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This week in education

There’s been lots of education news lately, so let’s crack open today’s lesson.

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Fall and school go hand in hand — here’s what’s going on at Polk Schools.

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American Education Week takes place November 13-17, so it’s only fitting that there’s tons of news coming out of Lakeland-area schools lately. Grab your notebooks, pencils, and flashcards — class is in session.

Polk County Public Schools

An elementary school classroom interior with colorful stools, posters, banners, and a large black rug with a grid pattern.

Step into a classroom just like this one to inspire the next generation.

Photo by Reader Meghan W.

The Great American Teach-In, a nationwide event that celebrates American Education Week, is on the books for Nov. 14-16. Polk residents can sign up to speak at Crystal Lake Middle, Griffin Elementary, Blake Academy, North Lakeland Elementary, and Carlton Palmore Elementary about how school helped them succeed.

Florida Southern College

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Walk through Florida Southern College’s Esplanade, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, on your tour.

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Florida Southern College’s Sharp Family Tourism + Education Center opened its doors for tours on Oct. 31, 2013. In the last 10 years, it has seen 120,000+ annual visitors. Read up on 10 things you might not know about the center, then book a tour to see what it’s like for yourself.

Southeastern University

Southeastern University cheerleaders lead a cheer on the football field before a game

Fuel the fire at the next home game.

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Also celebrating a 10-year milestone is Southeastern University. The Fire Football team first took the field a decade ago. Watch this documentary to hear first-hand accounts from the school’s leadership, inaugural coach, and first players. Head to Victory Field for their next game against Ave Maria University on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

Polk State College

Prospective Polk State students can attend an open house on Thursday, Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m. in the Lakeland Technology Building’s LTB 1100. Meet with faculty and staff and learn about student life at the college. Open enrollment for spring 2024 classes begins Nov. 6.

Florida Polytechnic University

Renderings of what the Citrus Innovation Center at Florida Polytechnic University will look like

A first look at the plans for the Citrus Innovation Center

Rendering provided by Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Florida Polytechnic University president Randy Avent and Global Innovation Program Director Karel Coosemans recently hosted a fireside chat at the university’s annual Corporate Impact Summit. During the talk, they discussed their partnership and plans for IFF’s Citrus Innovation Center, which will have a grand opening in 2025.