Join BCPS in Celebrating the 2021 Caliber Awards Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal and School-Related Employee of the Year to be Announced

February 25, 2020

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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) celebrates the outstanding nominees and finalists for Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal and School-Related Employee of the Year at the 2021 Caliber Awards on Friday, February 26, 2021, at the Inter Miami CF Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. This annual event honors more than 500 dedicated and talented nominees representing the best in BCPS and 16 extraordinary finalists vying for top honors. The winners will be announced during the ceremony.

WHO:                   
Broward County School Board Members; BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie; Nominees and Finalists for Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal and School-Related Employee of the Year

WHAT:                 
The 2021 Caliber Awards Ceremony recognizes the exceptional leadership, hard work and dedication of BCPS outstanding teachers, school leaders and staff. More than 900 guests are expected to attend the physically distanced event.

WHEN:                
Friday, February 26, 2021, 5:55 p.m.
Watch the live event at becon.tv/caliber

(The winners will be available for media interviews beginning around 7:30 p.m.)

WHERE:              
Inter Miami CF Stadium

1350 N.W. 55th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

(Access the stadium from Northwest 15th Avenue, off Commercial Boulevard)

 The Caliber Awards presenting sponsor is BrightStar Credit Union. Supporting sponsors include Aetna, Broward Principals’ and Assistants’ Association (BPAA), Broward Teachers Union, Herff Jones, JetBlue, Nova Southeastern University – Abraham S. Fischler School of Education and School of Criminal Justice, PNC Bank, and Royal Caribbean International.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Broadway goes dark due to COVID-19 pandemic

On March 12, 2020, after New York state and city leaders placed coronavirus-related restrictions on gatherings of more than 500 people, the Broadway theater district announces it will go dark for an unprecedented 32 days. The longest shutdown for the artistic mainstay in its history, the closure would end up being extended to the end of May 2021, potentially adding up to billions in tourism losses.

High risk factors for theaters, according to The New York Times, included a typically older audience, often rife with tourists, along with cramped seating and an inability to practice social distancing in those spaces.

“There’s no such thing as social distancing for actors—our jobs sometimes require that we go to work and kiss our colleagues eight times a week,” actress Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association labor union told the newspaper. “Although nobody wanted to close the theaters, at the same time people were starting to be scared to work, and with good reason.”

Thirty-one productions were showing on Broadway when the ban took effect, and a handful, including Disney’s musical version of Frozen and Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, were closed permanently due to the closure.

Previously, the longest the district was dark was 25 days in 1975 during a musicians’ strike. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Broadway was shuttered for two business days. 

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President Trump addresses the nation on COVID-19; announces travel ban

In a primetime Oval Office address, President Donald Trump announces a 30-day travel ban on foreign travel to the U.S. from most European countries as COVID-19 cases surge across the globe.

Trump’s TV address came the same day the World Health Organization officially declared the disease a pandemic. U.K. travelers were not included in the restrictions, nor were American citizens or their immediate family members or legal permanent U.S. residents.

A week later, the State Department issued an advisory that U.S. citizens avoid all international travel because of the pandemic and that those abroad should return home immediately.

As of late February 2021, there were more than 28 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and more than 500,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control

READ MORE: Pandemics That Changed History 

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Ahmaud Arbery is murdered while out jogging

Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, is shot dead by a white father and son while out for a jog in a suburb of Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020. 

On May 7, following the release of a video of the killing that spurred national attention from the media, civil rights groups, lawmakers, celebrities and, eventually, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested on charges of murder and aggravated assault. William Bray, who filmed the shooting on his phone, was also arrested and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

In June, the three men were indicted by a grand jury on all nine counts, including malice murder, four counts felony murder, two counts aggregated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

Arbery, a former high school football player, reportedly jogged around the neighborhoods of Brunswick frequently, according to The New York Times. Gregory McMichael, a retired police officer and investigator for the local district attorney’s office, told police he saw Arbery running that day, and thought he looked like a suspect in a series of local break-ins. The father and son hopped in their white pickup truck, armed with a .357 Magnum and a shotgun, and pursued Arbery. Bryan also gave chase, the newspaper reports, and filmed the video that shows a struggle between Arbery and Travis McMichael, who fired three shots.

