November 16, 2007
Vol. 1, Issue 22
Commissioner Blomberg Announces Release of Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Tests
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently announced the release
of five 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests® (FCAT). The reading
and mathematics tests for grades five and six and the science test for
grade eight are actual tests taken by students and are no longer in use.
In addition to the tests, the Department of Education released test answer
keys, a fact sheet explaining uses for the test, a document explaining
how to score the released tests, and Frequently Asked Questions. For more
details, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_11_06.asp.
Milken National Educator Award Presented To Lake
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently
announced Dr. Janice Boyd, Principal of Cecil E. Gray Middle School in
Lake County, as a recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator
Award. Dr. Boyd was presented with the $25,000 award by Commissioner Blomberg
and Milken Foundation representative Todd White at a school assembly.
Recipients are given their award check at the annual Milken National Education
Conference, an all-expense-paid professional development conference held
in Los Angeles in the spring. They will also join the Milken Educator
Network, a valuable resource of fellow educators, legislators, school
boards and others in shaping the future of education. For more details
on Dr. Boyd, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_11_13.asp.
Chancellor Holcombe Presents Community College
Best Practice Awards
Department of Education Division of Community Colleges
Chancellor Dr. Will Holcombe recently presented the first-ever Chancellors
Best Practice Awards to four Florida community colleges during the 58th
Annual Florida Association of Community Colleges Convention in Orlando.
The awards are based on each colleges innovative approach to areas
such as academic affairs, student affairs, workforce education and business
partnerships. To see the winners, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_11_14.asp.
Families Building Better Readers and Mysteries
in the Middle Training for Educators
Just Read, Florida! is committed to increasing parental
involvement as a key to helping students improve their reading skills.
The Volunteer Florida Foundation, Inc., will be managing signature programs,
such as Families Building Better Readers (FBBR) and Mysteries in the Middle.
Volunteer Florida Foundation, Inc. expects to reach as many parents as
possible by training and deploying a network of master and field trainers.
We are requesting that each school have their reading/literacy coach attend
one of the five regional train-the-trainer workshops. The dates and locations
are as follows:
Nov. 28, 2007 - Region 5
Miami-Dade School System, School Board Administration Building
School Board Auditorium
1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Nov. 30, 2007 - Region 3
Orange County Public Schools Educational Leadership Center
School Board Auditorium
445 West Amelia Street
Orlando, FL 32801
Dec. 5, 2007 - Region 1
Panhandle Area Education Consortium (PAEC)
Large Conference Room
753 West Boulevard
Chipley, FL 32438
Jan. 24, 2008 - Region 2
Nassau County Public Schools / Florida Community College at Jacksonville
Lewis Red Bean Center
76346 William Burgess Blvd.
Yulee, FL 32097
Jan. 30, 2008
Seminole County School Board
400 E. Lake Mary Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773
Jan. 31, 2008 - Region 4
South Shore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573
For more details, visit
Seminole Community Colleges Medical Transcription
Program First in Florida Endorsed by Professional Group
Seminole Community Colleges (SCC) Medical
Transcription (MT) Program is the first in Florida to receive approval
by a professional consortium.
Endorsement by the Approval Committee for Certificate
Programs (ACCP), a joint committee established by the American Health
Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Association for Healthcare
Documentation Integrity (AHDI), allows SCC graduates to be eligible for
a federal-registered apprenticeship program. Also, only approved programs
are eligible to market themselves through the Department of Defense.
The approval designation assures health-care providers
that graduates of SCCs MT program have the skills needed to be successful
in entry-level medical transcription positions.
SCCs college credit certificate program is one
of the oldest in the nation. Since it started in 1988, SCC graduates have
worked as MTs in health care facilities and transcription services throughout
Central Florida, including Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical
SCCs MT program, which is available fully online,
provides a comprehensive curriculum in medical terminology, English grammar
skills, medical legalities, and medical knowledge base, including anatomy
and physiology, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, medical specialties
As part of the approval, SCC was evaluated in a peer-review
process against a minimum set of standards for entry-level medical transcription
For more information, go to http://www.seminolestate.edu/medicaltran/.
Just Read, Florida! Recognizes Top 25 Percent of
Reading First Districts
The Department of Educations Just Read, Florida!
Office recently recognized 12 Florida school districts for being in the
top 25 percent of all Reading First districts in the state of Florida.
Reading First grants assist Florida school districts and schools with
implementation of proven methods of scientifically-based reading instruction
in classrooms in order to prevent reading difficulties in grades K-3.
For more details, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_11_14-2.asp.
Department of Education Offers Environmental Education
The Department of Education provides a variety of
resources for teachers in environmental education. From links to various
programs and publications to information on celebrating wildlife, educational
resources can be found quickly and easily at
Check out the Environmental Education section today.