Florida Resources

Florida Resources

Federal Resources for Florida

Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) State Network: Florida
Established by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on PBIS is charged with providing schools capacity-building information and TA for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practices. This page of the Center’s Web site includes contact information for Florida’s PBIS coordinators and facilitators and its designated TA Center partner.

 

State Resources for Florida

Advancement Project: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: Web Site and State Map

Advancement Project works at both the national level and with grassroots organizations nationwide to examine, expose, and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students. It also works to build capacity for community-led work and build bridges among those working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. This map presents State-based activities, resources, and news related to the school-to-prison pipeline.


 


Character Education Partnership: Florida

Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a national advocate for the character education movement. This site provides information about character education efforts in Florida, including links to State Schools of Character (SSOC)—schools identified as having reached a standard of excellence within their States in the area of character development, information for those interested in applying to become an SSOC, and contact information for the State’s character education coordinator.


 


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: SEL in Your State

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the University of Illinois at Chicago Social Emotional Learning Research Group are conducting a review of educational standards related to social and emotional learning (SEL) from preschool to high school in all 50 States and the six Territories to understand whether and how States currently address SEL in their learning standards. This Web site presents the findings from the review by State and grade level. The preliminary findings from the first year of this 2-year project, State Scan of Social and Emotional Learning Standards, Preschool through High School, is also available for download.


 


Dignity in Schools Campaign: Resources on Your State: Florida

This Web site includes resources, by State, that the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) has been collecting for stakeholders. For some States, the Web site includes information on suspension and the pipeline to prison, as well as parent advocacy guides related to student pushout.


 


National Center for School Engagement Truancy Program Registry

The National Center for School Engagement provides a registry of truancy reduction programs by State, and includes detailed information about each program including contact information and evidence of effectiveness. Searches can also be narrowed by keywords, grade level, evidence of effectiveness, and more.


 


National Center on Response to Intervention: RTI State Database: Florida

Response to Intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and interventions to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. This database provides locally-developed (by States, territories, or districts) resources on a number of topics related to RTI, including behavior management, disproportionality, and cultural and linguistic competence. The resources, which range from policy documents and briefs to trainings and tools, are provided in an effort to share examples and information across States. Site visitors can search the database by State, topic (e.g., disproportionality, cultural and linguistic diversity), grade level, resource type, and/or audience.


 


National School Climate Center: School Climate Policies and Laws Database: Florida

This database contains information about laws and policies designed to address school climate and bullying prevention in each State. From this database, users can generate profiles of State policies for school climate and bullying prevention efforts, and view reports on State policies on these two issues.


 


Overview of Fourteen Southern States’ School Suspension Laws  

This document from the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) at Duke University describes the following five aspects of suspension policies in 14 southern States, including Florida: (1) authority of local school districts to suspend/expel and State-prescribed expulsions, (2) suspension procedures, (3) the appeals process, (4) conditions for admittance/readmittance to other districts in the State, and (5) alternative education.


 


Southern Poverty Law Center: Children at Risk Initiative: Florida

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) uses legal action, community education and mobilization, and media and legislative advocacy to ensure that students get the educational services that can mean the difference between incarceration and graduation and prevent school discipline practices from pushing students out of school. SPLC currently operates juvenile justice and education reform projects in four States, including Florida, where children are most at risk of being in the juvenile justice system or dropping out of school. This site provides information about SPLC’s work in Florida.