The Innovative Learning department is dedicated to sparking innovation, one learner at a time. There are multiple units within the departmental including Instructional Technology, Instructional and Digital Materials, Library Media, and Gifted and Talented students.
The Instructional Technology
team works with schools to develop pathways to personalized learning through the digital classrooms and digital infusion programs. Broward’s current Digital 5 program is a total of 84 schools! This program provides laptop computers for instruction to 5th graders along with a math, reading and science digital curriculum, a learning management system and extensive professional learning for 5th grade teachers who are part of the project. This process has trickled down to include digital 3rd and 4th grade classrooms in participating schools. Broward’s middle schools are “infusing” digital tools, resources and instructional strategies within the content areas of mathematics and English/Language Arts through the Digital Infusion Program. Using student laptop carts and teacher laptops, 6th grade English/Language Arts and mathematics classes have access to new digital curriculum aligned to Florida Standards in mathematics and English/Language Arts.
The Instructional Materials
team strives to provide Broward County Public Schools with information regarding instructional materials that support 21st Century teaching and learning. Instructional Resources personnel are dedicated to providing the highest quality instructional materials to students and teachers. We are driven to affect student achievement and to acquire, organize, and make available the sources of information needed to purchase and maintain the District’s instructional materials.
The Broward County School Library
mission is to provide face-to-face and blended learning experiences for students and teachers to become effective consumers & producers of print and digital tools and resources; actively promote reading for learning and pleasure; provide high-level, personalized instruction and active learning experiences through 21st Century library media programs and spaces; and to support college and career readiness skills and digital inclusion for all students.
This Gifted and Talented team works to address the unique needs of students identified as "gifted and talented". "Giftedness" is a status determined by a formal mechanism that identifies a cohort of students who have processing differences that enable exceptional mastery and/or engagement with a domain of knowledge or demonstrable skill.
Schools have an obligation to identify and provide services for gifted and talented students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. A student may be referred for screening for gifted and talented by a parent/guardian, a teacher or other staff member, the student themselves or any other individual with knowledge of the student. Broward County Public Schools universally screens all second grade students for gifted and talented with the CogAT. The State of Florida defines a gifted and talented student as "one who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance." Teachers of the gifted and talented must be appropriately endorsed by the State of Florida or working towards endorsement.
Curriculum differentiation is incorporated to provide flexibility in instruction. Strategies used may include:
- In depth study
- A high degree of complexity
- Advanced content
- Variety in content, process and/or product
- Acceleration of instruction