Reading, Writing, Robots And More Come To Life In Broward County Classrooms


(L-R): Broward Education Foundation Board Member Luz Negron;Broward County School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson; Nova Southeastern University Director of School Wide Recruiting Leonard Jacobskind; Broward Education Foundation board chair Christina Fischer; Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie; Fischler School of Education at NSU Program Director Michael Gaffley;Broward County School Board Member Patricia Good and Broward Education Foundation Director of Development Shea Ciriago at the Broward Education Foundation Teacher Idea Expo.

Marking the 20th Anniversary of their Annual Broward Education Foundation Teacher Expo, the Broward Education Foundation has been helping educators align innovative teaching with today's societal needs. This year, science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics were just a few of the classroom subjects highlighted in the innovative projects presented by Broward County teachers.

More than 332,300 Broward County students have experienced these innovations in their classroom through Broward Education Foundation grants.

“We have hosted this fantastic Teacher Expo for two decades. It is a platform for educators to share their innovative ideas with each other,” said Christina Fischer, Broward Education Foundation, chair of the board of directors. “Our Teacher Expo allows best practices to be deployed throughout BCPS classrooms, which creates a learning environment for our students that results in optimal educational outcomes.

Sponsored by BrightStar Credit Union and hosted by Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education & Human Resources, the Teacher Expo allows educators to gather ideas for creative classroom projects, participate in continuing education and hear from inspiring charismatic speakers.

“The Expo has such a positive impact on teachers. It’s teachers inspiring other teachers and in the end the winners are our students,” said Broward County School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson. “Our teachers are incredible and come up with the most innovative ideas.”

The innovative projects focus on science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, reading and comprehension, the environment, nutrition and more. The more than 490 teachers in attendance received the tools they need to reimagine education through these projects and introduce their students to new and exciting ideas.

“Our Expo and the other innovative learning initiatives of the Broward Education Foundation are meant to support teachers’ dedication and achievement with their students,” said Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. “As a model for other school districts, the Expo has been an overwhelming success in showcasing the innovative curricula we use to educate our diverse student population.”

Teachers from Cooper City, Coral Springs, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Tamarac, Miramar and every city in between in Broward County brought their most innovative classroom projects to the recent Teacher Expo.

About the Broward Education Foundation:

Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) aligns with Broward County Public Schools by providing support for innovative teaching to advance Pre K-12 achievement; critically needed educational materials for Title I school teachers and students, and scholarships for qualified high school seniors. Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $2 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence.

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