The video, released on May 5, 2020 by a lawyer for Arbery’s family, sparked outrage that no arrests had been made more than two months after the killing. The McMichaels claimed self defense and the first two prosecutors in the case recused themselves.

The shooting happened shortly before the deaths of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor by police during a failed no-knock raid in Louisville, Kentucky. All these incidents sparked widespread protests against police violence and racial injustice in the United States and around the globe. 

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Broward County Public Schools Can Now Access Yale’s Most Popular Course for College Credit

February 16, 2021

National Education

The nation’s sixth-largest school district teams up with the National Education Equity Lab to provide free access to Yale’s pioneering “Psychology and the Good Life” college course

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. — High school students in Broward County have a new resource to build the skills to succeed in college and beyond, thanks to a partnership announced today between Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the National Educational Equity Lab (Ed Equity Lab), a nonprofit that works to bridge the gap between high school and college for students from low-income backgrounds.

The ambitious initiative, which has reached over 3,000 high school students in 34 cities over the past 18 months, will provide more than 200 students at Title I high schools across BCPS with free access to Yale University’s most popular course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” taught by pioneering cognitive psychologist Dr. Laurie Santos.

Widely recognized as one of the most rigorous and sought-after courses across all of higher education, “Psychology and the Good Life” explores the factors that lead to personal happiness and is rooted in principles of positive psychology and applied behavioral science. The course has inspired nearly a quarter of Yale’s undergraduate students, and its Coursera iteration has garnered more than 2.2 million online enrollments. Participating BCPS students will take the exact same course as Yale students and receive college credit from University of Connecticut.

“Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, high school and college students were grappling with all-too-familiar mental health challenges – which, of course, have only been exacerbated by the pandemic and the country’s ongoing reckoning with systemic racism,” Santos said. “While this course is ultimately about examining the factors that contribute to real happiness, it’s also a unique opportunity for high school students to access the sort of rigorous college-level coursework that sparks curiosity, intrinsic motivation, and the confidence to persist and succeed.”

The partnership reinforces the ongoing commitment of BCPS to closing equity gaps. The District, in which more than six in 10 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, recently increased its graduation rate to 89.4 percent, narrowing the gap between Black and white students by 4 percentage points. 

“Fulfilling higher education’s democratic promise demands that colleges reach down into the K-12 system to help students build not just college-going aspirations, but also the skills and confidence to know they can excel in the most challenging – and inspiring – educational environments,” said Robert W. Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Public Schools and board member of Ed Equity Lab. “This course is about helping students recognize their own innate passion and potential and empowering them with the tools to succeed throughout their higher education journey and beyond.” 

In addition to its launch in Broward County, the Ed Equity Lab will deliver and support Yale’s course to students in more than 40 Title I high schools across the country, including in Los Angeles, New York, Baton Rouge, Orlando, Meriden, Connecticut, and Gallup, New Mexico.  In addition to Yale and UConn, other top colleges and universities working with the Ed Equity Lab to provide college credit-bearing courses to talented historically underserved high school students include: Howard University, Cornell University, Arizona State University and Harvard University for the inaugural pilot.

“Our work with universities and districts around the country shows that especially for students in underserved schools, access to actual college courses with real college professors can have a transformative impact,” said Alexandra Slack, Chief of Staff at the National Education Equity Lab. “With the support of the Broward County team, we’re taking the next step in a nationwide effort to reimagine opportunities at the intersection of high school and college.”

 

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About the National Education Equity Lab

The National Education Equity Lab is a nonprofit working with the Common App, Carnegie Corporation of New York, a Consortium of colleges and universities, and others to advance economic and social mobility opportunities for historically underserved students at scale. 

In collaboration with under-resourced high schools nationwide, the National Education Equity Lab delivers and supports online, college credit-bearing courses from top colleges and universities into teacher-led high school classrooms (in-school or virtual), at no cost to students. Students can earn widely-transferable college credits — providing the opportunity to advance and demonstrate college readiness, and make college more affordable, accessible, and successful. 

