Bureau of Standards & Instructional Support News
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, a 10-hour EVP (Electronic Vapor Products) course, or a 3-hour SUA (Substance Use and Abuse) course that focuses on vaping. The 10-hour EVP and 20-hour courses are also available for school nurses. Since youth vaping is an epidemic and research shows tobacco prevention education is effective, educators may take the 10 - hour EVP course and the 60-hour comprehensive course, or the 30-hour 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)
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 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.
The 2022-2023 Social Studies state adoption review of instructional materials is underway. The Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support will soon be seeking qualified district reviewers for these materials. Please keep an eye out for the Call For Distrit Reviewers on the Instructional Materials webpage, http://fldoe.org/academics/standards/instructional-materials, for qualifications and how to apply to be a district reviewer for the state. Additionally, materials will soon open for guest review. Please visit the Instructional Materials website for more information to be posted in December.
Fostering Civic Literacy in Florida
Please visit Florida’s Civic Literacy webpage.
The Florida Required Instruction Portal is now open to districts for planning and reporting.
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, communication and collaboration skills. Please contact the following program specialists for assistance.
Arts Education - John Duebel - John.Duebel@fldoe.org
Computer Science - James Ellington - James.Ellington@fldoe.org
Elementary Mathematics - Ashley Harvey - Ashley.Harvey@fldoe.org
Gifted Education Program – Alicia Foy – Alicia.Foy@fldoe.org
K-12 Science - Nancy Narvaez-Garcia - Nancy.Narvaez-Garcia@fldoe.org
Library Media - Amber Baumbach - Amber.Baumbach@fldoe.org
Secondary Mathematics - Courtney Starling - Courtney.Starling@fldoe.org
The Bureau of Standards and Instruction support webpage can be accessed at http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/.