Social Studies, Arts, Literacy & Gifted Education Programs

Fine Arts

Florida fine arts education includes courses and standards in music, dance, theatre and visual arts. On this page you will find educator and student resources, information regarding awards and recognitions, and link access to the Florida Fine Arts Report.


Florida defines gifted students as students who have superior intellectual development and are capable of high performance. Each school district serves gifted students through local plans that provide academic and social emotional support. The links below provide more information regarding statutes and rules that regulate identification and services for gifted students, as well as resources, publications and other supporting information for teachers, administrators, parents, students and
community members.

Literacy for Learning in the Content Areas

Literacy standards are now an integral part of all course descriptions, K-12. They are intended to
enhance content area instruction by deepening student learning, thinking and ability to communicate
effectively. On this page are a variety of resources for content-area teachers, ELA teachers and literacy
coaches to support student learning through instructional strategies using writing, reading and oral
literacy skills.

Social Studies

Florida provides robust course descriptions for instruction in the social studies for all grades Kindergarten through 12. The Social Studies webpage provides resources for teachers and parents including links to CPALMS and information on end-of-course assessment, statutory references, programs and events, professional organizations and scholarships, and Department contact information.

Staff Contact Information

Michael DiPierro
Director of Standards
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9773

Erin O'Connor
Fine Arts Education Specialist
Phone: 850-245-0762

Alicia Foy
Gifted Education Program Specialist
Phone: 850-245-0830

John Duebel
Social Studies Education Specialist
Phone: 850-245-0504