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Monday, June 17, 2013

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Teachers Use Summer Break to Hone Common Core Skills

~ Florida teachers are learning tips to better implement Common Core State Standards ~

Tallahassee, Fla., June 17, 2013 - Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are taking center stage this summer as teachers head into the classroom to learn how to better enhance learning opportunities to support student success. Seven, two-day institutes are being held at high schools across the state to train lead teachers and administrators, who will then share the information with the rest of their districts.

"The Common Core State Standards will help ensure Florida's students are well prepared to compete for jobs and college admissions in today's global marketplace," said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. "Through the Common Core Summer Institutes, Florida's teachers are engaging in meaningful professional development over the summer in order to successfully implement a more rigorous set of academic standards. I can't thank them enough for their dedication and hard work on behalf of their students."

Educators will have the chance to participate in many hands-on learning opportunities to better understand the more rigorous standards demanded by Common Core. Teachers will be asked to create and modify lessons specific to their content area and aligned to the CCSS. Participants will also be asked to identify proven strategies to help all students achieve success, including those with disabilities, English-language learners and those identified as gifted.

The Common Core State Standards put a focus on using innovative technology in the classroom. During the CCSS Summer Institute, teachers will be asked to demonstrate how they can incorporate opportunities for students to utilize technology as a tool for learning. Participants will also be given the opportunity to share their ideas so they can learn from one another how to best serve students throughout this transition.

Below is a list of dates and locations the CCSS Summer Institutes are being held.

Date Location Host District
June 18-19 Gulf Breeze High School Santa Rosa
June 25-26 Boca Ciega High School Pinellas
June 27-28 Boca Ciega High School Pinellas
July 16-17 Santaluces High School Palm Beach
July 18-19 Santaluces High School Palm Beach
July 23-24 Atlantic Coast High School (elementary session only)
First Coast High School
July 25-26 First Coast High School Duval

Media are invited to visit the institutes in their areas of the state to talk with participants and instructors. It is important to note there will be no opening session; teachers will work in small groups to begin their training. Deputy Chancellor for Curriculum, Instruction and Student Services Mary Jane Tappen with the Florida Department of Education will be onsite at each institute to assist reporters and arrange interviews. She can be reached during any institute at 850-443-7726.