Florida Association of  
Partners in Education 
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   President's Message!
Greetings Volunteer Coordinators and Business Partners Coordinators ,
It is 2020, and the vision is looking good. Since our board has many new members, I thought it would be nice to include photos of everyone in this newsletter so you can put a face to those who may be contacting and connecting with you.
As many districts have staff changes in departments, we want to make sure everyone who should be receiving this newsletter, actually does. Please check with your co-workers to see who may be missing from our database. We want to include volunteer coordinators, business partnership specialist/managers, and community outreach departments. You can send updates to Kathleen.wright@ocps.net and Bonita.Hampton@fldoe.org .
We are hoping to fill a FAPE board position. The Ex-Officio board member assists in planning of events and other needs. It is not a board position with full responsibilities, but takes on initiatives important to the president. It is an excellent way to become involved in your state organization. If you are interested, please let me know.
We want to hear from you! There are several ways to do that: connect with your regional representative, follow us on Facebook, or submit and share the great things happening in your district for submission in the newsletter! The best way to keep up to date is to join FAPE! Information on how to join is included in this edition of the newsletter.
Until Next Time,
Kathleen Wright
President, Florida Association Partners in Education
Manager, Partners in Education, Orange County Public Schools

We would like to introduce you to our FAPE Board and Regional Representatives.
Kathleen Wright
Orange County Public Schools
Manager,  Partners in Education

President Elect
Debra Blossom
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Assistant Department Manager
Volunteer Services Administration Division

Nancy H. Wait
Volusia County Schools
Facilitator, Volunteer/Partnership Programs
Marilyn Seay
Regional Reps
Region 1
Kelli Walker
Leon County School
Volunteer Office
Region 2
Liz Stark
Alachua County Public Schools
Volunteer Coordinator
Region 3
Robin Davis
Osceola County School District
District Volunteer Liaison Specialist
Region 4
Michelle Roberge
Pinellas County Schools
District Volunteer Coordinator
Office of Strategic Partnerships
Region 5
Stacey Oak
Palm Beach Schools
District Volunteer Program Coordinator 

DOE Liaison 
Bonita Hampton
Director, Family & Community Engagement
Florida Department of Education

Past President  
Misa Miller
Seminole County Public Schools
Community Involvement/Public Information
Dividends/RSVP Programs
We invite you to renew or join FAPE for the 2019-20 school year! FAPE is your professional organization that promotes community involvement in public education throughout Florida. Membership provides you with opportunities to network and share resources with creative volunteer and partnership professionals.

Benefits of FAPE Membership:
  • Free Business Partnership & Volunteer Program Webinars
  • Statewide Community & Business Networking
  • Community Engagement Volunteer Award - $500
  • Adele Graham Volunteer Coordinator Award - $500
  • FAPE Academy-Online Training
  • FAPE Newsletter
Membership Levels
  • Individual Membership - $25
  • Institutional Membership (10 members) - $200
Business Partners
  • Platinum - $2,000 - Awards, present awards, newsletter, webpage logo, spotlight in newsletter, contacts
  • Gold - $1000 - Newsletter, webpage logo, spotlight in newsletter, contacts
  • Silver - $500 - Newsletter, webpage logo, contacts
Click here to join today!!! FAPE Membership Form

  2019 Fall Leadership Recap

Fall Leadership 2019 was a great success! Over 20 school leaders attended. The evaluations were very positive and everyone took home new ideas to implement in their districts. Topics at the conference included Faith Based and Community Partnerships, Business Partnerships, Removing Barriers for Special Populations, Mental Health Awareness for Coordinators, Group Mentoring, Family Engagement, Senior Volunteers, and two excellent keynote speakers. Please consider attending next year to network and learn from your colleagues!

FDOE Announces New B.E.S.T.  
K-12 Standards 
The Florida Department of Education has completed the review of Florida's K-12 academic standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics and made recommendations for revisions. The proposed Florida Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards will provide the foundation for teaching and learning are expected to be released in the coming days.  Click here for a summary of the process and highlights of the expected changes. 

Best Practice Tip 
Didn't get holiday greetings out? Not a problem! Send a "Welcome to Second Semester" or a "We Love Our Partners" greeting in February! Touching base with businesses on a regular basis is important to relationship building.
A great way to organize information to communicate with school sites is through Google Docs, Cloudup or Dropbox where updating is easy and information is accessible. No more searching through emails to find one particular attachment. Many of these programs are free!
Submitted by:

Kathleen Wright
Manager, Partners in Education
FAPE -President