FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR TAKES PART IN NBC’S EDUCATION NATION
Tallahassee, Fla., Sept. 24, 2012 – Alex Lopes, Florida’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, took part in the nationally-broadcast Teacher Town Hall yesterday as part of NBC’s 2012 Education Nation Summit. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams moderated the interactive event at the New York Public Library hearing from educators in the audience and around the country about the challenges, potential solutions, and innovations shaping education.
“As Florida’s Teacher of the Year, I had the opportunity to participate in the discussion about improving education at the national level,” said Alex. “It is important for our state to be represented in this national dialogue.”
The teacher town hall followed an interactive student town that hall kicked off the first day of a three-day summit and weeklong series about education. Now in its third year, Education Nation seeks to deepen public engagement to improve student achievement and workforce preparedness. The focus this year is on innovation and technology. For more information, visit Education Nation.
About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.Tweet