for education reform.
* The President recently announced his intent to nominate Deborah Delisle as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
* When the White House celebrated the latest class of National Board Certified teachers, several of the honorees traveled from some of America's most remote and distant rural communities. Department staff caught up with these teachers to hear their stories. The teachers describe challenges with funding, a lack of technology, and the need to elevate the teaching profession, while expanding curriculum to prepare students for today's economy.
* Today, the Department will welcome more than 200 teachers for a screening of the documentary "American Teacher," which chronicles the stories of four teachers working in different areas of the country. It follows the teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers and provides a compelling portrait of the teaching profession in America today. Following the screening, participants will engage in a discussion regarding how to reshape the culture of American education to better attract, retain, and support highly effective teachers, and teachers all across the country are welcome to join the discussion by logging onto Twitter and using the hashtag #TeachTalk starting at 7:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
* The Promise Neighborhoods Program released a list of applicants that scored 80 points or higher in its 2011 competition, spotlighting high potential applicants who, due to limited funding, did not receive grants.
* The next in a series of blog posts on the Green Ribbon Schools' pilot year is an open letter to potential applicants, thanking them for their enthusiasm and encouraging them to apply and take advantage of the resources available on the program web site.
* On January 25, at Parklawn Elementary School elementary school: see school. in Alexandria, Virginia Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 128,284. Located along the Western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) south of downtown Washington, DC. , First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thomas James Vilsack (born December 13, 1950) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and served as the 40th Governor of the state of Iowa. He was first elected in 1998 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. , and celebrity cook Rachel Ray introduced final guidelines improving nutrition standards for school lunches. The guidelines substantially increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains on the menu, while reducing saturated fat saturated fat, any solid fat that is an ester of glycerol and a saturated fatty acid. The molecules of a saturated fat have only single bonds between carbon atoms; if double bonds are present in the fatty acid portion of the molecule, the fat is said to be , trans fat trans fat
1. A trans fatty acid.
2. Trans fatty acids considered as a group.
A fat containing trans fatty acids. , and sodium. They also set calorie limits based on the age of children being served.
* The Department is collecting information and gathering suggestions to assist states, districts, and organizations in preventing, detecting, and responding to irregularities in academic testing.
* The new year marked the start of new five-year contracts for the Regional Educational Laboratories.
* In its latest Challenge to Innovate (C2i) initiative, the NEA Foundation has partnered with Microsoft-U.S. Partners in Learning to urge public school educators to explore, share, and discuss their responses to this question: how can interactive technology and game-based learning help students learn? Proposed solutions for the challenge will be accepted through March 5. The 10 best ideas, as judged by the community on the Department's Open Innovation Portal, will receive $1,000 cash awards and recognition as their solutions are shared with educators nationwide.