Education

Technology
6:44 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

How A Library Program Is Helping A Miami Gardens Teen Become A Neuroscientist

Favour Nkwocha, right, works on the computer with Marlon Moore, the YouMedia project coordinator.
Credit William Rolle / YouMedia Miami

Over the past few months, we've been covering the efforts of Miami-Dade library supporters to keep libraries fully funded. Advocates say libraries are more than just books -- they're major learning centers. One popular library program is YouMedia Miami where teenagers learn about technologies like coding, graphic design and music production.

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StateImpact Florida
6:21 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College

An Everest Institute campus in Boston. Parent company Corinthian Colleges is closing Massachusetts campuses, but selling Florida campuses.
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After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes.

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StateImpact Florida
4:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Why Miami-Dade Might Start Some High School Classes Later In The Morning

New research provides some support for Florida school leaders who want high schools to start later.
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Blame science – and not your teenager – if they’re slow starters in the morning.

Teenagers just can't get eight hours of sleep if high schools starts much before 8 a.m.

University of Minnesota researcher Kyla Wahlstrom said that's because adolescents go through something called the sleep phase shift.

"Teenagers are basically unable to fall asleep on a regular basis every night,"Wahlstrom said, "say, before 10:45 or 11. It’s just a biologic almost impossibility.”

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StateImpact Florida
9:11 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Florida Students Talk About The State's Race-Based Education Standards

We spoke with a panel of students about Florida's race-based education goals.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 7:15 am

Students and civil rights activists are still asking Florida to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard.

It’s been a little more than a year since the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state’s race-based academic goals.

There have since been a number of protests by activists who oppose lower expectations for minorities.

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StateImpact Florida
9:11 am
Mon July 14, 2014

More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch

The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools.

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:04 pm

The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools.

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StateImpact Florida
5:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Florida Education Commissioner Settles Indiana Ethics Charges

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett has settled Indiana ethics charges that he used state computers for campaign reasons.
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Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine as part of a proposed deal with Indiana ethics investigators, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press.

Bennett admits using state resources for his 2012 reelection campaign. But Bennett was also cleared of any ethics violations related to changes he sought to Indiana’s school grading formula in 2012.

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Overtown Youth Center Introduces STEM Summer Program

Credit Alonzo Mourning mans the pump for the unveiling of the Overtown Youth Center’s STEM program. CW GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Overtown Youth Center is introducing a new STEM curriculum to its summer program, aimed at underserved kids. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Aerospace company AAR funded the $350,000 program.

In a recent study, The National Science Board found while diversity in the science and engineering fields has improved, African Americans, Hispanics and women remain underrepresented in the workforce. 

Tina Brown, who runs the center, says that’s why they’re introducing this program to the kids this summer.

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StateImpact Florida
6:47 am
Mon July 7, 2014

How A Federal Program Will Help Florida Schools Go Wireless

To prepare for more high-tech lessons, schools are switching to mobile carts with wireless Internet hubs. This one is stocked with iPads.
Credit Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Curtis Lanoue teaches music in a trailer behind Oliver Hoover Elementary School in Miami. His colleagues have interactive smart boards in their classrooms.

Those are like 21st-Century chalk boards that can can plug into the school’s network -- and the Internet.

But Lanoue doesn’t have a smartboard --- or the Internet -- in his portable classroom.

“YouTube might not be the greatest thing to let a kid use unattended," he said, "but for the teacher to use it there’s a ton of resources on there.

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Money And Schools
5:11 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How Miami-Dade Schools' Superintendent Would Like To Spend $2.9 Billion

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is working on plans for a $2.9 billion budget.
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The public got a sneak peak of the proposed budget for Miami-Dade County Public Schools at its most recent budget workshop.

It’s not final yet, but the superintendent has sketched out a plan for the $2.9 billion budget.

You can hear more on where school leaders would like the money to go:

And you can see the presentation from the meeting:

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Education
1:32 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How South Florida Colleges Are Prepping Their Students For STEM Jobs

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To keep up with the demand for STEM-related jobs, South Florida's universities are coming up with programs to help prepare their future graduates.

One of them is Discovery Though Distinction, a new effort at Florida Atlantic University to incorporate research in undergraduate programs.

The school is also planning to offer an accelerated master's degree that would take just five years.

"Our goal is to help train a very prepared workforce," says vice president of academic affairs Gary Perry. "As a university, we are part of the economic development of Florida."

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Florida Standards Assessments
4:51 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement

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The Florida Department of Education has released practice questions for the new assessments that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test next year.

The tests, which are aligned to the new Common Core-based Florida Standards, are available at the Florida Standards Assessments website.  Some questions are similar to what students might have seen on the FCAT—asking test-takers to identify main ideas in a text or figure out a percentage in a word problem.

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Coaching
11:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

How Better Supervision Might Mean Better Principals In Broward County

Shawn Cerra, principal of J.P. Taravela High School in Coral Springs, with the school's guidance director, Jody Gaver in 2012.
Credit Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida

The Wallace Foundation believes the people who supervise principals spend too much time making sure they follow rules and procedures -- and not enough time mentoring them.

So Wallace is launching a $30 million, five-year national experiment to test whether students benefit from principals who get more coaching.

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New Education Laws
5:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Florida Education Laws Change Veteran Tuition, Grades For Schools

Veterans living in Florida can get in-state tuition at state colleges and universities starting Tuesday.
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Veterans will pay less to attend Florida colleges and universities starting Tuesday, one of a handful of laws taking effect at the start of a new budget year.

The Florida GI bill means any veteran living in the Sunshine State only has to pay in-state tuition. That tuition is typically one-third the cost of out-of-state rates.

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Essay
4:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students

Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, not all classrooms reflect the dream of desegregation.
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Here’s a question: How do you teach a class of all black students in an all-black school that Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation decades ago?

That isn’t a hypothetical question, but one I remember clearly asking myself. I was teaching American history for the first time in one of our nation’s many embarrassingly homogeneous schools. I could not, with a straight face, teach my students that segregation had ended.  They’d think that either they or I didn’t know what the word segregation meant.   

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Higher Education
4:12 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Report: South Florida College Grads Earn More

A new Florida report tracks differences in employment and earnings based on the degrees earned by Florida college and university graduates.
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Students awarded bachelor degrees at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University had the highest median earnings in the state, according to a new report from the Florida Department of Education.

And graduates of Broward College, Florida Keys Community College and Miami Dade College tended to earn more than graduates completing associate degrees at other state colleges.

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