|August 10, 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 15
2007 Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference
Draws Largest Crowd Ever
On Monday, August 6, more than 4,600 reading coaches, literacy experts,
educators, school administrators and state and national leaders converged
at the sixth annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference in
Orlando, Fla., to share the latest in reading instructional strategies
and best practices. This years attendance marked the largest crowd
ever for the event, surpassing last years total by more than 1,000
attendees. Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, State Board of Education
Chairman T. Willard Fair, Just Read, Florida! Executive Director Dr. Evan
Lefsky and award winning author and educator, Sharon Draper kicked off
the conference that included more than 300 sessions, led by principals,
educators, professionals and reading coaches from across the state. To
learn more about Just Read, Florida!, visit www.justreadflorida.com.
Teacher Barbara Morgan Begins Mission
to the Space Station
Teacher Barbara Morgan lifted off at 6:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday, August
8 aboard the space shuttle Endeavour from NASA's Kennedy Space Center
in Florida. This is the first flight for Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut
whose association with NASA began 22 years ago when she was selected as
the backup in the Teacher in Space Project. The seven-member crew is on
its way to the International Space Station for an 11-day assembly mission.
The flight will include at least three spacewalks during
which the astronauts will install a new gyroscope and external spare parts
platform to the station. The mission is Endeavour's first flight in more
than four years. The shuttle underwent extensive modifications, including
the addition of safety upgrades already added to shuttles Discovery and
Endeavour's mission will debut a new system that
enables docked space shuttles to draw electrical power from the station
to extend visits to the outpost. If this system functions as expected,
three additional days and a spacewalk will be added to the flight.
FCAT Assessment and Accountability Review Committee
The FCAT Assessment and Accountability Review Committee
met on Aug. 8, 2007, in Orlando, Fla. Some of the issues discussed included
school grades and AYP reporting for 2007, alternative school rules and
the independent review process. For the latest information on the FCAT
external advisory group, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcatadvisory.
Educator Recruitment Service Available
For Florida K-12 School Districts and Charter Schools
A nationwide, Web-based, educator recruitment service designed to help
school systems overcome the challenges of finding the most qualified education
personnel in all subject areas and recruiting them to our schools is now
available to all Florida school districts and charter schools. Teachers-Teachers.com
offers district and charter school staff the ability to post unlimited
job openings for all education personnel; conduct unlimited searches for
candidates from a pool of more than 20,000 certified candidates interested
in teaching in Florida; and send unlimited mass e-mails to targeted groups
of candidates alerting them of job opportunities, incentive programs,
The Florida Department of Education has purchased a full
membership to this resource for all Florida public school districts and
charter schools from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2010. Those not currently
registered with Teachers-Teacher.com can do so now by visiting www.teachers-teachers.com/florida.
After registration, Teachers-Teachers.com Florida Recruitment Coordinator
Dave Pfisterer will contact districts to provide an overview of the service
and training on its multiple uses.
If you need additional information concerning Teachers-Teachers.com
services in Florida, contact Dave Pfisterer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (877) 812-4071, ext. 78. If you have any questions concerning availability
of membership with the Florida Department of Education, contact Ian Barker
at email@example.com or by phone at (850) 245-0435.
Florida Community College at Jacksonville Selected
For Navy Pilot Program
Florida Community College at Jacksonville has been
selected by the Navy as the designated degree-granting institution for
a three-year pilot program called the Accelerate to Excellence program,
which allows enlistees to obtain an associate degree as part of their
initial rate training while in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP). Students
are paid a monthly stipend by the Navy, eventually earning an associate
degree prior to reporting to their first permanent-duty station. The pilot
program is open to eligible applicants in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and is targeting 100
people the first year.
Eligible applicants (as determined by Armed Services
Vocational Aptitude Battery score, high school or college GPA and other
standard Navy eligibility requirements) can sign up for one of two degree
programs: Industrial Management Technology and Industrial Management Technology
with an emphasis on Electronic Engineering Technology. The future sailors
are enlisted into DEP and select their job specialty (during the pilot
limited to selected technical fields) and degree program.
For more information about the Accelerate to Excellence
program e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 633-5950.