Monthly Archives: July 2018

Have Florida’s college- and university-based teacher preparation programs made themselves irrelevant in math and science?

The data source for the graph below is the 2018-19 Critical Teacher Shortage Area report from FLDOE. In the Orlando Sentinel, Leslie Postal described what one district – Orange County – is doing to overcome the lack of production of math … Continue reading

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Nuclear Hogwarts: The Head Wizard at FSU-PC’s Nuclear Medicine and Science Camp was Rutherford High School’s Rachel Morris

Maybe Rutherford High School physics and math teacher Rachel Morris has a different recollection of what happened on the first morning of the Nuclear Medicine and Science Camp for rising 9th graders at FSU’s Panama City Campus on Monday, but … Continue reading

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It shouldn’t take two months for a new bachelor’s degree graduate in physics to obtain a temporary certification in physics from the Florida Department of Education.

A new bachelor’s degree graduate from the FSU Department of Physics has made the difficult but noble decision to become a high school physics teacher.  She has a teaching job in a high-needs school waiting for her next month. To … Continue reading

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FSU nuclear workforce grant includes nuclear medicine and science summer camp for rising 9th graders in Bay County

From Kathleen Haughney of FSU’s University Communications group: A team of Florida State University physicists will receive $1.7 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration over the next five years to help boost the nation’s nuclear science workforce. Physics Professors … Continue reading

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I’m not looking forward to teaching this fall without my partner Danielle Simmons

A few years ago, I was sitting in the office of my colleague and friend David Van Winkle, who was in charge of assigning our physics department’s graduate teaching assistants to courses. The studio physics courses that David and I … Continue reading

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Is the Florida “teaching gap” narrowing, as Miami Today reported? Not in math and science.

Miami Today reported this week that Florida’s teacher shortage is being successfully addressed. My conversations during the last few months with administrators and department heads responsible for hiring high school teachers in math, chemistry and physics has given me an entirely … Continue reading

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How a terrible idea achieves eternal life: Florida’s ACT/SAT-based Best and Brightest scholarships

Last year, Florida spent $70 million paying bonuses of about $7,000 each to more than 9,000 teachers in part because those teachers had earned scores in the 80th percentile or higher when they took either the ACT or SAT college … Continue reading

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