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SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT IN THE STATE CAPITAL CALLS ON GOVERNOR, EDUCATION COMMISSIONER: ‘PLEASE SEND OUR CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL’

From Florida Phoenix

By Danielle J. Brown-June 4, 2020 

School Supt. Rocky Hanna in Florida’s state capital called Thursday on Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to bring students back to school in August. READ MORE

 

COLLEGE BOARD PAUSES PLAN TO LET STUDENTS TAKE SAT TEST AT HOME THIS FALL 

From EdSurge
By Tony Wan  Jun 2, 2020

The College Board has “paused” efforts to let students take the SAT at home, a plan it shared in April as an available option for students who want to take the college-admissions test but are unable to with many testing centers shuttered by the pandemic.  READ MORE

 

EDUCATION WILL LOOK DIFFERENT WHEN STUDENTS RETURN, BUT NO ONE IS YET SURE WHAT WILL CHANGE

Treasure Coast Newspapers    

Sommer Brugal,  Updated 9:12 a.m. ET May 28, 2020
How will schools look when they reopen after this pandemic? Even the people directing the sweeping changes aren't sure. READ MORE

 

Seven Tips to Prevent the "Summer Reading Slide"

Practical tips to help children practice their reading skills during summer break from the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) and Parents for Charter Schools

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 3, 2020) –   When children don’t practice their reading skills during summer break, they can start the new school year already behind. 

"Studies show that school-age children can lose three months or more of reading skills in just one summer," said Robert Haag, President of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.  "It can take them until December to catch up to where they were at the end of the previous school year."

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) and its partner organization, Parents for Charter Schools, released seven practical tips to help kids and parents prevent the summer reading slide.  The seven tips are:

Choose the right books.  Providing children with books that match their interests and skill levels is an important first step in encouraging independent reading.  If your child’s book is too easy, he or she will get bored.  If the book is too hard, your child will get frustrated and give up.  When your child reads a book that is at the right reading level, he or she will be challenged, but engaged.  Ask your child’s teacher for recommendations.

Set goals.  Set reading goals together.  Studies suggest that children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of reading skills achieved during the preceding school year.  Keep goals realistic and set up a reward system.  For example, if your child finishes three books, treat him or her to an ice cream cone.

Make it fun.  Your child will want to read if you sneak books into all the fun activities you do.  Heading to the beach?  Pack some books with you.  Try going on a “reading picnic” in the park.  Play games or puzzles together that will require your child to read words.  Sing songs or nursery rhymes with younger children.

Visit the library.  Public libraries often have great summer programs for kids, and they are usually inexpensive or free.  While you’re there, encourage your child to pick out some new books; he or she will be much more excited to read when choosing the book.  Be sure to call ahead to find out about restrictions libraries may have due to COVID-19.

Start a book club.  Set up a book exchange in your neighborhood or start a book club with families in your child’s class.  Your child’s school may allow you to check out books over the summer.   Be sure to ask.

Read every day.  Allot 15 to 20 minutes for primary grade students, 30 to 45 minutes for older students.  Practice makes perfect, and reading is no exception.  Show your kids that reading is a priority and they will treat it that way, too.  In the meantime, enjoy snuggling up with your child and sharing a book.

Read aloud.  Children of all ages love to read aloud.  It builds fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Membership in Parents for Charter Schools is free.  Parents who sign up at https://flcpcs.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mcform&view=ngforms&id=2001227#/ will receive a weekly email newsletter with information and tips to help children get the most from their charter school education.

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools.  Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven.  FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.

 

How to Keep Kids Learning through the Summer

Practical tips and sources to help you and your family focus on summer educational options from the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) and Parents for Charter Schools

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 1, 2020) –  Distance learning practiced at home during the coronavirus interruption of the regular school year can easily transition to a focus on summer educational options, according to two organizations with a history of leading Florida's charter school movement.

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) and Parents for Charter Schools released practical tips and sources to help kids keep learning through the summer.  Their learning routines followed during the past few months can be adapted to the summer season, instead of being abruptly ended.

"Educational experts tell us that children can lose between one and three months of progress over the summer if they don't practice reading and math skills," said Robert Haag, President of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.  "Teachers call this the 'Summer Slide,' when students can quickly fall back to earlier learning levels."

According to leaders of FCPCS and Parents for Charter Schools, it only takes 30 minutes a day to focus on grade-level skills during the summer.  It's important for families to maintain a regular schedule and designate 30 minutes every day to concentrate on reading and math skills.

Many excellent resources are available on line to support students and their families during the summer months.  FCPCS and Parents for Charter Schools recommend a free plan offered by the national PTA and other educational organizations to support summer learning in reading and math.  It begins with a free and easy readiness check at https://bealearninghero.org/readiness-check/and includes summer learning ideas tailored to a child's needs.

The organization Teach Thought offers a free MLB Summer Slugger Program to parents at no cost.  Students engage with content that reinforces key foundational and procedural skills while enjoying the freedom and motivation of a baseball-themed, game-based learning experience.  Details are posted on line at https://www.teachthought.com/life/what-is-the-mlb-summer-slugger-program/

Membership in Parents for Charter Schools is free.  Parents who sign up at https://flcpcs.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mcform&view=ngforms&id=2001227#/ will receive a weekly email newsletter with information and tips to help children get the most from their charter school education.  

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools.  Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven.  FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.

 
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