October 5, 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 19
Florida Schools Receive $129.3
Million In Funding For Outstanding Academic Performance
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently announced $129.3 million
in funding to 1,612 Florida schools in recognition of their academic achievement
and improvement during the 2006-2007 school year. Under the states
School Recognition Program, schools that achieve an "A" based
on the school grading criteria or improve at least one grade from the
previous year are awarded $100 per student. Since the program began in
1999, Florida has awarded more than $982 million in school recognition
funding. To read the full story, visit www.fldoe.org.
2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress
Results Highlight Floridas Successes
Governor Charlie Crist and Education Commissioner
Jeanine Blomberg recently announced Florida's results of the 2007 National
Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Florida again surpassed the
national average in both fourth grade reading and mathematics and, for
the first time, matched the national average for eighth grade reading.
Florida was one of only four states with significant increases in both
fourth and eighth grade reading since 2005. Minority students and students
with disabilities also met or exceeded the performance of students nationally.
For the fourth grade and eighth grade reading and math results, visit
Commissioner Blomberg Announces
2007 Principal Achievement Award Winners
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently
announced the winners of the 2007 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding
Leadership during the Fourth Annual Commissioner's Summit for Principals
hosted by the Department of Education and the Florida Association of School
Established in 1988, the Principal Achievement
Award for Outstanding Leadership recognizes school administrators for
increasing student achievement performance levels, establishing community
partnerships and parental involvement, providing assistance for at-risk
and special needs students, and developing innovative strategies to positively
impact the school and learning environment. For more on the story, visit
Department of Education Holds 2007 K-12 Conference
and Innovation Fair
The Florida Department of Education and the Florida
Education Foundation kicked off the 2007 K-12 Conference and Innovation
Fair at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando on Oct. 2. The four-day conference
welcomed more than 650 educators from around the state to learn about
innovative and exciting advances in education reform, new approaches to
improving student achievement, and redesigning teacher compensation. For
more information, visit www.fldoe.org.
Teacher Talk: Season Two
The new season of Teacher Talk: An Inside Look At
Florida Education, will begin airing October 11. During this episode,
you will be introduced to the 2008 Macys Florida Teacher of the
Year, learn more about the new World Class Math Standards, and Reading
and Language Arts Standards. Show host Nicole Flesvig, Department of Education
Teacher Liaison, will also provide you a glimpse of the revised Sunshine
State Standards, information on the school grading process and school
Teacher Talk focuses on Florida teachers and their innovations
both in and out of the classroom. In addition, the show also features
discussions on hot topics in education, information on legislative changes
impacting the K-12 education system and will highlight educational resources
available to teachers, parents, and students.
Tune in to the Florida Education Channel, DISH 9418,
the Florida Knowledge Network®, carried on your local public television network,
or your local education channel for broadcast
times. To view the show online, visit the Just for Teachers Web site at
Arts for Life! Scholarship Program
Former First Lady Columba Bush established in 1999
the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program, which is now administered by the
Foundation for Excellence in Education. The program recognizes the exceptional
talents of 25 high school seniors in a Florida public, private or home
education school setting who demonstrate academic and artistic excellence
in the visual arts, dance, music or theatre. Students interested in the
program must complete an application, provide a sample of work and write
an essay briefly explaining the influence of art and its role in their
future. Each spring, scholarship recipients are recognized and awarded
$1,000 during a reception hosted by Mrs. Bush in their honor.
For more information on the Arts for Life! Scholarship
Program, contact Lisa Kammel Raguso at (850) 345-6284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download an application, visit www.excelined.org.
Floridas Community College LINCCWeb Offers
Greater Search Options For Students
Students looking for information on LINCCWeb (www.linccweb.org),
Floridas Community College library information portal, can now enjoy
more advanced search capabilities and comprehensive search results.
The College Center for Library Automation (CCLA), which
hosts LINCCWeb, recently implemented a new version of MetaLib software.
MetaLib 4.0 operates behind the scenes in LINCCWeb, allowing students
to simultaneously search across multiple databases.
Floridas CCLA is the first organization to use
the new technology in the United States, and only the second in the world.
MetaLib developer Ex Libris selected only six institutions nationwide
to participate as early adopters; CCLA is the only shared library system
among the group. Other MetaLib 4.0 early adopters include Boston College,
Brown University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, California
Digital Library, and the University of Minnesota.