Monthly Archives: June 2019

Number of Florida middle school students passing the state’s Algebra 1 exam continues to increase, putting more students in position to prepare for college majors in engineering and other STEM fields.

The numbers of Florida 7th and 8th graders passing the state’s Algebra 1 end of course exam in the spring testing period continued their sharp increases this year, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Education on Friday. … Continue reading

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Can dance help us invite K-12 students to the study of physics and careers in engineering, the physical sciences and computing? In Bay County, teachers are giving it a try.

Can dance be used to invite K-12 students into the study of physics if they might not have been willing to study the subject otherwise? Teachers from Bay and Walton Counties who teach at levels from first grade to high … Continue reading

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Preparing students for college STEM majors: FLDOE improved its course enrollment report in Spring 2019 by including dual enrollment. But the improved numbers still say that Seminole and Brevard Counties are best.

The Florida Department of Education was already the best in the nation for reporting on K-12 course enrollments at the state, district and school levels. This spring they even improved upon that by adding dual enrollment courses to their course … Continue reading

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Orange County Public Schools desperately wants to give every student access to careers in engineering, physics and computer science. Here’s how I know.

Orange County Public Schools desperately wants to give every student access to careers in fields like engineering, physics, computer science and the health professions. How do I know this? Exhibit A is the district’s Calculus Project, in which it identifies … Continue reading

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Florida just extended the time that new teachers have to pass the state’s General Knowledge test from one to three years. Will it help more teachers pass the test? Probably not.

Last summer, more than 1,000 teachers across Florida lost their jobs because they couldn’t pass the General Knowledge test, one of three exams that an individual must pass to earn the state’s renewable “professional” teacher certification. These teachers held temporary … Continue reading

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I want more of your students – including your first-generation students, low income students, students of color and women – in my classroom. And I want them to arrive prepared to succeed.

I probably take my teaching of students majoring in engineering, the physical sciences and computing in a studio-style physics classroom at Florida State University too personally. During a recent meeting, I finally became exasperated that my students were being discussed … Continue reading

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Florida’s teacher shortage: A response from a retired teacher to my op-ed in TCPalm.

On Wednesday, TCPalm.com published an op-ed I wrote titled “Florida’s teacher shortage is state’s most urgent education issue”. The piece was published in the print outlets associated with TCPalm on Friday morning. I received a response from Susan Auld, who … Continue reading

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