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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Seeks Feedback on Educator Accomplished Practices

~ Final round of public comment on the state’s teaching standards will close Monday ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education reminds all education stakeholders that the public review and comment period for the newly revised Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) will close on Monday, October 18, at 5:00 p.m. Following the initial public comment period this summer, Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith appointed a group of exemplary teachers and administrators from Florida school districts and postsecondary institutions to the Department’s FEAPs Advisory Workgroup to make further revisions to the existing state standards. Their work is now available for review and comment.

“Our Accomplished Practices are the standards we set as a state for effective instruction and they’re vital in helping us improve all of our instructional efforts, including the programs that prepare new teachers,” said Commissioner Smith. “I’m extraordinarily pleased by the caliber and expertise of the individuals serving on this workgroup, and I’m confident their work will have a lasting, positive impact on the quality of education our students receive.”

Following the public comment period and required rule development workshops, the FEAPs will be presented to the Florida State Board of Education for review and approval. Upon approval, the FEAPs will be the core practices for teacher preparation institutions and for school district teacher appraisal systems under the state’s Race to the Top plan.

Educators tapped for the FEAPs Advisory Workgroup include former Teacher of the Year finalists and winners, members of the Commissioner’s Teacher Task Force, school administrators, district personnel, teachers’ union representatives and postsecondary faculty responsible for teacher preparation programs. These individuals provided expertise on a wide variety of concentrations and subject areas, as well as diverse viewpoints on what constitutes good instructional practice.

The FEAPs were established in 1998 through State Board of Education Rule and help to define Florida’s standard for accomplished practices. The FEAPs communicate to teachers, principals and parents the vision and standards for effective educational instruction within the state. For more information about the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and to view the workgroup members, visit www.fldoe.org/profdev/FEAPSRevisions/.