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Despite Losing Grant, Choral Group Still Teaching Miami Students To Sing

As soon as the fourth and fifth graders at Natural Bridge Elementary were handed the lyrics to Amazing Grace, they were ready to sing out. But first, they needed a lesson in the four voice types of a choir – bass, tenor, alto and soprano. One by one members of the group added their part […]

Fine Arts Museum Bringing Students, Ancient Worlds Together

It’s just a few dozen yards from the charter buses to the stately columns of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts entrance. Dozens of energetic 12- and 13-year-olds jump off the bus after a 25-minute ride from their Clearwater’s Oak Grove Middle School. Volunteer docents scramble to sort out small groups by color, and […]

New Broward College Program Wants To Train Young Artists And Designers

A new program at Broward College has just eight students and seeks to train the next generation of South Florida artists and designers. The school hopes to earn a national certification for the Visual Arts and Design Academy this spring – becoming the first community college in the South to have that. Florida’s higher education […]

Q&A With FSU Film School Dean About the Digital Domain Bankruptcy

Florida State University’s film school welcomed more than two dozen students to its new digital media program in West Palm Beach this month. The new Bachelor of Fine Arts program costs $28,000-a-year. Students join the program after spending their freshman year in Tallahassee. They are co-enrolled at FSU and the Digital Domain Institute, where animation […]

Better Handwriting Means Better Grades, Researcher Says

Want your child to do better in math or be a stronger reader? Have them write out your weekly shopping list. That’s according to research by Florida International University professor Laura Dinehart. Dinehart studied more than 3,000 four-year-olds in Miami-Dade County. Those who received better grades on fine motor skill tasks, such as writing, also […]

Orlando Charter Schools Buck Trend For Students With Disabilities

John O’Connor / StateImpact Florida Most facilities at UCP’s Bailes campus are designed to be accessible for students with disabilities, including this playground.Charter schools are supposed to give students an alternative to their neighborhood schools. As our investigation found earlier this month, most charter schools in Florida serve no severely-disabled students. But during our research, […]

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