December 13, 2023
This is your weekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, innovative resources, and training opportunities for the out-of-school-time industry in Florida. Together, we can ensure all children and youth in Florida have access to affordable, available, high-quality expanded learning opportunities to foster their success in school and beyond.
Florida is the first state in the nation to establish a school grading system using progress monitoring instead of end-of-year high stakes testing and the results are now in. See how your school district fared by accessing the report directly from the source.
Department of Education Releases School Grades

As a part of Florida’s first-in-the-nation transition to using progress monitoring instead of traditional high stakes testing, grades for the 2022-2023 school year serve as a baseline and carry no negative consequences.

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Northwest Florida schools tackle chronic absenteeism...

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Students missing too many days from school has been a consist problem for faculty and parents in Florida.More than 450,000 students missed at

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Curls for Queens pop-up salon in Tampa Bay this Sunday

A nonprofit that helps young girls in communities of color feel better about their hair is offering no-cost salon services to Bay area girls.

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Microsoft and its increasing impact on Immokalee -...

If it's true that technology rules the world, then Microsoft's newfound commitment to Immokalee Foundation students brings this adage closer to home- for all of us in Southwest Florida. The Immokalee Foundation, in conjunction with Florida Gulf...

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Lake Nona High School to pilot weapons detection system

OCPS will pilot a schoolwide weapon detection system at seven randomly selected high schools.

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Phone Ban Produces 'Remarkable' Change at Orange County, ...

In the four months since Orange County Public Schools in Florida banned students from using cellphones at school, teachers and staff have seen positive changes. Some students are irked they can't use phones at lunch.

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Teen Day at the Capitol - Children's Week

Save the date! This unique opportunity for middle and high school students to get a better understanding of the legislative process up close and...

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Little Kitchen Academy sets sights on Florida, seeking...

Leading Montessori-inspired cooking school announces plans to expand in Florida with a focus on Broward County, Miami-Dade, Orlando, Palm Beach County and Tampa

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Family Engagement Grant Opportunity

STEM Family Partnership & Empowerment Project (2024) Learn how to effectively partner with parents and caregivers using the STEM Family Engagement Planning Tool/CARE Framework with the Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth (ISRY) at...

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LAST CALL: Apply to be part of 2024 FLIGHT CREW!

Flight Crew members participate in speaking engagements, attend events, connect with your local STEM community, and create exciting social media content, all to be an enthusiastic spokesperson for girls in STEM!

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After-School All-Stars find mentors in first responders...

LEARNING FROM OTHERS:: After playing street hockey and meeting Stinger last month, participants with the national mentorship program will be at tonight's game

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Lacking counselors, schools turn to the booming business ...

Video counseling at school was never an option before the pandemic, but an analysis by AP has found the service is now so prevalent it exists in 16 of the 20 largest school districts, including several in Florida.

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Preparing Yourself to Lead Computer Science Experiences
Well-prepared CS learning experiences are relevant, engaging, and appropriate for youth. Knowing how to effectively prepare for computer science learning will support inclusiveness and safety, and help you maximize youth engagement. This workshop focuses on selecting and planning CS experiences for all your program participants.

Join Click2ComputerScienceis for this virtual workshop on January 10, 12:00 - 1:30pm EST.

STEM Micro-credentialing & Digital Badging
ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) is excited to offer additional Information Sessions about STEM micro-credentials, which are competency-based, digital badges for afterschool and out-of-school professionals offered through the National Afterschool Association. These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length. You will learn about what Micro-credentials are and how to apply for them. Join ACRES for this informational session on Tuesday, January 16, 1:00 - 2:00pm EST.

Worlds of Work with WFSU
Webinar: YE Wednesday, January 10 at 1 PM
Students rarely imagine what they will be doing to earn an income when they complete their schooling, and if change is occurring as quickly as it in the last 20 years, there’s hardly a way to predict! What we can do is level up skills from one year to the next, so by the time they do graduate, they can navigate the world, no matter what it offers! Public Media has created multiple resources to help. Using Podcasts, Road Trip Nation, Meet the Helpers, KidVision, and American Graduate Initiative: Understanding Jobs reels there are loads of places to explore and experts to share their journey. We will especially lean into STEM jobs, since nearly everything is going to have an element of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Speaker: Tasha Weinstein, Education & Engagement Manager, WFSU Public Media
Beyond School Hours 2024 Workshop Preview

Workshops are already being confirmed for the 2024 conference in New Orleans. They are focused on the hottest topics in education to spark your interest and keep you at the forefront of innovation.

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Elevate your brand at the NAA24 Convention! Connect with influential leaders, showcase your products, and expand your market reach. Gain credibility, forge partnerships, and become a thought leader in the afterschool industry. With exclusive...

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