We seek to build a team dedicated to the goal of dramatically improving student achievement, grounded in the belief that children from all backgrounds can succeed when given the opportunities they deserve, and committed to the core values of our department.
To apply for any of our current executive service openings (listed below), please submit your resume and cover letter to Education.Careers@tn.gov. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for. Thank you for your interest!
The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) seeks a Director of Special Projects to provide high level support to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner. This individual is an experienced leader who brings demonstrated management experience and a commitment to education reform in the state of Tennessee. This person will be responsible for communicating and collaborating across TDOE divisions, specifically the divisions in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner (Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Special Populations, and the Office of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring) to enhance and support current initiatives and identify new programs and best practices that will advance team goals.
The Director of Special Projects will support the Office of the Deputy Commissioner by leading and managing various operational and administrative projects. The role encompasses responsibility across a range of domains including research, data collection, finance, communications, logistics, website support, project management and leadership development. The Special Projects Director must be able to manage multiple tasks and pivot between multiple responsibilities while working across diverse teams.
- Design, execute and provide logistical support for state programs and trainings overseen by the Deputy Commissioner.
- Lead and/or coordinate work initiatives with other divisions and offices within the Department of Education as appropriate.
- Provide strategic support to members of the Department Leadership team.
- Assist with the development of leadership development material and training.
- Collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders.
- Assist with the post-secondary work with the Division of Career and Technical Education.
- Assist with the high school strategy initiative.
- Demonstrated leadership ability.
- Strong organization skills, project management experience and a track record of achieving milestones.
- Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
- Able to build strong internal and external relationships.
- The capacity to leverage internal and external networks, to engage in team problem solving.
- Experience in writing and delivering high-impact presentations and training modules.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters multiple stakeholders in a concise manner.
- Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated strategic thinking and analytical skills.
- Exhibit exceptional judgment, strong initiative, and a quick learner.
- Deeply interested and engaged in discussions around education reform and social policy.
To apply email your cover letter and resume to Rasheeda Washington. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for (Director of Special Projects).
Administration of grant funded extended learning programs
- Administer federal and unclaimed lottery funds (21st Century Community Learning Centers and Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs).
- Administer competitive grant process:
- Develop RFP for competitive grants,
- Schedule/facilitate technical assistance workshops,
- Oversee review process – including contracting and training reviewers
- Preparation and maintenance of agency contracts – including budget and program revisions.
Supervision of program compliance and evaluation
- Organize and prepare local, state and federal reporting including Resource Mapping project
- Maintain accurate records
- Interpret and enforce program-related policies, procedures and guidelines – including ESEA regulations, TCA mandates and state board rules
- Facilitate administration of data collection/evaluation project (UT SWORPS)
- Address legislative/policy issues:
- Bill analysis/fiscal notes
- Strategic Plan information
- Occasional legislative committee or state board items
Facilitation of training and professional development
- Plan/facilitate grantee training – including local, regional and/or state events
- Plan/facilitate program specific conferences – including new extended learning strand at Special Ed conference and 21st CCLC multi-state conference (KY, Ohio, TN, West VA)
- Attend required federal meetings and conferences as needed
- Attend and/or present at local, state and/or national meetings/conferences as needed
Establishment of Communication and Collaborations
- Supervise and organize website for Center of Extended Learning to include competition information, training and evaluation information and dissemination of best practice information
- Plan and facilitate Extended Learning Advisory Committee meetings
- Establish relationships with other agencies and serve as TDOE committee representative – includes Operation Military Kids, United Way of TN Education Committee, Volunteer TN major grant partner
- Maintain open communication with LEAs, CBOs, FBOs as well as agency administrators, legislative officials, governor’s staff and the general public
Other responsibilities as assigned
- General human resources tasks – including supervision of personnel, performance evaluation and travel approval
- Administration of Boys & Girls Clubs Marriage License Fee appropriation
- Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director
- Master’s degree in related field (i.e. education, administration)
- 3-5 years’ experience in related field with 2 plus years program management experience
- Knowledge of Extended Learning programs
- Expertise in data collection and interpretation
- Strong organizational and management skills with demonstrated experience in leadership and team building
- Demonstrated success working with school districts, faith based and community organizations in a leadership and professional development capacity
- Demonstrated success collaborating with external agencies on the implementation of program and professional development initiatives
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Demonstrates ability to communicates effectively both in writing and orally, including documentation, recordkeeping and correspondence
- Ability to work independently, multi-task and prioritize work, and meet multiple deadlines
- Ability to work as part of a team and motivate others to meet goals
- Experience in developing, implementing, and/or evaluating comprehensive strategies in the area of Extended Learning
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Pat Conner.
