Bureau of Standards & Instructional Support News

For information on COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s website www.floridahealth.gov and the Florida Department of Education’ website www.fldoe.org/em-response. For information on the CDC’s recommendations specific to Florida, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/FL_Community_Mitigation.pdf.

The present pandemic of 2020 underscores the importance of good health and the consequences with the lack thereof. Though National Health Education Week (NHEW) occurred in October, self-care as a central, continuous aspect of health education that should be a priority. Review this article (page 2) for research-informed strategies that support mindfulness, continuous improvement, and other tips that support good health and wellness.

A list of resources compiled by department content specialists to assist teachers can be accessed here https://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/home/DOEBSISresources.pdf.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program offers teachers free and engaging activities for use in subjects such as math, geography, sociology, English, and history. Incorporating SIS materials into the classroom can help increase students’ statistical literacy and prepare students for a data-driven world. It continues to provide fun and interactive resources that incorporate real-world data into student experiences, whether in person or through virtual learning. Teachers across the country have found innovative ways to use SIS activities, videos, and colorful maps in their classrooms, and we invite you to do the same! Visit census.gov/schools today to find resources you can use in your lessons.

Tobacco Prevention Training Supports the State Substance Use and Abuse Health Education Rule

Tobacco Prevention Professional Development courses are sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health. Participants are required to teach tobacco prevention lessons and build the capacity for ongoing instruction in substance use prevention. Teachers may choose to take a 60 hour comprehensive course, a 30 hour course, or a 10 hour ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) course that focuses on vaping. Since youth vaping is an epidemic and research shows tobacco prevention education is effective, educators may take the 10 hour ENDS course and the 60 point comprehensive course or 30 point course. Registration is available at http://tobaccopreventiontraining.org.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The Nation's Highest Honors for Teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM, including Computer Science)

This year's awards honor science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers working in grades 7-12. Currently, nominations are closed and applications are being reviewed at the national level. One of three state finalists in math and one of three in science will be awarded the PAEMST later this year by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Technology Policy at the White House.

Nominations and applications for K-6th grade teachers will open in November.

Each year, up to 108 STEM teachers are announced as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, two from each state and U.S. Territories.

For further information, please contact Alicia Foy at Alicia.Foy@fldoe.org.

Art in the Capitol Competition

For the first time, the Art in the Capitol gallery is available via a 360° virtual tour. Winning submissions from the fifth annual Art in the Capitol Competition line the Florida Capitol’s second floor rotunda, showcasing the talent of twenty-two Florida students from school districts across the state.

Each year, middle school students, from sixth grade to eighth grade, enter their artwork in their respective school district’s Art in the Capitol Competition, judged by a panel of art teachers; winning pieces are delivered and displayed at the capitol in a coordinated effort with their sponsoring legislator.


For more information, contact Erin O’Connor, arts education specialist, Erin.O’Connor@fldoe.org.

Instructional Materials

The 2021-2022 Mathematics state adoption review of instructional materials will begin in September. The Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support is seeking qualified reviewers for these materials. Please keep an eye out for the Call For Reviewers posting in August 2021 on the Instructional Materials webpage, http://fldoe.org/academics/standards/instructional-materials, for qualifications and how to apply to be a reviewer for the state.

The 2020-2021 K-12 English Language Arts instructional materials adoption is now complete and the state approved materials list can be found on the Instructional Materials web page.

The specifications and timeline for the upcoming 2021-2022 Instructional Materials Mathematics adoption are also now available on the Instructional Materials web page.

Fostering Civic Literacy in Florida

Please visit Florida’s Civic Literacy webpage.

Required Instruction

The Florida Required Instruction Portal is now open to districts for 2020-21 planning and reporting.

Section 1003.42, Florida Statutes
Rule: 6A-1.094124 Required Instruction Reporting
Florida Required Instruction Portal

Professional Learning Events

The standards-based content taught and learned in the arts, computer science, health education, instructional technology, library media and physical education contribute to a student’s well-rounded education. Integrating content from these courses leads to the following benefits: increased motivation, improved academic achievement, mental health, social emotional learning, communication and collaboration skills. The Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support is available to provide professional learning opportunities to districts or schools. Please contact the following program specialists for assistance.

Arts Education - Erin O’Connor - Erin.OConnor@fldoe.org

Computer Science - PJ Duncan - Patricia.Duncan@fldoe.org

Elementary Mathematics - Ashley Harvey - Ashley.Harvey@fldoe.org

Health Education -Kelly Aaronson - Kelly.Aaronson@fldoe.org

Instructional Technology - Kenneth Edwards - Kenneth.Edwards@fldoe.org

K-12 Science - Nancy Narvaez-Garcia - Nancy.Narvaez-Garcia@fldoe.org

Library Media - Amber Baumbach - Amber.Baumbach@fldoe.org

Physical Education - Nichole Wilder - Nichole.Wilder@fldoe.org

Secondary Mathematics - Courtney Starling - Courtney.Starling@fldoe.org

STEAM - Jennifer Infinger - Jennifer.Infinger@fldoe.org

The Bureau of Standards and Instruction support webpage can be accessed at http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/.