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    Shane Syfrett
    Director of Professional Learning
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    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

  • 2019 Superintendent's Teacher Leader Academy (STLA)

    Posted by Shane Syfrett on 6/16/2019
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  • ECO-STEM Teacher Bootcamp

    Posted by Kathleen Malloy on 5/8/2019 10:30:00 AM

    ECO-STEM Teacher Bootcamp announcement

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  • Summer Reading Endorsement Schedule

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 2/5/2019 12:05:00 AM

    Teachers interested in pursuing the Florida reading endorsement designation may take online courses this spring and summer through Leon LEADS.  The following classes will run from June 5th through July 30th:

     

    Competency 1:  Foundations in Language and Cognition (#23205) 

    Competency 2:  Application of Research-Based Instructional Practices (#23175)

    Competency 4:  Foundations and Applications of Differentiation (#23202)

     

    Teachers may take up to two reading endorsement classes within a term.  Additional courses will be offered when teachers return in the fall.  If you have questions about the reading endorsement classes, contact Kathy Corder at corderk@leonschools.net or Cara Zatoris at zatorisc@leonschools.net.  

     

     

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  • Black History Month Brings Scholarship Opportunities

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 1/31/2019


    Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation

     

    Tallahassee, Fla. – First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme and student contests for 2019 Black History Month. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating Public Service” to recognize and pay tribute to African-American leaders who play prominent roles in public service in Florida.  Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

     

    About the Student Art Contest 
    First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.

     

    About the Student Essay Contest
    First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all 4-12 students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8) and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

     

    About the Excellence in Education Award 
    First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.

     

    Contest Entries and Nominating Forms and Guidelines 
    Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florid 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, FL 32311, or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.  All entires must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019.

     

    For more information about the contests and to watch First Lady Casey DeSantis’ welcome message for Black History Month, please visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com

     

     

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  • Black History Month Resources

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 1/29/2019

     

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    February is African-American History Month and an opportunity to highlight the achievements of African-Americans who have contributed to the advancement of American ideals and culture.  The National Archives houses a wealth of resources and lesson plans on teaching African-American history/studies.  To explore these worthwhile  materials, go to:  https://www.archives.gov.

     

     

    Other ideas for celebrating African-American life can be found at  Twenty-eight Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

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  • Holocaust Education Week: February 4-8

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 1/11/2019

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    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 barbara@holocaustresources.org.  

     

    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 

     

    Eva

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