Editor’s Note: This blog was written by Ryan McKinnon, correspondent for the Herald-Tribune, and was originally published on March 20, 2018.
The ‘Handle With Care’ initiative will inform educators when children face stressful situations at home.
MANATEE — When a student acts up in class, teachers must instantly decide the most effective response. Ignore it? Issue a stern warning? Crack a joke to defuse the situation?
As if those calls weren’t difficult enough to make with 20 sets of eyeballs watching and ready to cry foul at any inconsistency, teachers know ...
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Ryan McKinnon, correspondent for the Herald-Tribune, and was originally published on March 13, 2018.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently hosted a conference that focused on how nonprofits and educators can increase their effectiveness by extending their services to parents.
SARASOTA — Frankie and Lena Clark have a true war-love story. The couple met in Iraq — Frankie was a first sergeant and Lena a combat medic.
The romance led to marriage and three children. But their time in Iraq led to post-tr...
The Kindergarten Readiness Bag is a welcome addition to Kindergarten Roundups in Sarasota and Manatee Schools. For parents, getting ready for kindergarten is about information, filling out forms, and planning logistics. For kids, it’s one of their first BIG adventures and the Readiness Bag is probably the first tangible sign that they’re on their way.
It’s bright and filled with many goodies to excite and engage them; from flash cards to magnetic letters to the centerpiece of the bag – their very own book. Knowing the thrill they will get in receiving their bag ...
“You never change something by fighting the Existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Architect and System’s Theorist, Buckminster Fuller coined it. Assistant Principal, Patti Folino and the guidance staff at Brentwood Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, are implementing it.
Patti greets me in the front office wearing a ‘big-bird yellow” hard hat and an equally bright smile. We navigate our way through the library filled with parents, hot popcorn, and freshly completed student projects to ...
Editor’s note: While at a recent social event, Bronwyn Beightol, Manatee Area President of United Way Suncoast, had the opportunity to witness a discussion between Steve Roskamp and John Horne. These two community leaders spent about 15 minutes talking passionately about what they were doing and how they wanted to do more. By Bronwyn’s own account, “It was awesome! You would expect that from a nonprofit leader, but don’t often hear business leaders truly embracing such a complex challenge.” Here is her accounting of the meeting
“What are you doing to ...
Editor’s Note: Ashley Coone is a consultant for the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading from DeSoto County.
On February 9, 2018, more than two-dozen community leaders and educators convened in DeSoto County to learn about the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR). SCGLR Director, Beth Duda, was on hand to provide an overview of the five pillars of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading:
Parent & Family Engagement
She also highlighted the regional approach SCGLR is applying ...
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) recently coordinated the Remote Area Medical Access Community Corridor hosted by Manatee Technical College. During the After Action Review meeting, I had the opportunity to speak about the next big SCGLR project I was looking forward to: organizing logistics for the Kindergarten Readiness Bags. I spoke about the care and planning that is needed to prepare our incoming kindergartners for their first year of school. After I finished, Nancy Lawerence, in charge of marketing and events for Manatee Technical College, ...
Editor’s Note: Donna Puhalovich is an Engagement Team Member of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
While sitting in a room full of more than 30 volunteers the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading had recruited to help fill 3,400 Kindergarten Readiness Bags, I started to wonder how this diverse group of people, who didn’t know each other, ended-up at our local technical college at 6:00pm on a Tuesday night. Many had come straight from work, some brought their kids to join them, there were high school students, some retired individuals, and one ...
Editors Note: Holly Brody is a STEAM Coach at Wilkinson Elementary and a Mind in the Making facilitator.
Mind in the Making is an incredible tool for all members of a community. Executive function skills are often glazed over in college for educators and other professionals, and families rarely get a glimpse into this kind of “brain” learning. It’s fascinating for everyone because not only are you learning basic life skills for the betterment of children’s lives, but you’re learning through the lens of self-reflection. Executive function skills, like ...
Research shows that when children fail to achieve reading proficiency by third grade, they are more likely to drop out of school and face an array of long-term negative consequences. Unfortunately, in DeSoto County, only 31 percent of students are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade.
To raise awareness about the importance of grade-level reading and efforts to build a better future for children, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will host a Lunch and Learn session at South Florida State College: DeSoto Campus Thursday, Feb. 8 at noon. The ...