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On the Providing Choice podcast we feature interviews with Educators, parents, leaders, legislators and students on best practices, student achievement and provide news and initiatives about the Charter School movement in Florida. This podcast is from The Florida Charter School Alliance, a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.
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On this episode, we talk with Kevin Melvin an insurance risk consultant with EPIC Charter School Practice Group -- a property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. A Certified School Risk Manager, Kevin understands the complexity involved in protecting Educational Institutions, like charter schools, and gives us some great advice. For more information on EPIC visit our vendor page at flcharteralliance.org   Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA    
On this episode, we talk to Lisa Redman with Harris School Solutions about the challenges that professional development can present and the digital tools — like eWalk— that can help principals and teachers gather all data, including summative, formative and 3rd party to produce fast, easy, and reliable assessments. eWalk is also an effective cloud based classroom observation tool that allows for real-time data collection and sharing of those results to promote transparent collaboration. Contact Lisa at lredman@harriscomputer.com Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA  
"On this episode of Providing Choice, an FCSA Podcast. In this episode, we speak with Ed Hosler with Solix. Ed and his team at Solix are E-Rate specialists with more than 20 years of experience helping school leaders -- and libraries -- secure funds from the FCC Schools and Libraries Program, also known as the E-Rate program. " Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA  
"Troy Kidder is the founder of Blue Creative Media -- an award-winning school marketing company and Florida Charter School Alliance Marketplace partner. Troy has helped hundreds of schools increase enrollment while improving communications with the community they serve. On this podcast, you'll hear tips on how to attract potential parents, how to create a winning website, and how to craft a winning marketing strategy. " Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA  
The FCSA spoke with Brook Rumenik, Deputy Director of the Office of Safe Schools a the Florida Department of Education about safe schools mandates. She also addresses many of the questions principals often have about compliance, drills, and other requirements. Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA  
The 2019 Florida Charter School Conference was a huge success. The 3-day conference, hosted by the Florida Department of Education, was packed with informative workshops and an array of opportunities to network with charter school leaders and stakeholders from around the state. Click here to listen to Adam Emerson, FLDOE's Charter School Office Director and Lynn Norman-Teck, executive director of the Florida Charter School Alliance -- a conference sponsor -- talk about conference highlights including the State of the Charter School Movement Town Hall Meeting and Governor DeSantis's remarks at the conference opening session.  #FCSC2019 Special Thanks to Ryan Kairalla & Academica Media for their help on recording this podcast :)  
On this episode, Ralph Arza, FCSA’s Director of Governmental Affairs talks about what happened in Tallahassee the week of April 1, 2019. This includes an update on the House and Senate budgets and the movement on the Safe Schools bill (SB7030 and HB 7093).   Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA
Mr. G's Urban Garden

Mr. G's Urban Garden

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There’s a magnificent urban garden at BridgePrep Academy InterAmerican. On raised garden beds, vegetables are growing along with a love of science, respect for nature, and an appetite for learning. On this episode of Providing Choice we spoke with the school’s principal, Mr. Gonzalez, and some of the students that are helping this garden grow. I hope this episode inspires every school to start a garden.     Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA
At Somerset Academy Central Miramar, Vice Principal Geyler Herrera has taken unconventional steps to make sure at risk youths stay in school and graduate. She won't stand for average - and pushes her students for excellence - learn how she uses contracts to motivate her students to high academic achievement, and how she and her students inspire each other.Florida Charter School Alliance Director Lynn Norman-Teck talks to Principal Herrera on this very special episode of Providing Choice.   Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA
In celebration of National School Choice Week 2018, we spoke with three seniors at Mater Academy Charter School who were recently accepted to Wellesley College, a prestigious private university in Massachusetts. Thanks to school choice, their parents were able to choose a middle/high school that best fit their child’s needs. At Mater Academy, these young ladies were encouraged to reach for the stars -- their challenging curriculum, supportive faculty, and vibrant college-bound culture prepared them for Wellesley and beyond. Listen here. Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/FLcharter Follow/Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Choice.FCSA
In celebration of National Charter Schools Week, we spoke with charter high school grad, charter school teacher and administrator, Ms. Danai Amaya. She talks about her experience as a charter school student and how that shaped who she is as a person and a teacher, and why she loves teaching at a charter school.   Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org
On This Episode of Providing Choice:  A conversation with Lilian Salazar about Exceptional Student Education and the role charter schools play in helping students with special needs achieve. Ms. Salazar was a district director for Special Ed and is now the national director of special education and student support for a charter school support and education service provider that works with schools in Florida, Nevada, Utah, California and Washington, D.C. Learn More: FLDOE Student Policies and Procedures Link http://beess.fcim.org/sppDistrictDocSearch.aspx The U.S. Department of Education's guidance reminding charter schools of obligations toward students with disabilities: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-guidance-civil-rights-students-disabilities   Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org
On this episode of Providing Choice: A Florida Charter School Alliance Podcast, Dave Saba, Chief Development Officer at Florida Teachers talks about the teacher shortage that’s impacting schools across the country and how Florida Teachers is providing solutions to that crisis. Mr. Saba was an early pioneer in alternative certification, bringing new routes to the classroom in various states. We are thrilled that he’s here with us today to give listeners some tips on how to fill essential teaching positions. Learn more at www.floridateachers.org Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org
