School leader spotlight: Culturally responsive teaching at Lake Lucina Elementary

JPEF provides professional learning, coaching and grant funding to Principal Michelle Walsh through our School Leadership Initiative.


Principal Michelle Walsh is fascinated by the brain science of teaching – so her project with JPEF focuses on Culturally Responsive Teaching, a research-based approach that helps students get into in an “academic mindset” - ready to learn.

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Parent Leader Spotlight: Better Communication about IEPs

Amy Boyle is using her experience with IEPs to help other families and teachers.


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FAQ: Renaming Schools in Duval County

Frequently asked questions about renaming nine schools, including six that honor Confederates.


Following the death of George Floyd, the Duval County School Board voted to begin a process to consider new names for nine schools in Duval County, including nine named for Confederates. Learn more in our FAQ.

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Teacher Leader Spotlight: 'Never miss an opportunity to make a change'

Nadine Ebri's students are scoring among the top in the district thanks to the support of JPEF's Teacher Leadership Initiative.


Said Ms. Ebri: "My Algebra I students had the second-highest average out of all the middle schools in the district on PMA 3 [Progress Monitoring Activities]. I can attribute all their success to this project. Thank you."  

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Inside the School Leadership Initiative: Helping students climb out of the ‘pit’

JPEF's School Leadership Initiative helps build the leadership skills of Title I elementary school principals.


This month, principals across Duval County joined a virtual learning session to talk about – “the learning pit” – a metaphor for the learning journey – and how teachers can support students to go in bravely with an academic mindset.

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President’s Corner: Reflecting on High School Graduation in a Pandemic

JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune shares her thoughts as the parent of a senior.

High school graduation has been a recurring theme in the life of JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune. In a new Q&A, Rachael shared what high school graduation means to her, and offered some words of inspiration for fellow parents who are w ...Read More

Half-penny sales tax will go on the ballot in fall 2020

Education advocates reacted to the news by saying they'll support the sales tax.

“This is a long-awaited historic moment in Duval County,” said JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune. “Our students need 21st century schools, and our independent research has shown that 78.5 percent of Duval County residents support ...Read More

Education Innovator Speaks in Jacksonville about What Students Need to Succeed in the 21st Century

JPEF also celebrated 10 years of impact and launched a new School Leadership Initiative.

Dr. Tony Wagner, an internationally acclaimed author and education innovator, shared a thought-provoking message about the future of education with more than 350 education and community leaders today as the keynote speaker of the Jacksonville Publ ...Read More

Upcoming Event

Applications Due for the Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship

  • Date: Sunday, Feb 21, 2021
  • Time: 11:59PM to 11:59PM
  • Where: Online Application
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2020 Annual Report

Read about the impact you made by investing in the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

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