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Three Florida Educators Recognized for Innovative Leadership at National Conference

Three Florida educators received major awards to recognize their leadership in educational innovation. Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Superintendent of Okaloosa County Schools, Linda Terranova, Principal of Western Academy Charter School in Royal Palm Beach, and Shelly Docherty, Intermediate CHILD Mathematics Specialist Teacher at Glendale Elementary School in Vero Beach received awards at the Project CHILD National Conference held in Orlando in April. The event is hosted annually by the Institute for School Innovation (ISI), and was attended by educators from around the country.

Dr. Tibbetts was named Innovation District Leader of the Year, Ms. Terranova was named Innovation Principal of the Year and Ms. Docherty received the prestigious Classroom Champion for Change Award.

Project CHILD which stands for “Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered” is a unique three-dimensional learning system that incorporates technology and active hands-on learning into daily instruction. Classrooms are organized into cross-grade triad “clusters” using a team-teaching approach. Teachers receive special training to become subject-focused specialists in one of the core academic areas: reading, writing, or mathematics. Classrooms utilize six different learning stations to incorporate computers, textbooks, and hands-on activities. Teachers work with students for three years to build basic competencies throughout the primary grades (K-2) and intermediate grades (3-5).