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PRESS RELEASE

February 6, 2007

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Department Of Education Launches Television Program For Teachers And Parents
~Monthly series is devoted to public education in Florida~

TALLAHASSEE – The Department of Education today announced the debut of a new monthly television show called “Teacher Talk: An Inside Look at Florida Education,” which airs for the first time on the Florida Education Channel this Wednesday, February 8, at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Hosted by the Department’s Teacher Liaison, Nicole Flesvig, the show focuses on Florida teachers and their innovations both in and out of the classroom. In addition, the show features discussions on hot topics in education, information on legislative changes impacting the K-12 education system and will highlight educational resources available to teachers, parents, and students.

“As a Florida teacher with 13 years of experience, I can attest to the value of sharing best practices with fellow teachers and our students’ parents, their first teachers,” said Flesvig. “Through this television program, I want to recognize my colleagues in the classroom for the excellent work they do each day and provide parents with a resource that will enable to them to help their child get the most out of their public school experience.”

February’s program will feature Betty James, a Gadsden County reading coach who has recently authored her first children’s book. Additionally, Gadsden County Superintendent Reginald James joined Flesvig to discuss his experiences as an educator and his district school improvement plan, which has lead to rising student achievement in his county.

Produced in partnership with the Florida Education Channel, “Teacher Talk: An Inside Look at Florida Education” will air several times each week throughout the month. The Florida Education Channel is available via the Internet and on the DISH Network, channel 9418. The Florida Knowledge Network, available on Comcast Digital Cable and via district ITV, will also air the program.

For broadcast schedule and online viewing, visit the Florida Education Channel at http://www.fec.tv/details.asp?ID=2971 or the Florida Knowledge Network at http://www.floridaknowledgenetwork.org/Schedule.htm. For more information on “Teacher Talk: An Inside Look at Florida Education,” visit the Department of Education’s “Just for Teachers” website at http://www.fldoe.org/JustForTeachers/.