The Deputy Director of Data Quality will be part of a six member team, and will report to the Executive Director, serving as a trusted thought-partner on strategic matters regarding the Data Quality team, including current and future direction and management. In conjunction with the Executive Director of Data Quality, this individual will fulfill a key role in the development and implementation of a long-term data quality strategy.
The Deputy Director of Data Quality must have the technical skills necessary to understand database structures, business rules validation and processes from several different business areas. He / she must have strong written and verbal communication skills to present findings and recommendations, be able to work in teams and manage time and projects. He/she also should be detail-oriented, have good problem solving and research skills. Moreover, he/she should be able to work independently and possess strong customer service skills.
- In conjunction with the Executive Director of Data Quality, assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an organizational wide, data governance committee to ensure compliance with federal reporting, external regulatory, and accreditation requirements.
- Assists in the development of data security procedures necessary to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility, availability, and quality of the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) data.
- Resolves concerns and conflicts of the Data Stewards Committee and forwards issues that could not be resolved to the Executive Director of Data Quality for further action, particularly those issues that would entail changes or updates to agency policies.
- Works with Federal Reports Coordinator, and identifies training needs for data stewards to decrease the number of data quality issues found with submitted EDFacts / CSPR files.
- In conjunction with the Federal Reports Coordinator, develops a department wide business rules document and data dictionary to ensure common definitions are used across various systems, business units, and federal reports.
- Communicates quality metrics, issues and resolution to LEAs and State level staff on data quality issues and concerns that arise during the collection of data used for federal reporting.
- Develops a State handbook – including training materials – for implementing data quality processes for federal reporting.
- Serves as a data expert on business rules and data sources used for federal reporting.
- Understands business problems and proactively offer technical solutions, using traditional and emerging concepts and technologies.
- Recommends methods to strengthen data integrity, quality and availability of information for data users, while tying back to department-wide expectations.
- Communicate changes and progress on all data quality projects to the Executive Director of Data Quality.
- Manages individual work load and work effectively on multiple assignments, activities, or projects in a fast pace changing environment.
- In the absence of the Executive Director of Data Quality, functions as the supervisor for the Data Quality team.
- Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in Information Technology, Business, Education, or a related field, and five (5) years of progressively more responsible work where the primary aspects of employment were related to leadership, project management and training.
The candidate must also have a high degree of proficiency in the following:
- Ability to effectively convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences – externally to technical and non-technical audiences at various levels (e.g., partners, states, federal government), and internally in management situations – both orally and in writing.
- A firm grasp of data security, including legal requirements and procedures necessary to comply with laws related to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility, availability, and quality of TDOE data.
- The use of correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation to create, edit and revise technical computer documentation for an academic or business audience
- Organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage highly complex and/or critical data issues.
- Ability to establish and build close working relationships to regularly interact with a variety of staff positions.
- Verbal communications skills (good interpersonal skill, presentation skills, able to consult, liaise and negotiate)
- Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and demonstrate attention to detail.
- Willingness to learn new software applications and data quality processes.
- Intermediate to strong SQL skills to support ad hoc business inquiries in Microsoft or an Oracle environment.
- Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Excel.
- Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Word.
- Must be able to lead projects with minimal supervision.
- Willingness to learn how data systems fit into the larger education policy context.
To apply, please email Karen Daniels, executive director of data quality and integrity, at Karen.Daniels@tn.gov.
The Accountability Policy Analyst will report to the Director of Research and Policy and serve as the primary analyst for the department’s implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver. The Accountability Policy Analyst will analyze state, school district, and school performance to determine success under the waiver. In addition, the Analyst will spearhead the transition to and development of a new school and district accountability model to use across the state test transition in 2015-16. The Analyst will also work on a variety of other research projects with the Research and Policy team. Given the national importance of Tennessee’s education reform and the high priority placed on data and accountability within the department, this position is of extreme importance not just to the division of Data and Communications but also to education reform more broadly.
