The Littlest Lady Wins the Biggest Prize- Elaine Saef, Broward Principal of the Year 2017

The leadership of a principal permeates the school building. Elaine Saef pours her heart and soul into Panther Run Elementary. And, when she finaled for 2017 Principal of the Year, about a third of the over 1000 guests came just to support her. Her win was a raucous celebration of love. “This school is family. Everyone is […]

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The ESSA School Bells Are Ringing and There’s No Sign of Florida

States begin submitting their plans for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) today, but I have no clue what’s happening with Florida’s. The ESSA plan tells the Department of Education (DOE) how we intend to measure student achievement and school performance. It is the roadmap for school accountability. And, Florida has a lot of latitude to change things. It’s unsettling to not know what my state is up […]

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The Education Long&Short of March 20th-March 31st

Faces of Education is a South Florida-based education conversation space where we share stories, information and opinions about how education happens all around us. Parents know it takes a village. Every two weeks we bring you bite-sized pieces of what’s going on. Here is the Long&Short of it: We dedicated a lot of digital real […]

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Choice Goes Virtual And May Never Go Back

17 year old Micah is a transplant from Trinidad. She’s in the 11th grade, a member of the National Honors Society and the President of Key Club. And, she attends Broward Virtual Schools (BVS) full time. Virtual school is just as it sounds; classrooms are transported virtually through the power of software and the internet […]

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Florida’s Vanishing Students and the Graduation Rate Scam

Last Wednesday, the Florida commissioner of education announced a statewide investigation. Some schools are allegedly manipulating their graduation rates by pushing struggling students, many in their senior year, to switch to alternative schools so they don’t drag down the school’s graduation statistics. If you don’t know, alternative schools exist to help students with behavioral issues, […]

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Using Twitter To Connect Students- Ty Thompson, Principal of Broward’s 2nd Largest High School

Stoneman Douglas High has over 3500 students, yet Principal Ty Thompson has managed to create a community where students feel connected to him AND their school.  His use of Twitter has transformed the way he communicates with students, staff and parents alike.   Up for 2017 Principal of the Year, Thompson shares his hopes for changes in testing, and the future of Stoneman […]

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Education Department Wants to Trim the Fat on Those Crazy Useless After School Programs

President #45’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, proposes cutting $1.2 billion of funding for afterschool and summer programs because there is “no demonstrable evidence they are actually helping [academic] results.”  Logically, he explains, after school programs are an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars. Think again. As a parent of two, a taxpayer and a 16-year veteran of running after school and […]

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March 13th- March 18th

This week was a busy one in the education world and Faces captured some of the big, bold, scary, and stupid stuff that happened.  Here’s the long and short of it: Over My Dead Body Last week Broward Schools took a ground-breaking stand against immigration action on school campuses. This week, Miami-Dade superintendent Carvahlo, says federal immigration agents […]

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