Because impact requires more than great content, the National Education Equity Lab offers a package of additional supports, including one-on-one college mentors, college-mindset videos and messages, and personal technology and hotspots so that access is not a barrier to participation.   To learn more, visit EdEquityLab.org

  

About Broward County Public Schools

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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BCPS Expands Participation in Verizon Innovative Learning, Bringing Internet Access, Devices and Technology Coaches to Local Middle Schools

February 19, 2021

Verizon Innovative Learning, Bringing Internet Access

In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning welcomes four additional schools in BCPS for the 2021/22 school year 

Today, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) expands its participation in Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education initiative which addresses barriers to digital inclusion and is a key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning equips every student and teacher at select middle and high schools across America with a device and up to a four-year data plan. In addition to free technology and access, schools receive extensive teacher training and support, along with the opportunity to engage in powerful teaching and learning that leverages technology in and out of the classroom.  

The program, which launched in 2012, has reached more than 212,000 students and 14,000 teachers across 264 middle and high schools to date. Gulfstream Academy, Olsen Middle School, Pines Middle School and Westpine Middle School are among the 148 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning, bringing the program to more than 400 middle and high schools nationwide. These schools join five other Broward County Public Schools – Glades Middle School, Margate Middle School, McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School, New Renaissance Middle School and Nova Middle School – already participating in Verizon Innovative Learning. 

In addition to free mobile devices and accompanying 30GB 4G LTE data plans, participating schools will be assigned a full-time coach to train teachers in effectively integrating technology into their lessons. 

“Providing our students with access to high-quality digital learning helps set them up for success in our increasingly digital world,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Now, we have the tools and solutions that have the potential to transform and improve the system so students can achieve more and develop valuable skills with better outcomes.”  

“As we are all aware, so many students across the nation are in need of access to technology and the skills needed to be successful in our digital world,” said Merdochey LaFrance, manager, Verizon State Government Affairs. “On behalf of Verizon, we are excited that more students in Broward County Public Schools will have the resources they need to thrive in today’s digital world for a more promising future.”  

Verizon Innovative Learning is driving academic improvements as a result of the initiative.*  In fact, 59 percent of Verizon Innovative Learning students believe assignments are easier when using a device, and 54 percent believe having the device improved their confidence in the things they can do. Moreover, Verizon Innovative Learning teachers felt more prepared for distance learning thanks to the initiative, with 92 percent reporting that Verizon Innovative Learning helped prepare them to teach remotely.**  

To date, Verizon has invested over $535 million in market value toward STEM education efforts in support of digital inclusion, impacting more than 480,000 students nationwide. 

 

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* Source: Westat (2019).Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Survey Result Dashboard Dec 2019 

**Source: Westat (2020): Verizon Innovative Learning Teacher Survey June 2020 
  

ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS  

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”   

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

About Verizon Innovative Learning 

Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education initiative targeting Title 1 schools in partnership with Digital Promise, addresses barriers to digital inclusion. It’s a key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. The program provides free 1:1 devices, free internet access and a technology-driven curriculum with the goal to transform the learning experience. Through exposure to cutting-edge technology, the program enables students to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to build an innovative workforce of the future. Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed a total of $535 million in STEM education efforts in support of digital inclusion. In 2019, Verizon launched its first 5G-enabled Verizon Innovative Learning classroom, with the goal of 100 in the coming years. The company is committed to providing 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030. Learn more at CitizenVerizon.com.  

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Olsen Middle School – Demolition Leads to Campus Improvement

February 18, 2021

WHO:
School Board Member Ann Murray, District 1; Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie; Olsen Middle School Principal Valerie Y. Harris and District staff. 

WHAT:            
Commemorating the demolition of 10 buildings that made up the old school campus.
This event marks an important milestone for Olsen Middle School and the local community.

WHERE:             
Olsen Middle School
330 S.E. 11 Terrace, Dania Beach 33004

(Enter the campus from the Southeast 11 Terrace entrance and park in the designated parking area in the west section of the parking lot.)

WHEN:                
Friday, February 19, 2021
2 p.m.

Watch the livestream at becon.tv/newsconference

WHY:                  
The demolition of the old Olsen Middle School has been a long time coming and represents an important step into the future for the school and the Dania Beach community. The demolition project, which began on February 8, 2021, is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.

MEDIA PLANNING TO COVER THIS EVENT SHOULD RSVP TO BCPS.PIO@BROWARDSCHOOLS.COM.

