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.

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

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education.

Nominations for grade 7-12 teachers in science, technology, engineering, math and/or computer science open November 2020. Please visit www.paemst.org to submit your nominations. The form requires the teacher’s name, email address and school name. You may submit more than one nomination. Please recognize great teachers in this state by nominating them for this prestigious award!

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

Florida Holocaust Museum Virtual Event!

Attention Educators: You and your students are invited to join the Florida Holocaust Museum for a Free Online Performance Event on November 13th! Honor Holocaust Education Week by experiencing a 45-minute live-streamed event including a theatrical performance and concert based on the best-selling book The Children of Willesden Lane. Participants will also have opportunities to interact with author, performer, and virtuoso concert pianist Mona Golabek. To learn more: https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/learn/florida-holocaust-education-week/.  

Holocaust Education Week 2020 Memo (PDF)

Holocaust Education Week 2020 Proclamation (PDF)

Mathematics, Science and STEM/STEAM Quarterly Supervisor Call

The Office of STEAM is hosting a series of quarterly webinar updates specific to the needs of district supervisors of Mathematics, Science and STEM/STEAM instruction. Meeting dates during the 2020-21 school year are scheduled to take place from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT on the following Wednesdays: November 18, February 17 and May 19.

To register, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5585295176851010059.

Florida Master Naturalist Program

The Florida Master Naturalist Program is an adult education UF/IFAS Extension program developed by the University of Florida, whose mission is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida’s natural world.

They offer Teacher Scholarships for certified Florida teachers who are currently employed by a public or private K-12 school. Scholarships awarded will cover the entire cost of one FMNP core module or special topics course.

Courses are intended for K-12 teachers wishing to increase their natural resource knowledge, and the K-12 teacher scholarships cover the attendance fee for one course. More information about scholarships, and how to apply can be found on our scholarship page  They are currently offering distance learning courses,  and will continue to post more courses throughout the summer. Visit website to view courses currently being offered.

Current Courses

Scholarship Page

Art in the Capitol Competition

The Art in the Capitol Competition required by s. 1003.49965, F.S., is a statewide visual arts contest that requires each school district to annually hold an art competition for all students in grades 6-8. The winning selection from each district will be on display at the Capitol during the Florida legislative session.

The timeline for the 2020-2021 Art in the Capitol Competition is as follows:

  • Fall 2020 – Districts hold annual Art in the Capitol Competition for all students in grades 6-8.
  • January 1, 2021 – Each district’s winning selection of student artwork is given to legislator of the legislative district in which the student resides prior to this date.
  • March 2, 2021 – Start of regular legislative session and opening date of exhibit at the Capitol.
  • April 30, 2021 – Last day of regular legislative session; legislator will return winning submission to the student after this date.

The memo can be accessed at the following website address https://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-8936/dps-2020-64.pdf

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

Instructional Materials

The 2020-2021 English Language Arts state adoption review of instructional materials will begin in November. The Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support is seeking qualified reviewers for these materials. Please see the Call For Reviewers posting soon 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 2019-2020 K-12 World Languages, Computer Science and Career & Technical Education 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 2020-2021 Instructional Materials English Language Arts 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 - Justin Feller - Justin.Feller@fldoe.org

Health Education -Tamara Gibson-Alonso - Tamara.Gibson-Alonso@fldoe.org

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Webinars

Civics in Real Life: Resources for Virtual Instruction