Florida's Best and Brightest Teacher Program

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    The Legislature recognizes that, second only to parents, teachers play the most critical role within schools in preparing students to achieve a high level of academic performance.  Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to recruit, retain and recognize teachers who meet the needs of this state and have achieved success in the classroom.

     

    The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Program is created to provide recruitment and retention awards to classroom teachers, as defined in 1012.01(2)(a), and recognition awards to instructional personnel, as defined in 1012.01(2), to be funded as provided in s. 1011.62(18).

     

    To be eligible for a one-time recruitment award (up to $4000) as specified in the General Appropriations Act, a newly hired K-12 classroom teacher must be a content expert, based on criteria established by the Department of Education (DOE), in mathematics, science, computer science, reading or civics.  The DOE will determine how to identify newly-hired content experts.

     

    To be eligible for a retention award as specified in the General Appropriations Act, a K-12 classroom teacher must have been rated as highly effective (up to $2500) or effective (up to $1000) the preceding year pursuant to s. 1012.34, and teach in a school for 2 consecutive school years, including the current year, which has improved an average of 3 percentage points or more in the percentage of total possible points achieved for determining school grades over the prior 3 years.  The Department of Education (DOE) will release the list of eligible schools following the resolution of school grades appeals.

     

    To be eligible for a recognition award, K-12 instructional personnel must be rated as highly effective or effective and be selected by his or her school principal, based on performance criteria and policies adopted by the district school board or charter school governing board.  Recognition awards must be provided from funds remaining under the allocation provided in s. 1011.62(18) after the payment of all teacher recruitment and retention awards and principal awards authorized under this section of the General Appropriations Act, therefore an award amount has not yet been established.  Criteria and policies for the recognition award have yet to established by the district school board

     

     2019 - 2020 Best & Brightest Documentation (Forms must be submitted by October 31, 2019)

    Click the link below to access each file.

     

     

    Florida’s Best and Brightest Principal Program

     

    A school principal is eligible to receive an award (up to $5000), as specified in the General Appropriations Act, if he or she has served as school principal at his or her school for at least 4 consecutive school years, including the current school year, and the school has improved an average of 3 percentage points or more in the percentage of total possible points achieved for determining school grades over the prior 3 years.

     

    Please refer to DOE FAQ July 17, 2019 and DOE FAQ July 29, 2019 for further clarification on eligibility requirements.