- Analyze student achievement, school and district data to assist department leadership in determining success under the waiver
- Ensure that statistical analyses and data are presented internally and externally in an easily consumable and actionable format
- Prepare a variety of narratives, statistical reports and policy recommendations related to the implementation of the waiver
- Work with information technology and assessment staff to ensure data collection, storage and usage that supports program needs and emphasizes accuracy, cleanliness, and efficiency
- Maintain a knowledge base of the various data sources available within the department and specific supported divisions necessary to answer broad research questions on the core functions
- Work with the Director of Research and Policy and Assistant Commissioner of Data and Communications to manage all projects related to waiver implementation including setting of district targets, determinations of school and district success, and data collection for the state Report Card
- Conduct other analysis with the Research and Policy team as appropriate
- Participate in strategy sessions, planning, and overall projects with the Research and Policy team
The ideal candidate will have:
- Master’s degree preferred, ideally in Policy, Education, Measurement and Statistics, Mathematics, or a related field
- Ability to perform a variety of activities involved in the research, collection, organization, analysis, processing, interpretation and reporting of academic and operational data
- Knowledge of statistical software including Excel and STATA and data collection information systems; conceptual and theoretical knowledge of statistical and mathematical techniques
- Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
- Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences
- Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative; strong project management skills
- Previous experience with accountability or assessment data, while not required, will be very useful
To apply, please e-mail a cover letter describing your interest in this position and resume to Nate Schwartz (Nate.Schwartz@tn.gov). While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.
The director of large district support within the division of district support is charged with engaging, supporting and building the capacity of the eight largest school districts in Tennessee to enable them to meet and exceed their goals for student achievement and gap closure. The director of large district support will work as a liaison between Tennessee's largest districts and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) through communication, alignment and support. The director will work with district leaders to identify large districts' needs and provide targeted differentiated support.
- Supporting and influencing large districts in effective implementation of Tennessee Department of Education key academic initiatives to meet overall student achievement and gap closure goals
- Facilitating a clear understanding of department initiatives by aligning and ensuring all relevant TDOE communications reach district stakeholders in large districts, and providing responsive and timely communication to address their inquiries
- Collaborating closely with the TDOE's centers of regional excellence, divisions of data and research, teachers and leaders, curriculum and instruction, special populations, career and technical education and others to ensure aligned support for large districts
- Providing coordination of resources and customized district support for the lowest performing schools within large districts
- Customizing and providing professional development for large districts through collaboration and coordination with TDOE division partners
- Analyzing, collecting, compiling and interpreting multiple data points to inform large districts and identifying resources and connections to others to ensure growth in areas of need
- Working closely with large districts to develop systems to measure the impact and depth of implementation of key initiatives for success and sustainability
- Organizing, coordinating and managing a semiannual forum for large districts to network, share resources, and learn national best practices
- Facilitating district matching among large districts within Tennessee and potentially like districts out of state to improve practices that positively impact student outcomes
- Creating networks to initiate and ensure effective implementation of collaborative structures across large districts for superintendents, data analysts, administrators and supervisors that will advance student learning
- Demonstrated record of raising student achievement results in a large district
- Experience in large district leadership
- Strong background with student data and analysis
- Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
- Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work
- Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external partners
- Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions
- Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles
- Makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens effectively, clarifies information as needed
- Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations
- Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience
The director of large district support will report to the Chief District Support Officer. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Meghan Curran.
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
The operations manager within the division of district support is charged with working with the Chief Operating Officer to support high quality execution and operations across the Tennessee Department of Education’s (TDOE) district support team, and specifically the eight Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE) across the state. The operations manager will be responsible for developing and executing systems and processes, organizing logistics, managing communications, and providing budget and procurement support across all district support divisions.
- Coordinating and organizing district support meetings including: scheduling, agenda development, logistics, securing meeting space, materials, confirming attendees, taking notes, and tracking next steps through completion
- Coordinating internal team communications and review processes to produce consistently accurate, high-quality communication
- Responding to regional office inquiries with accurate and timely answers
- Coordinating and organizing the district support division’s annual performance review process, ensuring on-time completion across all CORE offices
- Establishing and managing a district support master calendar
- Coordinating and monitoring attendance, participation, note taking, and follow up for department partner content calls
- Managing communication and accountability of weekly team action items
- Managing the district support website
- Overseeing procurement processes and contracts for the district support division
- Coordinating and managing monthly time and effort record completion for all CORE office staff
- Tracking and managing district support division budgets
- Coordinating hiring and on-boarding logistics for new staff members
- Overseeing recognition programs for regional offices
- Coordinating and collecting data on cross-CORE functions working with regional project managers, for example securing regional sites for department professional development, and regional survey responses
- Collaborating with the senior district support team to ensure high quality systems and processes are in place across the division
- Providing other operational support to the division of district support as requested.
