Northeast Florida Teachers of the Year come together for a day of learning and development


The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the Clay Education Foundation, and INK - Investing in Kids recently brought together teachers of the year from Duval, Clay, and St. Johns counties for a day of partnership and development around the topic of trauma-informed classroom practices. 

UNF's Department of Urban Education and Policy led the morning session, where teachers learned more about how to create a classroom environment that encouraged true, deep relationship building with their students. The afternoon's presenter, Hope Street, continued to fill teacher's toolkits with additional information and strategies that they could bring back to their classrooms and share with their colleagues. At the close, teachers received a call to action to go back to their schools and share what they had learned and broadening the impact of this first annual event.

Reflections from the day
Thank you for hosting this event. It was a fantastic opportunity to engage in true professional development, not just training. I also enjoyed working with teachers from other districts because it allowed me to make new connections as well as consider educational issues from a variety of perspectives.
I absolutely enjoy attending the conference and learning new ways to shape my craft! The biggest bonus is meeting all of the amazing individuals around NE FL!
The summit was informative, enlightening and well organized. Thank you for connecting us (Duval, Clay & St. John’s)! Looking forward to our next thought-provoking gathering.
The trauma-informed care session was especially useful. I would be interested in finding out more about the training they provide. Thank you for a wonderful day of learning. The opportunity to learn with other teachers is something we don't often have. Learning with teachers from other districts was especially nice!!

“Sometimes safe spaces give us a pass. We need to create brave spaces where we can have courageous conversations that allow us to be vulnerable with each other. How can we create those spaces for the students we teach? The families we care about? The communities we are investing in?”
UNF Center for Urban Education and Policy - CUEP

“The shift from behavior-informed to trauma-informed is making the shift from “what’s wrong with you” to “what happened to you.”
Hope Street




of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.