My Educational Journey: Teachers Matter

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

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

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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Five Conditions Build the “Magic” of Teaching

Impact Florida’s “Five Conditions” Build the “Magic” of Teaching

By Suzanne Beck, Guest Author While teaching is rewarding and worth every minute of it, being an educator is hard. As a classroom teacher, there were many days that I questioned if I’d done enough, if I’d met the rigor of the standard, if I’d pushed my students too much, or not enough. In looking…

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

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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Reflections on K-12 Education as Florida’s Legislative Session Begins

Today marks the opening day of Florida’s 60-day legislative session. You can almost feel the education world holding its breath and crossing fingers that any bills that pass (of the many filed) will improve, and not make more difficult, the ability to deliver a great K-12 education to the millions of students we serve in…

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

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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Student success requires a comprehensive approach of great teaching, student engagement and additional supports

In the research that led to the founding of Impact Florida, we traveled the state, speaking with district and school leaders to better understand what the key factors were in strengthening student outcomes — or student success. Along the way, we were fortunate to visit Quail Hollow Elementary School in Pasco County, which had shown…

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