- Experience with project management, including establishment of goals, benchmarks and deadlines to ensure successful project completion
- Ability to take initiative and be proactive in solving problems, and to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects at the same time
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
- Meticulous attention to detail and exceptional organization
The operations manager will report to the chief operating officer for district support. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Meghan Curran.
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Teachers and Leaders is accepting applications for a contracted data and grant manager for the Educator Talent team.
The data and grant manager is charged with developing and maintaining systems to ensure timely analysis and reporting of program data. This person will be responsible for tracking expenditures and monitoring grant funding. The contractor will provide delivery of services to the state beginning August 2014 through July 2015, at minimum, and must be based in our Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.
- Ensuring successful completion of the Annual Performance Reports (APRs) for Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants and other reporting needs, creating a timeline and systems to manage the data collection process
- Provide logistical and administrative support integral to efficient grant management
- Developing both internal and external reports communicating strategic compensation implementation progress
- Creating systems to ensure successful tracking of LEA expenditures of grant funds and managing that system to track and develop reports on expenditures
- Providing research and data analysis as requested on best practices in human capital management as they relate to strategic compensation
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics
- Strong analytical and writing skills with strong attention to detail
- Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to manage towards ambitious timelines
- A self-starter mindset; demonstrating initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently
- Experience in financial modeling, budgeting and performance monitoring is preferred
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders
To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this position and a resume to Laura Encalade. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.
The TDOE and the Institute for Learning (University of Pittsburgh) are seeking instructional coaches interested in joining a two-year cohort to study and improve mathematics instructional coaching in Tennessee.
Commitment & Responsibilities
The selected coaches must be available for the following commitments:
- Attend three 2-day network meetings in Nashville per year in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The meetings in year one will be held on the following dates: (1) Oct. 10 & 11, 2014; (2) Dec. 5 & 6, 2014; and (3) March 6 & 7, 2015. Meeting dates for 2015-16 are yet to be determined;
- Participate in monthly conference calls;
- Document all coaching activity using a web-based Coaching Log and a mini-iPad (provided by the project) and periodically engage in short surveys and/or interviews;
- Select and work with two math teachers for intensive study and commit to collect data about their practice including:
- At least 1 audiotape of a coaching session per focal teacher (2 audio-taped coaching sessions) for each of the 3 continuous improvement cycles each year,
- At least 1 video of classroom instruction per focal teacher (2 video segments of instruction) for each of the 3 continuous improvement cycles each year,
- At least 1 task and 5 pieces of de-identified student work from each teacher (2 tasks and 10 artifacts of student work) for each of the 3 continuous improvement cycles each year;
- Engage as a partner in the continuous improvement of an instructional coaching model by engaging in reflective practice and generating ways to improve or augment the coaching model for use in their specific local context.
Benefits to Coaches for Participation
- In depth training and ongoing support from IFL fellows and a statewide network of other Tennessee math instruction coaches;
- Annual stipend of $3,000 (in addition, travel for the project will be reimbursable);
- Receive an iPad mini (to be used for data collection/documentation) and keep it at the end of the project.
Interested educators will need to complete an online application by Aug. 20. The list below outlines the steps of the application process:
- Candidates review the Commitment and Responsibilities above and determine eligibility. To qualify for the role you must be able to fulfill all of the commitments listed. If you can meet all of the requirements then proceed to the online application.
- Complete the online application. The online application includes a demographic form and several open response questions, which should be uploaded as a single PDF. Complete applications must be submitted by Aug. 20.
- Your application will be reviewed by a selection team from the IFL & TDOE and you may (or may not) be selected for an interview. You will be notified by Aug. 29.
- Interview materials will be sent to you for the 20 minute phone or Skype interview. These interviews will be scheduled before Sept. 16.
- You will be notified of your acceptance (or non-acceptance) by Sept. 17.
If you have questions about the role or the application process, please contact TNCore.Trainings@tn.gov.
The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is accepting applications for contracted social studies consultants. We are seeking two individuals focused on World History and Geography and two individuals focused on U.S. History and Geography.
The social studies content consultants are charged with coordinating the content components of the transition to more rigorous social studies standards.
- Complete item review for social studies TCAP items grades 3-8, U.S. History, and/or any additional assessments or assessment resources.
- Review special course code applications and approve or deny each application on a rolling basis as they are submitted by local education agencies (LEAs).
