Posts Tagged: education

How the arts are critical to education in our community

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Editor’s Note: This was originally published on Aug. 29 in the SRQ Daily Perspectives Edition. Most of us appreciate the intrinsic benefits of the arts—their beauty and vision; how they inspire, soothe, provoke, and connect us. As the first week of the 2015/2016 school year draws to a close, I have been reflecting on how… Read more »

EdExploreSRQ to feature new career explorations this fall

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Explorations offered on are intended to connect students to classroom learning.   These experiences enhance learning and help create new interests for students in our local community.  The site initially included nonprofit arts, cultural, environmental and science organizations. This year, EdExploreSRQ is branching out to include career explorations with employers. There’s a shared commitment between… Read more »

A shared vision for Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading success


We are reminded every day in newspaper and on television that America is divided. Our different beliefs and opinions often drive a wedge between us. But, we are faced with an opportunity that can unite us: Our children’s ability to succeed and achieve. We all want to provide opportunities for real achievement for our children…. Read more »

EdExplore videos offer new resources for teachers


Teachers often want to see real examples of how to use new resources before they fully commit to attempting an unfamiliar program or new tool. They might be intrigued by a new teaching resource or model but do not have the time to really delve into the details of how to operationalize for their own… Read more »

EdExplore endowment brings experiential learning to students


When EdExploreSRQ launched, no one was quite sure how important it would become. Over the years and after several enhancements, EdExploreSRQ is a valuable resource for expanding the experiential learning opportunity for Sarasota County students while streamlining the effort required for this type of learning. Not sure what EdExplore is?  View this brief video: We all have… Read more »

EdExploreSRQ showcase draws educators


The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently hosted the EdExploreSRQ Showcase of local community organization providers who currently post EdExploreSRQ explorations for teachers to access. The celebratory event offered a rare opportunity for informal conversation, refreshments and most importantly a chance for teachers to talk face to face with the EdExploreSRQ providers. This festive event… Read more »

Embedding the work of EdExploreSRQ


My name is Wendy Katz and I recently became a consultant to The Patterson Foundation to work collaboratively with Sarasota County School District on the EdExplore initiative. I retired formally one year ago from the school system as a principal and former director of leadership development. Throughout my career, I have been very involved with… Read more »

A collaborative vision for transforming the art and design student experience


It takes a team to fully realize a vision. The vision for a Collaboratory at the Ringling College of Art and Design may have emerged from the creative thinking of Ringling College President Larry Thompson, but it only began to take form when The Patterson Foundation recognized it as transformative. As partners, Ringling and TPF set about building a… Read more »

EdExplore inspires a love of learning


Wonderful things are happening in our schools in Sarasota County through the generosity of our community. Our children are learning and loving it! An entire class of wide-eyed second graders experience the grand paintings at the Ringling Museum, touch a sting ray at Mote Marine, and enjoy a nature walk through Selby Gardens. Fifth-graders laugh uncontrollably at the… Read more »

EdExplore: Listening to feedback from our principals


In November, the Arts Education Task Force of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County hosted their 12th annual Arts Education Principal’s Luncheon. During this event, the arts community comes together to honor Sarasota County School District’s principals at the elementary, middle and high school levels for the support they give arts education in… Read more »