Professional Learning Programs
The Florida Department of Education’s clinical educator "train the trainers" program prepares school district and college/university faculty to provide clinical educator training (CET) to those who supervise, direct or support pre-service teacher preparation students, as well as teachers who are participating in professional development certification programs, formerly district alternative certification programs.
Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy
The Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy is a year-long, job-embedded and research-based program for principal professional development with three anticipated outcomes:
- Deepen school leaders’ knowledge and skill in identifying high quality instruction along with the professional learning necessary to support teachers’ own learning;
- Deepen school leaders’ skills in observation, analysis, and feedback through on-site support, coaching and modeling; and
- Develop school leaders’ skill in providing targeted feedback for teacher growth.
The Academy's work is grounded in the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership's theory of action: student learning improves as the quality of teaching improves, and the quality of teaching improves as leaders understand what constitutes high quality instruction along with the role they play in improving teacher practice.
This program is limited to principals and principal supervisors on an application basis, with leaders participating in three institutes at a central Florida location and five school site "learning walks" with a cohort to practice instructional leadership skills.
The Florida School Leaders website is a primary portal for professional learning by Florida educators. Leadership is a process distributed among many educators with a shared vision of enabling our students to be college and career ready and have fulfilling lives in a global economy. The contributions of many are needed to ensure Florida's public school students a quality education. Learning supports are provided through this website for leaders, coaches and mentors from all levels.
The William Cecil Golden School Leadership Development Program
The William Cecil Golden School Leadership Development Program (WCG) was established by the 2006 Florida Legislature to provide a high quality, competency-based, customized, comprehensive and coordinated statewide professional development system for current and emerging school leaders. The program is aligned with Florida's Principal Leadership Standards and supports the needs of emerging school leaders engaged in formal educational leadership programs, approved district principal preparation programs (PDF) and district professional development programs for current school leaders. All WCG program resources are located in the WCG section of the Florida School Leaders website.
Teacher Induction, New Teacher Mentoring and Mentor Training
Section 1012.98, Florida Statutes, requires the Department to disseminate proven model professional development programs that have demonstrated success in providing effective mentorship activities to new teachers in training to teacher mentors.
The New Teacher Center's Teacher Induction Program offers one of the few mentoring models that has demonstrated statistically significant gains in student outcomes. Its publicly released Teacher Induction Program Standards (TIPS) define the characteristics and fundamental elements of a high-quality induction program that accelerates the development of both teachers and their students.
Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training
The Florida Department of Education, in collaboration with the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, established criteria for reviewing youth suicide awareness and prevention training materials and compiled a list of nationally recognized youth suicide awareness and prevention trainings. A list of approved trainings is located on the Student Support Services Project website.
Adrienne Campbell, Program Specialist