- Review textbook substitutions for alignment with the standards and factual accuracy.
- Represent the state with social studies organizations across the state.
- Answer questions related to K-12 social studies.
- Advise on training structure and content, including the agendas for state-wide and local trainings.
- Complete any legislative analysis.
- Support continuous improvement of social studies instructional materials.
- A track record of dramatically improving student achievement results in social studies as a teacher and/or leader.
- A master’s degree in a social studies field.
- Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.
- Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators and other stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner.
- Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
- Strong organization skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time.
The work of this position is designed to be part-time and can be completed alongside full time responsibilities as a teacher or education leader. Consultants should be prepared to work approximately 10-25 hours per month with the most involved work in October during the assessment item review season. In addition, consultants should be willing to take conference calls on short notice and willing to meet in Nashville occasionally as needed.
Consultants will be expected to track time worked and will be paid at a daily rate of $350 per day with a maximum potential for work of $8,500. In addition, consultants will be reimbursed for all related travel expenses.
The expected term of this contract is Sep. 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 with the potential for a one year extension.
All interested applicants please send a resume and letter of intent to Monty Wilson, deputy director of content and resources, James.M.Wilson@tn.gov by 5 p.m. CST on July 14, 2014.
The letter of intent should not be longer than two pages, typed, double-spaced and should include:
- Why you are interested in being a state level social studies consultant.
- What evidence you have of student growth from your teaching or supervision experience.
- A description of any leadership roles you have fulfilled outside your district.
Please direct any questions to James.M.Wilson@tn.gov.
The Division of Career and Technical Education seeks two 2014 STEM Fellows to support the implementation of the initial phases of the TDOE’s STEM Strategic Vision and Core Priorities. This opportunity will allow fellows to engage closely with the Tennessee STEM Leadership Council, which is composed of leaders in STEM-related education and industry areas and which will convene for the first time this summer.
The 2014 STEM Fellows will report directly to the TDOE STEM Consultant and will work with a variety of partners within and outside of the department. Fellows will work closely to plan and coordinate logistics for Tennessee’s STEM Leadership Council meetings, action steps, and initiatives.
The 2014 STEM Fellowship will occur for 8-12 weeks beginning in May, and fellows will receive a competitive stipend. Selected applicants should have experience in event logistics or managing multiple projects. Applicants with a background in STEM (industry or education) are preferred, but not required.
- Coordinate STEM Leadership Council and STEM Industry Advisory Council materials, including tracking inventory, printing, and distribution and/or shipment of materials.
- Manage logistics for STEM-related meeting, including venue and stakeholder communications and management of internal processes
- Coordinate operations needs between multiple partners and stakeholders within and outside TDOE.
- Provide administrative support to the STEM Leadership Council.
- Detail oriented and comfortable with a variety of computer programs (Excel experience required, other event management software experience preferred).
- A track record of successful planning and executing multiple projects and/or initiatives in an environment with various and conflicting interests. Demonstrated organizational skill to track deadlines and achieve milestones over time.
- Strong communication skills and a demonstrated customer service orientation. Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion.
- Experience working with diverse teams successfully, as well as working independently with minimal supervision.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Melissa Canney at Melissa.Canney@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
The psychiatrist is charged with providing psychiatric assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and medication management for referred students. This person will be responsible for supporting deaf students challenged with mental health needs in reaching their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. The psychiatrist will work with a group of nurses and educators at the Tennessee School for the Deaf to ensure understanding of the expectations for the students served and provide the resources to support these select students in reaching their academic goals.
The psychiatrist will be an independent contractor with the state and work with a variety of staff members, nurses, psychologists and educators at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.
- Evaluate and make diagnostic assessments for students referred due to psychiatric/mental health needs.
- Confer with parents, nursing staff, teachers and other staff to coordinate services for referred students.
- Be available for ongoing or necessary consultation between visits to the Tennessee School for the Deaf.
- Provide ongoing medication management for referred students.
- Consult with other contractual employees of the Tennessee School for the Deaf, such as psychotherapists and pediatric/adolescent neurologists.
- Board Certified Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatrist
- Understanding of the unique needs of the deaf and hard of hearing population
- Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with the referred students, educators and other stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner
- Strong organization skills and track record of managing client files and medication management for a diverse population
- Proficient in American Sign Language
This position is located in Knoxville, TN. Salary for this position is $2,000.00 per day.
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist).
Equal Opportunity Employer
Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the department of education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.