(*flat, closed-toe shoes and pants must be worn to access the demolition site)

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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    • Date: 2020-09-18

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    National Book Festival Features a Day of Programming for Schools, Children and Teens at Home The Library of Congress National Book Festival will present a robust lineup of live and recorded programming featuring all-star authors for schools and young audiences at home on Friday, Sept. 25. Video interviews with popular authors of books for children and young adults, as well as two 1-hour video specials, will be available for on-demand viewing starting at 9 a.m. ET on the festival…

    • Date: 2020-09-17

  • September 15, 2020  (20-060)

    Library of Congress Launches New Tool to Search Historical Newspaper Images The public can now explore more than 1.5 million historical newspaper images online and free of charge. The latest machine learning experience from Library of Congress Labs, Newspaper Navigator allows users to search visual content in American newspapers dating 1789-1963.The user begins by entering a keyword that returns a selection of photos. Then the user can choose photos to search against, allowing the discovery…

    • Date: 2020-09-15

  • September 10, 2020  (20-058)

    Library of Congress Announces Winners of the 2020 Literacy Awards Five organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.Top prizes are being awarded to The Immigrant Learning Center, The International Rescue Committee, Inc. – Pakistan Reading Project, the National Center for Families Learning, Pratham Books and Room to Read. The Literacy Awards, originated by David M. Rubenstein…

    • Date: 2020-09-10

  • September 8, 2020  (20-059)

    Library of Congress Welcomes Albert Einstein Fellow for New School Year The Library of Congress has welcomed Peter DeCraene as its newest Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow. DeCraene will work closely with the Library’s Learning and Innovation Office to make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible for teachers throughout the United States.“We have been on a mission for the past few years to demonstrate the value of primary sources across the curriculum and…

    • Date: 2020-09-08

  • September 2, 2020  (20-057)

    Library of Congress Appoints New Chief of Serial and Government Publications Division The Library of Congress has appointed Deborah Thomas as chief of the Serial and Government Publications Division. Thomas brings more than 20 years’ expertise working with digital collections and coordinating several of the Library’s signature programs. She has served as acting chief of the division since December 2019.Since joining the Library in 1998, Thomas has held numerous positions as an expert in the digital…

    • Date: 2020-09-02

August 2020

  • August 27, 2020  (20-056)

    American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress Launches Podcast ‘America Works’ The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is bringing the voices of workers throughout the country to listeners with “America Works,” a new podcast series that celebrates the diversity and tenacity of the American workforce during a time of economic crisis and transition.Each 10-minute episode of “America Works” introduces listeners to an individual worker whose first-person narrative adds to the wealth of…

    • Date: 2020-08-27

  • August 25, 2020  (20-055)

    Annual ‘Concerts from the Library of Congress’ Season Announced The Library of Congress will continue its longstanding tradition of displaying America’s rich and diverse musical heritage during the 2020-2021 season of “Concerts from the Library of Congress.” The upcoming season will feature conversations with artists, performances of Library-commissioned work by Michael Abels, James Lee III and Igor Santos, and a festival titled “(Re)Hearing Beethoven.”Consistent with social distancing and safety protocols in response to…

    • Date: 2020-08-25

  • August 19, 2020  (20-053)

    Library of Congress Honors Oklahoma City and San Francisco Libraries for Service to Print-Disabled Readers The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress announced today that it will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service to readers who are visually or physically disabled.The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, received the Regional Library of the Year Award. The Talking Books and Braille…

    • Date: 2020-08-19

  • August 12, 2020  (20-054)

    PBS to Broadcast Television Special Featuring Library of Congress National Book Festival The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will include two new entry points for audiences across the country for the first time — a national television special on PBS stations and an interactive experience online for the festival’s 20th year.PBS stations will broadcast “The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity,” a two-hour program featuring some of the nation’s most renowned…

    • Date: 2020-08-12

  • August 11, 2020  (20-052)

    Library Hosts Public Forum on Congress.gov Improvements and Priorities On Thursday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon EST, the Library of Congress will host a virtual public forum focused on public access to legislative information through Congress.gov. This event will provide an update on improvements to Congress.gov, which is the authoritative repository of U.S. congressional data, and the Library’s role in providing access to legislative information. The forum will also give Congress.gov…

    • Date: 2020-08-11

  • August 6, 2020  (20-051)

