Update: Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL]

On June 10, 2020 we published an article on the disparity between black and white third grade pass rates for the School District of Indian River County’s Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) testing. https://verocommunique.com/2020/06/10/black-lives-matter-in-third-grade-too-indian-river-county-fl/ This article has been very widely read, however, one reader commented that we inadvertently omitted Rosewood Magnet Elementary … Continue reading Update: Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL]

How/If Indian River County, FL Will Schools Reopen?

Let’s hope we can rethink and grow virtual learning into positive outcomes for all Indian River County students. On May 23, 2020 I spoke (as publisher of Vero Communiqué ) with a nice young man I've gotten to know who works at Publix and is a student at Sebastian River High School. He was worried … Continue reading How/If Indian River County, FL Will Schools Reopen?

COVID-19 Mental Health Reports from Two Mental Health Leaders in Indian River County, FL.

We have reports from two mental health leaders in Indian River County, FL on what they feel are the consequences of COVID-19 on mental health. Dr. Nicholas Coppola is the CEO of the Mental Health Association of Indian River County, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing immediate access with no barriers to mental health care. … Continue reading COVID-19 Mental Health Reports from Two Mental Health Leaders in Indian River County, FL.

Mental Health Association COVID-19 Update as of 3-25-2020. Indian River County, FL.

Dear Friends of the Mental Health Association of Indian River County; We at the Mental Health Association in Indian River County are working very hard to protect our employees, our clients, and our community. With this in mind I am sending you this brief email as an update to the note I sent last week. Nothing … Continue reading Mental Health Association COVID-19 Update as of 3-25-2020. Indian River County, FL.

Liberty Magnet Young Journalists, Indian River County, FL Publish Scholarly Articles.

Seven young fourth and fifth grade Young Journalists at Liberty Magnet Elementary School in Vero Beach have published a 20 page magazine of their scholarly articles.   In addition to learning a journalism curricula, the research and writing of their articles were developed over a two-month period; meeting twice a week for one hour each … Continue reading Liberty Magnet Young Journalists, Indian River County, FL Publish Scholarly Articles.

Follow-up on Mathematics. “We’re Teaching K-12 Math All Wrong.”

In a recent article we wrote that tens of thousands of students in Florida who graduate from high school aren’t ready for college. Only 34 percent of the 190,853 SAT Florida test takers in the Class of 2019 were considered ready for a college-level freshman math course. We also wrote about how most of the … Continue reading Follow-up on Mathematics. “We’re Teaching K-12 Math All Wrong.”

Do You Know What’s Happening With Mathematics in Florida and Indian River County?

You would think your child is able to do college work having followed the grade school and high school curricula and taken state exams designed to prepare them for college and earned a diploma.   Do you know what’s happening with mathematics? Tens of thousands of students in Florida who graduate from high school aren’t ready … Continue reading Do You Know What’s Happening With Mathematics in Florida and Indian River County?

An Epidemic of Teen Depression. “The Collaborative Effort Will Continue to Reach all Students in our Community.” [Indian River County, FL]

“It’s real scary for school administrators to say, ‘we’re going to talk about suicide,’” said Peggy Kubert, Director of Education for Erika’s Lighthouse. “We have to begin to de-stigmatize and make it less stressful.” There is no easy answer to the question of what causes young people to take their lives, Kubert noted. A May … Continue reading An Epidemic of Teen Depression. “The Collaborative Effort Will Continue to Reach all Students in our Community.” [Indian River County, FL]

STEAM is Based on the Concept of Educating Students in Five Basic Disciplines.

STEM was formerly a curriculum based on the concept of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. John Maeda, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design, championed the STEM to STEAM movement, campaigning to add “arts” to STEM, bringing the initiative to the forefront. His argument was that … Continue reading STEAM is Based on the Concept of Educating Students in Five Basic Disciplines.

Mental Health Association Releases New #ILoveYou2020 Video. [Indian River County, FL]

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FMsV6mMF59g   #ILoveYou2020 is a movement, not a fad. Give Hope. Save a Life. Do you or someone you know struggle with mental health issues, loss or grief, situational anxiety, and/or life's everyday trials and tribulations? Chances are, you do. According to Mental Health America, 44 million adults in the U.S. (18%) have been diagnosed … Continue reading Mental Health Association Releases New #ILoveYou2020 Video. [Indian River County, FL]