News Slices:
Federal and State Financial Aid Workshops
Florida’s Proposed New Science Standards
Call for Proposals -- 2008 Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference
St. Petersburg College Dedicates EpiCenter to Former Senator Sullivan
Environmental Education Grant Competition

Seeds of Success:
St. Johns County Teacher Wins Classroom Supplies from Office Max
PRISM Recognizes Outstanding Teachers in Hillsborough, Lake, Osceola, Polk and Volusia Counties
Governor Crist Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month Contest Winners
School Turnaround Principal of the Year

Branching Out:
2007 Florida Charter School Conference

2008 Effective Strategies Institute


November 2, 2007

Vol. 1, Issue 21

News Slices

Federal and State Financial Aid Workshops
The Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), in conjunction with the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA), will be offering workshops designed specifically for guidance counselors relating to federal, state and institutional financial aid programs.

National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM): Funding Education Beyond High School, is sponsored by Federal Student Aid, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs.

NT4CM workshops will take place from November through January at various locations throughout the state. For more information or to register, simply visit the official NT4CM Web site at, click on Registration and choose Florida. You may also contact Florida coordinator Kelly Harrison at for more details.

Following are dates and locations for upcoming workshops:
November 9 - Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee
November 14 - Keiser University, Pembroke Pines
November 16 - Miami Dade College - North Campus, Miami
November 29 - Thrasher Horne Conference Center (St. Johns River Community College), Orange Park
December 13 - St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg
January 9 - Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, Chipley

Florida’s Proposed New Science Standards
The draft Sunshine State Standards for Science are now available on for public review and comment. In the interest of ensuring that these standards are clear, concise, and accurate, the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Mathematics and Science invites you to rate each of the benchmarks and provide valuable feedback to the writers. Public input will close on December 14.

Input concerning the proposed standards can also be provided during four public meetings scheduled to take place in November at the following locations:

November 7, RA Gray Building, Tallahassee
November 15, Jones High School Auditorium, Orlando
November 20, Jefferson High School, Tampa
November 28, The Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, Jacksonville

For more information, please contact Todd Clark, Office of Mathematics and Science, at (850) 245-0764 or visit

Call for Proposals -- 2008 Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference
The 7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference is scheduled for June 29 – July 2, 2008, in Orlando. The 2008 Leadership Conference promises to be a unique experience for each educator attending. The conference will feature numerous sessions presented by principals, reading coaches, and district leaders, giving attendees the opportunity to hear about successful literacy initiatives taking place in schools and districts throughout our state.

As we prepare for the upcoming conference, we are issuing a Call for Proposals. Florida principals, coaches, and district leaders will have first priority for selection, and team presentations are strongly encouraged. Please encourage your colleagues to submit a proposal to celebrate and highlight the literacy accomplishments in your district. All proposals must be submitted electronically at on or before Dec. 16, 2007. You will be notified of your proposal receipt upon submission and informed of its acceptance by Dec. 21, 2007.

St. Petersburg College Dedicates EpiCenter to Former Senator Sullivan
St. Petersburg College President Carl Kuttler, Jr., and the Board of Trustees will dedicate its EpiCenter to former State Senator Donald Sullivan on November 2nd at 4 p.m. in honor of his years of service to the college.

Sullivan, a respected orthopedic surgeon, is credited with making St. Petersburg College a four-year institution. Since beginning his service in the Florida Senate in 1992, Sullivan has taken on the following positions: chair of the Florida Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education, member of the Task Force on Public School Funding and Legislative Budgeting Commission, the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Children and Families Committee. Sullivan was also appointed by Florida's governor to the Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability. For more details, click here.

Environmental Education Grant Competition
The Bingham Environmental Education Foundation (BEEF) has announced its annual environmental education grant competition. The mission of BEEF is to help provide quality environmental education for today's youth through sound environmental education and research. The grant competition is open for a University of Florida graduate student and a Florida K-12 educator. Winners will be awarded $1,000 each. For more information about this opportunity, visit Forms are available at Application deadline is Dec. 5, 2007.