    Two Major Gifts to Reimagine Visitor Experience and Enhance Photography Collections at Library of Congress A major gift by Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation in Los Angeles will support the effort to reimagine the visitor experience at the Library of Congress. The foundation also announced that it is donating 1,000 photographic prints by about 250 contemporary photographers from its Annenberg Space for Photography exhibitions to the national library’s collections.The Library is pursuing a multi-year plan to transform the…

    • Date: 2020-08-06

  • August 3, 2020  (20-049)

    Library of Congress Appoints New Chief of African and Middle Eastern Division The Library of Congress has appointed Lanisa Kitchiner as chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Kitchiner brings more than 18 years’ experience as an administrator of cultural institutions and an academic mobilizing knowledge around Africa’s cultural and historical ties to the Middle East.Kitchiner most recently served as director of education and scholarly initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art…

    • Date: 2020-08-03

  • August 3, 2020  (20-050)

July 2020

  • July 24, 2020  (20-048)

    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will connect with audiences across the country for an interactive, online celebration of “American Ingenuity” for the festival’s 20th year, featuring new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. The festival will also showcase the many ways our national library embraces all subjects in its unparalleled collection.During the weekend of…

    • Date: 2020-07-24

  • July 13, 2020  (20-046)

    2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to Colson Whitehead Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels “The Nickel Boys” and “The Underground Railroad,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 25-27.Whitehead, 50, is the youngest person to receive the Library’s fiction award for his lifetime of work.“Colson Whitehead’s work is…

    • Date: 2020-07-13

  • July 9, 2020  (20-047)

June 2020

  • June 24, 2020  (20-044)

    Library of Congress FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business, and scholarly communities and the American public.Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The Fiscal Year 2019 winners…

    • Date: 2020-06-24

  • June 24, 2020  (20-045)

    Library of Congress Announces 2020 Homegrown Concert Series: Homegrown at Home The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will present traditional music and dance from a variety of folk cultures thriving in the United States and around the world in a new online concert series each Wednesday through September.This year’s Homegrown summer concert series, “Homegrown at Home,” is being presented in a new online format, consistent with social distancing and safety practices in…

    • Date: 2020-06-24

  • June 22, 2020  (20-043)

    Library of Congress to Award Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity to Danielle Allen Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, will receive the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.Allen will collaborate with the Library on an initiative she has designed, titled “Our Common Purpose—A Campaign for Civic Strength at…

    • Date: 2020-06-22

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BCPS Observes Day of Service and Love in Commemoration of Those Lost or Injured During the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tragedy

 

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Throughout the week of February 8, 2021, leading up to Sunday, February 14, schools across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) have been participating in a variety of volunteer and community service activities in remembrance of the 17 students and staff lost and those who were injured during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy on February 14, 2018.

On Friday, February 12, at 10:17 a.m., the entire District will observe a moment of reflection to honor and remember the victims.

“During the week-long commemoration, BCPS students on campuses and those learning at home will positively impact the lives of others through community service activities,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We’re proud of the contributions our students are making within their communities and we hope to engage them and their families in shaping the lives of others as, together, we work to continue to heal from the tragedy.”

Schools are encouraged to engage students in activities and volunteer service projects, while also raising awareness about important and meaningful causes and issues. To safeguard students, employees and volunteers while serving others during the COVID-19 pandemic, the District and its community partners have developed a range of activities to be implemented while wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. With support from volunteers, BCPS students and staff will take part in activities such as landscaping gardens, school beautification, celebrating our local first responders and feeding families in need.

On Sunday, February 14, BCPS and its community partners (HandsOn Broward, City of Parkland, City of Coral Springs, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, United Way of Broward County and the Interfaith Council, among others), will attend tributes, faith-based gatherings and service events throughout the day.

 

The following information is provided to members of the media to help plan coverage on Friday, February 12.

MEDIA COVERING ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOLS MUST RSVP AT BCPS.PIO@BROWARDSCHOOLS.COM

 

  • Media will not be permitted on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus.

This is an emotional and difficult time for the school community. Please, be respectful and sensitive to the privacy

of students, parents and staff as they arrive or depart school and at community events leading up to February 14. Also, please refrain from flying news helicopters or drones over or near the high school during this time.

