Sunday, November 19, 2017

Teach In Florida

Florida's South East Region

West Palm Beach

Just 67 miles north of Miami, West Palm Beach is the largest municipality in one of the fastest growing areas in the United States: Palm Beach County. Established in 1894 by the railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, West Palm Beach is the heart of Florida's "Gold Coast," which includes Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. To the east lies Palm Beach, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Bahamas, to the west the Loxahatchee Wildlife Preserve and the Everglades National Park. In the 1990s, the city made massive redevelopment efforts that have been so successful that West Palm Beach is being held up as a model for other downtown redevelopment projects. Today, abandoned buildings have been replaced with numerous trendy restaurants and hip national retailers. Downtown is now the place to see and be seen, with a palpable urban energy and excitement that attracts both locals and visitors, who find this Downtown even more interesting than its prestigious neighbor to the east, Palm Beach. Palm Beach County is an ideal location to enjoy the fine arts, with numerous art galleries, music groups, dance companies and theaters. West Palm Beach, with nearly 80,000 residents, is the largest of Palm Beach County's 38 cities, towns and villages.

Housing:
Palm Beach County, one of Florida's largest counties, offers a wide range of neighborhoods, from coastal communities to equestrian villages in its 2,023 square miles. With beautiful landscape, stunning ocean vistas, and flourishing foliage, the Palm Beaches have often been touted as a playground for the rich and famous. The median value of homes in the Palm Beaches is $393,000. The county's housing is within easy access to schools and commercial areas.

Order a relocation package.
Additional relocation information from the Chamber of Commerce of The Palm Beaches.

Education:
Approximately 176,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as thousands of adult and vocational education students, benefit from the School District of Palm Beach County's commitment to educational excellence. In addition to meeting the needs of students of all ability levels, the school district is dedicated to: fostering equitable outcomes for all groups of students, diversity as a social strength, lifelong learning, and ethical foundations of behavior. Palm Beach County is the fifth largest school district in Florida and the 11th largest in the nation, with 163 schools, including elementary, middle, high and special/alternative schools, as well as vocational/technical and adult education centers. Approximately 39 percent of the district's teachers have advanced degrees.

List of Palm Beach County public and magnet schools, colleges and universities.

Cultural Opportunities:
Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Watson B. Duncan Theater, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Palm Beach Ballet Society, Florida Philharmonic, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Jupiter Lighthouse Museum, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Armory Art Center, Flagler Museum, Hibel Museum of Art, Cornell Museum of Art and History, Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Norton Gallery and School of Art, Mars Music Amphitheatre, Palm Beach Opera, The Greater Palm Beach Symphony, and Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

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Ft. Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, the "Venice of America," is a city of islands held together by an intricate web of canals, rivers, bays, and waterways hundreds of miles long. Strategically located between the bustling metropolis of Miami and the luxurious locale of Palm Beach, Greater Fort Lauderdale is one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation for small business, high tech, and foreign trade. Fort Lauderdale is ranked sixth in the nation for job growth by Southern Business and Development magazine. Fort Lauderdale's population is 1,793,500 and growing rapidly.

Housing:
Real Estate News from Sun-Sentinel.com
Additional relocation information from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

Education:
Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-largest public school district in the nation, is the largest fully accredited public school district in the country. More than 258,000 Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students from 164 different countries, speaking 52 languages, attend Broward's 283 public schools - 138 elementary schools, 42 middle schools, 32 high schools, 16 adult/vocational/centers and 55 charter schools. The District's 2007/08 enrollment marks the seventh straight year Broward County Public Schools maintained a student population over 250,000. The District has more than 1,000 National Board Certified Teachers, the largest total in the state of Florida and second-highest single district representation in the nation. District teachers average more than 15 years of experience in the classroom and more than 42 percent hold advanced degrees. Broward County Public Schools is the county's largest employer, with approximately 37,000 permanent and part-time employees, including more than 17,000 full-time teachers. The District offers a variety of educational opportunities for all students, including 63 magnet programs in 47 schools. More than 120,000 students participate in adult and community education and the District educates over 40,000 exceptional student education children - including more than 30,000 with special needs and 10,000 gifted students. Broward Schools is committed to ensuring that all students will achieve at their highest potential, all schools will have equitable resources, all operations will demonstrate best practices while supporting student achievement and all stakeholders will work together to build a better school system.
For more information on Broward County Public Schools.

