BCPS Employees Enjoy Wellness Initiatives!

Did you know BCPS employees can take part in a variety of free wellness initiatives organized by the District's Benefits Department? Pictured: BCPS employees enjoy an 8-week Zumba course, as part of the Get Fit, Stay Fit pilot program. To learn more about upcoming wellness events Click Here

Welcome Back From Spring Break

Superintendent Robert W. Runcie welcomes BCPS employees back from Spring Break. To watch the video message Click Here

BCPS Students and Employees are Invited to Participate in the Above the Influence March

Broward County Public Schools and United Way of Broward County are hosting the second annual “Above the Influence” Youth March/Rally on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The goal is to inspire individuals to make good choices and reach their full potential. This event is a great opportunity to take a stand against violence, bullying, drugs, crime, alcohol abuse and other risky behaviors. Learn More

BCPS Community Involvement Awards Ceremony is April 9, 2014

Don't miss the District's Annual Community Involvement Awards as BCPS celebrates its volunteers, mentors and partners in education. Learn More

Check Out the Friday Focus!

Each Friday, the Public Information Office publishes the Friday Focus, a weekly roundup of BCPS news highlights. Bookmark the page to stay up-to-date on the great things happening in the District. Check it out

Mark Your Calendar for the Caliber Awards

Broward County Public Schools annual Caliber Awards recognizes the District's Teacher, Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year, as well as the School-Related Employee of the Year. This year's ceremony will be held at the Broward Convention Center on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. The presenting sponsor of the Caliber Awards event is BrightStar Credit Union. To learn more or to purchase tickets, Click Here

Did You Know...

Broward County Public Schools is proud to be the District winner of the Florida Green School Award by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The District was honored for its P3 (Preserving our Planet for Prosperity) Eco Challenge. The award is presented to participants whose outstanding efforts demonstrate success in programs that enhance the quality of education, while preserving the environment. To learn more about the P3 Eco Challenge, Click Here

April 17, 2014, is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in BCPS

April 17, 2014 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in BCPS. This year's theme is "Plant a Seed, Grow a Future." Learn More

2014 Legislative Session

Broward County Public Schools champions educational policies that not only impact students within our District, but affects students in every classroom across the state of Florida. The Florida Legislature should boost funding and adopt policies that educate today’s students to succeed in tomorrow’s world. Learn More


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The School Board and Superintendent Welcome Employees to the District Digest
 

Welcome to the District Digest, the new BCPS employee newsletter, where you will find information on employee resources, featured articles, and other news around the District. Read More.

 

See What's Happening Around
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There are incredible things taking place across the District.  To view pictures and videos of BCPS in Action, Click Here.

News Around BCPS


A Day of 1,000 PROMISES

Submitted by Amalio Nieves,  Director,
BCPS Diversity, Cultural Outreach & Prevention Department



On Friday, March 7, 2014, the District celebrated a special milestone.  1,000 students successfully completed the PROMISE (Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support and Education) program at Pine Ridge Education Center.  The event was attended by students, School Board members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, District leadership, teachers, staff and community members.

The PROMISE program is a Broward County initiative designed to address the needs of students who commit non-violent infractions that previously could have resulted in the students being arrested and entering the juvenile justice system.  The program emphasizes intervention and prevention.  Through the PROMISE program, students receive behavioral supports, counseling and mentoring in an environment focused on helping them make better life choices. The PROMISE program is part of the commitment by Broward County Public Schools toward Eliminating the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Pipeline.  

As part of the 1,000 PROMISES event, students signed a pledge marking their commitment to being successful, making positive choices and setting goals for their future.  "Through this initiative, we have been able to have an impact on the lives of our children and give them hope for their future," said Pine Ridge Principal Belinda Hope, who oversees the PROMISE program at the school.  "We are teaching them how to be successful and providing them with the support they need to make it happen.  They know we believe in them, and sometimes that makes all of the difference in the world."

Learn more about the PROMISE Program.

Pictured: Students form the number 1,000 on the field at the Pine Ridge Education Center as part of the 1,000 PROMISES Celebration.
 

Everglades High School Celebrates Earning an "A"


On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Everglades High School celebrated being named an "A" school by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for the 2012/13 school year.  This marks the third consecutive year that Everglades High School has received the state’s highest grade.
 
