Puerto Rico consists of the main island of Puerto Rico and various smaller islands located approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. Of the small islands, only Vieques and Culebra are inhabited, and both have schools in improvement. The mainland measures 105 miles by 35 miles, and has a population of approximately four million. There are more than 1,500 schools, including more than 1,200 in various stages of school improvement. The percentage of students eligible to participate in the Free Lunch Program is above 92 percent. According to the National Center for Education Statistics State Profiles, more than 99 percent of schools are classified as Title I schools. Spanish and English are the official languages, but Spanish remains dominant.
The Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center (FLICC) will collaborate with the Puerto Rico Department of Education’s (PRDE) Office of Federal Affairs, School Improvement Grants (SIG) Coordinator, and other state, regional, district and school stakeholders to support the implementation of SIG through the provision of ongoing training, resources and support.
The Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center (FLICC) will collaborate with the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) on several projects including developing professional learning communities, implementing teacher and principal evaluation, as well as other work as the need arises.
FLICC is partnering with the PRDE on multiple projects and may hold events as part of that work.