OUR HISTORY

Much has changed in education since the formation of the CCC. Today’s classrooms utilize technology like never before and the CCC too, is evolving to fit the needs of our community! Please have a look at some of the amazing things this organization has done since its inception:


Beyond the Blackboard

Beyond the Blackboard was a day-long professional development workshop sponsored by the Community Classroom Consortium as a resource for teachers and other educators throughout north Florida and south Georgia. Held every 2-3 years with a contemporary theme, the workshop consists of a variety of concurrent morning and afternoon sessions designed to promote authentic learning experiences on a variety of topics as well as guest speakers and a resource fair. The resource fair is a chance for all members to showcase the many and varied educational resources for teachers and the general public. Teachers earn in-service points toward recertification and take with them materials to use in their classrooms.

  • Beyond the Blackboard 2003, “A Day with Smithsonian Experts,” was a program for educators that brought five Smithsonian experts to Tallahassee. They provided an exciting menu of sessions that addressed the following topics: The History of Flight, Using Primary Sources, Art & Science, Using Newspapers in Education, and The Environment. More than 150 educators had the opportunity to attend the workshop and the resource fair.
  • The 2006 Beyond the Blackboard, “From Disaster to Discovery: Learning from Natural Hazards,” included sessions related to the following subjects: language arts and reading, science, art and culture, and history and geography. National Weather Service Meteorologist Bob Goree and Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Colleen Castille were keynote speakers at the event.

The Sylvester Davis Jr. After-School Support Project

Classroom Consortium (CCC) and the Lawrence Gregory Community Center at Dade Street. The purpose of the program was twofold: to provide enrichment activities to the existing after-school program at the Center and to increase access to the variety of community education resources available in our region. Every Wednesday, during the regular school year, a member of the CCC will conduct an outreach activity to enrich the learning experiences of children participating in the after-school program at the Center. During the summer months, CCC members work with the Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library to support a reading program to avoid summer reading setback – the occurrence of diminished reading skills over summer vacation.The Project was initiated in 2001 with support from the Frenchtown Front Porch Council. Today, the project runs entirely on the volunteer efforts of members of the Community Classroom Consortium members. Sylvester Davis, then a coach and program coordinator at the Center helped launch the project and was instrumental in its continued success. Because of his contributions to and close association with the project, it was renamed the Sylvester Davis After-school Project after his death.

Professional Development

Enhancing members' knowledge and skills is an important organizational objective. Presentations by experts at the quarterly membership meetings and through special half-day, intensive workshops that focus on specific topics relating to educational issues and pedagogy. This facet of the CCC will continue as we finish the phases of the North Florida Educational Experiences Interactive Web Portal.

Silent Auction

In association with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s annual open house, the Consortium conducted silent auctions to raise fund for the Teacher Education Grant. This project is temporarily on hold as we direct our attention to the creation of the portal. Funding of Educational Experiences is a top priority of the CCC and this will morph into something wonderful as the portal is developed.

Resource Fairs

In concert with Beyond the Blackboard and at other events for teachers sponsored by CCC sites, Consortium members have staffed booths at which they share information and handouts about their educational programs and resources. The CCC membership continuously collaborates with one another for events and grant funded projects! Partnerships with community members: Some past and present projects include: annual Silent Auction fundraiser at the Magnet Lab Open House; “Fun for the Family” column in the Tallahassee Democrat; “Passport to Adventure” with the Leon County Public Library; Dragonfly TV with WFSU-TV; science partners with Nims Middle School; “Family Fun Days” at local schools and malls; participate in member festivals such as the FSU Magnet Lab’s Open House; Leon Association for Science Teacher events and at the Brogan Museum’s “Welcome Back Teachers” event; and developed In-Site lesson plans for teachers.

Resource Guide

Last published in 2013, the CCC periodically produces a guide to the programs, resources, and facilities offered by its member sites. Guidebooks are still available, please contact the CCC for copies.

Passport to Adventure

Highlighting a different CCC organization on each page, the passport encouraged the public to explore member sites, have their passport stamped, and received a certificate when five locations had been visited.

InSite

Produced in the 1990s for classroom teachers, each issue of the InSite newsletter featured information about a CCC member and a lesson plan created by that site’s educators.

Fun for the Family

During its early years, CCC prepared a weekly news column for the Tallahassee Democrat that presented information about family activities taking place at member sites.

2005 Sustainable Florida Non-Profit Award

The Community Classroom Consortium was honored by the Governor and Cabinet for receiving the 2005 Sustainable Florida Non-Profit Award. The Award - presented by the Council for Sustainable Florida, recognized the Consortium for its efforts in strengthening the capacity of educators to inspire young learners and promote greater access to and appreciation of the vast educational, cultural and scientific resources in the community.

The Community Classroom Consortium Celebrates 20 Years at “The People’s House”

From the symmetrical red brick with white Corinthian columns and central portico to its elaborate Dining Hall and Florida Room, the Governor’s Mansion opened its doors to help CCC commemorate its 20th anniversary. Mansion Curator and CCC Board Member, Carol Beck escorted over 50 people through the Mansion treating everyone to an informative, fun-filled “personal” tour.

Once in the intimate setting of the Mansion’s Florida Library, Robert Ryals, Curator of the Claude Pepper Institute, presented Ms. Beck with two copies of Claude Pepper, Eyewitness to a Century. The biography about one of Florida’s outstanding Congressmen will join the shelves and the array of books about Florida and important Floridians, mostly written by Florida authors. The beautiful weather allowed CCC members, friends, and children to enjoy an elegant outside reception, prepared by Mansion Chef Josh Butler, in the Governor’s native park, adjacent to Sandy Proctor’s landmark sculpture, Florida’s Finest. CCC President, Robin Will greeted present and past members of the Consortium as well as numerous guests and families. CCC takes great pride in turning 20 as it continues to offer these authentic experiences to inspire a sense of community and educational enrichment