BCPS to Serve as a National Model to Help Bring Computer Science to More Students Across the Country

Broward Codes- Computer Science in every school, for every student.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) computer science initiative will serve as a national model for broadening participation in computer science in schools. Over the next four years, BCPS will participate in three Computer Science for All grants, which were recently awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The three grants focus on increasing participation in Computer Science education among underserved groups, including minority students and students with disabilities.

The grants include:

  • Collaborative Research: A research-practice partnership focused on creating equitable computer science opportunities for elementary students – Will integrate computer science through problem-based learning units that will eventually be made available nationwide on Code.org, one of the largest providers of K-12 computer science content. The grant was awarded to BCPS in partnership with Outlier Research & Evaluation at UChicago STEM Education at the University of Chicago and with the University of Florida.
  • Universal Design for Computer Science Learning: Partnership for Inclusive Elementary Computer Science Education – focuses on increasing participation in computer science among elementary students with disabilities. This grant was awarded to the University of Florida, with BCPS selected as one of four partnering school districts.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Community of Practice to Prepare and Support Teachers to Teach Rigorous Computer Science Courses in Culturally Diverse School Districts – this grant will leverage HBCU to facilitate a series of professional development trainings for high school computer science teachers. The grant was awarded to the Quality Education for Minorities Network, in partnership with L.L. Burge and Associates, LLC., and Florida Memorial University. BCPS was selected as one of three participating school districts.

BCPS offers computer science courses, curriculum and activities at every elementary, middle and high school. Computer science prepares students to innovate and create the new technologies that drive local and national economies – and provide them the ability to make a difference in a global society. To learn more about the District’s computer science initiative, visit browardschools.com/browardcodes.

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Milenkovic, Supervisor, Applied Learning: STEM + Computer Science, at 754-321-2623 or lisa.milenkovic@browardschools.com.

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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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Broward County School Board Elects New Chair, Vice Chair New and Re-elected Board Members Sworn In

November 17, 2020 

Dr. Rosalind Osgood, District 5 as Chair and Laurie Rich Levinson, District 6 as Vice Chair

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, The School Board of Broward County, Florida elected Dr. Rosalind Osgood, District 5 as Chair and Laurie Rich Levinson, District 6 as Vice Chair. The nominations and election took place during the School Board’s annual Organizational Meeting.

Chair Dr. Osgood has served on the School Board since 2012. She earned master’s and doctorate degrees in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Osgood is a Broward County native and a Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School.

Vice Chair Levinson was first elected to the School Board in 2010 to represent District 6.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brandeis University. Levinson was born and raised in South Florida. 

Debra Hixon and Sarah Leonardi

Also, today, the School Board welcomed two new members during its swearing-in ceremony. 

Debra Hixon was sworn in to represent Countywide At-Large, Seat 9. Hixon began her education career with BCPS as a science teacher at Blanche Ely High School in 1989. She transferred to South Broward High School in 1994, where she most recently served as magnet coordinator for the Maritime/Marine Science & Technology magnet program.  

Sarah Leonardi was sworn in to represent District 3. Leonardi began her education career with BCPS in 2014 at Coconut Creek High School, where she was voted Teacher of the Year in 2016. She is currently an English teacher at Nova High School, where she serves as coordinator for the Literary Fair.  

Re-elected School Board Members Patricia Good, District 2, and Dr. Osgood, were also sworn in during today’s ceremony. Other School Board members currently serving terms include, Lori Alhadeff, District 4; Donna P. Korn, Countywide, Seat 8; Ann Murray, District 1; and Nora Rupert, District 7.

 

NOTE: See attached JPGs for Chair Dr. Osgood and Vice Chair Levinson, and new School Board Members Hixon and Leonardi.

 

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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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Broward County Public Schools Swearing-in Ceremony For Newly Elected School Board Members

November 16, 2020

WHO:
School Board Members, District Administrators, Community and Family Members

WHAT:
Swearing-in Ceremony for recently elected School Board Members

WHEN:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, Boardroom
600 S. E. Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

WHY:
Swearing-in Ceremony for two new members – Debra Hixon and Sarah Leonardi – and two returning members – Patricia Good and Dr. Rosalind Osgood – elected to the School Board of Broward County, Florida. In addition, the School Board will hold its annual Organizational Meeting (at 1 p.m.) for nominations and election of Chair and Vice Chair.

MEDIA NOTE: To maintain physical distancing guidelines, media will not be allowed inside the Boardroom for the entirety of the ceremony but may take turns to briefly obtain b-roll. The ceremony will be live streamed at becon.tv/2020swearing-inceremony.

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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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New Parent University Series: Forging Ahead to Reinvent Teaching and Learning What’s Working and What Else Can Work?

November 13, 2020

In an effort to offer continued support to the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) community as the District engages in a combined face-to-face and eLearning educational model, the Parent Community Involvement Task Force and BCPS staff have designed a new Parent University series that looks ahead at the changing educational landscape.

The webinar, titled “Forging Ahead to Reinvent Teaching and Learning: What is Working and What Else Can Work?,” shares the experiences of students, parents, teachers and administrators as they navigate the current learning model, highlighting ways:

  • to improve the student experience
  • teachers are using technology to enhance delivery of instruction
  • parents and students can best communicate with teachers and administrators

Additionally, District staff will communicate with attendees through an interactive chat to learn about what is working, what else can work and ways we can help shape the public educational system of the future.

Access the Parent University webinar you wish to attend by clicking the link below:

Elementary (Grades pre-K – 5) November 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.: http://tiny.cc/ParentU-Elem

Secondary (Grades 6 – 12) November 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m.:  http://tiny.cc/ParentU-Secondary

Each webinar is available in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese through closed captioning.

