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Monday, December 20, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Launches New Web Tool for Teachers

~ Teachers encouraged to visit www.fldoe.org/bii/fl-win to find literary teaching resources ~

Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction today launched a new website intended to help Florida’s K-12 teachers increase their students’ academic achievement in writing. The site, “FL WIN: Florida Language and Writing Initiative Network,” contains several mini lessons, rubrics and assessment resources, as well as links to state and national research and reports. Many lessons and site recommendations are linked to one or more grade-level Florida writing benchmarks, aligning them with the state’s curriculum standards.

“It is important that we do all we can to provide our teachers with resources that allow them to fill their classes with cutting-edge information,” said Florida Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “We hope the FL WIN site will offer this kind of support for our students’ continued literacy development.”

Interested teachers can use the new site to augment their writing instruction through various resources such as instructional mini-lessons, online writing lessons, professional development resources, and rubrics and assessments.

Additionally, reliable research in the teaching of writing has increased over 600 percent over the last 20 years. The information on the FL WIN site reflects much of this research, with special emphasis regarding the following concept: content and form – idea and style – are dual components of writing proficiency. Also embedded in these new resources is the idea that the teaching of writing incorporates the act of responding to reading and engaging in active research.

The DOE Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction includes the offices of Healthy Schools, Humanities, Instructional Materials, Library Media Services, and Mathematics & Science. Its mission is to provide leadership, coordination and technical assistance for implementing legislation, State Board of Education policy and rule, and Department initiatives pertaining to curriculum and instruction for Florida students and teachers. Services are provided for district and school staffs, parents and citizens, DOE staff, other state agencies, college faculty, and professional education associations. Its goal is for all Florida students to receive a high quality education that will prepare them to be active citizens, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners.

To utilize the FL WIN site, visit www.fldoe.org/bii/fl-win.