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Incoming President Joyner recognized with Florida Education award

Mar 23, 2017

The Florida Department of Education honored incoming Flagler College President and former St. Johns County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph G. Joyner with the 2016 Lavan Dukes District Data Leader of the Year award on March 23, at a meeting of the State Board of Education. During Joyner’s tenure, St. Johns has been one of only two districts to achieve an “A” grade every year since district grades were implemented in 2004, and in 2016, St. Johns was the highest performing school district in Florida.  

“I am pleased to recognize Dr. Joyner with this prestigious award for his hard work and dedication to Florida students,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “He cultivated a student-focused environment that used data to guide instruction and ultimately helped the district’s students achieve outstanding academic results.”

Joyner, who retired from the District in January, was selected as the college’s fourth president in November 2016. He is succeeding Dr. William T. Abare Jr., who is retiring in June 2017 after 16 years in the position.

The Lavan Dukes District Data Leader of the Year Program highlights the critical role district superintendents play in supporting and encouraging the use of data to improve students' college and career readiness. The award is named after Lavan Dukes to honor longtime Department of Education employee Garnet Lavan Dukes for his numerous contributions to public education on both the state and national levels.

Stewart said during his 14 years with the district, Joyner emphasized the use of data to help ensure all students had the information they needed to embark on a learning path that would enable them to be well-rounded graduates with good character and strong leadership skills. Teachers and administrators reviewed the most current data on a weekly basis, and through professional learning communities, teachers dove deeper into the data and worked together to remedy any gaps they identified. District staff also met with principals, assistant principals, school psychologists, guidance counselors and instructional literacy coaches each month to discuss the most recent data, helping to drive instruction and monitor student progress.

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