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$10.5 million grant will expand vast online hub for educators, by educators
Date:2/16/2012

Between teaching, paperwork, assessments, discipline and grading, schoolteachers have a demanding job, and lately it's becoming even tougher.

To help meet some of these challenges, thousands of Florida educators rely on a free, online system built at Florida State University that guides them to teaching tools and resources, just when they need them. Soon thanks to a $10.5 million grant from the Florida Department of Education using federal Race to the Top funds that system will become much more powerful and relevant to teachers across the country.

Called CPALMS (pronounced "see palms"), the system is the official source for state K-12 education standards and course information. It provides tools for educators to build and share resources to support standards-driven instruction in mathematics, science and reading/language arts. Conceived, designed and built for educators by the Learning Systems Institute (LSI) at Florida State, CPALMS also connects educators with professional development and peer support.

With the new, two-and-a-half-year grant, Florida State researchers at LSI's Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) will enlarge and enhance CPALMS to create a single, open platform housing a vast network of tools, products and resources for educators. The improvements will build on an already successful system that gets an average of 10,000 visitors a day from across Florida and the globe.

"We're thrilled that teachers love CPALMS but not surprised," said Rabieh Razzouk, associate director of LSI and principal investigator on the grant. "From the start, Florida educators have been deeply involved in creating this system and reviewing the resources that go into it."

CPALMS currently features some 3,600 resources, with new ones added daily. When teachers share a resource, peer teachers and subject-matter experts carefully review it. This review process not only ens
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Contact: Rabieh Razzouk
rrazzouk@lsi.fsu.edu
850-694-1682
Florida State University
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