Learn about Election Day and Veterans Day

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This month elections will likely be a popular topic in your classroom! We’ve included resources below to help your students better understand the election process and the results. November 11th is also Veterans Day, so check out the Veterans Day activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Election Day Resources

Veterans Day Resources

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 new teacher prep program in Tennessee.

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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 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.”

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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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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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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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Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway! Thank You Teachers!

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This month we want to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all that you do every day for the students in your classroom! You make a difference in the lives of so many children each day and though you deserve much more than a week of celebration, we hope this month’s freebies, giveaways, and resources will show a little bit of our admiration!

Thank You Teachers!

This month the Student Learning and Partner Success team is giving away five $50 Amazon gift cards and a gift basket filled with Step Up swag!

Click here to enter our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Register for our Free Virtual Event: Choice in Education Celebration

Have you heard about the Choice in Education Celebration? We are throwing a virtual party to close out the school year! This FREE event will be held virtually on May 26th from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. We will hear from Keynote Speaker Gerry Brooks, and giveaway fabulous prizes! Save your seat and REGISTER TODAY!

Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies and Deals

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Financial Literacy Resources For Teachers

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April is National Financial Literacy Month! Helping students to learn how to manage their finances sets them up for greater success and economic stability as adults. We are excited to share some excellent interactive digital and printable resources that you can use in your classrooms this month!

Awesome Resources from Florida:

Online Interactive Financial Literacy Program:

Other Free K-12 Financial Literacy Supplemental Lessons and Activities: 

  • The Council for Economic Education’s FREE Financial Fitness for Life program helps K-12 students gain a better understanding of economic concepts. The entire booklet can be downloaded by grade level and there is even a parent guide!
  • The U.S. Mint website offers lots of fun, engaging activities for grades K-6, including games!
  • The U.S. Treasury has a FREE dynamic four-lesson downloadable curriculum supplement for middle school students called “Money Math: Lessons for Life.”
  • Junior Achievement’s JA Personal Finance curriculum for high school students focuses on spending money wisely through budgeting, saving and investing, using credit cautiously, and protecting personal finances. Many of their courses are available virtually!
  • The PBS lesson Needs Vs. Wants asks students in grades 1-2 to consider the relationship between consumer goods and happiness.

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Women’s History Month Reading Challenge

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March is Women’s History Month! This month’s resources are dedicated to helping you celebrate Women’s History Month in your classroom. Challenge your students at any grade level to read about important women in history!

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Black History Month Celebration Ideas for Teachers

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February is Black History Month! As teachers, we know you are working toward representation and inclusion every day in your classrooms. This month we’ve included some resources to help you celebrate and honor Black History Month. We hope you can use these resources all year long!

2022 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests

  • First Lady Casey DeSantis announced this year’s Black History Month contests theme is Celebrating African-American Contributions to Florida’s History. Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

Teaching the Complete History

Virtual Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • In celebration of Black History Month, explore NMAAHC’s Searchable Museum. The Searchable Museum is an opportunity to engage with online exhibitions, virtual symposia and digital programs. The Museum reaches beyond walls to provide a rich digital experience that includes a multimedia presentation of NMAAHC’s historical narratives, collections, and educational resources.

Books, Lesson Plans, and Activities

  • Books and Vocabulary Recommendations for Black History Month – Click Here
  • Black History Month Lesson Plans – Click Here
  • Black History Month Free Activity Sheets – Click Here

Don’t Forget to Nominate for the Step Up for Students Rising Stars Awards!

Please join us in celebrating scholarship students around the state for our annual Rising Stars Awards! This year, Step Up for Students is offering a hybrid experience! In-person events will be held in Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Broward, or you may choose to attend a virtual award ceremony!

Nominate up to three scholarship students total from your school!

  • High Achieving Student Award
  • Turnaround Student Award
  • Outstanding Student Character Award
  • Super Senior Award

Nominate Your Students by February 11th. Click here to nominate!

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