July 8, 2011
Vol. 5, Issue 14
2012 Teacher of the Year Named
Following an evening of celebration, fun and the recognition of Florida's leading teachers, Alvin Davis from Miramar High School in Broward County was named the 2012 Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year. In addition to being named Teacher of the Year, Mr. Davis will serve as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education during the 2011-12 school year where he will visit schools throughout Florida to share information about educational opportunities and challenges in the state. Davis will also represent the Sunshine State in the national Teacher of the Year awards program. He received a $10,000 cash award from Macy's, a customized trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. For more information about the Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year, visit http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/yeartch.asp.
School Grades Hold Steady Amid Increased Grading Standards
More than three-quarters of Florida's public elementary, middle and non-high-school combination schools continue to be ranked high performing (receiving either an "A" or "B"), even with an increase in writing standards. Of the 2,547 schools earning a grade this year:
For more information about school grades, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.
- 1,481 earned an "A" (58 percent), an increase of 82 schools compared to last year.
- 458 earned a "B" (18 percent), a decrease of 33 schools compared to last year.
- 460 earned a "C" (18 percent), a decrease of 35 schools compared to last year.
- 117 earned a "D" (5 percent), an increase of 16 schools compared to last year.
- 31 earned an "F" (1 percent), a decrease of 13 schools compared to last year
Higher Education Coordinating Council Seeks Public Input
The 2010 Legislature created the Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC) to identify unmet needs and develop solutions regarding the creation of new degree programs and the establishment of new campuses, institutes, or centers. The HECC invites public input regarding the 2011 Legislature's expansion of their responsibilities. Please take a few moments to provide comments related to the expansion by Aug. 1, 2011 at http://data.fldoe.org/cs/default.cfm?officeID=110. If you have any questions, contact Diane McCain at (850) 245-9632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Student Wins Scholarship
John David Keppler, a middle school student from Land O' Lakes, Fla., was awarded a $1,000 scholarship as part of the Raytheon Company's MathMovesU program. The scholarship can be used for a math, science or technology camp or program this summer or next, or can be saved for college. In addition, John David's school, the Florida Virtual School, will receive a matching grant designed to engage middle school students in math and science and increase their interest with hands-on interactive activities. For more information about MathMoveU, visit http://www.raytheon.com/stewardship/mmu.
Florida Students Score at National History Day Competition
Students from 12 school districts represented Florida at the recent National History Day Competition in College Park, Md., garnering two national awards and a host of finalists. The 59 middle and high school students joined scholars from across the nation to compete in the national program that encourages students to enhance their research, writing, communication and critical thinking skills through the process of historical research.
Nicole Mariutto and Matt Mariutto from American Heritage School in Broward County won First Place in the Senior Group Documentary category for "The Gay Rights Debate of 1977: Successes, Failures, Consequences," and received a $5,000 prize sponsored by The History Channel. Jessica Hamacher and Jaime Kay from Dunedin Highland Middle School in Pinellas County won the Special Prize for Irish or Irish American History, presented by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, for their Junior Group Performance "Starvation in Ireland: An International Diplomatic Crisis." Check out the rest of the Florida finalists at http://www.fldoe.org/successstories.
Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Summer Symposium
June 28 - 29, 2011
Student transportation professionals and others from across the state are invited to attend the 63rd Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Summer Symposium June 28 - 29, 2011, in Ocala, Fla. The symposium comprises two full days of general and concurrent sessions and includes workshops on bullying prevention, school bus stop selection and safety, serving charter schools effectively, and using benchmarking and key transportation performance indicators to measure and improve performance. For more information, visit www.faptflorida.org/FAPT%20Summer%20Symposium.htm.
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium/FloridaLearns Foundation 44th Annual Leadership Conference
July 13 - 14, 2011
Bay Point Marriott Resort
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Educators from across the state are invited to the 2011 Panhandle Area Educational Consortium/FloridaLearns Foundation Leadership Conference July 13 - 14, 2011, in Panama City Beach, Fla. Participants will hear what education experts have to say, discover fresh approaches and find solutions to challenges facing schools and districts, connect with peers to discover best practices, and become motivated to begin another academic year with renewed enthusiasm. For more information, call (877) 873-7232 ext. 2260 or ext. 2320, or visit http://www.paec.org/leadershipconference/.