Commissioner Blomberg Congratulates "A"
and "B" Schools
I congratulate the educators, administrators, parents and students of our high performing schools for their hard work and dedication, Commissioner Blomberg said. As we focus on meeting the educational needs of our students, we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that all of our students are achieving to the best of their ability. I am confident that our schools will rise to the challenge of higher standards as we persist in improving Floridas schools.
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State Board of Education
Sets Minimum Kindergarten Readiness Rate for VPK Providers
Commissioner Blomberg Announces
Recipients of National Math And Science Partnership Grants
Through the Mathematics and Science Partnership grants, Florida has been given an opportunity to strengthen our focus on these subjects and create new and exciting teacher development initiatives, said Commissioner Blomberg. These grants, combined with the newly created Office of Mathematics and Science help to ensure the continuance of teaching excellence across the state.
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Collaboration of Six State Agencies To Develop
a Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Data Source
The interdepartmental workgroup is developing an Internet-based, county level profile of children in the Pre-K to high school age groups to make data related to the health and well-being of Floridas young people readily available to community leaders and the general public. The profile will provide information from cross-cutting areas such as youth risk behaviors, injuries and violence, social-emotional development, school and social environment, and access to care.
The data, which covers a span of 10 years, will be made available through the existing Department of Health Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set (CHARTS) Web site at www.FloridaCHARTS.com. This data will facilitate the efforts of communities and the general public as they strive to develop programs to serve the needs related to children and adolescents. The release of this exciting new profile will be available Fall 2007.
Governor Proclaims July 12 Summer Learning Day
Summer Learning Day is a time for communities to celebrate the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of young people and their families. Events in Florida and around the country will showcase summer programs and raise awareness about how summer programs send young people back to school ready to learn, support working families, and keep children safe and healthy.
For more information about Summer Learning Day,
visit the Florida Afterschool Network Web site at www.myfan.org.
Monarch Butterflies Into The Classroom
Thousands of Florida High School Students Register
for Advanced Placement Summer Camps
This is the first year the College Board Florida
Partnership and Department of Education have offered the Student Academic
Summer Camps and, since mid-June, 2,015 students have registered in the
60 locations across the state. Some camps will run for one week and others
for up to four weeks. Upon completion, students will be recognized by
their schools in an assembly set for the fall. To read more on the story,
Florida Department of Education/Macys Teacher
of The Year Television Special To Air Statewide
The one-hour special episode of Teacher Talk: An Inside Look at Florida Education features interviews with 2007 Florida Department of Education/Macys Teacher of the Year Conney Dahn, 2008 Teacher of the Year finalists, and K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke.
For broadcast schedules and online viewing, visit the Florida Education Channel at www.fec.tv/week.asp?ID=6/14/2007&Zone=Eastern, the Florida Knowledge Network at www.floridaknowledgenetwork.org, or PBS at www.pbs.org/tvschedules. For more information on Teacher Talk: An Inside Look at Florida Education, visit the Department of Educations Just for Teachers Web site at www.fldoe.org/JustForTeachers/TV.
The 2008 Florida Department of Education/Macys
Teacher of the Year will be announced on July 12, 2007, at the Hard Rock
Live at Universal Orlando Resort.
Largest Teach-In Ever Brings Teachers To Florida
The states one-stop job fair for teachers, the
Great Florida Teach-In, took place June 22 at the Tampa Convention Center.
The Teach-In has been held for more than 20 years and provides school
districts and charter schools across the state with an opportunity to
talk with, interview and, in some cases, offer contracts to prospective
teachers from all over the country.
2007 Florida Teacher of the Year Conney Dahn and other speakers were on hand to provide a first-hand glimpse of the teaching profession to the various attendees. A representative from the Office of Student Financial Assistance was also available to discuss the state's tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness programs that support teachers who wish to go into critical shortage teaching areas.
The Department of Education Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention hosts the Teach-In annually. The event was spearheaded by Dr. Ian Barker, Director of Recruitment, and was sponsored by Teachers-Teachers.com and The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.
Florida Leads the Nation in Helping Low-Income
and Minority College-Bound Students Access Financial Aid
Florida College Goal Sunday was held February 25th at 49 sites in urban and rural communities across the state to help college-bound students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form needed to receive state and federal grants and loans for college tuition. The Florida Department of Education (DOE) received a grant from the Lumina Foundation to launch the program two years ago.
In its pilot year, approximately 900 people attended events held at 20 sites across the state. This year the program attracted more than 4,600 people, including approximately 2,000 students who participated, to access millions of dollars available in financial aid.
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