Education Timeline


Printing Press


Invented by Johannes Gutenberg, it's a hand press that rolled ink over paper. Made it possible to type in large quantities and mass book production.

Harvard College Established


First institution of higher education, named after John Harvard, the first donor of the college, donated books which helped improve literacy of Americans, and money.

First Lending Library


Started as a way to improve America's education, this allowed people to read books at the libraries and take them home to read them on their own time and were expected back when finished.

Braille Created


System of 6 raised dots that allows students who are partially blind or completely blind to be able to learn how to read and write.

Webster's Dictionary


A book with 70,000 words. Included with the words was the spelling, pronunciation, etymologies, and definitions.

Department of Education Created


Created to collect information on schools and teaching that would help the states establish effective school systems it's mission is carried out 2 ways: the secretary and department play a leadership role in improving the results of our education system, and the Department pursues goals of access and excellence.

Creation of Dewey Decimal System


A hierarchical system of organizing materials in a library. Provides a simple method to retrieve materials in a library and look at specific subject areas.

The Progressive Educational Movement


John Locke's idea that students are social beings and that schools should mimic society and be a place where students can be involved to progress outside of the classroom.

First Digital Computer Created


Originally called the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. It was the world's first large-scale electronic general purpose digital computer.

Brown v. Board of Education


U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court ruled unanimously that segregation in schools violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, that no state may deny equal protection of the laws to anyone.

Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat written


The book was written to make reading enjoyable for everyone, because reading is the most important way for people to learn.

First ACT Test Given


Done for college ready students, this was done to for the students to be placed and any indication that the proper academic preparation was received.

Title 1 of Elementary and Secondary Education Act


Passed as part of the "War on Poverty" and has the US Department of Education distribute funding to schools and school districts with a high percent of low income students.

Title IX


Protects individuals from being discriminated based on their sex. The most famous part of this is the addition of women's sports.

Children's Literature Association Conference


Non-Profit association dedicated to the academic subject of literature for children. The focus is to criticize, research, and inform about teaching children literacy.

American Language Program Founded


Private program for students to stay in their teachers' homes for intense English language instruction.

No Child Left Behind Act

2001 - 2002

An act of Congress that declared Title 1 reading to be an aid program for disadvantaged students. Focus was to improve performance of Elemetary and Secondary schools.

The Kindle


An eBook reader that allowed for reading to be done anywhere. Also allowed for downloading of books wherever and whenever.

Race to the Top


Announced by President Obama that schools who are leading the way in reform in the classrooms will be able to compete for grants to support reform and innovation in the classrooms.