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Professional Development

FEA’s Professional Development and Educational Research Department aim is to offer members across the state high quality professional development and resources. We are committed to partnering with affiliate locals in providing member-driven professional development and strengthening local affiliate professional development programs.

Our intent is to create opportunities for education staff professionals and educators to become active agents in their own professional growth and career development. By having professional development that is rigorous, relevant and focused on current needs, we can maximize engagement and demonstrate the value of union membership. By using professional development as a tool to supporting student learning, we can have a positive impact on student success.

For additional information in developing your local program or for information on the variety of program offerings, contact Dr. Primrose Cameron, Director of Professional Development and Research at primrose.cameron@floridaea.org

For additional information in developing your local program or for information on the variety of program offerings, contact Dr. Primrose Cameron, Director of Professional Development and Research at primrose.cameron@floridaea.org

Educators must continually grow. We know that members of the Florida Education Association are constantly looking for new ideas and innovating ways to improve your craft in order to ensure all students can be successful.

For that reason, your local union and FEA are committed to ensuring access to high-quality, relevant, and meaningful professional development resources, continuing education opportunities, and resources to assist teachers and education staff professionals with their professional practice.

Here you can also find up-to-date information on certification including timelines and everything else you need to know in order to either obtain your initial certification or renew a current one.

At each step along the way of your career, the FEA is committed to ensuring every member has the resources and support necessary to be the best you can be.

Upcoming webinars and trainings

Insight into Inclusive School Culture

With Dr. Patrick Coggins

In these sessions, Dr. Coggins will provide educators with definitions and insights in using culturally responsive strategies in the classroom, explore the current research on the success and enhancement of student achievement across cultures and examine appropriate applications and strategies which built culturally responsive and inclusive learning environments.

Teachers of Color Series

National Disability Employment Awareness with April Holmes

October 28, 2021
5:30PM EST
Registration Link

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. Our guest speaker for the next Teachers of Color meeting will be April Holmes.

Holmes is a Paralympic athlete from the TEAM USA and has competed to great success in Track and Field sprint events. A former track & field athlete at Norfolk State University, Holmes knew she was destined for a different career path after taking a job at a telecommunications company after college. After a tragic train accident in 2001 that resulted in the amputation of her left leg below the knee, she discovered the Paralympic Movement. Holmes received her first walking prosthetic and one year after her accident, she participated in her first race at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. She runs the April Holmes Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization assisting people with physical and learning disabilities with scholarships and medical equipment.

She has co-authored her first book with Brian Tracy entitled, The Winning Way and is set to release her second book. She serves as an athlete ambassador on the United States Anti-Doping Agency and as a mentor for Classroom Champion. She is also the first female on the athlete roster representing The Jordan Brand and was the inspiration behind Air Jordan’s 2009 signature shoe with APT technology. Holmes has won numerous accolades, including the NCAA’s Inspiration Award, U.S. Olympic Committee’s Spirit Award, U.S. Paralympics Mentor of the Year, and National Association of Black Journalist Pioneer Award.

Visit the FEA Voter Toolkit

The November 8 General Election is just around the corner and education will be a central issue during this critical election season. The FEA Voter Toolkit has election resources and endorsed candidates for local school Boards, the Florida House and Florida Senate, and Governor.

Cover story: Driving to success

Becoming a school bus driver set Cor’Darius Jones, now the “Mr. Bus Driver” of social media fame, on a remarkably rewarding path.

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Andrew Spar: We must elect candidates who stand with our schools

If we want good policy and the freedom to do what is best for our kids, then we must participate in the political process and ensure that those elected to…

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Carole Gauronskas: More than ever, kids need support

Our students have lived through some of the most difficult days of their lives and are coming to us with enormous needs.

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Crist’s choice reaffirms commitment to students, educators

With his announcement today of a running mate, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist reaffirmed and amplified his support for Florida’s students, educators and public schools.

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FEA recommends endorsement of Charlie Crist for governor

The Florida Education Association (FEA) announced today that the organization will recommend that the Florida AFL-CIO endorse U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist as the next governor of Florida. The federation of…

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NEA report: Florida’s teachers still among nation’s worst paid

As inflation grows and despite investments by the Legislature, Florida’s teachers remain stuck near the bottom nationally when it comes to average pay, according to new figures released today by…

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