A Florida Perspective on Next Generation Learning

Too many students graduate without the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college or careers. Diplomas and credits based on seat time often mislead students into thinking they are ready for the challenges beyond high school.

Today, the Florida Senate Education Committee will consider SB 226, sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes. The legislation would give participating public school districts the flexibility they need to continue implementing learning programs that focus on mastery of skills and concepts instead of traditional classroom seat time. SB 226 would also open the program to allow additional public school districts to participate.

In Dr. Lynda Hayes’ role as the director of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, a public K-12 school in Gainesville, she has seen how focusing on mastery can empower students to take charge of their own learning. In fact, putting students in “the driver’s seat” is central to the school’s mission, where students can learn different subjects at an individual pace, rather than on a  uniform, pre-set teaching schedule.

Lynda Hayes, Director of P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School, discusses how mastery-based education empowers students at her school, and how legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes and Rep. Nick DiCeglie would help students throughout Florida.  


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