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Educational Management

The William Cecil Golden School Leadership Development Program supports the needs of educational leaders in Florida by providing electronic tools, training, and other resources to help them implement Florida's Principal Leadership Standards. It includes, among other resources, the Principal's Toolkit, which provides tools to develop a plan for improving skills and expertise.

The estimated mean annual salary for elementary and secondary schools administrators in Florida in May 2008 was $88,290, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which compares favorably to the nationwide mean of $86,060. For preschool and childcare administrators the mean was $65,690, much higher than the U.S. mean of $46,370.

Teacher's Aides

No Child Left Behind established standards for paraprofessionals who work in Title I schools. In order to provide consistent standards for Florida's teacher's aides and assistants, the Florida Differentiated Accountability law mandates that all paraprofessionals in non-Title I schools be "highly qualified" by the 2011-2012 school year.

A number of accredited colleges, universities, and community colleges in Florida offer education preparation institutes that provide specialized instruction to help paraprofessionals meet education and training requirements.

Paras to Teachers helps paraeducators in the North Florida Region obtain special education degrees. Graduates of the program earn a Reading and ESOL Endorsement.

The Transition to Teaching program focuses on attracting paraprofessionals and others to fill vacancies in critical shortage areas. This program funds participation in certification programs in order to help teacher's aides and others become highly qualified teachers.

Curriculum and Instruction

The Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction provides leadership, coordination, and technical assistance to help Florida schools implement legislation, rules, policies, and initiatives relating to curriculum and instruction. The Bureau's Office of Instructional Materials implements the Instructional Materials Adoption process, which ensures that educators have access to high quality instructional materials aligned to the state's learning standards.

Technology Education in Florida

Founded in 1997 Florida Virtual School was the first statewide Internet-based public high school in the United States. It has won many awards and has become a model for online education throughout the country. The Center for Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute for education technology, ranked Florida first among all the states for its online learning policies and practices.

Instructional technology programs at postsecondary colleges and universities in Florida offer courses, master's and doctoral degrees, and graduate certificates related to the design and delivery of instruction. The Florida Center for Educational Technology provides leadership and instructional materials to support schools in the integration of technology into Florida’s K-20 education. Included are lesson plans, audio files, resources, and just-in-time classroom tech help.

The Technology Integration Matrix is a video resource that supports the integration of technology in Florida schools. It shows teachers how they can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The Florida Electronics Library is a gateway to select Internet resources.

Technology education is a critical teacher shortage area in Florida for the school year 2009-2010. A tuition reimbursement program and a student loan forgiveness program aim to increase the number of qualified teachers in technology education and other critical shortage areas.

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