The Young Journalist Program Receives Third Consecutive Grant from the Joy Street Foundation.

The Young Journalist Organization of Indian River County, FL is pleased to announce its third generous “unrestricted” grant from the Joy Street Foundation, New Vernon, N.J. Warren “Kim” Kimber, Jr. and his wife Bobbie established the Joy Street Foundation to support education.  The foundation only makes contributions to preselected charitable organizations. In announcing their grant to … Continue reading The Young Journalist Program Receives Third Consecutive Grant from the Joy Street Foundation.

Indian River, FL Charter High School Junior Oboist Wins Dewey “Teacher of Inspiration” Essay for Orchestra Director.

In November, 2020 Indian River Charter High School (IRCHS) student Sarah Ward decided to enter the Dewey Awards Essay “Teacher of Inspiration” Competition on a whim.  The Dewey Awards are financed by Charter School Capital and are submitted on a voluntary basis.  The entries were written to recognize the contribution of a mentor teacher who has inspired … Continue reading Indian River, FL Charter High School Junior Oboist Wins Dewey “Teacher of Inspiration” Essay for Orchestra Director.

New Babies at Hope for Families Center, Vero Beach, FL.

The Heart of the Hope for Families Center is Their Shelter. Safe and secure, warm and stable, the Hope for Families Center (HFC) provides the refuge and consistency homeless families need to get back on their feet. Their risk-free living environment removes any uncertainty of safety – parents and children alike know where their next … Continue reading New Babies at Hope for Families Center, Vero Beach, FL.

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]

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

In the charts below look at 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. In 2015, 66.2% of white students passed compared to 30.7% of black students. In 2019, 70.2% of white students passed compared to … Continue reading 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?

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?

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.

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation Publishes 40 Page Digest of Summer Camp Student’s Creative Writings.

  During the summer of 2019, the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation expanded its outreach in Indian River County, FL. by sponsoring four week long “Creative Writing” camps, which were held from 9 am – 12 pm at their site on 14th Avenue in Vero Beach, FL. The student's writings create a marvelous Digest of each … Continue reading Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation Publishes 40 Page Digest of Summer Camp Student’s Creative Writings.