Instructional Resources for Florida Teachers

Algebra Nation
Algebra Nation makes learning in Florida a dynamic, multidimensional social process – inclusive, non-linear, hands-on, energizing, effective and fun. The University of Florida and Study Edge pledge to help students unlock the door to success by giving them access to some of the state’s best math teachers and a host of highly effective online learning resources through unique Algebra Nation features. UF professors, master teachers and Study Edge experts have dissected the material tested on the End-of-Course exam and aligned Algebra Nation with the latest state standards. To learn more visit http://algebranation.com/about/about-algebra-nation/ , and read about UF highlighting Algebra Nation.

Common Core State Standards Toolkits
Florida’s elementary school teachers have free resources available to support the state’s transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2013-14. Following the successful CCSS Summer Institutes for educators, the Department has released the CCSS Professional Development Toolkits for English Language Arts for grades K-5. The helpful toolkits are available online and may be used by teachers as they explore the new curriculum and create their English Language Arts lesson plans around the new standards.
Common Core State Standard Resources

Florida Engineering Society
Resources for K-12 Teachers
The Florida Engineering Society (FES) has created this site to bring engineering into the classroom. It is a tool for both Engineers and Educators.

SchoolFamily.com
SchoolFamily.com is the only website focused exclusively on helping parents help their kids make the most of their school year. By providing families with expert insight, information and resources, SchoolFamily.com serves to help parents set their school-age children up for year-round success in school.

Professional Development Portal
A PD portal for exceptional student educators has been created to enhance the education of students with disabilities in Florida. Information on all state and regional training events offered by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) discretionary projects, including an event description and contact person, can be accessed from the portal.

PBS
Florida Public Learning Media
PBS Learning Media provides easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease and as always – it is FREE!

PBS Teacher Line

PBS TeacherLine’s high quality, standards-based graduate-level courses offer teachers the professional development opportunities they need in an accessible online format that makes learning fun, flexible and collaborative. You can earn graduate credit, PDPs, or CEUs while gaining strategies and resources to bring directly to your classroom.

C-SPAN
C-Span has a free resource for teachers to use in the classroom. they also offer a video library containing over 170,000 hours of shareable video that has aired on C-SPAN since 1987. Visit the following link to view the video library website.

Just Read, Florida! Recommended Reading Lists

CPALMS
CPALMS is a state wide infrastructure project to build information systems and tools to support the implementation of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). The project is led by the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University (FSU). CPALMS is collaboration between K-12 teachers, researchers, the Florida Department of Education, universities, district curriculum specialists, and many others: http://www.floridastandards.org/cpalms/Project_CPALMS.aspx.

Florida Virtual Curriculum Marketplace
The Florida Department of Education, in partnership with Learning.com, has created the Florida VCM, an open repository of free and fee-based educational resources. The Florida VCM helps teachers use a single login to find, organize, use, and assign educational content that meets Sunshine State Standards: http://www.learning.com/floridavcm/

Myvocabulary.com
Myvocabulary.com offers free, interactive resources online featuring Latin & Greek root-based activities at grade levels. Includes ESL/LEP/ELL lesson plans with audio, 390 word lists for required reading, daily puzzles, SAT and ACT test prep and assessment, worksheets, and 80+ calendar/themed content features. Vocabulary from 135 novels, with additional word puzzles, assist teachers and students. All features are printable and answers can be emailed. Also, read our monthly newsletters at http://www.myvocabulary.com/dir-general-latest_news

Lesson Corner
Lesson Corner provides a large searchable database of lesson plans for teachers and tools for creating worksheets for use in their classrooms.

What’s on the Menu? Financial Education for Families, Florida’s popular and FREE program to help teach elementary students how math and money go hand and hand is back! Volunteer USA Foundation is expanding the financial education program which targets 3rd-5th grade students and their families, strengthening the connection between classroom and home learning. It is offered on first-come, first-served basis so be sure to sign up early! Downloadable lesson plans, worksheets, classroom posters and more
Materials focus on 4 core math skills: addition, subtraction, multiplication & division
Email Teecy.Matthews@vvolunteerusafund.org to sign up your school.

Access Courses for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Access Courses to support the teaching and learning of Access Points for Math and Science are now available! – The Department of Education has developed 26 new K-12 mathematics and science courses for exceptional education students with significant cognitive disabilities instructed in the Access Points. Please visit www.floridastandards.org to view these Access Courses and links to related instructional resources.
Steps to Find Access Courses
Click on the “Course Description” menu link.
You can then retrieve Access Course information in two ways:
Browse
Select “Exceptional Student Education” for the section Select the grade group of your choice (e.g. Elementary)
Select the subject (e.g. Academic-Subject Areas)
Select an Access Course from the list or drop down.
(The new Access Courses have the word “access” in their title.)

Florida Healthy Schools
The mission of the Office of Healthy Schools is to create supportive school environments that provide students and staff the opportunity to develop positive health related decision-making skills, leading to optimal academic success and quality of life. Staff members in our office are available to assist with health education curriculum, physical education curriculum, and the creation of healthy school teams. To access the latest edition of the Florida Healthy Schools newsletter visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Family/CSHP/FHS_Newsletter_Vol2Issue7.pdf.  Visit www.volunteerusafoundation.org for more information.

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  1. Another great resource for all Florida educators is Professional Development Alternatives. the Website is: http://www.pda-ese.org/
    This online program, available to Florida educators since 2003, began with a partnership between the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and the Bureau of Educator Certification. The modules, free to Florida educators, are available statewide and are facilitated through the nineteen Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) centers.

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