Shout Out to Fritzwire

I was introduced to this great free service called Fritzwire. It has saved my life. It sends me an email everyday informing me of upcoming news and events specific to the education world. If you are looking for jobs in the DC area, and sometimes even in other regions, you should think about subscribing. Join the mailing list.

Side Note: I had the opportunity of volunteering with Utah Scholars, which prepares and motivates students to continue educational pursuits beyond high school graduation.

Background: The work of Utah Scholars was developed under a grant from the Department of Education, and was created to support the State Scholar Initiative (SSI), a national program developed to help students better prepare for success in post secondary education, training and future careers. My direct involvement included giving presentations to middle school students about the importance of higher education.

This is my point: Frtizwire put out this pretty awesome release touting how President Obama will reward schools/students that have implemented or are planning on implementing programs about the importance of preparing children for college. Here is the announcement:

NEW: The White House has opened applications to the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Students from public high schools across the country are invited to demonstrate how their school prepares them for college and a career by going to www.whitehouse.gov/commencement and submit an application. The winning school will host President Obama as their 2011 commencement speaker.

“I’m looking for the school that’s doing the best job of preparing students for college and careers,” said President Obama. “The winning school will understand that their number one priority is making sure that our kids are learning what they need to succeed in this 21st century economy.”

“Success happens in schools across the country every day,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Commencement Challenge is an extraordinary opportunity for students to share their school’s story and be rewarded for their commitment to preparing for college and careers.”

The White House once again partnered with Viacom and the Get Schooled Foundation to launch this year’s Commencement Challenge.  In a video http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement launching the challenge, Simon Boehme, the salutatorian from last year’s winning school – Kalamazoo Central High – and current freshman at the University of Michigan, came to the White House to discuss the Commencement Challenge with President Obama.

The application includes essay questions and statistical information that illustrate how schools are promoting college and career readiness for all students while establishing a culture of student success and academic excellence.  Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 25th at 11:59 pm EST. More information, including the launch video, can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/commencement.

This year, the President has renewed the challenge, calling on high schools to share effective strategies on how they are preparing their students to win the future and achieve the goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.