Focus on Kids, Not Adults, To Build 21st Century Learning: Superintendent Robert Runcie

It’s not easy to get an audience with the person holding the highest office in the school district, so when we do we take full advantage. We get the parent-insider on big ticket items from the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, Robert Runcie. In our first conversation last month Runcie was serious about staying focused on our schools and […]

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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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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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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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On The Way To School Choice the DOE Just Kicked Over All The Signs Parents Need To Choose Schools

The Department of Education (DOE) no longer requires each school to report one overall score or rating of their performance, and as a parent I feel cheated. Why?  Because there was no replacement offered to give parents an easy way of knowing how our schools are doing. It’s fine if the new DOE administration doesn’t feel the method of single-rating is useful to […]

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Broward Schools Just Built Some Really Big Walls to Keep Immigrant Kids IN.

Oh, so we are doubling down on immigration enforcement officers and cutting federal funding to sanctuary cities?  But don’t worry.  This only applies to the “bad guys.” Really??? There has been a suspicious drop in schools attendance of our Hispanic students in Palm Beach and Broward.  And, last month, one of our high school students told his teacher […]

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