Teacher Training & Completion Grants


June 22, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. K-12 coverage focuses on the president’s plan to merge the Education and Labor Departments. Pell Grants and small “completion grants” are shown to help college students finish their degrees.


Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Education Week breaks down what you need to know about the President Trump’s plan to merge the Education and Labor Departments.
  • A recent study indicates that high school students taught by teachers with more expertise in their subject area were not only more likely to earn higher test scores in the short term, but also more likely to graduate from college. Education Dive summarizes the study.


Higher Education:

  • Completion grants – small awards of $500 to $1,500 given to academically successful students who have exhausted all other forms of aid – have been shown to help students finish their degrees when they otherwise would have to drop out. The Washington Post outlines this promising new form of financial aid.
  • Since Congress restored year-round Pell Grants last year, community colleges around the country have seen a boost in summer enrollment. “With this change, students can take classes year-round using Pell funds and move quickly toward graduation without worrying about running out of Pell funds,” a spokeswoman for Valencia College in Orlando, Florida tells Inside Higher Ed.
  • NPR highlights CollegePoint, a non-profit aimed at helping high-achieving, low-income students navigate the college application process with remote advisers.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education announces the appointment of new leaders in the higher education space including the Foundation’s new executive director, Seppy Basili.

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