 

  • Media briefing: At approximately 9 a.m., Superintendent Runcie will attend a Day of Service and Love event at the District’s Benefits Department, which secured personal hygiene products to make bags for 1,000 students and their families to be distributed via the H.E.A.R.T. program. They have also raised $13,500 to purchase food for the District’s Food Pantry Program. The BCPS Benefits Department is located at 7770 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise, FL 33351.

 

On Friday, February 12the following Day of Service and Love projects and activities are also available for media coverage:

 

Peters Elementary School
851 N.W. 68th Avenue, Plantation FL 33317
10:30 a.m. – noon

Messages of kindness and love will be shared through read alouds; students will write letters expressing gratitude and appreciation and will decorate mugs to be delivered to first responders at the Plantation Police Department and local hospitals thanking them for their service (mug decorating around 11 a.m.).

 

Riverside Elementary School
11450 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33071

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Students and staff will wear pink, red and hearts for the weekly Spirit Day. Students will plant seeds of love with seed confetti hearts that will bloom with mixed flowers in a couple of weeks. Classroom cleanups will also take place throughout the day.

 

Olsen Middle School
330 S.E. 11th Terrace, Dania Beach, FL 33004
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Students will participate in creating appreciation gifts for frontline healthcare workers and nurses at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The goal of the project is to uplift and support hospital personnel who have given their time and dedicated their lives to helping others during the pandemic.

 

Pines Middle School
200 N.W. Douglas Road, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Honoring the heroes of Pembroke Pines. Students will create cards and drawings for local heroes. Distinguished guests from the City of Pembroke Pines and Pembroke Pines Police Department will be invited during the lunch period for presentations and recognitions.

 

Boyd H. Anderson High School
3050 N.W. 41st Street, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33309
Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Students will participate in activities on campus with the theme of love and kindness, including campus cleanup, beautification and creation of a rock garden in the courtyard and a mural depicting acts of kindness.

 

Coral Springs High School
7201 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Time: 10 a.m.

The school celebrates the unveiling of its “Removing Barriers” mural, depicting an image created by sophomore Josephine Majdoch, the winner of the school’s Removing Barriers Mural Contest.  Her piece was inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King. Following a moment of reflection at 10:17 a.m., Majdoch and commissioned muralist, Corey Burton, will discuss the piece.

 

South Broward High School
1901 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood, FL 33020
Time: 8:30 a.m.

Grab-and-Go First Responders Gratitude Breakfast with invited guests from Hollywood Police Department and Hollywood Fire Rescue.

 

As part of the week’s commemoration, schools in the J.P. Taravella Innovation Zone created a video thanking first responders for their service and dedication. View the video through this link: https://eduvision.tv/l?emetARg

 

For more information about Day of Service and Love, visit browardschools.com/serviceandlove.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app

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BCPS Students to Participate in Virtual Claim Your Future Showcase

February 9, 2021

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wo-Day Event Organized with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Takes Place February 10 – 11

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students are getting a jump-start on their future career paths thanks to the Claim Your Future Showcase. The fifth annual industry-focused event is a collaboration between BCPS and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County’s official economic development partnership. It is being held virtually over two days, February 10 – 11, 2021, and is open to 11th-grade students in BCPS Career, Technical & Adult Education programs.

The event provides students with an opportunity to virtually network with local business leaders, hone employability skills through online workshops and engage in mock interviews through a secure platform while receiving feedback from business leaders. There is also an executive business panel discussion, sessions on post-secondary education opportunities and workplace readiness, and an expo with 40 local businesses, allowing students to explore a wide range of career possibilities and learn what skills are needed to pursue their professional goals.

Sponsors of this year’s Claim Your Future Showcase are the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and Wells Fargo.

“Our annual Claim Your Future Showcase allows students from across the district to learn firsthand about careers they can pursue right here in Broward County, including high-wage, targeted industries. We are thrilled to lead this initiative for a fifth year and present it 100% virtually,” said Bob Swindell, President & CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

“The Claim Your Future Showcase is an outstanding event for our students,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “There are tremendous career opportunities available in Broward County. Having the chance to meet with representatives from these industries, receive career advice and get feedback on how to make the best impression on potential employers, is invaluable. It bridges the gap between what students learn in school and how it applies in the real world.”

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

 

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance  (www.gflalliance.org) is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County.  Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community. To learn more, call (954) 524-3113.

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