For more information about Parent University, including links to previously recorded sessions, visit browardschools.com/parentuniversity.

 

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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. The District is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962 and has nearly 261,000 pre-K-12th grade students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers, and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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BCPS Launches Happiness Pilot Program in Support of Mindfulness Initiative

November 12, 2020

As part of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) strategic goal of providing safe and supportive learning environments for students, the District is implementing a new program that utilizes the research-backed science of positive psychology to teach children happiness skills as part of the class curriculum.

The Happier School Program, by the Happiness Studies Academy, is a comprehensive, multi-year educational intervention program that utilizes tools and strategies to teach students how to find a sense of purpose, take care of their physical wellbeing, grow from failure and hardship, nurture healthy relationships, as well as how to deal with difficult emotions and cultivate productive ones. These skills and abilities will contribute to students’ overall wellbeing.  

The three-year pilot is being launched at Driftwood Elementary School, Driftwood Middle School and Hollywood Hills High School, which each offer the District’s Health and Wellness Magnet Program. Teachers at the schools volunteered to participate in the program and are taking a virtual course to learn how to deliver happiness instruction to their students.

“Now more than ever, it is important for our students, families and teachers to have the tools and techniques to help them find happiness in the midst of the struggles our world is facing,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Our District is the first in the nation to make this program available to students as part of our ongoing Mindfulness Initiative, further reaffirming our commitment to the emotional wellbeing of our children.”

Research shows the expected results include improved relationships among children and adults; stronger immune systems and improved physical health; higher levels of creativity, productivity and engagement; better overall performance in school and later in life; lower rates of violence, bullying, depression and anxiety; and higher levels of resilience and self-confidence.

To Learn more about the District’s Happiness pilot program, visit browardschools.com/happiness.

Media note: The following links provide an interview with a Happiness Studies instructor and b-roll of a class:

View Happiness Studies Interview – Linda Gancitano, Peer Counselor & Happiness Studies Instructor at Driftwood Middle School.

View Happiness Studies b-roll – Class of sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students a Driftwood Middle School

 

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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. The District is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962 and has nearly 261,000 pre-K-12th grade students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers, and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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All BCPS Campuses Reopen On Thursday, November 12, Except One

November 11, 2020

All Broward County Public Schools campuses that were closed on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, except for West Broward High School, will be fully operational on Thursday, November 12.

West Broward High will be closed for the remainder of the week. Impacted families are being notified of the closure.

Before and after school programs, activities and athletic events will also resume.

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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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School Choice Application Window for 2021/22 School Year Opens December 1, 2020, at 8 a.m.

November 10, 2020

School Choice

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to announce the School Choice application window for the 2021/22 school year takes place December 1, 2020 – February 8, 2021.

 

BCPS is a national leader for offering innovative, personalized learning programs to meet students’ interests and prepare them for college and careers. During the School Choice application window, families can apply for magnet programs, Nova schools and school reassignments, which allow students to attend schools other than their assigned schools.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to explore the District’s School Choice options by visiting browardschools.com/schoolchoice. Families can access information by student interest, grade level and individual school name. The School Choice application will be available online on the School Choice website beginning December 1, at 8 a.m.

Please note: The 2021/22 application window for the John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities for public schools begins May 1, 2021.

 

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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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Tropical Storm Eta Update: BCPS Closed Monday, November 9 – No eLearning

Based on Florida Power & Light’s expressed concerns for the increasing and sustained winds from Tropical Storm Eta, which will likely cause widespread outages and disruption to the District’s eLearning environment, there will be no eLearning instruction on Monday, November 9, and all Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) campuses and administrative offices will be closed.

This update is being shared with BCPS families and staff through robocalls, emails, mobile app, website and social media.

BCPS urges families to take all necessary precautions to stay safe during and after the storm.

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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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Tropical Storm ETA: BCPS Reverts to 100% eLearning on Monday, November 9

 

Due to the potential impact of Tropical Storm Eta, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will revert to 100% eLearning on Monday, November 9. Districtwide education and administration will be fully operational remotely, with physical school campus buildings and administrative sites closed.

School transportation will not be available. All before and after school activities are canceled on Monday.

Information regarding BCPS school and District operations on Monday is being shared through robocalls, emails, mobile app, website and social media. BCPS will provide additional updates, if new information becomes available.

BCPS urges families to take all precautions necessary to stay safe during the storm.

 

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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 Launches Confidential T.A.L.K. App to Help Students Connect to a Mental Health Professional or to Report Abuse

October 28, 2020

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) remains committed to providing mental health services and support to students and families. As part of the BCPS campaign T.A.L.K., which stands for Tell Another. Listening is Key., the District has launched the T.A.L.K. App, which provides K–12 students with a confidential online form to request to speak to a mental health professional, or report abuse.

The T.A.L.K. app is available exclusively to BCPS K–12 students as an icon that appears on their personalized eLearning platform.

“The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the traditional classroom setting and created new and unexpected shifts in the lives of our students and families,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.
“The T.A.L.K. App serves as a solution to our District’s commitment to ensure students receive the help they need during this challenging time.”

Once a student submits a T.A.L.K. App form, they are connected to a mental health professional before the end of the next school day.  

If a student is in crisis and has an immediate need to speak to a mental health professional, they are advised to contact the following 24/7 resources:

  • First Call for Help, 954-537-0211
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line, Text HOME to 741741

The T.A.L.K. App advises all students to call 911 if they have an emergency.

For information on mental health services provided by the District, visit: browardschools.com/mentalhealthservices.

 

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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. The District is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962 and has nearly 261,000 pre-K-12th grade students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers, and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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