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Monday, September 20, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Seeks Volunteers for Race to the Top Efforts

~ Volunteers will participate in statewide reform activities designed to benefit all school districts ~

TALLAHASSSEE – The Florida Department of Education is issuing a call for volunteers to assist in the state’s groundbreaking Race to the Top education reform effort. Floridians of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for a position on one of eight state implementation committees responsible for organizing and executing the state’s work as outlined in the grant application. Through Race to the Top, Florida will receive $700 million with 50 percent of the award going directly to participating school districts and 50 percent benefiting all districts statewide. The volunteers being sought will use their expertise to assist with statewide projects.

“Race to the Top is an incredible opportunity for Floridians from all walks of life to become engaged in their education system like never before,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Through state and local Race to the Top activities, educators, principals, parents and stakeholders will not only participate in, but lead this important work, helping to establish the course of education reform here in Florida for years to come.”

The eight statewide implementation committees will focus on activities that benefit every school district across the state. Examples of implementation committee activities include developing an instructional support tool for use by all Florida educators, researching and developing a system by which all school districts can measure growth in student performance fairly and accurately, and establishing a single online portal to connect educator resources across the state.

The call for volunteers will be open through Friday, October 1. The committees will incorporate geographic and professional diversity. If you are a teacher, administrator, district staff, union representative, parent, postsecondary faculty, or have an interest in education, you are encouraged to submit your request to serve on a committee.

Specific committees will require technical expertise such as those focused on information technology resources. Volunteers interested in a committee that requires technical expertise will be asked to verify specific skills. To learn more about each committee’s scope, membership, and anticipated kick-off timeline visit the Department’s Race to the Top website at http://www.fldoe.org/committees/rttt-committees.asp.