Cultural Opportunities:
The Broward Center for Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Stranahan House, Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, Sawgrass Recreation Park/Airboat Tours, Butterfly World, Flamingo Gardens, Loxahatchee Everglades Tour, and Jungle Queen, Inc.

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Miami

Greater Miami includes all of Miami-Dade County, an area of more than 2,000 square miles. Residents enjoy plentiful green space and 84 miles of coastline. Biscayne National Park, a 181,500-acre marine area that includes Biscayne Bay and 44 keys (islands), runs along the southeastern shoreline. Everglades National Park occupies 695,310 acres of marshes, mangroves, and hammocks in the southwestern quadrant. Greater Miami and the Beaches’ thriving art scene reflects the strong multicultural influence that is an integral part of the destination. Each year it continues to grow not only with the contributions of its diverse and talented community, but with the accolades of renowned artists and organizations from around the world. Currently, 2.08 million residents live in Greater Miami. Of that number, more than one million reside in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, with the balance residing in the county's 29 municipalities. The City of Miami is the largest, with a population of nearly 400,000, followed by Hialeah, Miami Beach, North Miami, and Coral Gables. Hispanics represent 50 percent of Greater Miami's total population and blacks account for 20 percent. The single largest age group, 25 to 44, makes up 30 percent of the population. Throughout the past decade, Greater Miami's work force has grown younger (median age 34.2) and more culturally diverse. This work force is particularly well suited for employment in today's internationally oriented industries.

Housing:
Online housing information is dependent on the area of interest within Miami (e.g., South Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove).
Neighborhood information
Additional relocation information from:
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce

Education:
Innovative and well-respected learning institutions provide this community's children and adults with the education necessary to perform the jobs of the 21st century. Recognizing that education cultivates economic growth, training and degree programs are being tailored to meet the needs of targeted fast growth industries with higher paying jobs within the region. With the school age population growing, both public and private schools are building and expanding their facilities. The Miami-Dade County public school system is the fourth largest school district in the nation. More than 350,000 students attend kindergarten through 12th grade. There are 12 magnet schools and 66 magnet programs that offer instruction on specific subjects. Miami-Dade County schools are among the eight best arts education systems in the United States, according to a recent report by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities. There are more than 18,000 students in 71 private schools spread throughout the county. There are 44 independent colleges and universities in the county.
School directory from the Miami-Dade County School Board.

Cultural Opportunities:
The Art Deco District, Miami Metrozoo, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium, Parrot Jungle and Gardens, Ichimura Miami-Japan Gardens, Metro-Dade Performing Arts Center, Bass Museum, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Cultural Arts Center, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Body Nation Dance Theatre, Freddick Bratcher and Company, Momentum Dance Company, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Bridge Theater, and Florida Grand Opera.

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Key West

Located in the lovely turquoise water between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the island of Key West is bathed in the warmth of a tropical sun, tempered by ocean breezes and the shade of lush, tropical foliage. Key West, the southernmost point of the United States, blends a fascinating mix of history, eccentricity, and lush island charm. Diverse from its inception, Key West was established by English, Bahamian, Spanish, and Cuban settlers. The island population of approximately 28,000 year-round residents continues to support diversity through its live-and-let-live attitude. Key West has a mild climate. The average temperature in January is 65 degrees and 81 degrees in July. From December through April, the island receives abundant sunshine and slightly less than 25% of the annual rainfall. June through October is normally 53% of the yearly total in numerous showers and thundershowers. Key West is an island city some four miles long by two miles wide. The city is the county seat of Monroe County. The principal industry is tourism. The climate, architecture, and relaxed atmosphere of this little island have made it a magnet for artists of all types. Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Larry Shames are just a few of the writers that have called Key West home, and the island is still home to more than its share of well-known writers. Art galleries are plentiful in these few square miles, and they are filled with the works of well renowned local, national, and international artists. With three performing arts theaters, a symphony, and a hugely successful annual literary seminar, there is plenty to keep the patrons of the arts busy.

Housing:
List of apartments and realtors
Additional relocation information from the Key West Chamber of Commerce.

Education:
List of schools from the Monroe County School District.
Florida Keys Community College

Cultural Opportunities:
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Key West Lighthouse Museum, Key West Shipwreck Historeum, Heritage House Museum, key West Museum of Art & History, Lofton B. Sands African Bahamian Museum, The Oldest House Museum, The Key West Pops, Inc., and Waterfront Playhouse.

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