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     There isn't a better time to be a student than today, because the power of technology allows you, the student to do things we only dreamed about in the past. With the cost of these technologies continuing to go down, it has become affordable for you to tap into its power to educate yourself, to educate your family members or to educate other people. As a student, you have the power and the time to change your life's trajectory for the best if not for the better. We have entered a time period where you can truly determine your future, but you must be the catalyst to make it happen. You must always remember, the obstacles you will face are nothing more than learning opportunities that will lead you to better opportunities and eventually to your destination. Failures, which will happen, are nothing more than an opportunity to become a better student and a better person. So, here are some things you can do to be the catalyst to empower your education, your future, your life and the profession you will work in.

  1. Determine as early as possible the chosen profession you want to spend your life doing.
  2. Make sure the chosen profession you enter is a profession you truly enjoy to do and love it.
  3. Make sure you do what needs to be done to become a master in your chosen profession.
  4. Produce an educational, personal and a professional profile to direct your career.
  5. Create a network of like minded people in your profession that can advance your career.
  6. Volunteer for a good cause and provide your experience to improve the lives of others.
  7. Find the time to relax and enjoy life. Otherwise, you cannot be a productive worker.
  8. Don't let anybody or anyone tell you your ideas have no chance to see the light of day.
  9. Work with people who respect you for who you are and not the person they want you to be.
  10. Support ideas or projects with your time, money or experience that can change lives.

     Time is one of those factors that does not stop for anyone, so what you do during this time when the amount of time available is the greatest will have the greatest impact on your life.The greatest time period of time available to you occurs during your childhood and your adolescent years. So, whatever you are doing during this time period, if it isn't to further your education and to learn a skill, you are not creating a solid foundation that will make it easy, if not impossible for you to enter a profession of your choice or to become self-sufficient and in control of your life.

     The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link billions of devices worldwide. Those connected to the Internet have so much information and knowledge at their finger tips like no other time period on Earth, but it also is a place where it can be unsafe too. So please take the time to read the safety page. This Web page will explain to students how they can protect their information, how they can be safe on the Internet and explain to them what FERPA is.

     The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorize the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

     The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.

     For example, today, high school graduation rates are at all-time highs. Dropout rates are at historic lows. And more students are going to college than ever before. These achievements provide a firm foundation for further work to expand educational opportunity and improve student outcomes under ESSA.

     The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002. NCLB represented a significant step forward for our nation’s children in many respects, particularly as it shined a light on where students were making progress and where they needed additional support, regardless of race, income, zip code, disability, home language, or background. The law was scheduled for revision in 2007, and, over time, NCLB’s prescriptive requirements became increasingly unworkable for schools and educators. Recognizing this fact, in 2010, the Obama administration joined a call from educators and families to create a better law that focused on the clear goal of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers.

     Congress has now responded to that call.

The Every Student Succeeds Act reflects many of the priorities of this administration.

     The Summary of the Every Student Succeeds Act: Click Here to view the PDF file.

ESSA Progress Report: English

The list below are the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) links for each state of the United States. Each link will take you to UNDERSTANDING ESSA - Your source for the latest updates on ESSA implementation news and commentary from across the country. I'm not affiliated with this organization in any matter whatsoever, but the news is available for those of you who are interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest ESSA news..

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has been replaced by the ESSA, but there are still provisions within the ESSA that still contain elements of NCLB as well as information on the transitional phases. Click Here to view the PDF file.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


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