The Teacher

Neirda Lafontant Paves the Way for Future Innovators in S.T.E.A.M. Careers

A dynamic speaker and motivator, Lafontant created the nonprofit FUNducation in 2019 to give kids an opportunity to build robots, learn about forensics, explore coding and more.

09/17/2020 By Jessika Ward

Education

Step Up Suncoast Expands Program to Provide Parent Educator Toolkits

Bank of America's $25,000 grant will enable the Parents as Teachers program to provide families with toolkits containing essential materials and supplies.

08/27/2020 By Staff

Back to School?

Parents and Teachers Face Difficult Decisions as Schools Begin to Reopen

As the number of area residents with COVID-19 continues to grow, parents are being forced to decide whether to send their kids back to school, and teachers are wondering if it's safe to go back to work.

07/29/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Editors' Picks

What We're Listening to Right Now

Our editors on what they're tuning into these days.

06/25/2020 By Staff

Education

DeSantis Signs Bill Increasing Teacher Salaries Into Law

The new law raises the minimum base pay for full-time classroom teachers to $47,500.

06/25/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

DeSantis Announces School-Reopening Recommendations

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Commissioner Richard Corcoran also emphasize that reopening is a locally driven decision.

06/12/2020 By Staff

Award Winners

Manasota ASALH, Which Promotes Black Culture, Awards Scholarships

Since the group launched, it has provided $430,000 to high-achieving students in the region.

06/05/2020 By Staff

Fantastic Voyage

Drive-By Graduation Celebration Will Honor Teen Health Educators

The Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County is celebrating student volunteers next week.

05/21/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Signal boost

School Buses Are Providing Internet Access to Students Who Don't Have It at Home

The School District of Manatee County has converted 25 of its buses into Wi-Fi hotspots that park at community centers and churches.

05/21/2020 By Jessika Ward

Coronavirus

College Students Deal With Campus Shutdowns Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Not only are students being forced to adjust to virtual learning, they're also leaving behind friendships and a sense of independence.

03/30/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Education

Island Village Montessori School to Consolidate Campuses

The school will offer placement to current Sarasota students at the Venice campus.

01/23/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Dr. Tracy Wagner Appointed to Higher Education Facilities Financing Authority

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Wagner, Ringling College's vice-president for finance and administration, to a five-year term.

12/20/2019 By Staff

Paying tribute

Newtown Alive, School System Partner to Honor an Education Pioneer

The organizations plan to commemorate Dorothye Smith, the first African-American principal to be hired at an integrated Sarasota County school.

12/20/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Marine corps

Mote Summit Aims to Encourage (and Fund) Innovative Youth Conservation Projects

Over the last nine years, the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit has awarded 140 mini-grants to help young people start environmental initiatives.

12/04/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Education

DeSantis Proposes Increase in Florida Teachers' Starting Salaries

The governor's proposal would raise Florida teachers' starting salaries from $37,636 to $47,500.

10/07/2019 By Staff

October is the coolest month

Student Poets Will Be in Residence at Art Ovation Next Week

Led by educator Joanna Fox, creative writing students from Booker Middle School will be typing up poems inspired by random words plucked from a jar.

10/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Slime time

'Slime Blowout' Coming to Sarasota Next Month

The convention will feature several "VIP Slimers," plus an ASMR film festival.

09/11/2019 By Olivia Epstein

History Buffs

A Sarasota Duo's Historical Experiences Educate and Entertain

Offering everything from live events to a podcast, Compass Rose will lead you down a rabbit hole of Sarasota history.

08/30/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Education

Booker Middle School Recognized as a 'School of Distinction'

The school was recognized for its performance during the 2018-19 school year.

08/27/2019 By Staff

Education

Sarasota Assistant Superintendent Joins Reading Recovery Council Board of Directors

Dr. Laura Kingsley will serve as a site coordinator representative for a three-year term.

08/22/2019 By Staff