On this episode, we are celebrating National School Choice Week. And who better to talk to us about the history and growth of school choice in Florida than "Grandma choice", Dr. Judith Stein. An advocate for parents, choice, and quality schools… Dr. Stein was on the founding board of two Florida charter school organizations and organized the first four state charter school conferences in the state. Dr. Stein has served as Director of Career Education for Miami Dade, President of the American Association for Career Education, a policy board member of the American Vocational Association; and Guidance Director and the Executive Chairman of the International Collaboration Conference on Career Education in Miami. She served as the Executive Director of the Division of Magnet/Innovative Programs for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and was the founding President of the State organization for Magnet Schools, Consortium of Magnets/Public Choice Schools. Under her leadership the district’s magnet program – the original school option - flourished. The magnets she helped create – including (DASH) the Design & Architecture Senior High and Coral Reef – are nationally recognized, and still among the most popular school choice programs in the County. Although officially retired, Dr. Stein is still very active. She’s a Florida Charter School Alliance board member and its original executive director; she sits on the board of several local charter schools, as well as the board of the South Florida Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation. I recorded my conversation with Dr. Stein while on our way to a National School Choice event in Port Richie – on Florida’s west coast. We talked about the birth of magnet programs in Florida, the evolution of charter schools and why it should be called parental choice not school choice. It was a real pleasure chatting with Dr. Stein. I think you will enjoy our chat as much as I did. Reach Dr. Stein on twitter https://twitter.com/JudithStein - Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. Episodes highlight charter school leaders, educators, governing board members, stakeholders, prospective founders, students and parents, to provide a better understanding of the Charter School movement in Florida. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida.   Visit our website at flcharteralliance.org    
On this episode of Providing Choice: A Florida Alliance Podcast, Executive Director Lynn Norman - Teck sits with marketing whiz Jeanette Nunez. Having worked for L’Oreal as a marketing director, Ms. Nunez has extensive experience in advertising and public relations, and has been using that expertise to help charter schools promote open enrollment and fill seats. Once the seats are filled, she helps charter school principals launch a comprehensive PR campaign to communicate their successes to parents, elected officials, media and the community at large. This is a great podcast for any school leader or governing board member who wants tips on how to promote their brand and market their school to potential parents.   You can find more info on the Florida Alliance Charter School Alliance website www.flcharteralliance.org   Formed in 2010 by a group of community leaders, educators, and philanthropists, the Florida Charter School Alliance is a non-profit member-driven organization whose mission is to improve student achievement and promote parental choice by serving & advocating for high-quality public charter schools in the state. There are currently more than 600 public charter schools in Florida serving an estimated 230,000 K-12 students.
On this episode of Providing Choice, Florida Charter School Alliance Executive Director Lynn Norman-Teck talks to Representative Manny Diaz about being a champion for Public education in Florida. The Florida Charter School Alliance of is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida. For a complete listing of our podcasts and webinars created for charter school leaders, governing board members, stakeholders, and prospective founders, visit our website at flcharteralliance.org
On this episode of Providing Choice, Florida Charter School Alliance Executive Director Lynn Norman-Teck talks to Mater Academy of International Studies Principal Ileana Melian about her school's adventures in the practice of mindfulness - and how its amazing positive impact is affecting that school's inner city students and their test scores. The Florida Charter School Alliance of is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida. For a complete listing of our podcasts and webinars created for charter school leaders, governing board members, stakeholders, and prospective founders, visit our website at flcharteralliance.org    
Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast.  On this episode, Lynn speaks to Principal Sherry Watts, principal of Minneola Elementary Charter school in Lake County.  This elementary school is not only focusing on educating the whole child but is also infusing a college bound culture into everything they do, from curriculum delivery to after school programs. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida. For a complete listing of our podcasts and webinars created for charter school leaders, governing board members, stakeholders, and prospective founders, visit our website at flcharteralliance.org
Providing Choice is a Florida Charter School Alliance podcast. The Florida Alliance is a non-profit charter school support and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase student achievement and meet the demand for parental choice by assisting high quality public charter schools in Florida. On this episode, we talk about the school leader-governing board relationship with Carlos Alvarez, the principal of the City of Hialeah Educational Academy. He runs a municipal public charter school that was founded in 2008 by the city council members and the mayor of the City of Hialeah. That city is located Northwest of Miami for close to 50 years, it’s been home to low-income Hispanic families from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. For many of its residents, Hialeah is their first home in America, and for many of their children, the city of Hialeah educational academy represents the first opportunity for a high quality education and a stepping stone to college. We sat with Carlos in his office on a busy Friday afternoon. We spoke about the many accomplishments on campus, student achievement, graduation rates, his outreach to parents and the community and how his governing board and his relationship with them plays a vital role in the success and growth of the charter school. We asked Carlos to tell us how to best communicate with charter school governing board members, and, more importantly, how to engage them so they become a school leader’s partner in the school’s successes and improvement process. For a complete listing of our podcasts and webinars created for charter school leaders, governing board members, stakeholders, and prospective founders, visit our website at flcharteralliance.org
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