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For information on COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s website and the Florida Department of Education’ website For information on the CDC’s recommendations specific to Florida, please visit

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.

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 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

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)

The 2023 cycle honors science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers working in grades 7-12. Nominations begin in November of each year. Up to six state finalists are announced on the PAEMST webpage in March.

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

For further information, please contact Alicia Foy at

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’

Instructional Materials

The 2022-2023 Social Studies 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 2022 on the Instructional Materials webpage,, for qualifications and how to apply to be a reviewer for the state.

The 2021-2022 Mathematics instructional materials adoption is underway and the state approved materials list will be posted soon.

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 2022-2023 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, gifted, 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 -

Computer Science - PJ Duncan -

Elementary Mathematics - Ashley Harvey -

Gifted Education Program – Alicia Foy –

Instructional Technology - Kenneth Edwards -

K-12 Science - Nancy Narvaez-Garcia -

Library Media - Amber Baumbach -

Secondary Mathematics - Courtney Starling -

STEAM - Jennifer Infinger -

The Bureau of Standards and Instruction support webpage can be accessed at