Press Release: Florida Department of Education
– K-12 and Florida College System educators strategize on transitioning to Common Core –
Gainesville, Fla., April 12, 2013 – More than 200 K-12 and Florida College System educators and administrators have gathered for the 8th annual Connections Conference at Santa Fe College in Gainesville to discuss Florida’s transition to the Common Core. This marks the second time the K-12 community has been involved in Connections and the first time the conference has focused on Common Core.
“The Florida College System embraces Common Core and what it means for college and career readiness,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “We stand ready to help the next generation of educators deliver Common Core instruction and look forward to collaborating with our public school colleagues to ensure successful implementation.”
The theme of the two-day conference is "Focus on the Future." With a mix of speakers from Florida and breakout sessions on Common Core and developmental education topics, the conference will provide meaningful and timely coverage on current trends in college and career readiness. Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett opened the conference as the keynote speaker.
“Florida’s students deserve a high-quality education that prepares them for college and career success,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “Transition to Common Core will provide deep mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary for college. It is important our schools and colleges work together to ensure a seamless transition to the new standards.”
For more information, visit Connections Conference.
About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 individuals who work in education throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.
About the Florida College System: Florida’s colleges remain the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, with 66 percent of the state’s high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college, and 82 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attending one of Florida’s 28 colleges. To learn more about the Florida College System, visit http://www.fldoe.org/fcs/.