Seeds of Success

St. Johns County Teacher Wins Classroom Supplies from Office Max
Brian Francois, a seventh grade mathematics teacher at Sebastian Middle School, was recently selected as one of the 1,000 teachers nationwide to be honored for “A Day Made Better.” Nominated by his Principal, Kelly Battell and Assistant Principal, Wanda Logan for exemplifying a passion for learning and innovative classroom techniques, Francois received $1,200 worth of supplies and classroom materials ranging from a digital camera and printer to paper, pencils, erasers and scissors for his students. For more information, visit

PRISM Recognizes Outstanding Teachers in Hillsborough, Lake, Osceola, Polk and Volusia Counties
Science teachers representing elementary, middle and high schools throughout the eight-county Central Florida region were recently honored by The PRISM Project – an organization comprised of Central Florida business, government, and school leaders working to promote improvement in science and mathematics throughout the region. Following are the teachers recognized in Hillsborough, Lake, Osceola, Polk and Volusia Counties:

Hillsborough County
Julie Ball, Coleman Middle
Alina Mills, Jefferson High
Kelly Jay, Newsom High

Lake County
Roxana Crosby, Windy Hill Middle
Randy Milford, Umatilla High
Cynthia Rosenthal, Tavares Elementary

Osceola County
Yvonne Kochensparger, Gateway High
Sue Lourcey, Central Avenue Elementary
Wendy Norton, Bellalago Academy

Polk County
Christy Aycock, Boone Middle
Cheryl Pierce, Lakeland Senior High
Lucy Smith, Lake Gibson Middle

Volusia County
Catharine Colwell, Mainland High
Brian Innes, Galaxy Middle
Joshua Platt, Spruce Creek High

Founded in 2005 as a response to the priority to improve education in the region, The PRISM Project strives to enhance the caliber of education in Central Florida.

Governor Crist Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month Contest Winners
Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently announced the winners of the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award and student essay contest. The educators and students were honored at a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, “Florida: A Tapestry of Cultures,” at the Governor’s Mansion. To see the winners, visit

School Turnaround Principal of the Year
Vicki Stangle, principal of Winter Haven's Lake Shipp Elementary in Polk County, was recently named national Principal of the Year by the School Turnaround organization.

School Turnaround is a New York-based leadership development initiative that helps principals immediately improve academic achievement. School Turnaround presented a $5,000 check to Lake Shipp as a result of Stangle winning the award.

School Turnaround awarded Stangle with the honor based on the school's improvement from the 2004-2005 to 2005-2006 school years. Stangle became the school's principal starting in August 2005. Lake Shipp is designated by the federal government as a Title I school for having a large percentage of students coming from economically disadvantaged homes.

Branching Out

2007 Florida Charter School Conference
Dec. 3-4, 2007
Hilton, located in the Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Fla.

The 2007 Florida Charter School Conference will take place Dec. 3-4, 2007, at the Hilton located in the Walt Disney World Resort. This year's theme "Charters: A Choice for Excellence," will focus on leadership and the pursuit of excellence. The program is designed to provide information needed to continue offering a high-quality educational choice for Florida's students and parents. If you are interested in the success of charter schools and the options they give students in Florida, you should attend. Sessions are targeted at authorizers, administrators, educators and charter school stakeholders. Register by Nov. 12, 2007, to receive the discounted rate.

For more information on this conference, visit

2008 Effective Strategies Institute
Jan. 15-18, 2008
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Daytona Beach, Fla.

The 2008 Effective Strategies Institute will be held Jan. 15-18, 2008, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Institute is sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC), the Florida Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers of Florida, the University of Florida, Communities in Schools of Florida, Inc., and the Florida Association of Alternative School Educators.

The Institute will feature three nationally renowned keynote speakers, including Dr. Krystal Kuykendall and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Consuelo Kickbush. There will be more than 60 workshops representing district, state, and national research-based instructional strategies and best practices in dropout prevention and Exceptional Student Educational programs.

District administrators, teachers, student services personnel, and program coordinators who provide services to students at risk of not graduating from high school are encouraged to attend.

To register and submit proposals for presentation, please visit the National Dropout Prevention Center Web site at, and click on “2008 Effective Strategies Institute.” The registration fee is $195.00 before Dec. 21, 2007. After that date, the registration fee will be $225.00. Institute attendees are encouraged to make room reservations at the host hotel by Dec. 31, 2007, to obtain the conference rate of $134.00 per night.

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