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Millennials in the Teaching Profession

The teaching profession has largely lost its appeal to the millennial generation, with declining enrollment at colleges of education across the country. A JPEF one-pager offers three recommendations to reverse this trend.

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2018 Duval County Teachers of the Year: Their Unique Perspective on Teacher Quality

What is a high-quality teacher? The Jacksonville Public Education Fund surveyed Duval County school-level Teachers of the Year to learn how they define a high-quality teacher. Three key themes emerged—a high-quality teacher should be able to (1) understand the individual needs of their students, (2) build strong relationships with students and their families and (3) drive positive academic results.

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How Is Teacher Quality Measured?

In Duval County public schools, teachers are evaluated through the "value-added model," which aims to measure the impact a teacher has on student achievement. Based on research from around the country, JPEF recommends three improvements to this approach, including adding student and parent feedback into the mix.

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Newly released 2016-2017 FSA Scores shows Duval continues to improve

Yesterday, the 2016-2017 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores were released. The results show Duval County students continue to improve in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, keeping pace with increases across the state.

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What makes a positive school culture?

Assuring that all children are educated in a positive school environment, giving them the best chance to succeed in life, should be our top priority. So what makes for a positive school environment?

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New poll shows high community and parent confidence in public school teachers

The 2016-2017 Public Education Perceptions Poll is out today! What did we learn? Keep reading to find out and see how you can explore all of the data online.

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Community Activation: How partnerships between children and adults in the community can create brighter future

We have a shared responsibility to ensure that all of its children have the opportunity to attend high-quality public schools so that they are prepared to contribute to the city’s economic future. The road to achievement is a two-way street—there are both adults and students who can and should be educating each other and working alongside each other to create a continuous improvement feedback loop.

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Behind the Scenes: What’s being done to address student mental health

Jacksonville residents and leaders are recognizing that we all have a shared duty to ensure that all of our city’s children have the opportunity to learn and develop. Mental health has come front stage as an important factor that impacts educational outcomes for students. Find out what's being done behind the scenes to help increase access to mental health services. 

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Jax Shines initiative gains momentum and national recognition

The Jax Shines Coalition for Afterschool and Summer Learning continues to gain momentum and national recognition. The Jax Shines report was featured on the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), just months after White House officials announced they would be partnering with NSLA and other organizations to launch the Summer Opportunity Project. 

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Student feedback adds invaluable insights to afterschool program evaluation

I had the opportunity to attend a webinar given by the Tamarack Institute where Karen Pittman, the co-founder, president and CEO of Forum on Youth Investment, was interviewed about afterschool and summer learning. Pittman’s key message from that revelation was to always include the student’s voice, because they provide insight in ways that adults or other outsiders would not have. The student voice is both important and underutilized.

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