Legacy 2015 South Florida: Top Black Educators Issue - Page 7

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 AN INDEPENDENT SUPPLEMENT BY MIA MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS GROUP TO THE SUN SENTINEL A Message from Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie providers with seven BCPS elementary schools – Broward Estates Elementary School, Dillard Elementary School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montessori Academy, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Rock Island Elementary School, Sunland Park Academy and Westwood Heights Elementary School. Robert W. Runcie Superintendent Broward County Public Schools Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members: As Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), I am excited about the incredible learning opportunities for BCPS students in the 2015/16 school year. From our rigorous academic courses and nationally recognized magnet programs – to our fine arts programs, athletics, and extracurricular clubs and activities – there is something for everyone. This year marks a very special milestone for our District. It is the 100th anniversary of Broward County Public Schools. Events and activities are taking place throughout the school year, honoring our Centennial, and recognizing the important role of our schools in the lives of our past, present and future students. Since 1915, BCPS has grown to become the sixth largest school district in the country and the second largest in Florida. We are working hard every day to achieve our vision of “Educating Today’s Students to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World.” There are many District achievements for which I am proud. Recently, I traveled to the White House to join a panel discussion on school discipline. Broward County Public Schools was the only large, urban district invited to participate and share information on our efforts to Eliminate the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Pipeline. Our District is a national model for reforming student discipline policies and practices for non-violent misdemeanor offenses, and for instituting appropriate intervention strategies to ensure all students have an opportunity to reach their highest potential. In addition, our District is an honored recipient of a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant funding will support the District’s Minority Success Academy Early Years Program, by helping to connect and align early childhood The Minority Success Academy Early Years Program is designed to improve literacy and math outcomes through art, science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based learning strategies, while also increasing parent and family engagement. At every grade level, we strive to energize students and develop eager learners, who are ready to take on academic challenges. BCPS is a leader for innovative educational initiatives, such as: • Providing scholastic chess to all second and third grade students in the District. Scholastic chess helps improve students’ critical thinking, problem-solving and social skills. • Becoming the first Florida school district to offer computer science courses at every high school. Computer science is a foundational field that can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. • Expanding Career and Technical Education programs for middle and high school students. These programs provide students with opportunities to earn industry certifications in high-demand career fields, the same certifications used by working professionals. • Implementing debate programs at all of the District’s high schools and expanding debate programs among middle schools. Through speech and debate classes, students learn research, logic, organization of ideas and language skills, as well as social benefits such as increased self-esteem. Education opens doors to the future. Ensuring our students are college and career ready is at the heart of everything we do across BCPS. I encourage you to learn more about all of the educational opportunities in BCPS by visiting browardschools.com. Sincerely, Robert W. Runcie Superintendent Broward County Public Schools BB7