Back To School
With summer vacation drawing to a close, millions of children and teens will be going back to school in the coming weeks. While your children are organizing their notebooks and book bags, the nation's teachers are readying their lesson plans and reading lists for another year of classes. Each year, more than 3.5 million elementary and secondary schoolteachers devote their time and energy to educate America's young people. For these dedicated professionals, teaching is a challenging and rewarding career. Every day, teachers are in the position to make a difference in the lives of their students, and through their students, have the power to help shape the future of our country. With the beginning of the school year upon us, GovBenefits.gov is highlighting a few of the benefit programs available for teachers.

  • Early Childhood Educator Professional Development
    The Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program provides high-quality professional development to improve the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators who work in urban or rural high-poverty communities, and who serve primarily children from low-income families. This professional development must primarily provide training that will improve early childhood teaching strategy and will further children's language and literacy skills to prevent them from encountering reading difficulties when they enter school. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=905

  • Frieda J. Riley Teacher Award
    This program's purpose is to identify and reward a living American teacher who "has overcome tremendous adversity, or made an enormous sacrifice in order to positively impact students." This recognition and $10,000 award will be presented to a teacher who is "working with a physical disability; is dealing with an especially challenging educational environment, or has performed a heroic act for his/her students." For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=673

  • Education Exchange-Teaching Excellence Awards Program
    Provides outstanding teachers with training in the teaching of English and American studies in 10 Eurasian countries. Also, supports educational reform in Eurasia as well as engages outstanding American teachers in a dialogue with Eurasian teachers. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=717

  • Teacher Next Door Home Sales Program
    The program provides homeownership opportunities to teachers and administrators in HUD revitalization areas by offering qualified purchasers a 50% discount off the list price of home available through the program from HUDs inventory. The teacher or administrator must agree to occupy (live in) the home for three years. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=530