A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
As the field of education evolves from year to year, one thing remains the same--teaching is hard work! Florida is blessed with teachers who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of students every day. Whether it's a new teacher who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the content, or a veteran teacher looking for ways to challenge students even further, the Florida Standards Bootcamps have something to offer everyone. Looking ahead to this summer, I'm already excited thinking about the collaboration, learning, and celebrations that will come from this experience.
--Aaron Smith, Executive Director - Florida
WHAT ARE BOOTCAMPS?
Florida Standards Bootcamps are two-day intensive trainings offered in math and ELA at every grade level, focused on the content of the two most challenging domains. These domains were identified using data from state assessments and from reflections from educators on the areas they want the most help. The cost to attend Standards Bootcamps is $600/seat for non-partner districts and $560/seat for partner districts.
Click here for more information on the specific Bootcamps being offered in Summer 2018.
WHO ARE THEY FOR?
We design these days for any and all teachers: seasoned veterans who want to dig into a specific standard that they found particularly challenging to teach, new teachers who are learning the standards for the first time, or teachers who are learning a new content area.
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Click here for more information for leaders.
WHO LEADS THEM?
Florida Standards Bootcamps are about teachers teaching their fellow teachers. Our Content Coaches are current or very recent expert educators who understand the challenges firsthand. They have received extensive training in their content area and have gone through a competitive selection process before joining our Bootcamps team.
WHEN ARE THEY?
Florida Standards Bootcamps last for two days each, and are offered in both June and July.
Florida Standards Bootcamps Dates:
- June 19-20
- June 21-22
- July 17-18
- July 19-20
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Registration for all Florida Standards Bootcamps is open on this website through May 28, 2018. District and school leaders will be able to register groups of teachers or individual educators may register themselves.
WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED?
We partner with school districts to host Florida Standards Bootcamps regionally at local schools. Our goal is to offer training events within a two-hour drive of any teacher in the state.
Florida Standards Bootcamps Sites:
- Duval County - June 19-20, June 21-22
- Walton County - July 17-18, July 19-20
- Pasco County - June 19-20, June 21-22
- Volusia County - July 17-18, July 19-20
- Highlands County - June 19-20, June 21-22
- Palm Beach County - July 17-18, July 19-20
WHAT HAVE OTHER TEACHERS THOUGHT ABOUT BOOTCAMPS?
Last summer, our participants in other state's Standards Bootcamps found great value in them. 92 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the training was a valuable use of time. Check out what other teachers are saying about their experience attending Standards Bootcamps in 2017:
“[After attending the training, I have a better] understanding the standards and I am bringing home materials I can actually use in my grade level. I loved that every ounce of my time spent pertained to my grade level.”
“Having a training coach with exceptional expertise and leading such a deep series of tasks involving summarizing, central idea, vocabulary, evidence citing, word use, and text features along with pulling apart standards above and below grade level with such rigor proved to be an exceptional learning experience that will help me along with my team teachers to better prepare students to face the challenges faced in 3rd grade. Also, another beneficial part of Bootcamps was collaborating with grade-level teachers over complex informational texts and having guidance from our Bootcamps coach in this area.”
“Diving deep into the content was helpful to see the varied strategies. I also found clarity in teaching specifically the way the standard is written. This was often found through discussion of the completed tasks. I also was thankful that our presenter was a 5th grade math teacher. He knew exactly what we go through in our classrooms each day and gave incredible feedback for how we can use certain strategies.”
“I would love to be able to attend Bootcamps on other standard clusters.”