PCCA faculty, students contributing to St. Petersburg theater scene — This week proves a busy and exciting one for the theater faculty and select students at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Two community theater productions will be opening with PCCA teacher and student involvement.
Tampa Bay Times
2013 Barnes scholars rise above diversity — How do you keep going when your world is falling apart and you want to give up? You remember what your mother told you: “Querer es poder … Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” That no-excuses attitude is what distinguishes Juan Dominguez, Mary Kujak, Jamie Scott and Aubrey Wetzelberg. They are the winners of the 2013 Barnes Scholarships, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times Fund.
Educators, decisionmakers saying deadline for Common Core won’t be met — Florida schools are getting ready for big change. In the words of state Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, the move to the Common Core State Standards will “transform the way students learn, teachers teach and how we assess those two activities.” Students will see tougher coursework, revised textbooks and new tests to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Schools will get new computers, improved Internet access and the capacity to keep it all running.
Florida’s new education standards to change teaching, testing — With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, students in Florida, 44 other states and the District of Columbia will be learning some concepts earlier than ever as schools rethink how to prepare children for life after high school. Some concepts have even been dropped because the standards push educators not to waste time on rarely used information. The state launched Common Core in kindergarten and first grade over the past two years, and other grades are due to join next school year. The schedule calls for full implementation in all grades — and a new test to replace the FCAT — by 2014-15.
Pinellas aims to grow technical schools — Pinellas County schools are pushing an ambitious plan to train students for careers early on, but school officials say you would never know it when looking at enrollment numbers for the area’s technical education centers. “Our enrollment has plateaued in recent years, but our emphasis has not been on high school and appealing to younger students” said Arlene Corbin, administrator for Pinellas Technical Education Centers. “We’d like to turn that around.” So would the school district, which is developing a plan to expand career training opportunities in the next two years.
College Fund of Pinellas elects officers — The College Fund of Pinellas County held its annual meeting Feb. 22 at the Largo Public Library, kicking off the organization’s fiscal year and setting the tone for fund raising and selection of college grant recipients.
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Fourth grader helps those in need through her art — A Pinellas County fourth-grader is generous beyond her years and is using her gift to touch the lives of others far away. Nine-year-old Hannah Arthur has a passion to help others that just comes naturally. Through her art, the Lakeview Fundamental student is protecting kids in Ethiopia from a disease that kills 200,000 kids in Africa every year.
New student, kindergarten registration for fall opens in Pinellas — New student and kindergarten registration for the 2013-’14 school year opened Monday in Pinellas County.
State Impact Florida
Most Educators Say They Are Familiar With Next Generation Education Standards — Seven out of ten educators in a national survey said they have had at least two days of training for new, tougher education standards adopted by Florida and 44 other states. But more than half of those surveyed disagreed that their textbooks and curriculum were aligned with the new standards.