Education

StateImpact Florida
9:59 am
Mon August 26, 2013

What To Watch At This Week's Education Summit

Gov. Rick Scott has called a three-day education summit in Clearwater, starting today. Will Scott stake out new positions on Common Core, testing, school grades or teacher evaluations?

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 8:15 am

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StateImpact Florida
7:20 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Feedback Loop: What Readers Think Of Common Core Standards

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:38 am

Readers tell us what they think of Common Core standards.

Merrycrafts / Flckr

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StateImpact Florida
4:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Three Questions For Teachers About Common Core Standards, Part 3

Teresa Stillman teaches at Cannella Elementary in Hillsborough County.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:46 pm

Teresa Stillman teaches at Cannella Elementary in Hillsborough County.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

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StateImpact Florida
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Three Questions For Teachers About Common Core Standards, Part 2

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:47 am

As we’ve attended summer training sessions for teachers on new Common Core State Standards, we’ve been asking teachers the same three questions.

Florida is one of 45 states to fully adopt the Common Core State Standards, which outline what students are expected to know in math and English at the end of each grade. Every grade in Florida is scheduled to use the standards beginning next school year.

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Schools
4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Summit To Map Florida's Education Direction

Credit StateImpact Florida

With Florida's public-school system facing major questions, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced plans for a summit next week that will bring together political, business and education leaders.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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StateImpact Florida
11:29 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Three Questions For Teachers About Common Core Standards, Part 1

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 12:10 pm

Yesterday we told you that we spent a lot of time at summer Common Core training sessions for teachers.

One of the things we were curious about is how teachers felt about the new education standards fully adopted by Florida and 44 other states.

We asked teachers the same three questions about Common Core as they prepared for next year’s deadline to use the standards in every Florida classroom.

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StateImpact Florida
8:18 am
Thu August 22, 2013

This Week In Education Polling

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 1:46 pm

The start of the school year in Florida and many parts of the country has meant a glut of new education polls asking about shared education standards, standardized testing, teacher evaluations and policies adopted by Florida and other states.

The most noteworthy poll is the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of education issues. This is the 45th year of the poll. The poll sampled 1,001 adults and had a margin of error of 3.8 percent.

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Back To School
7:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Convergence Is Important To Improving Public Education

Americans with a bachelor’s degree are more likely to marry, stay married and have a two-parent household.

For decades now, public education has been in “crisis.”  And since the founding of the U.S. Department of Education, we’ve searched for ways to promote student achievement and prepare for global competitiveness.

There is little question as to why. As the workforce becomes more educated, and increasingly globalized, an educated workforce becomes increasingly important. And study after study proves that educational attainment leads to economic mobility.

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StateImpact Florida
4:32 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Five Things We Learned About Common Core This Summer

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 3:08 pm

We spent a lot of time this summer watching and listening as Florida school districts trained teachers about what to expect when the state makes the full switch to new education standards next year.

Florida is one of 45 states to fully adopt the Common Core State Standards, which outline what students are expected to know in math and English at the end of each grade. The standards also put more emphasis on reading and writing in other subjects.

Here’s five things we learned:

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Schools
8:35 am
Wed August 21, 2013

What's Behind The Turnaround At Miami Public Schools?

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:22 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

For years, Miami-Dade County Public Schools faced problems common to many urban schools: low attendance, high dropout rates, poor grades. But since 2008, Alberto Carvalho has been in charge of the nation's fourth largest school district, and there've been some noticeable improvements in Miami schools. More students are graduating, fewer are dropping out, test scores are up and the district's budget crisis has faded.

NPR's Claudio Sanchez has this profile of the man some call a miracle worker.

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Bus Stop Interviews
8:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Back-To-School Scenes From Across Florida

Keri Grigas started her junior year on Monday.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

After a long, humid summer, kids across the state are waking up and getting ready to go back to school this week.

One of those students, 16-year-old Keri Grigas, started her junior year at South Broward High School this morning. Listen to her bus-stop interview with us from Monday morning:

Keri later met up with us at the bus stop after school to tell us how the day went:

For your reading pleasure, we’ve also rounded up a few more of our favorite small moments from the big day back. Feel free to share your own in the comments.

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StateImpact Florida
8:37 am
Mon August 19, 2013

New Standards Will Require Rewriting Expectations, But Not School Grading Formula

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 1:31 pm

Last month State Board of Education members turned on Florida’s school grading system.

The board was being asked to voted on two temporary changes which would soften the impact of several years of changes to the state formula which assign schools and districts an A-to-F rating. One change would prevent schools from dropping more than one letter grade this year, while another would change how

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StateImpact Florida
12:17 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Why Teachers Leave The Classroom

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:57 pm

We all agree that every student should have good teachers.

I think we also agree that there are three ways to improve the teaching force:

    • We must get “bad” teachers who cannot or will not improve out of the classroom

    • We must help “mediocre” teachers improve.

    • We must keep “good” teachers in the classroom.

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Summer Camp
11:49 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Metrotown, Where Students Talk Openly About Race, Diversity

Students hold a debrief and discussion after every activity at MetroTown.
Credit MetroTown

 

Like at other summer camps, the young people who spent a week at MetroTown last month put on skits and competed in sports. But the purpose of MetroTown, unlike a typical recreational summer camp, is to teach students empathy.

Students engaged in camp-wide discussions on race, diversity, gender, sexuality and religion.

MetroTown, held July 21 to 26, is a sleepaway camp offered by the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews and hosted by St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.

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StateImpact Florida
10:03 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Tony Bennett's Last-Minute School Grade Changes Benefited 165 Indiana Schools

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 11:58 am

Our colleagues at StateImpact Indiana have crunched the numbers and found that 165 schools benefited from changes to the school grading formula former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett made in 2012 while the elected leaders of Hoosier State schools.

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