Academy for High Performing Educators 2020


Letter from Dr. Barbara Hodges

Dear Head of School,

I want to take this opportunity to share some thoughts about why I continue to perceive our FCIS Academy 2020 For High Performing Educators as a key commitment to lifelong learning and excellence for top administrators and teachers in our member schools. We wholeheartedly embrace intellectual, personal, and professional growth and development over one’s entire career as well as lifetime. Therefore, we encourage our administrators and teachers to also embrace an invaluable opportunity to spend time with FCIS’s other top administrators and teachers from around the state in a retreat atmosphere that:
  1. Connects with a supportive, dynamic learning community, in the spirit of renewal that’s well deserved from those involved in the highly demanding career of education, and
  2. Promises to explore new insights into self, leadership and teaching. Participants will engage in a powerful journey of exploration.

Although the journey lasts only a few days, the time to study together, gain new insights, and examine ourselves and our profession will be transforming and enduring.
With other experienced and highly respected teachers and administrators, participants will be guided through training that is fulfilling, relevant, and meaningfully connected to both school and daily living.
For these reasons and more, I encourage you to support administrators and teachers to be a part of FCIS Academy 2020.

About Academy Facilitator: Dr. Joyce Swarzman

Academy Facilitator: Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman

Since 1996, Dr. Swarzman has been the Head of Corbett Preparatory School of IDS and the trainer for the FCIS Academy.  For 15 years, Dr. Swarzman coordinated the award-winning Suncoast Area Teacher Training Honors Program (SCATTer), recognized as one of the most innovative teacher training programs in the country.  She also was the Associate Director of the David C. Anchin Center and the office of Clinical Education at the University of South Florida. She has been the recipient of the USF Senior Class Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, an Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and numerous honors from educational organizations. From 1989 through 1992, she directed the Collegium for the Advancement of Teaching for award-winning teachers. For eight years, she facilitated the Commissioner of Education’s Round Table to honor the Florida Teachers of the Year and was a featured speaker at the National Teacher of the Year Conference. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Chicago, Atlanta, and New York.

Since completing her graduate work at Teachers College Columbia University, Dr. Swarzman has trained well over 18,000 teachers and educators.  She continues to serve as a consultant and lecturer to school districts and numerous organizations in the United States, Spain, China, and Belize. Her work is documented in the book, “It’s All About Kids: Every Child Deserves A Teacher of the Year”, now translated in Spanish and Chinese.  Dr. Swarzman designed the M.O.R.E. Model (Multiple Options for Results in Education) which was founded on leading research-based educational practices.  Dr. Swarzman was an FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) Board member from 2009-2014 and served as a Board member for FLAG (Florida Association for the Gifted) and currently as a Board member for Frameworks Organization for Social and Emotional Learning.



The session begins at 11:30 am on Sunday, January 26
Finishes at 4:00 pm promptly on Tuesday, January 28

Participants registered are expected to arrive on time and make travel arrangements to return home after 4:00 pm (all other transportation is provided).  Those attending must stay from beginning to end.

Cost: $495 (member) | $595 (non-member)

A grant from the William Farish Fund will provide one full scholarship to any FCIS member school with four participants. (Discount will take place at registration. Please note that the full cost of three participants will be divided among every four participants in the payment confirmation.)

Cancellation & Refunds: All hotel cancellations must be made directly through the hotel and in accordance with hotel policy. Academy refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to There is a $50 processing fee through January 8, 2020, with no refunds after this date.

Transportation will be provided to and from La Quinta Inn & Suites USF. 
There are 3 hotel options that are within walking distance. Please contact to book:
La Quinta Inn & Suites USF - (813) 910-7500
Wingate by Wyndham - (813) 867-2878
Home 2 Suites by Hilton - (813) 750-8844

There is not a room block provided by FCIS.