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Parent Pedagogy 101: Part 2


Parent Pedagogy 101 is a multi-part Insights series that focuses on strategies that serve as the foundation for great learning, whether at home or at school. In this series we discuss methods for questioning, normalizing mistakes, incorporating wait time, and keeping it positive, even when you don’t know the answer. Our hope is this can…

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Parent Pedagogy 101: Part 1


During this unprecedented time of learning from home, there are resources from teachers, schools, education companies, and even museums. Families have access to materials, but now must decide how to implement them in the best possible way for their children.  As an educator who has taught children from age 5 to twelfth grade, and in…

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Happy Birthday, Impact Florida!


It’s hard to believe we officially turned 1 year old on February 28! As we reflect back on this past year, we are amazed and humbled at the passion and hunger with which Impact Florida has been embraced by practitioners, leaders, and other important education stakeholders. Not only did we establish our mission, values, and…

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A Systematic Approach to Professional Learning in Miami-Dade County Public Schools


In February, Impact Florida held its fifth and final Learning Walk of the inaugural Districts for Impact cadre, hosted by Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). Cadre leaders came together to learn how the district has developed a systematic approach for the professional learning of its teachers and leaders – one of Impact Florida’s Five Conditions…

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Palm Beach increasing equity through course access and strong materials


In February, Impact Florida held its fourth Learning Walk in the School District of Palm Beach County. On this visit, cadre leaders came together to learn about how Palm Beach County schools are increasing access to high-quality instructional materials – one of Impact Florida’s Five Conditions That Support Great Teaching – to empower each student…

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Leveraging Data for Continuous Improvement in Collier County Public Schools


In late January, Impact Florida held its third Districts for Impact Learning Walk in Collier County, bringing together leaders from our five participating Florida districts. Our visit gave Collier County Public Schools a chance to share its Data Dialogue Process, which leverages data for continuous improvement – one of Impact Florida’s Five Conditions That Support…

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Why Learning From Each Other is Vital for Student Success


Successful classrooms don’t have to be the same – and quite honestly, they shouldn’t be. I learned this valuable lesson from my mentor Jon Wilhelm while student teaching in college. His classroom was exciting, and the students contributed on a level I had not seen or experienced before. Observing different methods of teaching, different levels…

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Learning to Empower Leaders through Data Stocktakes in Osceola County


In early December, I attended our second Districts for Impact Learning Walk in Osceola County, joining leaders from our five participating Florida districts. Our visit gave the Osceola district a chance to share its Data Stocktake Process, which empowers leaders to scale great teaching beyond individual classrooms – one of Impact Florida’s Five Conditions That…

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Salary Raises Are Among Many Ways Florida Can Support Its Teachers


Teachers want to experience the joy of seeing their students succeed. For many great teachers, it’s their primary motivation. Impact Florida shares Gov. DeSantis’ goal of moving Florida to the top of the salary rankings nationwide. Yet, as important as financial rewards are, they are only part of the support that teachers need to be…

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Leaders from Five Districts for Impact attend first Learning Walk in Pasco County


In October 2019, leaders from five Florida school districts gathered in Pasco County for the exciting opportunity to participate in Impact Florida’s first Districts for Impact Learning Walk. Districts for Impact is a new initiative focused on creating a stimulating learning environment to share promising instructional practices that are improving the equity of access to…

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