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PRESS RELEASE

July 03, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year Television Special to Air Statewide

TALLAHASSEE – “Teacher Talk: An Inside Look at Florida Education,” a Department of Education produced monthly television show focusing on Florida teachers and their innovations, is highlighting the Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year Program in a one-hour special airing now and through the middle of July on the Florida Education Channel, Florida Knowledge Network and Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) throughout the state. This episode focuses on the history of the program, the Department of Education’s partnership with Macy’s and the many ways in which Florida recognizes outstanding teachers across the state.

“The Teacher of the Year program recognizes teaching excellence in Florida and I’m thrilled that this special episode of ‘Teacher Talk’ will be broadcast to viewers across the state,” said Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg. “It is important for the citizens of Florida to see first-hand the hard work and dedication our teachers demonstrate in their pursuit of a brighter future for the children they teach.”

This one-hour special episode of “Teacher Talk: An Inside Look at Florida Education” features:

  • An interview with K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke
  • An interview with current 2007 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year Conney Dahn
  • A look back at the 2007 finalists and celebration
  • Profiles of all 2008 Florida Teacher of the Year finalists
  • Interviews with the 2008 Florida Teacher of the Year finalists
  • A special message from Commissioner Blomberg

Produced in partnership with the Florida Education Channel and WFSU, “Teacher Talk” will air several times each week throughout June and July. 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 Instructional TV (ITV), is also airing and distributing the program to the 13 regional PBS channels in Florida.

For broadcast schedules and online viewing, visit the Florida Education Channel at http://www.fec.tv/week.asp?ID=6/14/2007&Zone=Eastern, the Florida Knowledge Network at http://www.floridaknowledgenetwork.org/, or PBS at http://www.pbs.org/tvschedules/. 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/TV.

The Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year is chosen from more than 180,000 public school teachers by a selection committee comprised of teachers, principals, parents, and the business community. Florida's top educator is selected on the basis of their outstanding ability to teach and communicate knowledge of the subject taught, professional development, philosophy of teaching, and exceptional school and community service. The winner must also show a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

The 2008 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year will be announced on July 12, 2007, at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando Resort.