FLORIDAS K-6: FLORIDE KIDS INFLATION READY FOR PARENTS article By: Lacey T. Williams , Florida TodayPosted December 09, 2017 12:18PMFLORIDA is the latest state to introduce a new standard for kindergartens that would help parents and educators navigate the state’s new kindergarten standards.
The new guidelines, which are scheduled to take effect next year, are expected to make it easier for schools to teach children about learning, empathy and critical thinking, as well as help them improve reading and math.
“It’s a new generation of kids that’s learning, so we want them to have an understanding of what learning means and what to do to keep learning,” said Jennifer Wysocki, executive director of the National Education Association.
“There’s not just one thing to do, but learning from every experience, every thing is a valuable thing.”
Currently, FL has a system in place that provides a wide range of materials, but not everything is ready.
The state has also developed a program that allows students to choose how to learn.
Parents can opt to have their kids read to them on their own, or let them read the same book as a friend.
There’s also an option for students to read a book to themselves and then review it together.
The book must be a book for kids to read and not a book that’s specifically for children.
Parents and teachers who want to have a role in how the new standards are taught can opt in to a pilot program that will allow them to offer feedback on the curriculum and materials.
Parents will be able to choose the content, but also which materials are taught, including video lessons and video lessons that can be watched over the Internet.
“We’re really excited to have the new FL curriculum available to the public and to our schools, which is a big step forward,” said Karen Stolz, executive assistant superintendent of the Miami-Dade School District.
The new FLK is modeled on the model in place in California and other states, she added.
The guidelines are designed to give teachers more flexibility, and allow parents and teachers to share their feedback on how their children learn, according to the standards.
They’re not a substitute for regular classroom instruction, said Lisa Parnell, president of the Florida Education Association, which supports the new guidelines.
“I think it’s important to recognize that if teachers are doing things differently, parents are going to feel that differently,” she said.
“The new FL is going to be more about making sure that kids are learning how to do things in a way that’s appropriate for their age group, their level of academic ability and their ability to learn by watching videos,” she added, noting that parents can also use their time to learn about the new materials.
“They’re going to have more opportunity to learn from their teachers, and we want to make sure that they have that opportunity to do that,” Parnill added.
A handful of states have introduced similar standards.
New York introduced its own curriculum in early 2017 and New Jersey has adopted a similar model.
But Florida, which began with a similar system in the 1990s, is the first state to implement its own system.
“There are some areas of the state that are very progressive,” said Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the American Federation of Teachers, which has been leading the charge for the new program.
“But the vast majority of the schools in Florida are going through this.
We’ve been very successful in making the FL curriculum more affordable to parents, and I think that’s important.”
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