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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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“Teacher Talk” Revived on Florida Knowledge Network

~ Television show highlights important education topics for practical use by teachers in the classroom ~

TALLAHASSEE – A television show designed to communicate with Florida teachers about innovative approaches to education returned to the airwaves yesterday on the Department of Education’s statewide Florida Knowledge Network. The Department of Education’s (DOE) Teacher Liaison, Kelly Seay, re-launched the “Teacher Talk” program with an episode focused on the benefits of using data in the classroom to maximize student learning and narrow achievement gaps among Florida students.

“Education in Florida is accelerating at a fast pace so it’s critical we provide as many avenues as possible to share information and updates,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “‘Teacher Talk’ will supply educators with comprehensive and timely information about important topics in education reform and will serve as a direct link between the Department of Education and teachers throughout the state.”

The first episode in the return of “Teacher Talk” featured the top 10 things teachers need to know about data-driven instruction and how they can utilize data to develop lesson plans that are tailored to individual student needs. During the show, teachers and education experts shared their knowledge on using data to bolster student success.

“My goal for each show is to bring practical information about top education issues straight to teachers in a format they can easily relate to,” said Seay. “Whether the discussion is about using digital tools in the classroom or learning more about Race to the Top initiatives, “Teacher Talk” is focused solely on teachers and the tools they need to foster student achievement.”

“Teacher Talk” will air monthly on the Florida Knowledge Network to provide relevant information on topics of greatest interest to teachers. Episodes will air the second Tuesday of every month and re-run as time slots are available. Upcoming episodes will focus on how teachers can provide input and be involved in Race to the Top, and will showcase available teacher resources found within various DOE program areas. Educators are encouraged to submit their ideas for future episodes to Seay at

“Teacher Talk” is also available on Florida iTunesU and on the Just for Teachers website at www.fldoe.org/justforteachers/.