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Career Education Spotlight

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Representatives from the Pinellas Education Foundation’s Career Education Board recently conducted a site visit to Tyrone Middle School in St. Petersburg. The team observed positive trends and a strong focus on project-based learning and relevant, meaningful curriculum for students.

Tyrone’s Center for Innovation and Digital Learning, in its second year of operation, began with 78 sixth graders and now has a total of 150 students in sixth and seventh grades. Certifications earned by students increased from zero to 187 during the past year. The pass rate for students is 85% with 90% of students participating. Technology is integrated across all subject areas. Academic teachers of language arts, math and science work together with technology instructors to integrate curriculum and cohort schedules for students in the program.

Tyrone students represent 25 different nationalities and have a similarly diverse teacher population. Many Tyrone students are being prepared to continue their career education studies following their graduation from Tyrone, at either the Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) program at Lakewood High or Business, Economics, Technology Academy (BETA) at Gibbs High school. Tyrone students also have a natural pathway to Dixie Hollins High, where the strong Academy of Entertainment Arts Academy will help maintain student enthusiasm for hands-on learning.

The scheduled school site visits managed by the Career Education Board of the Pinellas Education Foundation support business and industry partner linkages to the classroom and are part of the Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) practices. The Pinellas Education Foundation is designated a Ford NGL Innovation Center and will be partnering with the Pinellas County Schools to host a Ford NGL national conference on best practices in February of 2017.