Focus on math and science
It's been said that U.S. students can't compete with their peers internationally when it comes to math and science achievement. Florida wants to turn that around, so it's seeking to give districts more guidance in best practices and lessons that work.
To that end, the Department of Education's Office of Math and Science has launched a new monthly newsletter with tips and hints, as well as all the latest training activities available for teachers. The first edition features a guest column by Florida teacher of the year Rick Ellenburg (left), an Orange County science teacher.
"After twenty-eight years of teaching," he writes, "my educational philosophy continues to revolve around a simple formula: make learning exciting, meaningful and child-centered."
The office also announces the state's first ever Math Day, May 1, focusing on financial literacy, and Science Day, May 16, theme to be decided later. And it asks for success stories to share in future editions. Have some? Send them Mary Jane Tappen's way.