Monthly Archives: July 2017

Collision course: Rising demand for upper level high school math courses and decreasing supply of new Math 6-12 teachers

The number of Florida high school students who enroll in calculus courses is rising, and that trend – which will improve the preparation of students for careers like computer science and engineering – may accelerate in a few years. But … Continue reading

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Is online math instruction the solution to Florida’s growing math teacher shortage?

Franklin County is preparing a “virtual” Plan B for its middle and high school math program. The Apalachicola Times reported this week that the district’s search to replace its three math teachers – all of whom departed the district’s secondary school this … Continue reading

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Bay County Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony set for October 2

The third annual induction ceremony for the Dr. James T. and Jana L. Cook Future Physicists of Florida FSU Panama City Chapter will be held on Monday, October 2 at the Holley Center located on the Panama City campus of … Continue reading

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My pitch to high school parents to prepare their students properly for college STEM majors

The Tallahassee Democrat has now published the written version of my pitch to high school parents to prepare their students properly for college STEM majors. When I give that pitch to a group of parents in person, the slides below are what … Continue reading

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The Bay County STEM Career Prep Renaissance Continues – Physics is Page 1A above the fold in today’s Panama City News-Herald

A big thank you to Rutherford High School physics and math teacher Rachel Morris for this photo. You can read the story here. One issue with the story:  It says “The district has the lowest physics enrollment in the state,” … Continue reading

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What to do about the rapid decline of the number of new high school math teachers in Florida

The number of new teachers fully certified to teach the highest level high school math courses in Florida (and therefore earning the state’s “Math 6-12” certification) is dropping quickly.  Many high schools are already filling the gaps left by the … Continue reading

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Florida Teacher Certification Exam results show sharp declines in supply of Math 6-12 and Physics teachers

While teacher shortages have made headlines in the past year, a look at results of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams for the years 2013-2016 show that at least at the high school level the sharpest declines in the supply of … Continue reading

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