Education

Common Core
2:15 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

How Common Standards, New Lessons Could 'Weed Out' Some Teachers

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:45 am

Before she retires, Shara Holt is getting teachers around the state ready to use Common Core standards. Holt is a literacy coach in St. Johns County who’s spent 41 years as an educator.

Florida is one of 45 states transitioning to Common Core State Standards right now.

It’s a new way of teaching that focuses heavily on fewer subjects, sets benchmarks for students at each grade level, and forces students to explain their answers.

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Common Core
10:49 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Among Conservatives, Concerns Grow Over New School Standards

Tea Party members protest Common Core in Ocala, Fla., in April. The new educational standards, adopted by almost all the states, are the object of a growing conservative backlash.
Bruce Ackerman Ocala Star-Banner /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

"Common Core" is one of the biggest phrases in education today. To many educators and policymakers, it's a big, exciting idea that will ensure that America's students have the tools to succeed after graduation.

But a growing number of conservatives see things differently.

For years, states used their own, state-specific standards to lay out what K-12 students should be learning, for everything from punctuation to algebra. But those standards varied wildly, so the Common Core replaces them with one set of national standards for math and English language arts.

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Community Contributor
7:23 am
Tue June 25, 2013

High Altitudes Help Languages Form In Different Ways, Study Finds

Tibetans have a unique adaptation to high altitude.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Language is formed by giving meaning to sounds and stringing together these meaningful expressions to communicate feelings and ideas. Until recently most linguists believed that the relationship between the structure of language and the natural world was mainly the influence of the environment on vocabulary. Now, a new University of Miami study shows that there is a link between geographical elevation and the way language is spoken. 

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Common Core
4:45 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Common Core Math Lessons Designed To Create A "Puzzler's Disposition"

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 10:18 am

“Boring.”  

“Wah wah wah.”

“Monotone.”

“Confusing.”

That’s how math teachers training in Common Core standards this week near Pensacola described their own childhood math lessons.

These teachers are learning how to make math an interactive, engaging experience for students under the new Common Core State Standards.

They’re were led by Ilea Faircloth, a staff training specialist for Bay County schools.

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Affirmative Action
10:57 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back To Lower Court

Abigail Noel Fisher, who challenged a racial component to University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy, speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during oral in the case in October.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 8:39 pm

One of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases of its current term — a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action admissions process — has ended with a ruling that does not revisit the fundamental issue of whether such programs discriminate against whites.

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Community Contributor
6:30 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Miami High School Students Discover Minorities Aren't Majority At College

Students of French Heritage Language Program in Miami.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

It was after school one day when I realized the usual frenzied tone had changed. The girls in my classroom looked worried.

As a journalism teacher, my room doubles as a newsroom, work space, photo studio and home away from home. It is the place where the kids brainstorm, write essays and articles, and -- every once in a while -- solve a few life crises. This was one of those days.

Placing my counselor hat on, I asked what was wrong. One girl’s eyes were wide and her face was folded into the saddest frown I'd ever seen. Another seemed just as dejected.

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Common Core
12:52 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

How Florida Administrators Are Preparing For Common Core

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 10:30 am

Florida schools have one more academic year to fully get ready for Common Core State Standards.

This new way of teaching is designed to better prepare students for college and a career.

Thousands of teachers are getting help from the Florida Department of Education at training sessions this summer – studying a different way to guide student learning.

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Teaching
7:49 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Florida College Says Education School Rankings Are Inaccurate

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 4:00 pm

A Florida college rated “substandard” in national rankings of education schools said the rankings were “inaccurate and misleading” and rely too much on information obtained on the Internet.

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Journalism
6:30 am
Wed June 19, 2013

How The Wynwood Arts Scene Inspired This Miami Fashion Startup

The homepage of the soon-to-be-launched Vividly website.
Credit Vividly

Thanks to YouTube, anyone can be a filmmaker. Thanks to Quirky, anyone can be an inventor. And now thanks to Miami natives Sabrina and Silvia Scandar and their soon-to-be-launched website, Vividly, anyone can be a fashion designer.

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Teaching
11:32 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Despite Union Lawsuit, Governor Signs 'Partial Fix' For Teacher Evaluations

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 12:57 pm

Florida teachers will no longer be evaluated – and have their pay based on – the performance of students they don’t teach.

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill passed by the Florida Legislature that should allay some of their concerns.

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Technology
11:25 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Visit Sarasota County's Classrooms Of Tomorrow

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 2:04 pm

We recently told you about the high-tech math and science classrooms in Sarasota County.

That story was this week’s StateImpact Florida feature on state public radio stations.

Listen to the story and check out some of the photos of actress Mayim Bialik working on algebra problems and science experiments with students.

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Community Contributor
7:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Wolfsonian Museum To Use Largest-Ever Donation To Go Digital

"Le Vélodrome" by Belgian artist Marcel Stobbaerts, among the museum's works that will be accessible online.

Five million dollars will go a long way toward helping The Wolfsonian-FIU museum share its collection with the world.

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Journalism
7:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Why This $350 Million Online Language School Moved To Miami

Open English is an online language school that has taught English to 100,000 students in more than 40 countries since 2006.

When Andrés Moreno, the chief executive officer of Open English gets off the plane in Bogotá, São Paolo, Caracas or pretty much any other major Latin American city, people who recognize him from the company’s TV ads stop to ask for photos and autographs.

So why, with all this notoriety, did the CEO of a $350 million dollar company that specializes in teaching English online to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking students move the company’s main office from Latin America to Miami three years ago?

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Digital Classrooms
7:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

What We Mean When We Talk About The Digital Divide In Florida

Students at Park Vista Community High School refurbish computers for donation.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

It’s finals week at Park Vista Community High School and a small group of students buzzes over an assembly line of used Dell computers that lie cracked open with all their electronic guts exposed.

Many of the donated computers that Stabio refurbishes in class will be given to families who don’t have computers at home. It’s part of a Palm Beach County program aimed at closing the digital divide.

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Medicine
7:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Florida’s First Liver Transplant Recipient Among FIU Med School's First Graduates

Engebretsen shares a proud moment with mother Mary Ann Lunde and husband Ryan Labbe.

Dr. Trine Engebretsen bristles at the mere hint of anyone expressing sympathy for her – something she makes clear when strangers ask about her story.

  After all, Engebretsen’s entire life has been one display after another of fortitude.

“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue,” she states, calling upon a quote. “Realize the strength, move on.”

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