St. Lucie County Schools hosted its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on June 23, 2014 with over 150 applicants attending this event. School leaders from 16 schools interviewed prospective teachers in preparation for the coming school year which begins August 18, 2014.
Recognizing that the greatest impact on student success is high quality instruction one of the District’s Strategic Goals is to recruit and retain effective teachers for all classrooms. As one of several recruitment strategies the Fair provided an opportunity to hire teachers before school starts.
Recruitment activities to attract the “brightest and best” will continue throughout the school year. More information is available by contacting Dr. David Washington, Director of Teacher Recruitment and Retention at: David.Washington@stlucieschools.org
The Florida Department of Education (DOE) released the School Performance Grades for Elementary, K-8 and Middle Schools today.
Taking pride in educating every student every day, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is celebrating a 25 percent gain in the number of schools that improved one letter grade or more (Floresta Elementary and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts improved two letter grades) and 72 percent maintained or increased their school grades.
Other highlights include:
All grades tested in writing showed growth. Twenty-nine out of 36 (or 81 percent) of SLPS increased their proficiency levels over last year’s performance. Fourth grade exceeded state proficiency levels (55 percent for SLPS / 53 percent for the state). In eighth grade, students exceeded last year’s performance by nine percent and the number of 10th grade students meeting the performance target increased by 12 percent.
SLPS was one of 13 districts in the state that improved their performance in all End of Course (EOC) exams: Algebra 1, US History, Biology, and Civics. There was a nine percent increase in Algebra 1.
Within the groups that maintained their school grade, several schools showed tremendous growth. Included in this group are:
- Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts – 151 point gain
- Windmill Point Elementary – 91 point gain
- St. Lucie Elementary – 87 point gain
- Lawnwood Elementary – 67 point gain
- Westgate K – 8 – 62 point gain
- Dan McCarty – 61 point gain
- Oak Hammock – 55 point gain
- Savanna Ridge Elementary – 56 point gain
- North Port K-8 – 55 point gain
- Floresta Elementary – 50 point gain
- Forest Grove Middle School – 47 point gain
- Southport Middle School – 41 point gain
- Manatee Elementary – 37 point gain
- Palm Pointe K – 8 – 23 point gain
While school grades will not be calculated for high schools until later in the school year, data shows significant growth for area high schools as well.
- Fort Pierce Central – 35 point gain
- Port St. Lucie High School – 26 point gain
- Mosaic Digital Academy – 26 point gain
- St. Lucie West Centennial – 24 point gain
The saying success breeds success holds true for Lydia Martin, principal of Southport Middle, and Debra Snyder, principal of Palm Pointe Research School, who are both recent graduates of the Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. The principals were selected to participate in the Academy in recognition of their leadership skills and for being among Florida’s 50 highest performing principals.
In partnership with the FLDOE, the Council for Educational Change has designed the prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy to enhance participants’ strengths and leadership and continue their professional growth. The yearlong experience enabled the principals to build on their successes and influence the leadership of colleagues at the district and state levels.
“These principals have demonstrated outstanding leadership and are now in a position to share their experience and expertise with their peers in the district and across the state.” said the President and Executive Director of the Council Dr. Elaine Liftin.
As a result of the experience, Martin was promoted to Executive Director of Schools for Saint Lucie County.
On June 11, 2014, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Pamela Stewart, and the Council for Educational Change President and Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin, recognized members of the graduating class and encouraged them to continue to share their talents to build instructional leadership capacity by serving as a statewide and district resource.
The Commissioner’s Leadership Academy, sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, Florida Blue and Publix Super Markets Charities, has impacted nearly 750 principals and aspiring school leaders, and an estimated 300,000 students over the past two years.