Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Florida's Online Advising System Retooled

FACTS.org, Florida’s online advising system for students, has recently been retooled and re-released. The site features straightforward navigation, new content, simplified language, updated graphics, and enhanced tools.

The site offers Florida students everything they need to plan their career and academic future from middle school through college and beyond. The electronic Personal Education Planner (ePEP) helps students plan their high school courses based on goals they set for themselves, such as attending college or a career technical center, or graduate from high school with the minimum requirements. As graduation requirements vary, the ePEP is designed to present each group with the requirements specific to the year they enter ninth grade.

Incoming eighth graders must build an ePEP as part of a Career and Education Planning course. Transcript information, including grades and FCAT scores also appear on the ePEP. Students can track their personal progress toward graduation, college admission, and Bright Futures Scholarships using the high school evaluations tool. It provides students with their weighted GPA and a list of the requirements they have met and those they have not, making it very clear what remains to de done to achieve their goals.

For more information, visit www.FACTS.org.

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