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Are you looking for new ways to develop as a leader? Tis month’s resources are dedicated to helping you grow! Check out the upcoming events and resources linked below.

  • Read about the “Five Conditions that Support Great Teaching” from Impact Florida’s guest column. Impact Florida’s President Mandy Clark and Associate Professors at the University of Florida Christopher Redding and F. Chris Curran discuss how to create the infrastructure at your school that is necessary to foster great teaching.
  • Check out Impact Florida’s Education Summit. This is a unique opportunity for education leaders to recognize, support, and scale great teaching practices in Florida schools. The event will occur on March 2-3 at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida. During the Summit, education leaders will connect with colleagues across the state, learn from national experts and one another, and be re-inspired for the work ahead.
  • Explore these upcoming conferences from the Herzog Foundation. Herzog Foundation provides training, events, and conferences to address relevant topics within the Christian education sphere. These events will be a time to share best-practices on specifics from national thought leaders. Focuses will include Christian school administration training, network building events, marketing tools, and online education to name a few.
  • From reimaginED, the policy and public affairs blog for Step Up For Students: “Five Florida education providers are among 64 quarterfinalists from 33 states and the District of Columbia who are in the running for a prestigious $1 million award for educational excellence. SailFuture in St. Petersburg, RCMA Immokalee Community Academy, Hope Ranch Learning Academy in Hudson, Colossal Academy in Davie, and Kind Academy in Coral Springs all are vying for the prize that recognizes those providers who strive to offer education that meets the four adjectives whose first letters spell the acronym for the award: Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless.” To continue reading, click here.

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Easy STEM Activities at Home or in the Classroom

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This month’s post is all about finding easy ways to encourage STEM exploration at home! We have included easy STEM-related activities that you can share with families, or use in your classroom. These activities require very little prep and are a great way to encourage parents to get involved with their student’s learning at home!

Check out this list of quick and easy STEM activities categorized by age:

Stem Activity Category Age
Post-It Number Match Math Activity Math Toddler
Counting beads on pipe cleaners Math Toddler
Marshmallow Snowflakes Engineering 5-12
Build a Marble Run with Straws Science 5-7
Build A Hand Crank Winch – Little Bins for Little Hands Engineering 8+
Make a Cloud in a Jar – Science experiment Science 8-10
Laser Puzzle Boxes Technology 8-10
Crushing Cans Science Experiment Science 11+
Make an Alka – Seltzer Powered Lava Lamp Science High School
Hydroponics Made Easy Science High School

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Have you heard about reimaginED?

Step Up for Students has a blog called reimaginED that examines and reports on how expanded education choice options are transforming K-12 education in Florida and the nation. You can read about unique innovations in education like this article about a unique program in New Hampshire schools that supports STEM learning.

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Celebrate International Literacy Day and Hispanic Heritage Month

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On September 8th, we celebrated International Literacy Day. This day was founded in 1966 to keep the importance of literacy in the forefront of local communities. Tremendous progress has been made in the years since, however, illiteracy remains a world issue. This month serves as a reminder to encourage our youth to pick up a good book and explore new worlds.

Some easy ways to celebrate this day are:

  • Donate books to local classrooms
  • Gift a book to someone
  • Start a community “Free Little Library”
  • Check out these 27 Literacy Activities that work for K-12

Beginning September 15th, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  This month celebrates the achievements of famous Hispanic Americans, along with everyday people and families. It is an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture in school and at home.

  • The Library of Congress has many resources that teachers can utilize in their classrooms.
  • Expose students to all kinds of Spanish music by playing it over you PA system. Here’s a playlist for ideas.
  • Decorate the hallways with flags from Hispanic countries.  Students can color their own here.
  • Set up a Domino table in a common area with simple play instructions. Have fun!
  • Explore the minds of famous Latinos by printing out their quotes and displaying at your school for all to see.

Have you heard about reimaginED?

Step Up for Students has a blog called reimaginED that examines and reports on how expanded education choice options are transforming K-12 education in Florida and the nation.

How many times have you wished for more adults in the classroom with you? Arizona State University’s new teacher education program is designed to do just that! It’s team teaching reinvented, and you can read about in on our reimaginED blog. Here’s a peek: “Each team shares about 150 students and is comprised of at least three certified teachers and a lead teacher, who both instructs and manages the classroom. Other educators join the core depending on students’ needs. Their roles include special educators, teachers of English language learners, teacher candidates who are completing residencies, and paraeducators… Instruction incorporates project- and inquiry-based learning to allow students to learn more deeply. Teachers are joined by community partners who also serve as team members. Gone is the traditional bell schedule.”

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. We hope you will celebrate all year, but we’ve included some resources to help make this month special!

Have you heard about reimaginED?

Step Up for Students has a blog called reimaginED that examines and reports on how expanded education choice options are transforming K-12 education in Florida and the nation.

How many times have you wished for more adults in the classroom with you? Arizona State University’s new teacher education program is designed to do just that! It’s team teaching reinvented, and you can read about in on our reimaginED blog. Here’s a peek: “Each team shares about 150 students and is comprised of at least three certified teachers and a lead teacher, who both instructs and manages the classroom. Other educators join the core depending on students’ needs. Their roles include special educators, teachers of English language learners, teacher candidates who are completing residencies, and paraeducators… Instruction incorporates project- and inquiry-based learning to allow students to learn more deeply. Teachers are joined by community partners who also serve as team members. Gone is the traditional bell schedule.”

Scroll to the bottom of the article to subscribe to reimagiNATION and get our articles on how expanded education choice options are transforming K-12 education in Florida and beyond in your inbox every day!

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Classroom Management Resources for the New School Year

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Welcome to the start of an exciting new school year! This month’s resources are dedicated to implementing effective classroom management. We hope these resources are useful as you help your teachers prepare for the new year.

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Make Prep for the School Year Easy with These Free Resources

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It’s almost time to go back to the classroom! This month’s resources are dedicated to making planning and classroom prep easy over the coming weeks.

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Planning for Professional Development

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This month’s resources are dedicated to looking ahead to next year’s professional development options. Create your faculty’s professional development plan for the year now!

Look at your budget, examine the dollars you received from Title 2 Part A last year, and plan accordingly. Be sure to download our free printable professional development worksheet.

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Easy Back-to-School Prep Ideas

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We hope you are enjoying your summer break! This month we’ve included a few online professional learning options and some easy back-to-school prep ideas for you to peruse while you relax by the pool!

Easy Back to School Prep:

Summer Online Professional Learning Options

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Tips for Increasing School Enrollment

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As the 2021-2022 school year comes to a close we hope you will take a moment to celebrate your successes! We’ve included a document to help you reflect on this year and begin thinking about the next school year. We also included some tips on increasing enrollment over the summer!

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Reflect on a Successful School Year

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Congratulations on finishing a rewarding and challenging year in the classroom! Before you begin your well-deserved break, take a moment to reflect on the past school year. Reflection is a vital component of growth. This month we’ve included a free printable document to help you reflect on your successes and challenges and envision a fantastic year ahead.

Grab Your Coffee and Your Favorite Pen!

Free Summer Reading Programs to Share with Your Students

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