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A novel role for parents: community organizers

JPEF's Dr. Maira Martelo recently traveled to Chicago to learn from an organization called Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI). She visited a school that was going to be closed until parents organized to keep it open, and then launched a restorative justice program staffed by parent volunteers.

Meet the 'Parents Who Lead' in Duval County

Twenty-one parents and caregivers were selected to join Parents Who Lead, a new initiative of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) in partnership with Duval County Public Schools and the Jacksonville Public Library. On Friday, JPEF finalized the list of participants from 34 highly qualified candidates, who filled out a questionnaire and met for in-person interviews as part of the selection process.

School Board Candidate Forums reached over 4,000 viewers

More than 4,000 people watched the three Duval County School Board candidate forums hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund during the first week of August.

First Duval School Board Candidate Academy great learning opportunity

On June 26, all candidates running for School Board for Districts 2, 4, and 6 had an opportunity to attend the first School Board Candidate Academy (Academy) hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. 

School board interviews superintendent finalist Dr. Pruitt

The school board concluded its interviews of superintendent finalists with Erick Pruitt, Area Superintendent of Houston Independent School District (HISD). Dr. Dunsmore, Superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools, was interviewed on Wednesday and Dr. Greene, Superintendent of School District of Manatee County, was interviewed yesterday.

What do we expect from our next Superintendent?

Our community has a shared obligation to work toward a brighter future for our city. Learn more about what Jacksonville residents believe the next superintendent’s priorities should be, the most important characteristics they expect in the next Duval County Superintendent and what they would like the next leader of Duval’s public schools to know about our community.


First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) awarded ten local Latino students with scholarships to continue their education.

Jason Bloom, an example of discipline and determination

undefinedEd White principal Jason Bloom spoke to us about the challenges of implementing a new military leadership program and leading a school to excellence. The job of a principal, as Bloom describes it, is a lifestyle that is never limited to the classroom. 

Supporting Duval's rapidly growing linguistically and culturally diverse student population

undefinedIn April, Duval County Public Schools held a multicultural education symposium. Keep reading for a guest post by Christine Dahnke about the conference and what they learned.

The Power of a Good Conversation

Community Mobilization Director, Maira Martelo shares that the critical element to make community conversations actionable are the questions we use to frame the dialogue. At the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, we use a kitchen table conversation format that requires diverse voices being represented.

Learn more about ONE by ONE community led conversations taking place now.