Thank You Administrators! Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway!

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This month we want to take a moment to say thank you for all the work you do all year long! We also hope to give you some ideas to show your teachers how much you appreciate the work that they do every day!

The Student Learning and Partner Success team is giving away five $50 Amazon gift cards and a gift basket filled with Step Up swag! Be sure to share this post with your teachers!

Click here to enter out Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Register for the Choice in Education Celebration Free Virtual Event

Have you heard about the Choice in Education Celebration? We are throwing a virtual party to close out the school year! This FREE event will be held virtually on May 26th from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. We will hear from Keynote Speaker Gerry Brooks, and giveaway fabulous prizes! Save your seat and REGISTER TODAY!

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

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Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway! Thank You Teachers!

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This month we want to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all that you do every day for the students in your classroom! You make a difference in the lives of so many children each day and though you deserve much more than a week of celebration, we hope this month’s freebies, giveaways, and resources will show a little bit of our admiration!

Thank You Teachers!

This month the Student Learning and Partner Success team is giving away five $50 Amazon gift cards and a gift basket filled with Step Up swag!

Click here to enter our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Register for our Free Virtual Event: Choice in Education Celebration

Have you heard about the Choice in Education Celebration? We are throwing a virtual party to close out the school year! This FREE event will be held virtually on May 26th from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. We will hear from Keynote Speaker Gerry Brooks, and giveaway fabulous prizes! Save your seat and REGISTER TODAY!

Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies and Deals

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Resources for Growing Your School Library

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April is National School Library Month! We know that building and growing a school library is extremely challenging. This month’s resources aim to provide you with ideas and resources to grow and develop your school or classroom libraries.

Collecting Books and Building a Library Space at Your School

Resources For Classroom Libraries

  • Check out these free classroom library tools like book bin/shelf cards, classroom posters, and more from Follett Learning.
  • Make labeling your books easy with this reading level chart from Booksource.
  • Check out classroom books to students right from your phone with this free Classroom Checkout App!

Resources For School-Wide Libraries

Digital Library Options

  • Several free apps make it possible to access digital books through your local library instantly! All students, parents, or teachers need is a library card! Check out Hoopla Digital or Libby to learn more.
  • EPIC also offers educators access to thousands of high-quality books for free in the classroom!
  • Explore other free options for digital reading in this blog post from Differentiated Teaching!

Did You Know?

  • The Student Learning and Partner Success team at Step Up for Students is hosting a Choice in Education Celebration for teachers in May with inspiring speakers, giveaways, and more! This FREE event is open to all SUFS school leaders and educators. Click here to register!
  • Step Up for Students has a blog called reimaginED that examines and reports on how expanded education choice options are transforming K-12 education in Florida and the nation. The most recent article explores the law that was just passed expanding the scholarship program to law enforcement officers. Read the story here and be sure to subscribe! 

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Financial Literacy Resources For Teachers

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April is National Financial Literacy Month! Helping students to learn how to manage their finances sets them up for greater success and economic stability as adults. We are excited to share some excellent interactive digital and printable resources that you can use in your classrooms this month!

Awesome Resources from Florida:

Online Interactive Financial Literacy Program:

Other Free K-12 Financial Literacy Supplemental Lessons and Activities: 

  • The Council for Economic Education’s FREE Financial Fitness for Life program helps K-12 students gain a better understanding of economic concepts. The entire booklet can be downloaded by grade level and there is even a parent guide!
  • The U.S. Mint website offers lots of fun, engaging activities for grades K-6, including games!
  • The U.S. Treasury has a FREE dynamic four-lesson downloadable curriculum supplement for middle school students called “Money Math: Lessons for Life.”
  • Junior Achievement’s JA Personal Finance curriculum for high school students focuses on spending money wisely through budgeting, saving and investing, using credit cautiously, and protecting personal finances. Many of their courses are available virtually!
  • The PBS lesson Needs Vs. Wants asks students in grades 1-2 to consider the relationship between consumer goods and happiness.

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Finding and Retaining High-Quality Teachers

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This month’s post is dedicated to finding and retaining quality teachers. Below are a few resources on effective recruitment strategies that must be paired with a thoughtful approach to retain and reduce the teacher turnover that plagues schools and districts and undermines student success.

 

Teachers are critical to students building the knowledge and skills they need for their future. Without well-prepared teachers working in every classroom, it is difficult for schools to sustain the transformational and supportive learning environments students need and deserve. Amid declining teacher preparation enrollment, rising preparation costs, inadequate professional development opportunities, and dormant compensation, schools and districts face a broad range of challenges that undermine their ability to recruit and retain a stable, effective, and diverse teacher workforce.

Have you heard about reimaginED?

Are you already a reader of the Step Up For Students Education Roundup but would like to expand your knowledge of education choice issues in Florida and beyond? Did you know that reimaginED, the policy and public affairs communications platform for Step Up, which houses the education roundup, is so much more than the roundup?

Launched a decade ago, reimaginED examines and reports on how expanded education choice options are transforming K-12 education in Florida and the nation. The reimaginED team tracks education choice legislation across the country, while contributors rely on their experience to write about the explosion of education options – traditional district schools, charter schools, private and parochial schools, homeschooling, learning pods and more – and the various means available for tapping into these options.

If you are an educator with the need for a well-rounded picture of what’s happening in Florida and other states, bookmark reimaginED and visit frequently – content is updated every morning at 6 a.m. and at various times throughout the day.

Here is an example of a story on reimaginED that you won’t want to miss!

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Women’s History Month Reading Challenge

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March is Women’s History Month! This month’s resources are dedicated to helping you celebrate Women’s History Month in your classroom. Challenge your students at any grade level to read about important women in history!

