Education

Journalism
6:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

A Must Read For Mexican Youth, Animal Politico Arrives In Miami

Editor-in-Chief Daniel Eilemberg (left) and Creative Director Adrian Saravia (right) have set up shop in Miami in order to keep their eyes trained on Animal Politico’s future, which will likely involve opening at least one bureau in the United States.
Credit Linda Kinstler

On the second story of the posh Albion Hotel on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach sit the U.S. offices of Animal Politico, an online news site dedicated to Mexican politics that is quickly becoming one of the most respected—and hip—news sources in Latin America.

Founded in 2009 as an anonymous Twitter account called “PajaroPolitico,” or “Political Bird,” Animal Politico has quickly emerged as a must-read news source among Mexican youth.

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Analysis
11:58 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Florida Test Gains Among Nation's Best Since 2003

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 12:27 pm

Florida students had some of the nation’s largest gains between 2003 and 2011 on a key national standardized test, according to a new analysis by Education Sector, a nonpartisan policy research group.

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Journalism
6:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Building Miami's Silicon Beach One Startup At A Time

A warm greeting on the wall of office space inside The Lab Miami.
Credit Marie Gilot

As classmates at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Wifredo Fernandez and Daniel Lafuente were “always cooking up ideas for businesses” that the pair dreamed of launching.

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Journalism
6:30 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Google Fellows, WLRN To Profile Miami Tech Startups

Google Journalism Fellows visit the soon-to-be "Fusion newsroom" ( a joint venture between Univision and ABC News.)
Credit Knight Foundation

When Google takes an interest in journalism education, we are happy to help.

This summer, Google is launching the Google Journalism Fellowship, recognizing that behind many blue links on Google “is a journalist and that quality journalism is a key ingredient of a vibrant and functioning society.” The eight fellows started off with a week-long visit to Miami, hosted by Knight Foundation.

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Education
6:37 am
Mon June 10, 2013

WLRN Teams Up With FIU To Tell Radio Stories In A Digital Age

FIU students work with WLRN staff to produce their own radio reports.
Credit Photo by Doug Garland

The class is gathered around a conference table in the newsroom shared by the Miami Herald and WLRN public radio. On the screen in front of them is a reporter, John O’Connor, connected via Skype. This class often covers how multimedia platforms are taking over newsrooms, so it makes sense that today’s speaker is streaming live from the Internet.

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Aviation
6:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How One Family's Tragedy Became Training For Future Pilots

Timothy Johnson Jr., who the scholarship is named for, doing what he loved: flying.
Credit The Johnson Family

Life has been difficult this year for one of Wynwood’s most celebrated gallerists.

Nina Johnson, owner and operator of Gallery Diet, has been emotionally supporting her family through the worst of times. 

In December of 2012, Nina’s brother, Timothy Johnson Jr., a pilot in his free time, was flying alone in a two engine Cessna that took off from Lantana Airport. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

His father, Tim Sr., watched the aircraft ascend, falter and go down.

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Diversity
6:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Se Habla Espanol? Pioneering Bilingual Ed At Miami's Coral Way Elementary

A first-grade, Spanish-language reading class at Coral Way Elementary in 1964. A thermometer on the wall shows that it was cold on that winter day.
Credit University of Arizona's Coral Way Bilingual Elementary Program Oral History Project

The first English/Spanish bilingual education program in the country started at Miami's Coral Way Elementary in 1963. It was supposed to be a temporary curriculum to help Cuban students retain their language and culture, while people waited for the Castro regime to fall. 

Today the school, which has since expanded to the eighth grade, continues to thrive. Coral Way's elementary students spend about 60% of the day learning in English and 40% learning in Spanish.

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Jobs
7:14 am
Mon June 3, 2013

If Employment Game Has Changed, Who's Teaching The Rules?

Students aren't getting the advice they need to be successful, according to Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sun June 2, 2013 1:31 pm

It still pays to earn a college degree. That is, if you get the right one. Georgetown University published a report Wednesday that looked into this dilemma.

"The labor market demands more specialization. So, the game has changed," says Anthony Carnevale, the report's co-author and director of Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce.

Carnevale says students probably aren't choosing the right degrees because they haven't been given the right guidance.

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Community Contributor
6:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Teachers May Sometimes Feel Like Sisyphus, But Pushing That Boulder Has Its Benefits

Neyda Borges was selected the Region I Teacher of the Year in 2011.

What have I learned this school year?

I've learned that teaching is hard. Not only because of the curriculum, not only because of the new tests, new rules, new measures. Not only because there are tests, tests, and more tests. But because it so often feels like an insurmountable, thankless, stressful endeavor.

The rules are always changing. The tests are always changing. And the blame for anything and everything that goes wrong usually falls squarely on our shoulders.

But teaching is also so rewarding.

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Digital Classrooms
8:49 am
Mon May 27, 2013

What Florida Schools Can Learn From One Laptop Per Child

First grader Adam Redding and his mother Lyndra Forbes research the parts of a plant on a classroom computer.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

It’s family literacy night at Holmes Elementary School in Liberty City, and first grader Adam Redding is reading a poem about plants while he absentmindedly tips dirt out of a plastic cup and onto a laptop.

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Education Policy
11:18 am
Fri May 24, 2013

What Did You Learn In School This Year? Tell Us Your Story

What did you learn in school this year? Tell us!
Credit photostock / freedigitalphotos.net

It was a big year for education policy in Florida.

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Florida Budget
3:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Florida's Education Budget By The Numbers

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 10:02 am

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a budget that’s very different than the one he’s been paying for since he authorized massive education cuts two years ago.

Back then, pundits speculated Scott may have sealed his fate as a one term governor when he proposed a few billion dollars worth of cuts to education. Scott, for his part, seemed surprised by the widespread backlash.

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High School
12:12 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Miami Herald Honors Students With Silver Knight Awards

Aminda Marques Gonzalez (left), executive editor of The Miami Herald, and Manny Garcia (right), executive editor of El Nuevo Herald, present a Silver Knights award in business to Michael Jones from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Broward County.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch/Miami Herald Staff

Many of this year’s Miami Herald Silver Knight winners are well-acquainted with adversity — through their own families’ personal heartaches or the struggles of those living halfway around the world.

But a telling theme emerged Wednesday night at the 55th annual Silver Knight Awards ceremony: Rather than become despondent over life’s unfairness, these high school seniors vowed to make a difference, and that spirit of determination has led to some far-reaching accomplishments.

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Education
9:54 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Documents Show K12 Struggling With Teacher Quality

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 12:01 am

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida have obtained internal emails and a recording of a company meeting that provide new insight into allegations that K12 Inc., the nation’s largest online education company, uses teachers in Florida who do not have all of the required state certifications.

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Politics
6:48 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Jeb Bush Is Sticking To His Guns On Parent Trigger Bill

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 12:47 pm

The Foundation for Florida’s Future isn’t giving up on the parent trigger bill. They’re asking people to announce their support on Twitter and other social media with ready-made post to cut and paste.

The bill — officially titled Parent Empowerment in Education — would give parents more power in choosing how to change a chronically failing school.

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