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Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. - Lou Holtz


Per  Section 1012.585(3)(g), F.S

(g) A teacher may earn inservice points only once during each 5-year validity period for any mandatory training topic that is not linked to student learning or professional growth.

(6) Awarding of Inservice Points.

(a) One (1) clock hour of participation shall equal one (1) inservice point, or as specified by the professional learning catalog based on competencies demonstrated, for successful completion of a component.

Staff Development Information

New Teacher Orientation 2023-2024:

  • July 31- August 1
  • At Osceola Middle School  at 8 am
  • Breakfast and Checkin begin at 7:50

Professional Development Days 2023 - 2024

  • October 16, 2023
  • January 8, 2024
  • March 18, 2024
Be sure to look for emails in regards to sign ups and evaluations to earn your inservice credits.

Aspiring Leaders

Contact Andi Canaday for additional Info.

Principal Preparation

Inservice Forms

  • When an individual attends a conference and would like to receive inservice credit, a Conference Inservice Record form must be submitted. This form must be completed in its entirety, signed by a school administrator verifying attendance, and proof of activity must be attached to receive credit. (certificates/agendas can serve as evidence) Conference Inservice Record.doc (117.0 KBs)
  • If an individual participates in a professional development outside of the district, ie. FDLRS, workshops, subject specific activities, he or she must complete the Individual Inservice Record for the activity completed. The form must be filled out in its entirety, the school administrator must sign verifying the attendance, and proof of the activity must be attached to receive credit. No Okeechobee Professional Development Evaluation is needed. Individual Inservice Record.doc (114.5 KBs)
  • If an individual is a part of a group inservice with multiple people, the Okeechobee Participant Roster should be used. Individuals MUST print their names in the box provided. Inservice is awarded for the number of hours in the activity. Participants are encouraged to complete an Okeechobee Professional Development Evaluation for each professional development activity completed. Okeechobee Participation Roster.xlsx (14.9 KBs)

How to check your Inservice Record on Skyward

Okeechobee New Educators


ONE  is designed to address competencies from the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices through a portfolio of reflections, on-going interactions with a mentor team, a school-based POST team, and quarterly in-service that provides specific support in areas of need. 


WIDA Courses

  • Classroom Teachers: Engaging Multilingual Newcomers
  • Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics
  • Engaging Multilingual Learners in Science: Making Sense of Phenomena
  • Home Languages in the Classroom
  • Making Language Visible in the Classroom
  • Reframing Education for Long-Term English Learners
  • Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry
  • The WIDA ELD Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach

Visit the WIDA elearning website to workshop descriptions, estimated time to complete course and more.

Student Achievement Through Language Acquisition (SALA) Bureau

2023-2024 Back to School Notes


District ESOL Administrators, Coordinators, and Leaders.


Professional Learning

We are very pleased to share the 2023-2024 Florida WIDA Professional Learning Schedule for your reference as you plan, coordinate, and utilize these meaningful workshops for your language and content teachers. Please strongly consider sending participants who can assist your district in providing more training to content area teachers.


Florida’s WIDA Workshops are advertised on FL’s WIDA Webpage under Professional Learning at


WIDA Screener Online – September 12, 2023.

Registration is now open at for this workshop, which WIDA manages. As such, it is important for participants to complete the registration form to secure their spot for this workshop. As a reminder, this workshop has a maximum of 35 participants and is open to all educators in Florida.

To Jennifer Wyatt of Sumter County ESOL Department, many thanks again for hosting this workshop.


Title III, Enhanced Instructional Opportunities for Recently Arrived Immigrant Children and Youth

Please refer to this link for more information on the approved administrative costs including indirect costs:


2023-2024 SALA Quarterly Virtual Meeting (ESOL and World Languages)

Welcome to 2023-2024 School Year! Please mark your calendar for the following SALA meeting dates:

    • Wednesday, September 20
    • Wednesday, November 15
    • January 24
    • March 27
    • May 22
    • June – Sanibel

Our Team

Andi Canaday                                                                      
Director of Curriculum and Instruction                                  
Tel: (863) 462-5000
TSA for Staff Development
Tel: (863) 462 - 5000 Ext: 1025
Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction & Staff Development
Tel: (863) 462 - 5000 Ext: 1046

Last Updated: January 11, 2023