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    Shane Syfrett
    Director of Professional Learning
    Aquilina Howell Building
    The mission of the Leon County Schools' Department of Professional Learning is to improve student achievement by providing support and resources that engage all educators in continuous professional growth. 

Weekly Updates

  • Holocaust Education Week: February 4-8

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 1/11/2019



    The Holocaust Education Resource Center is offering both personal and professional development opportunities during Holocaust Education Week (February 4-8):


    Join HERC for a day trip to the Florida Holocaust Museum on Saturday, January 26.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Barbara Goldstein at  


    HERC will premiere Eva, a moving and emotional documentary about Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor.   The premier will take place at TCC's Turner Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4.  See the attached flyer for details. 


    On Wednesday, February 6, historian and Holocaust scholar Peter Hayes will speak about his book, Why?  Explaining the Holocaust.  His presentation will take place in the TCC Library at 2:00 p.m. and the TCC Center for Innovation at 6:30 p.m.  Book signing and refreshments will follow his lecture. See the attached flyer for details.


    Peter Hayes 



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  • Black History Month - February 2019

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 1/10/2019





    February is Black History Month and an opportunity to highlight the contributions of African-Americans who have advanced and enriched American life.  As you begin planning your lessons for February, consider these Twenty-eight Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

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  • Celebrate Literacy Week : January 28 - February 1, 2019!

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 1/9/2019



     Celebrate Literacy Week 2019 will take place the week of January 28 - February 1, 2019.  Reading coaches and media specialists are working with administrators to plan ways to acknowledge the importance of literacy.  To learn more about the Celebrate Literacy Week Contest and activities, access the information at this link: Celebrate Literacy Week.

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  • Professional Development Opportunity: Using Museum Resources in the Classroom

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 12/13/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Academic Services is offering a workshop on using resources from local museums and institutions to engage students in active learning.  The workshop will take place on Tuesday, January 15th, from 8:00 to 4:00.  The primary venue is Florida's Historic Capitol, but participants will walk to nearby sessions in the R. A. Gray Building (State Archives and Florida Museum of History), the Florida Supreme Court Building, and the Black Archives Union Bank Building.  There will also be additional presentations by the Grove and Tallahassee Museum.


    Lunch will be provided by Florida's Historic Capitol.  Parking is available in the Bloxham Building on Calhoun Street.  Participants will need the ability to walk up to 2 blocks to visit local museums.  If not, we will work with you to make arrangements for your attendance. Participants may register in ClassLink Leon LEADS  (course number is 24103).  Academic Services will fund up to one teacher from each school.   Registrants should send any dietary requests to Kathy Corder.


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  • Register Now for Reading Endorsement Classes Winter Session!

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 12/13/2018

    Competency 2 Application of Research-Based Instructional Practices and Competency 4 Foundations and Applications of Assessment are being offered Winter Session. Register for either of these courses in Leon Leads.  For questions about Competency 2, contact Cara Zatoris.  For Competency 4, contact Kathy Corder.  

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  • Kids Voting Updates

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 10/5/2018

    Kids Voting

    This year, as in past years, Leon County Schools will participate in Kids Voting Leon County.  Whether your school provides mock voting on your campus or walks students to a nearby precinct, you will need to write Katie Ibarra, Leon County's Kids Voting Chair, at, to let her know your preference. Kids Voting sponsors at each school will need to attend ONE of the trainings offered on Monday and Tuesday, October 29th and 30th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Howell Center.  If you have any questions, contact Katie Ibarra at the email above or Kathy Corder at



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