Following the release of high school grades by the State in December 2013, BCPS appealed the original “B” grade received by Everglades High School.  The school had earned enough points for an “A,” but was penalized one grade letter by the state due to the number of late-reported test scores (make-up tests) not being included in the original state grading calculation.  The state agreed with the District’s position and granted the appeal.   
 
“We are extremely proud to have Everglades High School receive an ‘A’ grade,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.   “The school’s teachers, administrators, staff and students have worked incredibly hard and deserve to be recognized for their efforts.  I congratulate the school for its commitment to providing students with a high quality education.” 
 
In 2012/13:
  • 91 percent of BCPS traditional schools earned an “A” or a “B” grade from the state.  This marks an increase from 81 percent in 2012.
  • 29 high schools increased or maintained their grade in 2013.
Read the FLDOE notification letter regarding Everglades High School's "A" grade

Pictured:  Students at Everglades High School during the school's "A" grade pep rally.
 

BCPS Teacher Named Finalist for State Award
 

Congratulations to Florence “Flo” Cancilla for being honored as a state finalist for the 2012/13 Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year.  Cancilla was recognized for the achievement by Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Deputy Secretary Christy Daly during a ceremony at the Pompano Youth Treatment Center on March 4, 2014.   

Cancilla, a 25-year veteran with Broward County Public Schools, is currently a dropout prevention instructor at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center in Fort Lauderdale for both the high school and DJJ education programs. She works with DJJ students at the Broward Youth Treatment Center and the Pompano Youth Treatment Center preparing them for FCAT and GED exams, as well as and Certified Internet Web Professional Certification.

Since taking a position educating students in the juvenile justice system, Cancilla has stirred her passion for teaching. “I feel that the best has been saved for last in my teaching career since I have become a DJJ teacher,” Cancilla said. “The joy and enthusiasm to teach has been rekindled since I have been with these students.”

Cancilla was chosen as one of three finalists out of the many juvenile justice educators throughout the state of Florida. Each finalist receives a medallion and a $200 award from the Florida Association of Alternative School Education.

Pictured:  (Left-Right) David L. Watkins, Whiddon-Rogers Education Center Principal; Travis Jean-Claude, Pompano Youth Treatment Center Facility Director; Florence Cancilla, DJJ Teacher of the Year Finalist; Tameko Gore, Pompano Youth Treatment Center Assistant Facility Director; and Latoya Jackson-Singletary, Broward Youth Treatment Center Facility Director.

Countdown to Summer Work Days. Work 4. $ave More.

As a result of the success and financial savings generated from the Summer Work Days program in previous years, the District will continue the implementation of a Summer Work Days schedule for 2014. All employees will work Monday through Thursday, and all District offices will close on Fridays. The mandatory four-day workweek will begin the week of Monday, June 9 and end on Friday, August 8. Normal work hours will resume on Monday, August 11. Due to the July 4th holiday, the exception will be the week of June 30. Employees will work their traditional work hours during this week, observing the Friday, July 4th national holiday.  

All employees will be involved in the Summer Work Days schedule. This includes employees who work in departments and at school locations. Exceptions may apply to employees at technical centers, adult schools and other schools with year-round programs. To provide employees with flexibility during the extended four-day working schedule, and subject to operational needs and supervisory approval, employees may adjust the starting and ending times of their daily schedules within the 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. schedule.
 
The Office of Human Resources, which provides oversight for the Summer Work Days program, has made available an information and instructions packet including guidelines, Q & A, schedule options and more. They can be reached at 754-321-1840. Information can also be found on the District’s website at browardschools.com under the “Employees” tab.
 

BCPS Protecting Your Privacy

Submitted by Todd Sussman, LMHC, LMFT, Privacy Officer
BCPS Risk Management Department



Our District is committed to respecting the privacy of students and employees. We must keep confidential information confidential. Personal data shall only be used and disclosed in compliance with federal and state laws and District policies.

The first step in respecting privacy is awareness, and that starts with the privacy notices. You will find the District’s Privacy Notices for students and employees under Quick Links section on the District's website home page, browardschools.com.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notice details rights pertaining to student educational records. These include the right to review and the right to request amendment to educational records, as well as the right to limit types of disclosures, with some exceptions.

