Lakeland Institute for Learning

Welcome!

We are striving to provide a relevant and rigorous education to meet the language needs of Exceptional Education Students (ESE) and English Language Learners (ELL). Won’t you join us? We are currently enrolling 3 through 12 th grade ESE students for the new school year. Please call our office for personal assistance at 1-863-225-1263 or email: dbuckner@lifl.org

Who is Eligible?

ESE and ELL students are eligible for McKay or Personal Learning Scholarship Account/Gardiner through the Florida Department of Education’s Office of School Choice. Additional options are also available through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarships. Please access the links below for easy access.










Educational Model

The Lakeland Institute for Learning (LIfL) is a school whose purpose is to deliver a rigorous curriculum for special education students (ESE) who need clinical services and a focus on reading to fulfill their educational futures and become all they aspire to be. These students fall into two areas: special needs and those who are also English Language Learners (ESE) (as defined by law). The school is striving to deliver clinical services to students within their school day, within a rigorous educational environment to facilitate students' academic growth.

Transition Program

Beginning in 2017 -2018 school year, the Lakeland Institute for Learning will be offering a career transition program for students aged 14 years above. At Lakeland Institute for Learning we are educators who believe in the balance between therapy services and the education needed for each student to grow - we care that students learn!

Curriculum

The curriculum revolves around standards based learning based on the tested Florida State Standards (FSS) or the Access Points (AS) for students cognitively impaired. Standards based learning is important for our exceptional education students because it keeps them on track for high school graduation; although, LIfL students are not required to meet the Florida State Assessment requirements. Since Reading is essential to learning across all curriculums, all students are initially tested in a one on one environment using an ESE reading program to determine their strengths and weaknesses in basic skills such as phonics, and in another program for vocabulary and comprehension. A certified reading coach sets up a recommended reading lesson path to fill in their learning gaps to bring them up to grade level.  In addition, all students are taught English Language Arts at their grade level, which encompasses a major component in writing skills, so they are not left behind because of their reading deficits.


Stimulate with STEM

Half Day Summer Camp / 2017

This Summer Camp capitalizes on inspiring science technology, engineering and math in an integrated, hands on method. It is focused on interesting, but fulfilled activities taught by certified Master’s level STEM and Math teachers. Every week will be focused on a different specified physical matter and will have a culminating outdoor activity/ achievement. The chart below illustrates the weekly STEM activities to be explored.

Grades: 4th through 10th


*Administration and Activity Fees: $ 50.00
(A one-time fee for families who enroll for more than one week.)


Weekly Schedule

The activities are scheduled to be completed on a weekly basis but the principles of STEM are interrelated across all weeks of the summer camp for those interested in registering for more than one week of the summer program.


Place: Lakeland Institute for Learning / 111 Mosswood Road, Lakeland, FL 33801
(Behind Grace City Church/720 S. Florida Avenue)

A fundraiser for the special needs students of the Lakeland Institute for Learning, a not for profit organization.

*Classes are grouped by elementary and lower middle school; upper middle and high school.
*Must enroll @ least 5 students in each class each week for a camp to run.





Splash Into Spanish

Half Day Summer Camp / 2017

The Summer Camp offers three hours of Spanish Class along with activities that combine games and fun inside and outside. The camp is focused on fun conversational skills, using an innovative, out of the box method. Classes are focused on oral skills, both listening, speaking, and reading in Spanish, and the integration of a multitude of fun loving cultural and social activities taught by some of Lakeland’s excellent teachers.

Grades: 4th through 10th


Weekly Schedule

Every week classes will be focus on a different theme and will have a project tied to it for a hands-on activity. The activities will be inter-related across all weeks of the summer camp for those interested in registering for more than one week of the summer program, but will stand alone for those interested in only one week.

In addition to the language class, the camp may include the following activities:

Cultural Culinary Art Projects • Arts and Crafts of the Diverse Hispanic Cultures • Music, Dance and Songs • Sport Activities


Place: Lakeland Institute for Learning / 111 Mosswood Road, Lakeland, FL 33801
(Behind Grace City Church/720 S. Florida Avenue)

Directed by the Lakeland Institute of Spanish Communications as a fundraiser for the special needs students of the Lakeland Institute for Learning, a not for profit organization.
*Classes are grouped by elementary and lower middle school; upper middle and high school. Must enroll @ least 5 students in each class each week for a camp to run.





Who We Are

Lakeland Institute for Learning (LIfL)

The Lakeland Institute for Learning is a clinical school for ESE and ELL students whose purpose is to deliver services to students within the educational setting in order to facilitate their overall health and well being and maximize their academic growth.

It is our mission to provide students the opportunity to become a knowledgeable and productive member of society, through language access within a career oriented environment developed to inspire special needs students and English Language Learners. Contact Us

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What we do.

We teach language skills within a clinical setting.

Educate

Providing a great educational environment
for all students to learn.

Nuture

Helping build up the youth for
tomorrow with caring and competent staff.

Guide

Providing leadership and direction
to all students to help guide students to a bright future.

Evaluate

Evaluating the needs, talents and potential
of all students to ensure their needs are being met.

Contact Information

To discuss the scholarship options available for your child, please call our office and schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s needs at 863-225-1263 or email: dbuckner@lifl.org.

FAX 1.863.225.1294

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Leadership

Meeting the challenge head on.

Donna Lee Buckner M.S. ED/Ed. D

Founder/ Principal

Donna Lee Buckner is a thirty-year veteran of the Florida Public School system. She completed her undergraduate work at Villa Maria College in Erie, Pennsylvania; her Master’s in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University and doctorial work in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Research and Evaluation at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has also served on the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA) board for four years as a Board Director. In the November of 2014, Donna was named President – Elect and resumed the office of President in 2015-2016. She is also a member with the National Association of Test Directors. Currently, Donna is the Executive of the Lakeland Institute for Learning.

Teresa Vázquez Martínez

Director of Public Relations and Community Development

Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, Teresa Vázquez Martínez immigrated with her parents and sister to the United States in 1970 and established themselves in Central Florida. After twelve years as a language teacher with the public school system, she founded the Institute of Spanish Communication, Inc. (ISC) in 1999 where she has offered the community experience in translation, interpretation, instruction, and training. Teresa has served as the travel manager and interpreter for the Miss Universe Organization throughout Latin America. She is an active member of the Polk County community serving on several boards of directors, a past President and Chairwoman of the Board of the Hispanic Club of Lakeland/Hispanic Festival, and also has a seat on the Board of Trustees for Polk State College.

Our Board of Trustees

Various Positions

The school ‘s Board of Trustees is comprised of a Bill Mutz, community leader, Alberto Bonfil, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones, Wayne Kline, Bold Solutions Group, Dr. Naomi Boyer, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Polk State College, Talon Robotics, and Dr. Charles Barrios, MD, a board certified psychiatrist and the Medical Director of the Peace River Center.

Meeting Schedule: August, October, December, February, April, June