Education News

Dive into the latest local education news, Lakeland Leads Member updates, resources, and more. 

Announcements

Meet New Investor Member Ryan Reis

Meet our newest Investor Member, Ryan Reis, Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Affairs at Webber International University! Learn more about Ryan and his background in higher education administration, community engagement, and advocacy.

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Events

McKeel Hosting Internship & Career Fair

Join McKeel Academy for their Internship & Career Fair! This recruitment event will be held for their current 11th graders looking to fulfill their internship requirements, as well as, their current 12th graders seeking future employment opportunities. Nearly 500 students will be in attendance!

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Education

Lakeland Leads Convenes PCPS and Community Leaders

LKLD Leads recently organized a gathering that brought together key figures from the educational sector, local community leaders, and a representative from the nonprofit sector to explore the innovative educational approach offered by Big Picture Learning (BPL).

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Announcements

Meet our Newest Strategic Partner: Lisa Kirk

Lisa Kirk, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Blended Families, has joined Lakeland Leads as a Strategic Partner! Click “Read More” to learn more about Lisa and her deep passion for philanthropy and community engagement.

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Education

Aerospace Center for Excellence Launches Partnership with PCPS

What started as a dream approach to student enrichment quickly became a reality thanks to the belief in this mission throughout the municipalities in the county. Together, we have been able to build an innovative field trip program that will allow every fifth grader in Polk County the opportunity to participate in a visit to the ACE campus at zero cost to the students, teachers, or the district.

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Resources

Getting Serious About College and Career Readiness

In this article by Matthew Gandal, President and Founder of Education Strategy Group, he emphasises the importance of preparing students for both college and careers, highlighting the gap between what students learn in school and what they need in real-world settings.

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Education

Tenoroc High Concludes First Year as a 3DE School

Tenoroc just wrapped up its inaugural year as a 3DE school. The Junior Achievement initiative connects schools and business partners to provide students with real-world knowledge and experiences. As part of the program, Tenoroc students took part in case studies and developed solutions for use in various industries.

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Resources

Navigating Universal School Choice

On July 1,2023, Florida is set to become the third state in the nation to launch an ESA program with universal eligibility. A new budget deal ensures that any Florida K-12 student can have a scholarship account if their family requests one, even though policymakers also guaranteed students from lower-income households first priority.

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So, What Does a School Board Do, Anyway?

School boards are responsible for the education of a community’s young people, ensuring all students have access to a high-quality, rigorous education that prepares them for college, career, and life. Boards usually consist of five to nine elected or appointed representatives from the community, who meet regularly to discuss and decide issues related to local schools.

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Announcements

Congratulations to the 2023 Award Winners!

Thank you for attending the first Annual Awards Dinner, where we celebrated academy educators and business partners. The room was filled with over fifty educators with dignitaries, elected officials, non-profit leaders, our local high-education institution’s leaders, economic development leaders, public and charter school leaders, and over forty different industries seeking to support and engage with our career education programs.

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Resources

Early Lessons & Questions to Ask: Implementing Universal School Choice

In the span of just a few years, more than a dozen states have gone from nibbling at the edges of school choice to a full-throated embrace of universal education scholarship accounts or targeted ESA programs. These life-changing opportunities offer families the ability to customize a child’s education in ways we policy wonks could only dream of when the parental choice movement first began to take shape decades ago.

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