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Virtual Coaching: How Taking Risks Helped My Students Succeed

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  At Impact Florida we believe a great way to honor Florida teachers is to share their voices. We are excited for you to hear from Kayla Fulghum, Collier County Public School (CCPS) teacher, in this week’s Insight post. Kayla was one of twelve Pre-Algebra/Algebra 1 teachers from CCPS that volunteered to …

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6 Tips to Make the Most of Virtual Recruiting

The uncertainty of virtual recruiting has teacher recruiters around the state and country crippled by the fear of losing the human element of face-to-face recruiting. While the pandemic has forced districts to adjust their recruiting strategies to a virtual platform, Polk County Public Schools had explored the world of virtual recruitment before the pandemic and made an exciting discovery: not only does it provide more stability for the recruiter herself, it also has allowed us to both personalize and expedite the recruitment experience for candidates as well. 

Impact Florida kicks off fifth learning cadre supporting Florida school districts on second anniversary of organization’s launch

Impact Florida launched its fifth learning cadre today as part of its Districts for Impact initiative, focused on sharing and promoting promising practices across districts. Four Florida school districts will participate in the cadre, focused on strengthening professional learning practices: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Osceola, and Sarasota counties. “On the heels of the adoption of new instructional …

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Shifting from Professional Development to Professional Learning

The teaching and learning of our students and teachers didn’t stop when the doors to our schools closed on March 13, 2020. If anything, the need for professional learning accelerated out of necessity. As a school and district, we quickly pivoted, mostly focusing on scaling technological adaptation for our teachers and helping families learn how to use new platforms, including Google Meet, Google Classroom, and PearDeck. I think it’s fair to say that we managed to do the best we could in the attempt to minimize learning loss as much as possible.

Virtual Listening Tour Underscores Need to Prioritize Professional Development, Especially During Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the traditional educational experience and creating the most complicated learning environment of our time, the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning launched a virtual listening tour in May to learn more about the effects of the pandemic on teaching and learning. Impact Florida partnered with the Lastinger Center to …

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4 Ways to Turn Curiosity into a Springboard for Civic Learning

A child’s natural curiosity about how society works can serve as a powerful springboard for civic learning. As a parent and social sciences educator, I believe it’s our responsibility to help children develop an understanding of social issues along with the roles and responsibilities of being an active participant in our nation’s democracy. Equipping my …

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Impact Florida partners with Harvard’s Proving Ground to support the most vulnerable students amid COVID-19

Impact Florida, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization, and Proving Ground, an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University, have launched a cadre of educators and researchers across four Florida districts to address the pressing challenges their most vulnerable students face as they return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders …

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Internet Connectivity & COVID: K-12 Education’s Latest Equity Issue

When we talk about access to technology in education, we usually think of iPads and Chromebooks, and the myriad of applications and programs that schools use to engage and support students. But as schools and districts shifted to blended or completely virtual models of teaching and learning in response to COVID-19, a new equity issue …

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