Honoring Memorial Day Through Education

Guest post by Chancellor of Public Schools Dr. Frances Haithcock
As the Memorial Day holiday draws near, I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of the men and women of our armed forces, especially those who dually serve as educators. 

I have the greatest respect for those who proudly serve in the defense of our country, and also commend all of our teachers who have incorporated real-life lessons into their classrooms. Take for example teacher Annette Klabuhn of Choctawhatchee High Schoolin Okaloosa County. Ms. Klabuhn was able to connect her intensive reading classes via Skype to a U.S. Army captain currently serving in Kuwait. The students and captain discussed a Civil War novel, “Solider’s Heart,” and were able to learn of the soldier’s personal perspective on real-life situations. The Northwest Florida Daily News wrote a full story on this remarkable learning perspective. 

Not only are educators connecting students with interactive learning, but the Florida Virtual School also offers free courses to children of a parent stationed at a Floridamilitary base. What a great way to extend gratitude to our armed forces and ensure that students maintain their educational progress! The Department also has many additional resources for military families.

Reading and hearing of these wonderful stories where education is taken to a different, engaging level makes me wonder if your students have participated in a classroom activity that applies real-world examples to their course work? Or, if you have participated in education programs that accommodate soldiers and their families in some way. Share with us how Memorial Day is blended into your classroom, or how this connectivity with soldiers abroad can help your students. 

I wish each and every one of you a very safe holiday!

University Dreams Now a Reality for More Floridians

Guest post: Florida College System Chancellor Will Holcombe 

For decades, students have had an opportunity to pursue their higher education dreams through a cost-effective partnership our Florida Colleges share with the State University System. This type of program allows students to attend their university of choice and obtain a high-caliber university education, without the worries of relocating. The 2+2 Pathways to Success program is just the solution for any student who wants to pursue their college dreams – all with the help of a local Florida college campus within their community. 

Take for instance the University of Central Florida. Here, a student can become a Golden Knight by earning credits and taking coursework at any one of the 28 colleges inFlorida. But for those students who prefer to stay within the Central Florida region, UCF has worked closely with six Florida colleges specifically, including Brevard Community College,College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Lake-Sumter Community College, Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College.

Does it sound like this program can help you reach your university dreams? What is your dream university in Florida?