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Press ReleaseMonday, July 20, 2009
DOE Press Office
Department of Education Honors Statewide Parent and Family Involvement Programs
~ Best practices for parental involvement recognized at conference ~
TARPON SPRINGS - The Florida Department of Education and the Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) recognized exemplary parent programs from throughout the state last week during the PTA’s annual Leadership Conference in Tarpon Springs. Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith was on hand to highlight the extraordinary efforts of PTA members and to focus on the shared mission of Florida’s parents and educators to prepare Florida’s next generation of leaders. The Parent Involvement Awards program offers an opportunity to recognize and share successful programs and best practices that can be implemented around the state.
“The success of our education system is reliant on the caring, thoughtful parents who continue to make our schools and their children’s education a top priority,” said Commissioner Smith. “This year’s winning programs showcase the creativity and passion we all have for the continued success of our students both in and out of the classroom.
The Parent Involvement Awards program recognizes various categories of family involvement including learning at home, parenting/nurturing, volunteering, community collaboration, communicating with the school, and policy making and advocacy. The Florida Department of Education, Florida PTA, and business sponsor Washington Mutual/Chase acknowledged these winning programs during Saturday’s luncheon and workshop.
Following are the 2009 Parent Involvement Award winners:
- Okaloosa County
Elliott Point Elementary School
Primary Reading Night
- Leon County
Belle Vue Middle School
Individual Progress Overview & Dialogue IPOD
Callahan Elementary School
Take the “Grueling” Out of Schooling: “F-R-I-G-H-T” Night!
A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology
The Randolph’s Women’s Group
Read-Pattillo Elementary school
Back to Basics
Space Coast Jr/Sr High School
Space Coast Academies: STEAM and ATEPS
“Si Se Puede Con Lectura” ESOL Nights
John Quincy Adams Middle School
Extreme Read Warrior Style
Palm Beach County
Wynnebrook Elementary School
FCAT Night at Publix
Miami Dade County
Carol City Middle School
Monthly Family Reading Nights with a Twist
Florida PTA is the largest statewide volunteer organization working exclusively on behalf of children and youth. Founded in 1921 as a branch of the six million member National PTA, Florida PTA is made up of 1,341 local units with more than 361,807 Florida members seeking to unite home, school and community for all children. For more information about the Florida PTA, visit www.floridapta.org. For more information about the Florida Department of Education visit www.fldoe.org