Heartland Educational Consortium offers a variety of services to member districts. Examples of services include but are not limited to: leadership development for teachers and administrators; professional development for school and district personnel; support and assistance for curriculum, instruction, assessment and technology initiatives; updates and guidance on legislation; grant writing; role alike networking, instructional materials review and an annual leadership conference.
The Consortium manages numerous programs, some of which are coordinated through our site, and some of which are facilitated through other partners. Our programs are listed below, while those we facilitate can be accessed through the links above.
The HEC board created the professional development center to support the needs of the six member districts through high quality professional development, continuous improvement, opportunities for professional collaboration, networking, and resource sharing. The professional development center is committed to improving instructional practices, developing teacher leaders, empowering leaders, and building capacity while striving to increase student outcomes. The professional development center is focused on the following initiatives for this school year: digital literacy and technology, leadership empowerment, curriculum support, assessment and evaluation, standards based instruction, literacy, Learning.com and on site district support.
FDLRS provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities and is housed at Heartland Consortium. FDLRS is one of the nineteen associate centers developed by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education & Student Services and funded through federal dollars and state general revenue money. The network has supported educators, families, and agencies working with children with disabilities and special needs for over twenty years.
The STEM Scholars Program serves talented students in the ten Consortium high schools, with the mission of increasing the knowledge of students in STEM content areas, creating opportunities for authentic STEM research experiences, promoting student leadership development, and providing multiple measures of support to encourage student pursuit of STEM postsecondary education and career goals.
The Consortium coordinates meetings and trainings for Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto districts for the i3 Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) grant. This grant supports implementation of AVID in all middle and high schools in the three i3 districts and serves students in grades 6-11 in structured AVID elective classes as well as supports the embedding of AVID methodologies in school wide practices.
As educational mandates impact instruction and assessment in math and science, HEC provides ongoing support to member districts, facilitating a collaborative dialogue, sharing best practices, and exploring methods by which resources can be best utilized to meet the demands of changing standards and evaluation protocols.
HEC provides assistance for digital learning, technology and online professional development, and role alike networking for technology representatives from each district. The Consortium also offers technical resources for E-rate, NavigatorPlus, and serves as a liaison for Florida Learning Alliance Inc.
Florida Migrant Interstate Program
The Florida Migrant Interstate Program (FMIP) is under the direction of the Florida Department of Educationís Migrant Education Program. FMIP provides technical assistance to all of the school districts throughout the state of Florida from an office located at Heartland Educational Consortium in Highlands County. The FMIP develops and distributes various publications that include but are not limited to: the Florida Migrant Education Program Directory, the Exemplary Awards Book, the FMIP Alert, and migrant student scholarship information. The FMIP also collaborates, partners, or serves as a liaison with other state agencies in support of the Migrant Education programs that include the Florida Counselor Association, the Bi-national Program, and the Florida Department of Agriculture. Providing the necessary resources and support systems to migrant students is of paramount importance so that migrant students can successfully graduate and be prepared for college or careers of their choice.