News Slices:
2007 Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference Draws Largest Crowd Ever
Teacher Barbara Morgan Begins Mission to the Space Station
FCAT Assessment and Accountability Review Committee
Educator Recruitment Service Available For Florida K-12 School Districts and Charter Schools
Florida Community College at Jacksonville Selected For Navy Pilot Program

Seeds of Success:
Florida Student Selected for MIT Summer Science Institute
Hillsborough Superintendent Honored by Florida Association of School Administrators
McKitrick Elementary Principal Recognized As Florida’s National Distinguished Principal

Branching Out:
2007 K-12 Conference & Innovation Fair

13th School Attendance Symposium: Linking Attendance to Positive Engagement


 

August 10, 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 15

News Slices


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 year’s attendance marked the largest crowd ever for the event, surpassing last year’s 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 Atlantis.

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, and events.

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 dpfisterer@teachers-teachers.com 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 ian.barker@fldoe.org 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 military@fccj.edu or call (877) 633-5950.


Seeds of Success


Florida Student Selected for MIT Summer Science Institute
Kyla Davis Horn, a junior at Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School in Brevard County, is the only student from Florida and one of 80 students from 24 countries selected to participate in the Research Science Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this summer. This highly selective, six-week institute is considered to be among the world’s most prestigious science programs for high school students. For more on this story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2007/07-26-2.asp.


Florida Virtual School Students Win 2007 Video World Affairs Challenge
Three Florida Virtual School students recently took on the issue of child labor and won a top award at the 2007 Video World Affairs Challenge. Katherine Kirk (Royal Palm Beach), Alyssa Rosenberg (Coral Springs), and Kelsey Reinertsen (DeLand) collaborated virtually to produce an award-winning video that documented how children are being exploited in a number of countries to support the global economy. To view the video or to learn more, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2007/07-26.asp.


Hillsborough Superintendent Honored by Florida Association of School Administrators
Hillsborough County schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia recently received the Lamp of Knowledge award from the Florida Association of School Administrators. Elia was recognized for securing the largest teacher raise in 20 years, working closely with U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings on the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, and leading the state in implementing performance pay plans for teachers. To read the full story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2007/07-25-2.asp.


McKitrick Elementary Principal Recognized As Florida’s National Distinguished Principal
Lisa S. Yost, principal of Yvonne T. McKitrick Elementary School in Lutz, was selected as Florida’s 2007 National Distinguished Principal. Yost was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals. For the full story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2007/07-18.asp.


Alachua County Math Team Wins Top Honors
After finishing second in 2005 and 2006, the 26-member team from Buchholz High School in Alachua County recently won first place in this year’s National Mu Alpha Theta math competition. The students, who are coached by math teacher Will Frazer, dominated all three competition divisions, including Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Algebra II/Geometry. The Buchholz team, which captured its third consecutive state title in April, won more than 100 individual trophies and finished first in the sweepstakes competition for the school whose students have the best overall performance. For more details, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2007/07-25.asp.


Branching Out


2007 K-12 Conference & Innovation Fair
Oct. 2-5, 2007
Caribe Royale Orlando

The 2007 K-12 Conference will focus on (1) innovative approaches to improving student achievement; (2) secondary public school career, collegiate, and magnet academies; and (3) redesigning teacher compensation. This conference will be an opportunity to highlight the state’s best model academies and programs to other schools looking to implement such programs of their own, and discuss how various ways of compensating our teachers lead to the improved achievement of our students. To learn more, visit www.fldoe.org/schools/conference.


13th School Attendance Symposium: Linking Attendance to Positive Engagement
Oct. 29-30, 2007
Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Florida Department of Education, in co-sponsorship with the Florida Association of School Social Workers, is offering the 13th School Attendance Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 29-30, 2007, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. The School Attendance Symposium provides a statewide forum for sharing and promoting proven practices and evidence-based research strategies that positively impact school attendance and student achievement. Attendance specialists, child protection services providers, community agency providers, dropout prevention contacts, parents, principals, PTA/PTO organizations and school counselors are invited to attend. To register, go to http://sss.usf.edu/AttendanceSymposium/2007/index.html. Registration deadline is Friday, September 14. On-site registration will not be available. Symposium attendees can make reservations at the Vinoy at the special rate of $125 per night, and the room rate is available through September 14. To make your reservation, contact the Renaissance Vinoy directly at (727) 894-1000. For more information, contact Gria Davison at (850) 922-3727 or via e-mail at gdavison@tempest.coedu.usf.edu.


 
 
 
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