News Slices:
Commissioner Blomberg Announces Richard Ellenburg as The Florida Department of Education/Macy’s 2008 Teacher of the Year
Governor Signs Bill Relating to High-Risk Offenders
Florida Department of Education’s SUNLINK Project Wins Library Association Award

Seeds of Success:
Broward County Public Schools Recognized for Multicultural Efforts
Polk Student Earns Award At International Science Fair

Branching Out:

2007-2008 NCLB Public School Options Leadership Summit


 

July 13, 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 13

News Slices

Commissioner Blomberg Announces Richard Ellenburg as The Florida Department of Education/Macy’s 2008 Teacher of the Year
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg and Macy's Chairman and CEO Julie Greiner last night announced Richard Ellenburg as the Florida Department of Education/Macy's 2008 Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during a ceremony hosted by Emmy Award winner Debra Norville at Hard Rock Live! at Universal Studios CityWalk in Orlando. Ellenburg is a Science teacher at Camelot Elementary School in Orange County.

"It is my honor to recognize Richard Ellenburg as the 2008 Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year," said Commissioner Blomberg. "Richard’s commitment to student success embodies the finest example the education profession has to offer."

For more details, visit www.fldoe.org.


Governor Signs Bill Relating to High-Risk Offenders
On June 20, 2007, Governor Crist signed into law Senate Bill 988, Relating to High-Risk Offenders. The bill requires specific notations on the driver's license of sexual predators, and establishes standards and procedures related to the background screening of individuals who provide contracted non-instructional services to Florida public schools or districts. The bill also provides exceptions for certain instructional personnel. This bill went into effect on July 1, 2007, and may be viewed at www.flsenate.gov/data/session/2007/Senate/bills/billtext/pdf/s0988er.pdf .


Florida Department of Education’s SUNLINK Project Wins Library Association Award
The Florida SUNLINK project won one of six “Building Better Communities” awards given recently at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The award, sponsored by SirsiDynix, recognizes libraries for creative and enterprising uses of technology to improve their user communities.

Funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, SUNLINK is an online database of records for materials in Florida’s public school library media centers. It provides a way for students, teachers and parents to locate recreational reading and instructional materials in Florida’ public schools and borrow items through interlibrary loan.

For more information on SUNLINK, go to www.sunlink.ucf.edu.


Seeds of Success


Broward County Public Schools Recognized for Multicultural Efforts
Broward County Public Schools Multicultural Department has received the ASPIRA Leadership Through Education Award from ASPIRA of Florida, a community based organization with program operations in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The Department was honored by ASPIRA for its Multicultural Opportunities for Social, Academic and Intergenerational Competence (MOSAIC) project. Through the project, the Department collaborates with the Broward County Library and other community organizations to provide after-school academic, literacy, life skills and technology outreach programs to refugee students and their families in grades K-12. To see the full story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2007/06-19.asp.


Duval County Teacher Recognized as Educator of Distinction
Melissa Kennedy, a chemistry teacher at Stanton College Preparatory in Duval County, has been named a 2007 Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Kennedy is one of only 250 educators from across the country chosen to receive the award that recognizes outstanding teachers dedicated to providing education with an enhanced purpose. For more details, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2007/06-27.asp.


Polk Student Earns Award At International Science Fair
David Futch, a rising senior at Winter Haven High in Polk County, won a $700 award from the American Veterinary Association at the International Science and Engineering Fair held in Albuquerque, N.M. His science fair project was in the zoology category and was titled “Augmenting Habitat for Drymarchon Corais, a Threatened Species.” See the full story at www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2007/06-28.asp.


Organizations Honor Polk Teachers
Brett Hartley, a teacher at Winter Haven’s Denison Middle, was named the Air Force Association (AFA) Teacher of the Year for 2007 by the Central Florida Chapter of the AFA. The AFA recognizes outstanding teachers enhancing aerospace and science education.

Gary Robertson of Haines City’s Boone Middle and Debbie Kennon of Bartow High were named 2007 Teachers of the Year by the Central Florida Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Robertson was named Math Teacher of the Year while Kennon was named Science Teacher of the Year.

Teacher Jessica Fredricks of Haines City’s Bethune Academy received a 2007 Elementary School Grant from AIChE for $560. The grant was used to purchase books and CDs to enhance and strengthen essential mathematics skills in primary grades.


Branching Out


2007-2008 NCLB Public School Options Leadership Summit
July 25-27, 2007
Orlando, Fla.

The 2007-2008 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Public School Options Leadership Summit provides a statewide forum for promoting successful and effective implementation of NCLB public school options, including tutoring services (supplemental educational services – SES). The Summit will take place July 25-27, 2007, in Orlando, Fla., and will allow participants to discuss state and federal information updates and technical assistance related to such topics as contract management; development, implementation, and evaluation of the Student Learning Plan; monitoring and evaluation; and parent outreach efforts.

The Department of Education encourages school districts to send a team of district and school staff including district Title I coordinators, district SES administrators, school administrators, and school site facilitators. This is a mandatory meeting for all state-approved SES providers according to the Request for Applications for the 2007-2008 school year.

Information regarding Summit registration, hotel, and proposed agenda is available on the Bureau’s Web site at www.fldoe.org/flbpso/nclbchoice/ses/ses_meeting.asp.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Anna Moore at (850) 245-0479, or via e-mail at anna.moore@fldoe.org.


 
 
 
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