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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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The Importance of Professional Learning

By Guest Author | Nov 5, 2019

Recently I had the privilege of testifying before the Florida Senate and House Education Committees on the vital importance of ensuring that Florida teachers are provided with robust, meaningful learning opportunities to continually refine their teaching practice. I was honored to present alongside a number of Florida superintendents and other experts in the field who […]

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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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