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Date:2/16/2012

ures that CPALMS materials are high-quality, it also gives feedback to teachers in a way that provides unique, relevant professional development.

Florida teachers follow state standards specifying what concepts should be taught at each grade. However, Florida is shifting to the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by most states and outline a consistent framework to prepare students for college and the work force. The new grant will allow educators to align all CPALMS resources with both sets of standards, creating tools and resources valuable to teachers across the country.

The grant also will allow thousands of new contributed resources to be vetted and added to the system; make it easier for educational partners to build on the platform; and create learning progression maps, messaging tools and other cutting-edge applications to help educators plan and collaborate more effectively.

CPALMS will integrate the iCPALMS platform, developed by FCR-STEM with funding from the National Science Foundation, to host apps and tools that leverage the information and resources from CPALMS to provide users just-in-time supports and materials.

"I am proud of the fact that more than 1,000 teachers from 49 districts submitted a letter of support to our proposal within days of our request," Razzouk said. "We're leading the pack with innovative ideas and functionality all at no cost to teachers or districts."

Not only is the price right so is the product, said Steve Trotman, a math teacher and department chair from Walton County who was one of the Florida educators to voice support for the CPALMS proposal.

"CPALMS is a critical resource for teachers throughout the state of Florida," Trotman wrote. "Budget cuts, personnel cuts and material shortages have placed an even greater premium on 'teacher time.' CPALMS provides a tremendous time-saving tool so teachers do not need to reinvent the wheel."

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Contact: Rabieh Razzouk
rrazzouk@lsi.fsu.edu
850-694-1682
Florida State University
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