Bureau of Standards & Instructional Support News

For information on COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s website www.floridahealth.gov and the Florida Department of Education’ website www.fldoe.org/em-response. For information on the CDC’s recommendations specific to Florida, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/FL_Community_Mitigation.pdf.

Required Instruction: Medal of Honor Day

Section (s.) 683.147, Florida Statutes (F.S.), designates March 25 of each year as “Medal of Honor Day” and Medal of Honor Day instruction is included in the required instruction statute. Section 1003.42(2)(t), F.S., states that in order to encourage patriotism, the sacrifices that veterans and Medal of Honor recipients have made in serving our country and protecting democratic values worldwide. Such instruction must occur on or before Medal of Honor Day, Veterans’ Day, and Memorial Day. Members of the instructional staff are encouraged to use the assistance of local veterans and Medal of Honor recipients when practicable.

Using Document Analysis to Explore Women’s Suffrage Webinar

Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 10-11:00 AM EST. Please register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8930107402315268364.

Email Tim.Girard@fldoe.org with any questions.

Arts Quarterly Update Webinar

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST. Please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/893639475642091276.

Email Erin.O'Connor@fldoe.org with any questions.

Social Studies Quarterly Update Webinar

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 1-2:00 PM EST. Please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5215903247883933195.

Email Tim.Girard@fldoe.org with any questions.

Fostering Civic Literacy in Florida

Please visit Florida’s Civic Literacy webpage.

Required Instruction Statute and Rule

Section 1003.42, Florida Statutes
Rule: 6A-1.094124 Required Instruction Reporting

March is Women’s History Month

Florida Calendar Project

Celebrate Women’s History Month through this scalable K-12 arts integrated project that tasks students with applying their learning to the creation of an original 12-month calendar based on the theme Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Florida. Please visit CPALMS to access the project guide. The February 26, 2020, Celebrating Arts Education Month webinar includes various methods for teaching women’s history through the arts and features the calendar project. The Celebrating Arts Education Month webinar presentation can be accessed here (PDF).

Professional Learning Events

Sunshine State Scholars

103 High School STEM Scholars: A “Think Tank” on tough Florida challenges!

Each of Florida’s school districts selects their top 11th grade students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). Each scholar, along with their parents, will travel to Orlando for an extraordinary two-day program designed to bring together scholars from around the state, connect them with employers that specialize in the STEM fields, and create a networking opportunity between the scholars and schools from Florida’s College and State University System. This year’s program will bring 103 high school STEM scholars together to conduct a “think tank” on tough Florida challenges.

The two-day program honors each scholar for their significant academic accomplishments and celebrates the potential they represent for our communities and state. In addition to the honor the scholars receive from the Commissioner of Education, the Chancellor of K-12 Public Schools and the Chancellor of Innovation, representatives from Florida’s colleges and universities meet with the students to discuss higher education opportunities available to them in Florida. This includes workshops for college applications and informational sessions on college funding for students and their parents! The 2020 Sunshine State Scholars program will be held May 28-29, in Orlando, Florida.


The 2020 Florida STEAMposium is a content-rich summer learning experience for Florida teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).  Experience three days of  inquiry-based, panel discussions and informational sessions related to STEAM, STEM and related integrated content learning. All sessions are developed so that attendees will gain knowledge of standards-based instruction that they can immediately use in their classrooms. With tracks specific to elementary, middle grades, secondary and leadership, all STEAM educational stakeholders will benefit from symposium session that are tailored to their specific needs. The 2020 Florida STEAMposium will be held June 15-18, in Melbourne, Florida. Additional information about the event can be found at https://www.floridasteamposium.org/.

Healthy Schools Summer Academy

The Florida Department of Education’s Healthy Schools Summer Academy is a professional development opportunity for teachers and administrators of health education and physical education content with special emphasis on other subject area courses with integrated health education benchmarks. This annual event will next take place June 10-11, 2020 at the RP Funding Convention Center in Lakeland.

Academy sessions will include information and resources focusing on Florida standards, the State Board of Education Rules approved in 2019 related to Health Education (Mental and Emotional Health Education, Substance Use and Abuse, Child Trafficking Prevention Education) and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Teachers of all subject areas are encouraged to attend. For more information go to www.healthyschoolssummeracademy.org.

Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators

The FDOE administers NO-COST Tobacco Prevention Online Training for K-12 Educators through the School Board of Palm Beach County. These trainings focus on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). Registration is open now through April 24, 2020 with 24x7 access to this course. The course must be completed by June 4, 2020.

  • 10-hour ENDS course focusing on the vaping epidemic – featuring eCigarettes and Juul.
  • Participants are educated about vaping, create and deliver a lesson plan about ENDS, and assess the impact of their lesson on their school/community.
  • Districts may award participants who complete the ENDS course in-service points towards teacher recertification.

Registration can be accessed at: http://www.tobaccopreventiontraining.org.