U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, S. W, Washington, D. C. 20202
Telephone: 1-800-8725327 Email: CustomerService@inet.ed.gov
The Departments purpose and role in the Federal government: establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most Federal assistance to education. Its mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the Nation.
A summary statement of the Departments purpose mission and role in the Federal government along with its "Our National Education Goals" (updated: two more goals have been added to the original six) is in the initial "The Education Organization Act".
This Cabinet-level department was established on May 4, 1980 (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979).
The following material was condensed and edited from of the Department of Educations Web site--with added content to further inform visitors to the Federal Gateway site.
Welcome - ED states national goals, customer service standards, mission, copyright policy, etc.
Secretarys Initiatives this section gives you a comprehensive presentation of the Departments major initiative.
Programs and Services is an organization directory of major program themes.
Directories and Guides education, teacher, students, and parents topics.
Topics from A to Z extensive subject search utility.
News - ED updates the budget, legislative, and other happenings as they develop at ED.
Education Headlines resume of current happenings.
Current Awareness Program - Public Schools of North Carolina updates of over 200 current education and technology topics of interest to educators.
Newsletters - ED topics include research syntheses, reports and studies about research and practice, statistics, resource directories, guides to the Department, and a database of ED publications.
Education Statistics - GPO Access draws on the National Center for Education Statistics, National Science Foundation, Government Information Sharing Project, and the National Forum on Education Statistics.
The United States of America - USIA American History educational site.
Scholarly Resources - Scout Select Bookmarks comprehensive, high quality academic coverage.
Parents Guide to the Internet an educational piece on the Web.
Career Education - GPO career/vocational programs.
Programs and Services policy responsibilities that define EDs services.
ED Job Vacancies online vacancies.
U.S. Consumer Gateway extensive consumer information.
Other On-Line Educational Resources covers ED-funded Internet resources, state agencies, etc.
Office of Postsecondary Education includes financial and other assistance.
Womens Education Equity Act Program promotes educational equality for women.
National Assembly - ED this group focuses on youth and careers--lists many summer and year-round internships.
Career Education - GPO Access career/vocational education programs.
NASA's Education Program provides programs and materials for teachers and students from elementary to the university level.
NASA Observatorium Education suggests ideas and materials for teachers and students through its many programs and centers.
BRAINTRACK - University Index higher education institutions in over 150 countries.
Kids Web - Syracuse University covers art, sciences, social studies, reference materials, games, sports, digital libraries, etc.
Volcano World excellent learning adventure.
Getting Real for teens contemplating life after graduation- -shares real life experiences.
Virtual Frog Dissection excellent interactive educational adventure.
National Geographic solid multimedia journey with exploration interactions with authors.
Exploratorium presents interactive museum learning.
Why Files sends you (twice monthly) a new feature on science, engineering, everyday life, etc.
School District Data Book Profiles years covered 1989-1990.
School District Data Book extensive data on children, their households, etc.
American School Directory interactive gateway to 106,000 K-12 schools - leave a message to your classmates that may drop back.
Learning Page of the Library of Congress comes from the "American Memory Library" (history)---excellent!
Social Science Databases Available via MELVYL University of California gatherings that have great depth in coverage and topic areas like psychology, political policy, finance, sociology, etc.
Education Reference - Internet Public Library covers Adult, Alternative, K-12, Higher Education, and Vocational education.
Mathematics & NSA: A Long Term Partnership National Security Agency K-12 outreach program to promote mathematics and science education---NSA conducts a Mathematics Speakers Bureau, School Partnerships Programs, Excess Equipment Program, etc.
Students and Educators - NSF concerned with students of all ages---addresses science fellowships and student aid.
Teacher Resources - NSF concerns interactive question answering and partnering on scientific areas.
Ask Dr. Math answers to math questions.
Guide to Math and Science Reform involves K-12 students.
Special Note: See the Federal Gateway to the National Science Foundation site for further information about grants, fellowships, student aid, etc. concerning science education and research projects.
National Technical Information Service offers over 60 foreign language courses produced by the Department of State---includes 37 languages.
Spanish Language survey document.
ArtsEdge linking the arts and education through technology.
U.S. Department of Education Staff Organization introduces this Departments Management, Program Offices, and Staff Offices.
ED Regional Offices offers address, phone and FAX number listings plus the name of Secretarys Regional Representatives.
National Public School and School District Locator lists the address and other basic particulars,
The Department of Education supports (in part) the following federally Aided Corporations:
Used to Enhance Education
Office of Education Technology charged with bringing technology into the classroom.
Education Virtual Library lists education newsgroups and more.
Educause "transforming education through information technologies."
Education - Charles Sturt University covers online libraries and newsgroups---search the ED Virtual Library.
Libraries - GPO Access catalogs all the leading federal government related facilities in the United States.
Distance Education concerns online courses, resources, etc.
California Virtual University electronic course offerings via the Internet.
ED Technical Assistance shows how educational programs can support activities in Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities.
The Digital Classroom - NARA encourages the use of historical documents in the classroom.
Welcome to the Family Education Network U.S. resources in education.
Harnessing The Web tutorial shows K-12 teachers how to use the WWW in the classroom.
Title IV School Code Search code of schools you to receive your Application for Federal Student Aid---this document lists participating schools code.
Consumer Guide grant information on At-Risk Students.
Corporation For National Service bipartisan service volunteer organizations.
America Reads Challenge an opportunity to volunteer.
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources health subjects from the prevention aspect---free information from the University of Wisconsin.
Educational Statistics - FEDSTSAT also covers other federal communities.
Health Sciences Libraries Consortium details computer based learning.
Commonwealth of Education speaks to improving education.
Chronicle of Higher Education job openings and campus news.
Center for Media Education (CME) concerns quality of children's television.
ThinkQuest ages 12 to 19 - an award winning site.
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