Professional Learning Programs


Clinical Education Program Developer Academy

Pursuant to section 1004.04(5), Florida Statutes, clinical education training is required for all school district personnel, instructional personnel and individuals in postsecondary teacher preparation programs who instruct, supervise or direct teacher preparation students during field experience courses or internships.

In an effort to meet the needs of local educational agencies and institutions of higher education, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) offers the Clinical Education Program Developer Academy (CEPDA) several times a year. The academy is structured to provide a model framework to individuals charged with developing the clinical education training program for their organization. For more information on this program, visit the Clinical Education Training page.

The Community of Leaders Academy

The Community of Leaders Academy (CoLA) is a new professional learning opportunity offered in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership and the North East Florida Educational Consortium. The CoLA is a job-embedded and research-based program designed for a two-person team – principal and assistant principal – from the same school.

The CoLA is grounded in the following theory of action: Student learning improves as the quality of teaching improves, and the quality of teaching improves as leaders build high-quality leadership teams. If instructional leadership teams understand what constitutes high-quality teaching and learning, as well as the role they play in improving teacher practice, student outcomes will improve.

Academy teams focus on closing achievement gaps by developing the knowledge, skills and networks necessary to support high-quality instruction and ensure successful implementation of Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards. The program has four goals:

  1. Foster and sustain a community of leaders (within and across school sites) with a shared vision of high-quality instructional leadership;
  2. Deepen team knowledge and skills in identifying high quality teaching and learning along with the professional learning necessary to support teacher growth;
  3. Develop team skills in observation, analysis and targeted feedback for teacher growth through onsite and virtual coaching and collaboration; and
  4. Develop team knowledge of the B.E.S.T. Standards, with a primary focus on leading for literacy, to prepare for implementation.

Florida School Leaders

Establishing a shared vision is critical to wide-scale change; thus, articulating a clear and concise vision for educational leadership in Florida is essential for coherent and meaningful policy, practice, implementation, and change. To that end, Florida School Leaders, the statewide professional learning network for Florida’s educational leaders, is currently undergoing revisions as the FDOE pilots a brand-new website design and learning interface. The FDOE will utilize ReadyLXP to pilot a modular-based learning program that is aligned with current research and best practices as well the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders; participation in the pilot program is by invitation only at this time.

The William Cecil Golden School Leadership Development Program

The William Cecil Golden School Leadership Development Program (WCG) was established by the 2006 Florida Legislature to provide a high-quality, competency-based, customized, comprehensive and coordinated statewide professional development system for current and emerging school leaders. The program is aligned with Florida's Principal Leadership Standards and supports the needs of emerging school leaders engaged in formal educational leadership programs, approved district principal preparation programs and district professional development programs for current school leaders. All WCG program resources are located in the WCG section of the Florida School Leaders website.

Teacher Induction, New Teacher Mentoring and Mentor Training

Section 1012.98(11), Florida Statutes, requires the Department to disseminate proven model professional development programs that have demonstrated success in providing effective mentorship activities to new teachers and training to teacher mentors.

The New Teacher Center's Teacher Induction Program offers one of the few mentoring models that has demonstrated statistically significant gains in student outcomes. Its publicly released Teacher Induction Program Standards (TIPS) define the characteristics and fundamental elements of a high-quality induction program that accelerates the development of both teachers and their students.

Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training

The Florida Department of Education, in collaboration with the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, established criteria for reviewing youth suicide awareness and prevention training materials and compiled a list of nationally recognized youth suicide awareness and prevention trainings. A list of approved trainings is located on the Student Support Services Project website.

Office Contact:

Josey McDaniel, Senior Educational Program Director
Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention

Turlington Building, Suite 124
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-0558
Email: Josey.McDaniel@fldoe.org