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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.

Florida’s comprehensive health education standards and benchmarks promote decision making and advocacy skills as early as the first grade. In all elementary grades the use of sunscreen is encouraged through the benchmarks. K-12 health education is required instruction of the 12 component areas per s. 1003.42(n), Florida Statutes. Skin cancer and sun safety are addressed in these three component areas: injury prevention and safety, personal health and prevention and control of disease. 

Sun Safety Tips:

  • Encourage families and friends to adopt good habits together, like wearing sunscreen and limiting time in the sun.
  • Use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
  • Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.
  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, toweling off or sweating.

In May, spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer and encourage communities, organizations, families and individuals to get involved before summer starts. Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes but it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.

For more sun safety information and resources, please visit:

Don’t forget to visit the Healthy Schools webpage to learn why our vision is "Florida's Children: Healthy, Fit and Ready to Learn.”

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Upcoming Events

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

The 2017 Healthy Schools Summer Academy is June 14-15 at the Safe Schools Institute in Boca Raton, FL. The Youth Mental Health First Aid course will be offered concurrently with a certificate awarded upon completion. To learn more about the course, please visit

Online registration is open at and costs $30 per person. The registration fee includes the Academy keynote address, general sessions the resource carousel, snacks and lunches.

For more information, please contact the FDOE health education coordinator, Michelle L. Gaines, by email at or by phone at 850-245-0978.

Healthy Schools Summer Academy

The 2017 Healthy Schools Summer Academy is June 14 - 15 at the Safe Schools Institute in Boca Raton. This professional development opportunity is for teachers of health education and physical education content with special emphasis on subject areas with integrated health education benchmarks. Academy sessions will provide information and resources focusing on Florida standards, comprehensive health education, inclusion education, mindfulness, nutrition, parental engagement, physical activity and subject-area integration. To register click here.

American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference

The 2017 conference will be held in Chicago, IL from June 22-27. For more information, visit the ALA Conference website


Assistance for teachers in many content areas is available in the Teacher Toolkits. In the toolkits, teachers will find the most essential items they need to get off to a good start. 

Student Tutorials

The following are tutorials that have been recently added to Check them out!

  • Social Studies Grades 9-12: Deconstructing Reconstruction
    • Learn about the successes and failures of Reconstruction, one of the most controversial periods of American history, in this interactive tutorial. After the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and "Redeemer" resistance, this remarkably progressive period ended with the Election of 1876. SS.912.A.2.2, SS.912.A.2.3, SS.912.A.2.4, SS.912.A.2.6
  • English Language Arts Grades 11-12: Reader Reflections: Text Structures & Compex Idea
    • Learn to identify common text structures such as problem/solution, definition/example, cause and effect, and compare and contrast. It will also help you recognize how complex ideas are expressed within a text. LAFS.1112.RI.1.3, LAFS.1112.RI.4.10
  • English Language Arts Grades 6: Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It
    • Learn more about that dreaded word--plagiarism--in this interactive tutorial that's all about citing your sources and avoiding academic dishonesty! LAFS.6.W.3.8
  • Mathematics Grade 6: Scatterplots Part 1: Graphing
    • Learn how to graph bivariate data in a scatterplot in this interactive tutorial. MAFS.8.SP.1.1
  • Mathematics Grade 3: Golden Gardening Girls: An Area Adventure
    • Explore the relationships between tiling an area, multiplication arrays and calculating area using a formula in this interactive tutorial. MAFS.3.MD.3.6
  • Science Grades 9-12: Challenges to Public Health
    • Learn to distinguish between public health issues and individual health issues in this interactive tutorial. This is part 1 of 4 in a series of tutorials addressing this standard. SC.912.L.14.6
  • Science Grade 5: Einstein's Guide to Forces and Motion
    • Investigate and explain that when a force is applied to an object but it does not move, it is because another opposing force is being applied by something in the environment so the forces are balanced. This interactive tutorial also includes practice items to check your knowledge. SC.5.P.13.4

Monthly Updates

  • FLAAPT Newsletter
    • The Florida chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers has a new email system. If you'd like to hear about monthly happenings around the State, fill out this short form and forward this to a colleague while you're at it.
  • Instructional Technology - Teacher Tech Tools

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