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Walton County School District

Best and Brightest

Best & Brightest Teacher and Principal Program

  • SB 7070 specifies new awards and criteria

  • The purpose of the Best and Brightest Teacher Program is “to recruit, retain, and recognize teachers who meet the needs of this state and have achieved success in the classroom.”
  • The purpose of the Best and Brightest Principal Program is “to designate school principals whose schools make noticeable academic improvement as Florida’s best and brightest principals.”

 

  • There are four Best and Brightest Teacher and Principal Program Awards:
    1. Recruitment Award
    2. Retention Award
    3. Recognition Award
    4. Principal Award

 

Recruitment Award – s. 1012.731(3)(a), F.S.

  • One-Time Award
  • Must be a classroom teacher as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(a), F.S.
  • Must be newly hired
    • The statute does not provide a definition of “newly hired classroom teacher”.
    • The district must establish criteria for “newly hired”
  • Must be a content expert, based on criteria established by the department, in mathematics, science, computer science, reading or civics.
  • The State Board of Education adopted Rule 6AER19-01, Content Expert for Best and Brightest Recruitment Award, to establish a definition in order for districts to distribute funds allocated for 2019-20.
  • Rule 6AER19-01 may be found at http://www.fldoe.org/policy/state-board-of-edu/meetings/2019/2019-07-29/index.stml and reads:
    • In order to allow school districts to distribute recruitment awards in the 2019-20 school year, a content expert in mathematics, science, computer science, reading, and civics means the following: 
      • For all areas, a person who has sufficient subject matter expertise as set forth in Rule 6A1.0503(2)(a), Definition of Qualified Instructional Personnel, F.A.C.; 
      • For the areas of mathematics, science, or computer science, a person who has either: 
        • (a) Earned at least a master’s degree in the areas of mathematics, science, or computer science from an institution accredited by the United States Department of Education; or 
        • (b) Earned at least a bachelor’s degree in the areas of mathematics, science or computer science from an institution accredited by the United States Department of Education and who has at least five (5) years’ teaching experience in the associated subject area or at least five (5) years’ work experience in the associated subject area. 
        • For the area of civics, a person who has either: 
          • Earned at least a master’s degree in political science, American history, social studies, or social science from an institution accredited by the United States Department of Education; or 
          • Earned at least a bachelor’s degree in political science, American history, social studies, or social science from an institution accredited by the United States Department of Education and who has at least five (5) years’ teaching experience in the associated subject area or at least five (5) years’ work experience in the associated subject area. 
          • For the area of reading, a person who has either: 
            • Earned at least a master’s degree in English, English literature, reading, or literacy instruction from an institution accredited by the United States Department of Education; or
            • Earned at least a bachelor’s degree in English, English literature, reading, or literacy instruction from an institution accredited by the United States Department of Education and who has at least five (5) years’ teaching experience in English language arts or reading.
          • Rule 6AER19-01 will be in effect for 90 days, and during that time the standard rule development process will ensue to establish a definition for future years.
          • Award may be up to $4000

 

Retention Award – s. 1012.731(3)(b), F.S.

  • Must be a classroom teacher as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(a), F.S.
  • Must be rated Highly Effective or Effective the preceding year pursuant to s. 1012.34, F.S.
  • Must teach in the same school for 2 consecutive years, including the current year, which has improved an average of 3 percentage points or more in the percentage of total possible points achieved for determining school grades over the prior 3 years.
    • The FDOE will provide a list of eligible schools for the retention award.
    • Schools must receive a school grade for any of its teachers to be eligible for a retention award.
  • Retention Award Amounts:
    • Highly Effective:  $2,500
    • Effective:  $1,000

 

Recognition Award – s. 1012.731(3)(c), F.S.

  • Must be instructional personnel as defined in 1012.01(2), F.S.
  • Must be rated Highly Effective or Effective
  • Must be selected by his or her school principal based on performance criteria and policies adopted by the district school board or charter school governing board.
    • Policies have not yet been adopted.
    • Details will be provided upon adoption of applicable policy.
  • Awards will be provided from funds remaining under the allocation provided in s. 1011.62(18), F.S. after the payment of all teacher recruitment and retention and principal awards.

 

Principal Award – s. 1012.732(3), F.S.

  • Must have served as school principal at his or her school for at least 4 consecutive school years, including the current school year.
  • The school must have improved an average of 3 percentage points or more in the percentage of total possible points achieved for determining school grades over the prior 3 years.
    • The FDOE will provide a list of eligible schools for the principal award.
    • Schools must receive a school grade for any of its principals to be eligible for a principal award.
  • Principal Award Amount:  $5,000

 

If a district’s calculated awards exceed the allocation, the district may prorate the awards.

If you have questions regarding Best and Brightest, please contact:

Candy Bodie, Human Resources Coordinator

Phone: (850) 892-1100, ext. 1309

email:  [email protected]