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Keep Looking Up by Kyle Jeter

By Guest Author | May 8, 2020

I began teaching Astronomy in 1997 and have always believed the goal is to not only teach the wonders of the Universe, but to allow students to learn new technologies, collaborate in a work-place like environment, and express their own creativity in the process of doing so. Even with the social distancing and distance learning we are experiencing, it presents an opportunity for us to look up and tap into an interest that your kids may have and that you may  learn together. 

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Have You Ever Appreciated Teachers More?

By Mandy Clark | May 6, 2020

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week again, but this year feels a whole lot different. Parents everywhere (this one included) are hitting the wall trying to recreate the elements of a productive learning environment that existed in our children’s schools just a few months ago. As we attempt to successfully navigate the matrix of information and […]

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Parent Pedagogy 101: Part 5

By Kelly Zunkiewicz | May 1, 2020

Part 5: Shifting from “I Don’t Know” to “I Can Figure It Out” Parent Pedagogy 101 is focused on sharing how the skills used by master teachers in their classrooms can also be used by parents to support learning from home. These skills include asking questions to guide learning, highlighting mistakes as part of the […]

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Parent Pedagogy 101: Part 4

By Kelly Zunkiewicz | Apr 24, 2020

During this current period of COVID-19 and social distancing, parents are stepping up in tremendous ways to help their children through the ups and downs of distance-learning. In our Parent Pedagogy 101 Series, we take a close look at skills master teachers utilize in the classroom and showcase how they can be used at home. […]

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Parent Pedagogy 101: Part 3

By Kelly Zunkiewicz | Apr 10, 2020

In this week’s Parent Pedagogy 101, we will discuss the power of wait time, a strategy to provide your child with time to think and process information. It is a skill used by master teachers that can be applied at home, too. Wait time also blends seamlessly with the use of the what, how, and […]

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Parent Pedagogy 101: Part 2

By Kelly Zunkiewicz | Apr 3, 2020

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

By Kelly Zunkiewicz | Mar 27, 2020
Parent teaching son

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!

By Mandy Clark | Mar 13, 2020

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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Palm Beach increasing equity through course access and strong materials

By Mandy Clark | Feb 21, 2020

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

By Trey Csar | Jan 31, 2020

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

By Kelly Zunkiewicz | Jan 24, 2020

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

By Mandy Clark | Dec 20, 2019

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

By Mandy Clark | Dec 13, 2019

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

By Impact Florida | Nov 22, 2019

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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