The Cybersecurity and Information Technology Pathways (Cyber/IT Pathways) program is a joint endeavor of the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida) to inspire and prepare more students to pursue fulfilling and lucrative careers in cybersecurity/information technology (IT) while helping address a national skills shortage in these areas. The State of Florida dedicated $20 million in non-recurring funding toward this effort. Projects were awarded funding based on a competitive proposal process that invited existing, successful programs that could use funding to scale up and benefit more students across the state to apply.

Although the program is now drawing to a close, Cyber Florid and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida are working to capture the knowledge built through this program. In the coming weeks, we will publish a series of online “playbooks” to empower teachers across the nation to implement similar initiatives.

The first three drafts in the Cybersecurity Playbook series, developed through the Cybersecurity/Pathways grant program, can be obtained by submitting the form below. These playbooks are meant to serve as practical guides, filling the gap between informal, hard-earned knowledge in cybersecurity education and official documentation.

Each playbook focuses on a specific cybersecurity education topic, providing newcomers with a quick start guide and experienced practitioners with a handy reference. To create these resources, we engaged in a rigorous process, including focus groups, surveys, interviews, and evaluations. We also consulted published research to ensure accuracy and relevance.
These drafts represent the initial iteration of our ongoing effort to document crucial cybersecurity knowledge. If these guides prove useful in the field, we will develop new playbooks and provide regular updates to these guides.
Your feedback is essential. If you’re a cybersecurity education practitioner, we welcome your input to refine and improve these documents. Thank you for your contribution to enhancing cybersecurity education!
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