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Teaching Reading in the United States, Reconsidered

By Guest Author | Oct 4, 2019

Note: In a session at Impact Florida’s 2019 Summit, Dr. David Steiner talked about the importance of building knowledge in the teaching of literacy. Below, he expands on his thoughts about what is needed to improve student success in reading. Policymakers in the United States often focus on the achievement gap in reading competencies between […]

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A Shared Vision for Great Teaching

By Guest Author | Sep 27, 2019

At the 2019 Impact Florida Summit, Kurt Browning discussed how he and Pasco County educators created a shared vision that puts students at the center of their work and gives teachers and leaders clarity about what great teaching means. In Pasco County, we’re on a journey to be an “A” rated school district and, more […]

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Reflecting for A Successful School Year

By Guest Author | Sep 20, 2019

Note: Tequilla was a speaker at Impact Florida’s 2019 Summit where she spoke about upending The Opportunity Myth. Four years ago, TNTP partnered with five school districts to try to answer this essential question: How can so many students graduate from high school and yet not be ready to meet their goals for college and […]

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Together We Are Better: The Necessity and Beauty of a Professional Learning Network for Upending the National Literacy Crisis

By Guest Author | Sep 13, 2019

Note: In a session at Impact Florida’s 2019 Summit, Robin McClellan described her efforts to transform literacy instruction in public schools in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Here, she reflects on that process, and the Professional Learning Network that helped her along the way. “Together We Are Better.” At one of our district’s elementary schools, the teachers […]

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Impact Florida Launches “Districts For Impact”

By Impact Florida | Sep 11, 2019

New Initiative in Partnership with Florida Association of District School Superintendents Aims to Help Districts Share Promising Instructional Practices Across Districts TALLAHASSEE — Impact Florida, in partnership with the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS), today announced the launch of Districts for Impact, an initiative focused on sharing and promoting promising instructional practices across […]

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Getting Specific And Descriptive About Our Challenges With Equity

By Guest Author | Sep 5, 2019

At the 2019 Impact Florida Summit, Sonja Santelises spoke about leading her district through a review of the materials, practices, and opportunities it provides to students and determining whether the district is providing those resources in an equitable way.  In her speech and this blog post, she describes how looking at and combating this “educational […]

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My Educational Journey: Teachers Matter

By Guest Author | Aug 8, 2019

Ahead of my senior year at Florida State University, this summer I have been gaining professional experience for my Family and Child Sciences practicum by working at Impact Florida. I was drawn to Impact Florida’s devotion to the type of education all students deserve and the organization’s commitment to enhancing experiences between students and teachers. […]

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Elevating Great Teaching

By Mandy Clark | Jul 26, 2019

Everyone loves a great teacher. This is an indisputable maxim of our culture. Each school year, we seek them out for our children and shower them with ceramic apples, gift cards, and more mugs than they can count.  Very rarely, though, do we as a culture invest in what teachers do to become great at […]

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Four Tips for Leaders to Boost
Their Planning Process

By Mandy Clark | Jun 6, 2019

In his book Leverage Leadership, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo notes, “Exceptional school leaders succeed because of how they use their time: what they do, and how and when they do it.” Summer is a great time to take a step back to reflect on your successes from the past school year and plan with intention for the […]

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Impact Florida’s Education Summit highlights importance of great instruction in closing opportunity gaps

By Trey Csar | Mar 19, 2019

Strengthening classroom instruction at scale across the State of Florida is not something one individual or organization can do alone. It is an undertaking that demands the building of a diverse and powerful coalition of education leaders. It is also an undertaking that promotes the right supports for hard-working teachers that will help them make […]

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Impact Florida launches with education summit, focus on collaboration and advocacy to support great teaching

By Impact Florida | Feb 28, 2019

With a focus on improving the quality of teaching across all Florida classrooms, the new organization Impact Florida this week launched its efforts to empower education leaders to recognize, support, and scale excellent teaching practices so all children can realize success in life. Impact Florida is marking its launch by hosting an education summit, “Bridging […]

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