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Merit pay; eliminating tenure; new teacher evaluations — how are school, district and state policies affecting how educators and their students perform?

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Florida Polytechnic University Selects First President

Randy Avent, left, shakes hands with Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees Chair Rob Gidel.

Randy Avent has a career of turning research into new defense, computer science and life science projects. Florida Polytechnic’s Board of Trustees said they want Avent to inspire future entrepreneurs at the Polk County campus. Avent was the board’s unanimous choice for the university’s first president. “Dr. Avent personifies the innovative, entrepreneurial qualities that we [...]

Florida Educators Face Unknown Destination As They Wait On Test Decision

Uncertainty about Florida's next statewide test leaves some teachers and administrators uncomfortable.

Florida schools will be giving a new standardized test about a year from now. But which test is still up in the air until Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announces her choice later this month. A new test is needed because Florida schools will complete the transition to new math and language arts standards in every [...]

What A Florida Middle School Has Learned So Far Teaching Common Core Standards

This story is part of a series from The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida looking at how Florida schools are getting ready for Common Core standards. Read — and listen to — the first story here. Monroe Middle School teacher Dawn Norris hears a difference in her language arts classes since she starting using Common [...]

Why A Florida Private School Helps Its Staff Stay High Tech

The staff at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. From left: Nancy Gavrish, Cathy Koos, Brad Meyer and Teresa Schultz.

Nancy Gavrish has taught for 36 years, most of them teaching art to students at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne. But, lessons that worked for Gavrish at the beginning of her career weren’t as effective later. “I realized for years that I was not able to keep students’ attention like I used to,” she [...]

How Florida Teachers Learned Technology Connects With Students

Staff from CPALMS, a Florida site created to help teachers with standards and curriculum, show off a 3-D printer. CPALMS is creating a pilot program with some Florida districts to let schools and students try out the high-tech printers.

Last week Orlando hosted one of the oldest and largest education technology conferences in the country. Technology is an important issue in Florida schools because lawmakers have required half of all classroom instruction is delivered digitally when classes begin in 2015. Lawmakers are working on a bill which would pay for new bandwidth and devices, [...]

This Year’s Florida Education Technology Conference Is Also Online

FETC, one of the nation’s oldest and largest education technology conferences, kicks off today in Orlando. But for the first time teachers, principals and educators won’t have to travel to Orange County in order to participate. About 50 FETC events, including keynote speeches and many of the seminars where teachers share tips and tricks, will [...]

A Florida Math Teacher Is Posting His Algebra Lessons Online

West Broward High School math teacher Horace Buddoo says the best classroom tips come from other teachers. It’s why he’s posting a year’s worth of algebra II lessons to a new web site offering free lessons for the new math and language arts standards fully adopted by 45 states, including Florida. Buddoo is one of [...]

Why Miami Jackson Senior High School Wants Its A

Florida’s A through F system for school grades has been fraught with controversy. Supporters say it’s a way of holding schools and districts accountable. Critics worry that the formula to calculate the grades doesn’t reflect how well schools really prepare children. Now, in Miami-Dade County, one school has been told it probably won’t get the [...]

Teacher Evaluation Results: Effective or Needs Improvement?

Why are we doing this again? That’s a question people are asking around the state after seeing the second statewide batch of teacher evaluation data this week. Nearly 98 percent of teachers earned ratings of “highly effective” or “effective.” And the percentage of teachers earning the top rating increased to one in three statewide from [...]

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