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Current opinions and news on hot topics in education

Congressional App Challenge

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Have you heard of the congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through local app challenges? This is the third year members of congress have hosted the program.  Learn more

Hands on Banking ® – Money Skills You Need for Life

Hands On BankingApril is Financial Literacy month. To help our communities with their financial well-being, Wells Fargo has created a free and fun, interactive Hands on Banking ® platform to help students and adults succeed financially both today and into the future.

The commercial-free Hands on Banking program provides helpful financial education curriculum, resources and tools for audiences of all ages.  Aligned with national and state standards for school- aged children, the program can be used in the areas of economics, financial literacy, mathematics, and language arts.  It’s easy to integrate individual lessons and units, and instructional resources are available in both English and Spanish.



Nobody Knows Teaching Like Teachers

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Throughout this booklet you’ll find stories from teachers about what motivates them and encourages them to develop and grow in their profession.  We think their voices and perspectives are worth sharing as we all strive to support and value our classroom educators!

What Helps Teachers Improve & Grow?

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It seems intuitive that if we are expecting more from our students today, we are also expecting more from our teachers.  We also believe that when teachers improve their instructional practice it will result in student growth.

But what do we really know about what professional development results in the best outcomes for students?  This new report from The New Teacher Project challenges the assumption that we know what works and concludes that there are no quick fix solutions.  At the same time, it encourages all who want to support teacher development to engage with school district leaders and local teachers to bring fresh thinking to the important topic.

The CFEF will offer support to member foundations that are ready to step into this arena in the coming year.  Stay tuned!

Turn the Channel to Teaching

teaching-channel-screenshotTeachers turn to The Teaching Channel to watch, share and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow. The site includes a video showcase of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

CPALMS — Where Florida Educators Go to Get Bright Ideas

cpalms- websiteThis resource for teachers offers thousands of standards-aligned, high-quality instructional/educational materials for free. Also available are 16 state-of-the-art curriculum planning and professional development applications and tools to help educators.

Summer Brain Gain

summer-brain-gain There is no other time of the year when education inequities are greater in the U.S. than in the summer months. Learn about a model program by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to not only avoid the “summer slide” but turn that valuable time into a Brain Gain opportunity through this free on-demand webinar hosted by Education Week.

Here’s One Florida Teacher’s Lesson on Right, Acute & Obtuse Angles

Watch Wakulla County teacher Megan Crombie as she engages students in the first Geometry standard in the new Florida Standards.

Coding is Elementary!

coding with anna and elsaThe good news: Florida is one of 25 states where computer science can count towards high school graduation math or science requirements.  Computer science is a high-demand, high-wage field where jobs are growing at 2x the national average.

The challenge: Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science and K-12 students need more early exposure and encouragement to consider the career field.

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Students at Lauderdale Lakes Middle School in Broward County complete an ‘Hour of Code’ through an interactive icon-based environment.

The opportunity: Children as young as four can learn the basics of computer coding through free tutorials – accessible for teachers, after-school programs and summer camps. Check out how to host an “Hour of Code” program in your community and the resources available for educators and school districts here.

Check Out This Free Digital Library!

pbs-learning-play-screenshotFrom VPK to GED students – robust on-demand resources for teachers, parents and students are available through the easy-to-use Florida PBS Learning Media Library. Check it out and share it with others!

National partners like the Smithsonian, Library of Congress and the Khan Academy as well as PBS programs like NOVA and Nature are all contributors of more than 100,000 resources fully aligned to Florida State Standards on this open platform. Teachers can also access free tools like Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker and Storyboard and participate in virtual events and professional development.

Training opportunities are available to help school districts make for the most of this robust resource – contact Janyth Righter at Florida Public Broadcasting at 727-552-2451 for more information.



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