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Celebrate Black History Month with Reflection

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As you celebrate Black History Month at your school, we hope you’ll also take a moment to reflect on your school environment. This month’s resources will help you examine current practices and think differently about discipline and mindfulness.

2022 Black History Month Educator Award Contest

  • Governor Ron DeSantis’ and First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to any full-time educator who works in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida (including public, charter, private, home or virtual). Deadline to apply is Friday, 2/18, so nominate that exemplary educator today! Click here to nominate!

Take a Closer Look at Discipline Patterns

  • Celebrate Black History Month by taking a close look at your discipline patterns. Have you examined your discipline referrals by race lately? Research by Skiba et al (2011) indicates that students from African American families are 2.19 (elementary) to 3.78 (middle) times as likely to be referred to the office for problem behavior as their White peers. In addition, the results indicate that students from African American and Latino families are more likely than their White peers to receive expulsion or out of school suspension as consequences for the same or similar problem behavior. Click here to learn more about the research.
  • Check out the End Zero Tolerance Toolkit for resources on building a supportive school discipline system that does not rely on classroom removals, suspensions or expulsions.

The Mindful Reflection Protocol

  • Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, recommends a technique called the Mindful Reflection Protocol for teachers to reflect on their reactions to student misbehavior. “The Mindful Reflection Protocol is process that can help a teacher see their implicit bias in action. This protocol was developed teacher educators, Barbara J. Dray and Debora Basler Wisneski. The protocol is simple. It asks teachers to look at an incident through three lenses: description, interpretation, and evaluation. Teachers are asked to just describe what is going on literally with no judgment. Then, they are asked to focus on interpreting the action. What does it mean to you when the child does that? Still with no judgment. Once you’ve interpreted, then try to reflect on how you judge the action or behavior – what value to you give to your interpretation. I’d also ask teachers to notice how they interpret the same behavior from two students from different racial backgrounds. This process allows teachers to create some distance from thinking and actions that are sometimes on autopilot because things are happening so fast in the classroom.” Click Here to Learn More About Mindful Reflection.

Examine Your Classrooms

  • Are you unconsciously contributing to the achievement gap through your class assignments? According to The Education Trust’s December 2021 report, “Black and Latino students are not assigned to experienced and qualified teachers due to decisions school leaders make about which courses students have access to and which teachers teach those courses. In other words, even in schools that look like they have a relatively experienced and qualified workforce, Black and Latino students may still be disproportionately assigned to courses taught by novice educators.” Take a look at your class assignments: are your non-white students more likely to be in classes taught by a first or second-year teacher? Click here to learn more.

Resource Corner:

  • Looking for high quality learning resources? We know that high quality learning resources are always on your mind. We have listed several opportunities below that may benefit your school. Click here for more information and a list of upcoming webinars!
  • Podcast alert! Listen to Ronda Dry talking to two school leaders about their switch to content-rich curriculum and the impact it has made on their student achievement.

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Black History Month Celebration Ideas for Teachers

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February is Black History Month! As teachers, we know you are working toward representation and inclusion every day in your classrooms. This month we’ve included some resources to help you celebrate and honor Black History Month. We hope you can use these resources all year long!

2022 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests

  • First Lady Casey DeSantis announced this year’s Black History Month contests theme is Celebrating African-American Contributions to Florida’s History. Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

Teaching the Complete History

Virtual Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • In celebration of Black History Month, explore NMAAHC’s Searchable Museum. The Searchable Museum is an opportunity to engage with online exhibitions, virtual symposia and digital programs. The Museum reaches beyond walls to provide a rich digital experience that includes a multimedia presentation of NMAAHC’s historical narratives, collections, and educational resources.

Books, Lesson Plans, and Activities

  • Books and Vocabulary Recommendations for Black History Month – Click Here
  • Black History Month Lesson Plans – Click Here
  • Black History Month Free Activity Sheets – Click Here

Don’t Forget to Nominate for the Step Up for Students Rising Stars Awards!

Please join us in celebrating scholarship students around the state for our annual Rising Stars Awards! This year, Step Up for Students is offering a hybrid experience! In-person events will be held in Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Broward, or you may choose to attend a virtual award ceremony!

Nominate up to three scholarship students total from your school!

  • High Achieving Student Award
  • Turnaround Student Award
  • Outstanding Student Character Award
  • Super Senior Award

Nominate Your Students by February 11th. Click here to nominate!

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Let’s Focus on Literacy!

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This month’s post is all about literacy! Check out the amazing articles and resources below and take a moment to reflect on these questions:

  • Do you have students who are struggling readers?
  • Does your student achievement data support the ELA Curriculum that your teachers use today?
  • Research shows that many teachers rely on Teachers Pay Teachers and Google for lesson planning. Would you like to provide your teachers with a research-based, fully lesson planned reading curriculum?

Resources to Inspire New Reading Goals:

 

  • EVENT POSTPONED! Come hear Natalie Wexler share her expertise on a knowledge-rich curriculum LIVE at the Great Minds Knowledge Summit! This event has been postponed. Stay tuned to learn more about Great Minds and Wilson Language. Register NOW for the Great Minds Knowledge Summit– For more information on the Summit and pricing, click here.

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National School Choice Week Resources

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National School Choice Week is January 22 – 29, 2022.  NSCW shines a spotlight on effective K-12 education options for children to raise awareness of school choice across all 50 states.  Whether you want to share your participation in School Choice Week, celebrate it, or find new resources, be sure to check out the links below!

Get the word out:

School Choice Resources:

Have you heard about the Great Minds Knowledge Summit?

  • Looking to explore new knowledge-based curriculum options for reading, math, and science for your school? Check out the upcoming Great Minds Knowledge Summit this summer! Click here to sign up and learn more!

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