Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to welcome students back to class on Monday, August 18, 2014, for the 2014/15 school year. To help students and parents prepare, the BCPS Back to School online resource is now available on the District’s website: browardschools.com/backtoschool
The Back to School online resource links parents to information about the school calendar; school opening/closing times; the Code of Student Conduct; before and after school child care; breakfast and lunch menus; and transportation services. There are also resources to help parents get involved in their child’s education, monitor their academic progress and much more.
Below are brief highlights of some of the new BCPS initiatives and programs in the 2014/15 school year.
What’s New in 2014/15
First Move Scholastic Chess Curriculum
In 2014/15, BCPS is launching the First Move scholastic chess curriculum in all second and third grade classrooms. This is the nation’s largest scholastic chess curriculum initiative in history, and will benefit over 34,000 students across the District.
The First Move scholastic chess curriculum helps to increase students’ critical thinking, problem-solving and social skills, while students are having fun learning to play the game. In addition, studies have shown playing chess increases students’ math skills, reading aptitude and overall academic achievement.
First Move was successfully piloted during the 2013/14 school year at three schools located in the city of Sunrise, with the encouragement and support of the city of Sunrise and its mayor. The Sunrise City Commission and the Broward League of Cities also passed resolutions supporting the inclusion of scholastic chess in all Broward County public schools.
Personalized Learning Environment and Digital Infusion Programs for the 2014/15 School Year
In the 2014/15 school year, BCPS is expanding its current personalized learning environment initiatives, including Digital 5 and a new pilot Digital 6 program, and adding new Digital Infusion programs for sixth and ninth grades. The goal of the Personalized Learning and Digital Infusion programs is to create blended, student-centered learning environments to:
Maximize learning outcomes for all students;
Personalize instruction for the wide range of learners;
Increase student engagement and collaboration;
Enable students to perform real-world, complex learning experiences; and
Ensure students gain digital literacy skills necessary for 21st century college and career choices.
To learn more, visit: http://browardschools.com/Parents-Students/Back-to-School/What-is-New.
Pre-K – 8th Grade School Model
The District is establishing three additional PreK-8th grade school models. This year, three elementary schools – Annabel C. Perry, Coral Springs and North Lauderdale, will include grades PreK-6th, moving toward implementing the Pre-K-8th grade school model.
Sheridan Technical High School
BCPS is excited about the opening of its newest high school, Sheridan Technical High School, which is located on the former site of the Sunset Learning Center in Fort Lauderdale. The repurposed campus, with its 30 classrooms and state-of-the art technology upgrades, will provide high school students with high-quality, rigorous academic programs, and technical instruction in over 20 career fields. For more information, visit: sheridantechnicalhighschool.com/.
Broward Technical Colleges
Broward Technical Colleges (formerly Broward Technical Centers) boast state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, informed and skilled faculty, and industry-validated educational programs. E-learning opportunities have been expanded in a variety of workforce education programs to better serve the needs of students who require flexible scheduling options. In addition, the Broward Technical Colleges provide business training solutions on technical college campuses, at business sites and online to address specific training needs and schedules. Working with the District's industry partners, BCPS career and technical education programs have been honored with national awards of excellence. For more information visit: BrowardTechnicalColleges.com.
On June 9, 2014, the School Board of Broward County approved a resolution to place an $800 million General Obligation Bond on the November 4th ballot. The proceeds of this bond would be utilized for capital improvements and to purchase technology for teachers and students. To learn more about the SMART initiative, visit: http://browardschools.com/smartfutures.
For more “What’s New in 2014/15” highlights, visit browardschools.com/backtoschool.
ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 229 schools and education centers and 94 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit (browardschools.com), follow us on Twitter (@Browardschools) and like us on Facebook @ (facebook.com/browardschools).