Read the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Notices (one for students, one for employees) to learn more about rights pertaining to the use and disclosure of protected health information.

With the variety of privacy notices and the different rights, there is a lot of information to take in. As the District’s Privacy Officer, I am more than glad to visit your school or location for a "privacy tune-up" to ensure everyone is aware and in compliance.

Todd Sussman can be reached at 754-321-1914.

Tips to Help You... Help Our ELL Families


Submitted by Vicky B. Saldala, Director, ESOL Department and
Yvette Fernandez, Bilingual Parent Outreach Specialist


Broward County Public Schools is proud to serve an incredibly diverse student population.  Students learning English as a second language represent 205 counties, with 134 languages spoken (Spanish, Haitian Creole and Portuguese are the top three). There are approximately 36,000 English Language Learners (ELL) enrolled in schools across the District, accounting for 14% of the total BCPS student population.

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department is always looking for new ways to help teachers, administrators and support staff to best meet the needs of our ELL students and families.  In partnership with the Office of School Performance and Accountability,  the ESOL Department has created new resources packed with valuable tips and information, including a video presentation and Customer Service Quick Tips Flier.

Research has found that engaged and knowledgeable parents impact the academic success, as well as the college and career readiness, of our diverse student population.  Being immersed in such an exciting cultural collage is a benefit to all of our students who will eventually work in a diverse and global economy.
 
For additional information on ELL resources, please visit the ESOL Department at esol.browardschools.com.

BCPS Employees Can Learn CPR for Free!


Submitted by Lynn Goldman, Coordinator, Community Relations,
Broward Technical Centers


We are happy to announce that CPR / AED / First Aid classes are now available to all BCPS employees. This opportunity is FREE thanks to the partnership between the Office of Talent Development and Sheridan Technical Center. 

Upon completion, participants will receive a CPR / AED / First Aid Qualification in SAP with an expiration date of two years.  Adult and Pediatric training is available.

The classes are offered on evenings and Saturdays at two locations:

Sheridan Technical Center East  
5400 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL

or

Sheridan Technical Center West
20251 Sterling Road
Pembroke Pines, FL

If you are interested in these classes, please register through Employee Self Service.
 

BCPS Administrator Earns National Award


Congratulations to Dr. Rick Cunningham, Community Schools North Intern Principal, on being named the Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE).

COABE provides leadership, communication, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners, with the goal of advancing the quality of services available for adult learners.  The Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award is presented to an adult education administrator who has made outstanding contributions toward fostering the concept of education as a continuing life-process.
 
Dr. Cunningham was honored as the Outstanding Administrator of the Year during COABE’s National Conference, which took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 16-19, 2014.
 
“I am thrilled to have been selected for this national award.  To be recognized by one’s peers is the highest professional honor you can receive,” said Dr. Cunningham.  “Serving adult learners, who are working hard to become productive citizens of our community, is extremely gratifying.  Our entire staff is committed to providing our adult learners with an environment where they can feel welcome and succeed.”
 
Pictured: (Left to Right) Jackson Routh, Dollar General Literacy Foundation; Dr. Rick Cunningham, Outstanding Administrator of the Year; and Jackie Taylor, COABE President, during the COABE awards ceremony.

 

South Plantation High School Science Teacher Pamela Krauss Selected for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program


South Plantation High School magnet coordinator and science teacher Pamela Krauss is one of 14 new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators selected nationally for the 2014/15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program by the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education.
 
Beginning September 1, 2014, Krauss and fellow educators will serve an 11-month fellowship in Washington, DC, at sponsoring agencies, which include the Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Science Foundation.  Krauss will share her classroom knowledge and expertise with the Department of Energy and guide them in their development and implementation of STEM education program and policies. She is both Broward County Public Schools and South Plantation High School's second Albert Einstein Fellow.
 
The 2014/15 Albert Einstein Fellows were selected through a rigorous application and interview process from a nationwide pool of competitive applicants. The selected fellows are elementary, middle and high school teachers from public and private schools in 13 states.
 
Pictured: South Plantation High School magnet coordinator and science teacher Pamela Krauss

 
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