Florida education funders and education leaders gathered at Central Florida Foundation in Orlando for presentations on Florida Policy Landscape for Early Success, Early Success Plans, High School Graduation Rates and Statistical Dissconnects, and Innovative Scholarships' Survey Results and Goals. In addition, Philanthropy's Role with the Florida Partnership for Attainment was discussed.
Learn about the education priorities of key statewide organizations and policymakers, the budget outlook and the latest from Tallahassee in this one-hour webinar recording for those interested in Florida education issues.
Preview the findings of Homelessness and Education in Florida: Impacts on Children and Youth, co-authored by the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at UF and Miami Homes for All.
Commissioned by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the report explores the impacts of homelessness and housing instability on the education of children and youth in Florida by focusing on students’ experiences. The findings are based on student data provided by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and phone interviews with school district staff serving as homelessness education liaisons in 29 counties throughout Florida. The report also includes policy recommendations based on the report findings and best practices from across the country.
How One District Connected the Dots: Several years ago, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) in Sarasota approached Florida’s Sarasota County Schools, wanting to help the district think differently than it had in the past. Namely, the foundation wanted to help get kids engaged in STEM careers and linking enhanced classroom experiences through real-world business and community involvement.
GCCF originally set aside a $100,000 STEM-Smart grant to meet the specific program objectives. As part of that mission, Sarasota County Schools would not only need a way to get more students interested in STEM careers, but it would also have to create an environment where pupils could get more collaborative, integrate sophisticated technology and become team-oriented as they learned.
School district and city officials gathered in City Hall’s atrium Thursday to launch a year-long campaign to collectively thank teachers.
The program, sponsored by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, is an effort to encourage the public and many of the region’s top leaders to think about how teachers touched their lives and their community, said Trey Csar, president of the public education fund, which researches and supports public education.
There is a traveling art exhibit, which includes an interactive kiosk resembling a massive coffee table book. In it, readers can touch the pages and watch videos of Jacksonville’s leaders describing a special teacher’s impact on them.
At its inception, the Community Foundation and the Patterson Foundation teamed up to ensure students’ access to EdExplore’s programs. Committing to $500,000 each, distributing $100,000 annually over the course of its first five years. They recently announced that they will both be committing another $500,000 each over its next five years.
Although the district has always kept attendance records, the new dashboard shows which students are on track to miss more than 10 percent of the school year, and it provides instant analysis.
Jarvis said those interventions can be surprisingly simple. Using funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Patterson Foundation, principals have bought alarm clocks for chronically tardy children, umbrellas for kids walking to school in the rain and a child’s bike seat for a mother who bikes her kid to school. At one school, a child was consistently absent because of lice in the home, so school leaders paid to get the house deloused.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Patterson Foundation will make a combined $1 million investment in EdExploreSRQ over the next five years.
Launched in 2011 through a collaboration between the Patterson Foundation and the Sarasota County School District, EdExploreSRQ is an online search platform connecting teachers, principals and parents with experiential learning “explorations” available throughout the community. Since the platform’s creation, 69 organizations have posted more than 250 explorations vetted by Sarasota County schools for alignment with curriculum standards. More than 60,000 local students have experienced “explorations.”
“Communities that have seen the most progress are really looking at networking and collaboration and the knowledge that no one agency and no one program will make the difference,” Duda said.
The groups involved include the School District of Manatee County, Suncoast United Way, The Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading, the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County, the Manatee Community Foundation, Manatee County Libraries, the YMCA of Manatee County, the Patterson Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast, the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Forty Carrots Family Center and the Manatee Community Action Agency.
TAMPA, Fla. – The number of homeless students identified in Tampa Bay has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to a new report on the effects of homelessness on students’ education. The report, Homelessness and Education in Florida: Impacts on Children and Youth, is co-authored by the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at the University of Florida and Miami Homes for All.
Commissioned by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the report explores the impacts of homelessness and housing instability on the education of children and youth in Florida by focusing on students’ experiences. The findings are based on student data provided by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and phone interviews with school district staff serving as homelessness education liaisons in 29 counties throughout Florida.