District Digest Volume V
Saluting Educational Excellence in Our High Schools

Thanks to Broward College, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Sun-Sentinel, for sponsoring the Saluting Educational Excellence special section, featured in the Sun-Sentinel. The section highlights accomplishments of our high schools. In case you missed it, see the full insert. For high school highlights Click Here

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Stay informed about District news and events. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.

School Board Meeting Special Presentations

The Public Information Office is making it easier than ever to stay informed about School Board Special Presentations. To watch current and past presentations, which highlight District accomplishments, initiatives and events, Click Here.

BCPS Wellness Events for Employees

BCPS employees can take part in a variety of free wellness initiatives organized by the District's Benefits Department. To learn more, Click Here

Broward County Public Schools
Educating Today's Students to Succeed in Tomorrow's World

Watch Superintendent Robert W. Runcie's End of the School Year Video Message. 

News Around BCPS

White House Officials Join BCPS in Announcing Launch of
"Latinos in Action" at Six High Schools


During a news conference on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Broward County School Board members, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, officials with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the Executive Director of the national “Latinos in Action” program, and District staff announced the launch of the “Latinos in Action” pilot program at six high schools.  Participating schools include: Charles W. Flanagan High School, Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School, Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School and West Broward High School.

The “Latinos in Action” initiative is part of the District’s ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of Broward’s growing Latino community.  The program focuses on providing Latino students with increased opportunities for educational, service, cultural and leadership experiences, while empowering them to complete their high school education and attend a college or university after graduation. The program is being offered as an elective course at the identified high schools.  The course includes:

  • High-quality classroom instruction on college readiness, personal development, biculturalism and professionalism
  • Literacy tutoring opportunities at feeder elementary and middle schools
  • Exploration of cultural heritage through literary and performing arts
  • Leadership opportunities through student-led service, social and professional committees

 “We are honored to partner with The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, as part of its 25th Anniversary Year of Action: Fulfilling America’s Future, to bring “Latinos in Action” to Broward County Public Schools students,” said Superintendent Runcie. “This initiative empowers students to take an active role in their education and give back to our community through mentorship and service opportunities.” 

For more information on “Latinos in Action,” contact Michael Ramirez, director, Office of School Performance and Accountability, at 754-321-3810.

BCPS Summer Work Days Begin the Week of June 8, 2015 

As a result of the success and financial savings generated from the Summer Work Days program in previous years, the District is continuing the implementation of a Summer Work Days schedule for 2015.

Beginning the week of June 8, 2015, and ending on August 14, 2015, District and school offices will remain open Monday through Thursday, with extended hours of operation and will be closed on Fridays.

Note: For schedules pertaining to year-round schools, check with those schools directly.

To learn more about the District's Summer Work Days program, visit http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/employeerelations/services/summer-work-days.html.

Stay Informed About the 2015 Legislative Session

Presented by Sheela VanHoose, Director, Legislative Affairs

The 2015 Florida Legislative Session came to a close on May 1, 2015.  Our state legislators reached an impasse during budget negotiations and were unable to craft a state budget due to disagreement on healthcare policy. 

A Special Session is now underway in Tallahassee, from June 1-20, 2015, to finish this work. The Broward Schools legislative team is continuing to monitor the budget process and how these decisions will impact the District.

For more information on legislation that passed during the Regular Session or for updates as they become available during Special Session, please visit browardschools.com/legislativeinfo.

Congratulations Golden and Silver School Awards Winners

goldSilver-2-stars-(1).jpgCongratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2014/15 Golden and Silver School Awards winners.  The Golden and Silver School awards were conferred by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) to 123 BCPS schools for their commitment to promoting parent, volunteer and community involvement in education.  In addition, the FLDOE recognized Tamarac Elementary for receiving the Golden School Award for 40 consecutive years, as well as Western High School for receiving the Silver School Award for 25 consecutive years.

The Golden School Award recognizes elementary, secondary and adult schools that have a volunteer coordinator, a minimum of 80 percent of the school staff trained in school volunteerism, and the total number of hours of volunteer service equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school.

The Silver School Award recognizes secondary schools whose students volunteer with elementary schools or community organizations. The composite student volunteer hours must equal at least 50 percent of the total number of students in the sending school. In addition, a volunteer coordinator must provide training to students, and faculty must participate in the program.

View a complete list of BCPS Golden and Silver School Awards winners, as well as those receiving special recognitions for their years of participation.

BCPS Office of Talent Development Offers Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Ed Talk 2014Presented by Kathryn Sullivan, Ed.S., Director, Professional Develoment Support

Broward County Schools is offering a variety of Professional Learning opportunities for teachers and administrators throughout Summer 2015. Signing up is as easy as locating an activity in MyLearningPlan. You can access MyLearningPlan by visiting the Professional Development website:  http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/talentdevelopment/html/mlp-support.html and signing in with your username and password. If you are a first time user, please follow the directions below the login for first time users.

Once you have signed into MyLearningPlan, click on the SBBC Catalog (on the left) to search for specific key words/terms. A list of relevant learning activities will be populated for your perusal. Participants interested in viewing activities by date may go to the Calendar tab in MyLearningPlan, and click on the name of the activity to view a short description.

After locating an activity that interests you and is pertinent to your job responsibilities, you may sign up by clicking on the “Sign Up Now” button. The Department of Professional Development Support in the Office of Talent Development will be available to provide support with registration during the summer, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Please feel free to contact us at 754-321-5055. Participants may also contact MyLearningPlan Support at via email at browardmlp@browardschools.com.

Summer is a Great Time to Check out the Public Information Office
Marketing & Communication Center

marcom_screenshot.jpgNeed help creating a school/department flier or PowerPoint presentation for the upcoming school year? Have you dealt with a school emergency situation and needed assistance with messaging to parents?  Are you looking for quick tips for marketing your school or help with sharing your "good news" with the media and community? 

The Public Information Office's Marketing & Communication Center provides resources and tools to assist schools and departments with a variety of communication needs.  

Among the many resources in the Marketing & Communication Center (pictured right) are:

  • Broward County Public Schools Communication Standards and Guidelines (downloadable pdf, interactive version and 2-page quick reference sheet)
  • Communication Toolkits on various topics
  • Template letters and ParentLink messages for school crisis situations (school lockdowns, teacher reassignment, school security, bomb threats, etc.)
  • Resources to assist schools with volunteers, event management and community engagement
  • Easy-to-use online forms for sharing your good news story ideas directly with our team or for requesting help from our Graphics Department.
The  Marketing & Communication Center is available at web/communications.  It's updated frequently, so please bookmark the page and check back often!
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