Puerto Rico consists of the main island of Puerto Rico and various smaller islands, and is located approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. Of the smaller islands, only Vieques and Culebra are inhabited, and both have schools in need of improvement. The mainland measures 105 miles by 35 miles and has a population of approximately four million. There are more approximately 1,300 schools, including many in various stages of school improvement. 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; however, Spanish is the dominant language and used as the language of instruction.
The Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center (FLICC) will collaborate with the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE), to enhance the managerial capacity of leadership. This collaboration is geared to help implement and sustain the PRDE academic transformation plan, with a focus on transition to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and sustainability of current FLICC projects and PRDE initiatives.
FLICC will collaborate with PRDE on projects including the creation of a talent development network to build the capacity of the State Education Agency (SEA) staff to develop, implement, and monitor all initiatives related to the transitioning to ESSA, while integrating 2015–2016 projects, and focusing on sustainability and fidelity of project implementation. FLICC will also collaborate with PRDE as they continue with efforts to strengthen the PRDE departments that are accountable for developing, implementing, and monitoring academic transformation initiatives and activities.
FLICC is partnering with the PRDE on multiple projects and may hold events as part of that work.