Armis Is Coming To Florida Schools
Armis in the classroom, smart move …
The evidence is compelling, strategy board games develop critical thinking skills, build self-esteem, and inspire invention; it is why top performing schools around the world are increasingly moving strategy board games like Chess, Go, and Armis from the extracurricular game room to the academic classroom.
The Armis For Schools Worldwide program is a wonderful opportunity for Principals of public and/or private schools to graduate Armis from the game room to the classroom.
The program provides:
1) detailed course curriculum information for implementation,
2) a way for students to think academically (intelligent thinking),
3) sponsorship (for games, technical support, and tournament prizes)
The Florida Law Regarding Gifted Children
6A-6.03019 Special Instructional Programs for Students who are Gifted.
(1) Gifted. One who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance.
(2) Criteria for eligibility. A student is eligible for special instructional programs for the gifted if the student meets the criteria under paragraph (2)(a) or (b) of this rule.
(a) The student demonstrates:
1. Need for a special program.
2. A majority of characteristics of gifted students according to a standard scale or checklist, and
3. Superior intellectual development as measured by an intelligence quotient of two (2) standard deviations or more above the mean on an individually administered standardized test of intelligence.
(b) The student is a member of an under-represented group and meets the criteria specified in an approved school district plan for increasing the participation of under-represented groups in programs for gifted students.
1. For the purpose of this rule, under-represented groups are defined as groups:
a. Who are limited English proficient, or
b. Who are from a low socio-economic status family.
2. The Department of Education is authorized to approve school district plans for increasing the participation of students from under-represented groups in special instructional programs for the gifted, provided these plans include the following:
a. A district goal to increase the percent of students from under-represented groups in programs for the gifted and the current status of the district in regard to that goal;
b. Screening and referral procedures which will be used to increase the number of these students referred for evaluation;
c. Criteria for determining eligibility based on the student’s demonstrated ability or potential in specific areas of leadership, motivation, academic performance, and creativity;
d. Student evaluation procedures, including the identification of the measurement instruments to be used;
e. Instructional program modifications or adaptations to ensure successful and continued participation of students from under-represented groups in the existing instructional program for gifted students;
f. An evaluation design which addresses evaluation of progress toward the district’s goal for increasing participation by students from under-represented groups.
(3) Procedures for student evaluation. The minimum evaluations for determining eligibility are the following:
(a) Need for a special instructional program,
(b) Characteristics of the gifted,
(c) Intellectual development, and
(d) May include those evaluation procedures specified in an approved district plan to increase the participation of students from under-represented groups in programs for the gifted.
(4) This rule shall take effect July 1, 1977.
Rulemaking Authority 1001.42(4)(1), 1003.57 FS. Law Implemented 1000.01, 1001.42(4)(1), 1003.57(5), FS. History–New 7-1-77, Formerly 6A-6.3019, Amended 10-10-91, 5-19-98, 7-14-02.
Private Capital Helping Public Schools
Prepare All Students for College or Career
The Quality Education for All (QEA) Fund was introduced earlier this year as a means to improve the highest-need public schools in Duval County. QEA initiatives will be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year to attract, recruit, and retain high-performing teachers and leaders within 36 of the district’s transformational schools. Raines, Ribault, and Jackson high schools, along with their 33 feeder-pattern schools, make up the transformation region supported by the QEA Fund. Initiatives were based on research that considered local student achievement data, an assessment of local resources and programs, community opinions, and the input of Duval County Public Schools’ leadership.
The QEA Fund is a private-public collaboration of partners and donors that will invest $50 million in private dollars over the next five years. In partnership with The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, business leaders, philanthropists and Duval County Public Schools’ administrators are working together to implement a wide range of strategies to improve student achievement, and reduce the performance gap among the district’s schools.
The QEA Fund is housed at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and overseen by an advisory group of the QEA Fund major donors, the superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. The advisory committee meets regularly to monitor progress, recommend grants, and review operational goals. The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida has financial and programmatic oversight, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is charged with administering the recommended grants, while Duval County Public Schools coordinates implementation and execution of the initiatives.
The Smartest School In The Ukraine requests Armis games for their school.
Armis For Schools Worldwide (AFSW) is a sponsor funded initiative to provide Armis games, professional training,and competition prizes to deserving schools around the world.
Armis is a powerful strategy board game that motivates players to learn and enjoy complex principles in fun and challenging ways. As a teaching tool it provides a brain workout that encourages logical and critical thinking which often facilitate high impact academic learning.
The #1 Gymnasium of Simferopol is a secondary school in the Ukraine that focus on preparing its students academically for college/university. Gymnasium schools in the Ukraine are academically similar to preparatory schools in the United States.
Sergey Karjakin was a student at the #1 Gymnasium of Simferopol when he earned the title of the youngest Chess Grand Master at the age of 11. Recently the #1 Gymnasium of Simferopol earned the title of: The Smartest School In The Ukraine after winning an academic olympiad.
The students of the #1 Gymnasium of Simferopol are bright, disciplined, and goal oriented.