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Tropical Weather Response
We will make scheduling adjustments to assist participants as needed. We have extended the end date of many of our Beacon-facilitated sections and Locally-facilitated sections. Affected sections will have a comment that states “Extended 1 wk. for hurricane issues” or “Extended 2 wks. for hurricane issues.” There are many sections that we are monitoring. We will extend those sections as warranted.

Math Courses

In support of new standards for math, Beacon Educator has proudly developed the new K-8 Math Program. This program consists of four in-depth courses that provide participants with a closer examination and examples for providing a coherent curriculum focused on important topics in mathematics.

For more information go to Beacon Educator's Programs and select Math Courses from the list.



ESOL, Reading & Gifted Programs

Beacon's programs are aligned to the latest Florida endorsement standards and are updated regularly to reflect current research. Educators from outside of Florida can also benefit from the content. All courses are facilitated by experts in their field. Pacing is flexible and courses are available 24/7. New sections typically start monthly. Most 60-hour courses are scheduled for 10 weeks.

Reading Endorsement
Beacon’s reading endorsement program consists of five 60-hour courses. For more information, select Reading and then Reading Endorsement under Programs. The Reading Endorsement Quick Fact Sheet provides a program overview.

ESOL Program
The ESOL endorsement program provides five 60-hour courses for Language Arts/Elementary Education teachers. Teachers who require a 60-hour or an 18-hour compliance course can select one of the 60-hour endorsement courses or the 18-hour ESOL: An Overview course. Programs for administrators and for guidance counselors are also available. For more information, select ESOL under Programs. The ESOL Endorsement Quick Fact Sheet provides a program overview. Check with your district Staff Development office for a list of approved courses!

Gifted Endorsement Program
Our gifted endorsement program consists of five 60-hour courses. They align with the curriculum standards established by the National Association for Gifted Children as well as the Florida DOE Gifted Endorsement Standards. The course topics are Curriculum and Instructional Strategies, Educating Special Populations, Guidance and Counseling, Nature and Needs, and Theory and Development of Creativity. For more information, select Gifted under Programs. The Gifted Endorsement Quick Fact Sheet provides a program overview of the 300 hour program.

Check with your district Staff Development office for a list of approved courses!



Great Resources

Beacon Learning Center - Download lesson plans and unit plans.

Florida Educator- Create a teacher website.

Just Science Now - Explore inquiry based science ideas.

Reading Educator - Browse good reading strategies.



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NEW USERS - Register for a FREE Beacon Account at Beacon Educator New Account



Students with Disabilities Modules

You have a choice of modules --- On Demand: ESE for All Educators (SWD - SB 1108) or On Demand: Managing Challenging Student Behaviors (SWD-SB 1108) to address your need for a 20-hour ESE inservice.

NEW -- On Demand: Managing Challenging Student Behaviors (SWD-SB 1108)

Compare students with identified emotional disabilities to those with acting-out behaviors. Review instructional and behavioral strategies for managing difficult classroom behaviors within the RtI/MtSS framework. Develop an awareness level knowledge of psychotropic medications and accompanying side effects. This is the second module in the Beacon Educator series which addresses the needs of Students with Disabilities (SWD).

On Demand: ESE for All Educators (SWD - SB 1108)

Explore the characteristics and learning needs of students with disabilities in ESE for All Educators. Identify appropriate instructional strategies. Review the legal requirements for providing services and supports. Examine accommodations and modifications provided during instruction and assessment.

Locate the modules under the tab Programs - On Demand - Modules or go to On Demand Modules.



NEW Modules

These modules are ready for you! Register now. Locate these modules under the tab Programs - On Demand - Modules or on your district registration page!

Instructional Practices: Argumentation - Identify the role of argumentation in using evidence to evaluate and substantiate assertions. Learn the core components of argumentation. Explore strategies for teaching argumentation in a variety of classroom environments.

Instructional Practices: Classroom Management - Explore management strategies that lead to improved student motivation and achievement across all content areas and grade levels. Identify methods for creating a positive collaborative learning environment.

Instructional Practices: Differentiated Instruction - Acquire an understanding of differentiated instruction within the K-12 environment. Recognize the purpose of differentiated instruction as it relates to content mastery. Identify strategies included in the planning and instructional processes.

Instructional Practices: Questioning Techniques - Recognize the importance of using questioning techniques to assess student understanding and drive instruction. Gain an understanding of how to develop questions that vary in complexity and align to the content. Identify strategies for using questioning techniques in the classroom.

Instructional Practices: Questioning by Students - Explore how students can use questioning techniques as a learning tool to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. Explore strategies for teaching students to create effective questions, to use a range of question types, and to improve question quality.

Literacy: Disciplinary Literacy - Examine the unique ways each discipline requires students to think about the subject area. Explore the role of collaboration and various literacy strategies to increase student achievement across the content areas.

Math: Standards of Practices 9-12 - Acquire strategies for embedding the eight mathematical practices into everyday instruction. Identify changes in instructional practice necessary to engage students in mathematical thinking and understanding.

On Demand: Managing Difficult Student Behaviors (SWD-SB 1108) - This module addresses the needs of Students with Disabilities (SWD) and SB 1108. Compare students with identified emotional disabilities to those with acting-out behaviors. Review instructional and behavioral strategies for managing difficult classroom behaviors within the RtI/MtSS framework. Develop an awareness level knowledge of psychotropic medications and accompanying side effects.





Coming January 2018!

Beacon Educator will be launching a massively updated website on January 8, 2018. There is a lot of excitement and hard work happening! I am sharing this information to give you a glimpse into our planning and development which started in October, 2016.

Beacon Educator’s exciting changes include:
• Providing better navigation and a friendlier, more responsive website.
• Updating Course and Module interfaces.
• Improving reporting tools to provide information more efficiently.
• Creating new tools to provide a greater amount of information.
• Adding options for quick registration for multiple courses or modules.
• Allowing course registration until midnight on the start date of the course.
• Updating communication features for all users.
• Allowing our development team to
- Develop content more efficiently.
- Update content more effectively.
- Validate URLs.

Beacon Educator is committed to continuing:
• Building and providing high quality professional learning and resources for educators.
• Supporting educators, schools, districts, and agencies.
• Providing accountability for learning through Course features (e.g., meaningful Summative Exercises).
• Providing accountability for learning through Module features (e.g., Mastery Assessment using multiple choice questions).
• Sending helpful automated messages to participants, facilitators, and managers.

With your support, Beacon has provided over 4,200,000 hours of professional learning to more than 55,000 educators since 2003.

We appreciate YOU!



2018 Schedule

The 2018 Beacon schedule for courses and modules will be available in October, 2017. While we usually have the schedule available now, the delay is due to our new system. Once you see the new system, we think you will understand that it is worth the wait.