BENEFITING: TEACHING AND LEARNING FOUNDATION
Given that teacher quality is the main driver of improved student achievement, the Teaching and Learning Foundation, supports the Expert Systems for Teachers® program, hosted by the University of Florida and University of North Florida Divisions of Continuing Education. The Foundation is committed to providing sustained, subject-specific instructional support and subject-specific mentoring support, for in-service K-12 teachers with new assignments, particularly those with out-of-field or not-highly-qualified assignments. The Expert Systems for Teachers® program is based on scientific research showing that sustained professional development for teachers achieves better results than short term workshops. Further, a better prepared teacher, in terms of content mastery, is the most important determinant in improving student achievement. Currently in Florida, unfortunately 20,000 of approximately 176,000 teachers are teaching out-of-field each school year which is a hindrance to improved student achievement. However, The Teaching and Learning Foundation, with your help, will reach our goal of ensuring every teacher has the tools and support they need. The Teaching and Learning Foundation believes every classroom should be a place of outstanding academic achievement, regardless of the community's status as high or low poverty. Over the past two years there have been 750 enrollments in the Expert Systems for Teachers® program through UF and UNF. Further underscoring the need for this program is that only 27% of enrolled teachers passed a basic pre-test in their new subject assignment. The average pre-test score, was 56% with 70% needed for passing state exam levels. After the teacher enrollees received the instructional support materials and mentoring teacher access, the post-test scores rose to an average score of 90% with 100% of teachers passing. Every $1,800 donation ensures a K-12 public school teacher will have the much needed financial support to access the online courses subject-specific professional development courses designed to provide instructional support materials, a subject-specific mentoring teacher, test prep for the Florida Teacher Certification subject area examination (FTCE SAE), FTCE fee and 60 hours of Master In-service Plan credit (at each School District’s discretion) toward license renewal (120 hours required every 5 years). For details you may simply go http://thetlf.org web site to view the empirical data, enrollee comments and university links. Join the Teaching and Learning Foundation in supporting Florida's K-12 teachers, students, and our communities.