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Education Notes 11-15

By Staff | Nov 15, 2019

Hodges University awards over $180,000 in student scholarships and waivers

Hodges University awarded over $180,000 in student scholarships and tuition waivers for the third quarter of 2019.

“For the third quarter, 141 students benefitted from these scholarships, discounts and waivers,” said Dr. John Meyer, president of Hodges University. “We encourage our students to apply for these scholarships and waivers so we can help them realize their academic and career goals.”

Scholarships came from the Earl & Thelma Hodges Veterans Scholarship, the Hawks Scholarship Fund and the Meftah Foundation Scholarship for Single Mothers. Discounts and waivers were awarded from the university’s active duty military, corporate/employer partners, the Hodges Graduate Discount, and the Veterans Discount.

Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population.

With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools receives grant from FPL for STEM Teacher Learning

The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently awarded The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools $7,300 for a Florida Power & Light Company EmPOWERing STEM Educators grant for a STEM-focused teacher peer-to-peer learning opportunity.

This grant will be provide funding for Project FLOW, which is a peer to peer collaboration project. The training will impact 7,200 students in middle school and high school. Funding for substitute coverage at the school level has been strained and this support will ensure participation is possible during the school day. The training supports will come from a water quality monitoring curriculum that was developed over the last two years by a partnership between FGCU and Lee County Teachers, and implemented at one middle school and two high schools, and by Argument Driven Inquiry Trained teachers. This will expose more teachers to these science supports as they are directly aligned to our science courses, and the health of our local ecosystems.

The goal of the new FPL program is to increase teacher knowledge of effective math and science instructional practices that align with Florida Standards through classroom-based, teacher-to-teacher learning of effective instructional strategies.

Since 2010, the CFEF has administered hands-on, workplace-based STEM classroom learning experiences to increase student awareness and interest in STEM careers. These projects are managed at the school level through local education foundations that understand the needs and capacity of district schools and teachers and are able to target the funds for largest impact. In 2016 through 2018, the CFEF piloted 15 Peers in Public Practice projects supporting days of observable instruction for K-12 teachers to learn from their highly-effective peers in real-world, real-time classroom situations.

For more information about the statewide program visit: educationfoundationsfl.org/partner-programs/fpl-empowering-stem-educators

North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts seeking alumni performers for ‘Nutcracker Ballet’

North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts will celebrate its 10th anniversary performance of the “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall by inviting its dance alumni back to participate in the annual holiday performance on Friday, Dec. 13.

Now directed by Lori Madl and Nicole Hoeberling, with support from Principal Dr. Thomas Millins and the Arts Foundation, former cast members are invited to join in the celebration with special parts for alumni.

For more information, NFMAA dance alumni are asked to contact Madl by email atloriam@leeschools.net

Proceeds from the NFMAA production of The Nutcracker Ballet benefit the North Fort Myers Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which supports arts education programs at the school and the surrounding community.

For more information about NFMAA, “The Nutcracker Ballet” or the North Fort Myers Arts Foundation, visit nfa.leeschools.net/ or call (239) 997-2131.

The North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts is at 1856 Arts Way, North Fort Myers, FL 33917.

The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is at 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919, on the grounds of Florida SouthWestern State College. For additional information about the Mann Hall or its performance schedule, call 239-481-4849 or visit www.bbmannpah.com