News Slices:
The State Board of Education Approves World-Class Science Standards
06-07 VPK Minimum Readiness Rates Released
Florida Community College's Nursing Graduates Among the Best in the Nation
Vice-Provost Selected For State Education Committee
 

Seeds of Success:
Polk County Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Seminole Community College Professor and Student Win State Awards
"LIFE" Program Engages Middle School Students in Beach Nourishment Project
 
 

Branching Out:
Florida's 3rd Annual Bullying Prevention Conference
Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Administrators
7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference

 


February 29, 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 5

News Slices

The State Board of Education Approves World-Class Science Standards
The State Board of Education (SBE) recently approved the revised Science Sunshine State Standards (SSS). Based on leading national and international science standards, the revised Science SSS incorporate the latest scientific research, concepts, and techniques that form the educational foundation for students to compete in the global economy of the future. District science curriculum will be aligned to the revised standards beginning in the 2008-09 school year and the Science Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) will begin testing students on the material in 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_02_19.asp.


06-07 VPK Minimum Readiness Rates Released
The State Board of Education recently established the 2006-07 Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Provider Kindergarten minimum readiness rate. All VPK providers that earned a readiness rate of greater than 210 (211 or higher) out of 300 possible points are meeting or exceeding VPK program expectations. Parents can find out more about the performance of a specific VPK provider by visiting https://vpk.fldoe.org/InfoPages/ReportCriteria.aspx.

Data used to calculate this year's readiness rates indicate that students who completed a VPK program last year performed better on key kindergarten readiness measures than children who did not participate. In addition, children who only attended a portion of a VPK program outperformed students who had no exposure to the program at all. As a result, more than 100,000 Florida children stepped into a kindergarten classroom this year better prepared to learn and succeed in school. For more information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_06_19.asp.


Florida Community College's Nursing Graduates Among the Best in the Nation
The 2007 nursing graduates of Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) rank among the top nursing graduates in the nation. Of the FCCJ graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses, more than 90 percent passed the exam. The national pass rate was 85.7 percent, while the Florida pass rate was 83.22 percent.

For more information on FCCJ's nursing program, call 904-646-2300 or visit www.fccj.edu.


Vice-Provost Selected For State Education Committee
The Florida Department of Education has selected Gary Martin, Vice-Provost of Florida Keys Community College, as the State Coordinator for the Florida Higher Education Course Numbering System in the area of Marine Technical Education. Martin will be a key advisor to the state system regarding any and all new or modified curricula submitted to the state for approval or addition.

For more information about Florida Keys Community College, log onto www.fkcc.edu.




Seeds of Success


Polk County Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Eleven Polk County area high school seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists. More than 1.4 million students entered the 2008 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), and about 15,000 students nationally attain National Merit Scholarship finalist status. The 2008 National Merit finalists, including the 11 Polk students, represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The high school seniors selected are:

  • Monica Bhutiani - Winter Haven
  • Kaleb D. Delk - Winter Haven
  • Chrisopher B. Lioi - Winter Haven
  • Jaclyn M. Nelson - Lake Wales
  • Jasmina A. Ouhri - Lakeland
  • Richard J. Schuler - Lakeland
  • Emily A. Trogolo - Lakeland
  • Caitlin E. Howell - Lakeland
  • Elizabeth J. Young - Lakeland
  • Tyler E. Bias - Lakeland
  • Barbara J. Dinkins - Lakeland
These students will now compete for more than 8,200 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $34 million. National Merit Scholarships will be awarded in the spring and summer of 2008. National Merit scholarships are sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporations and colleges. For more information, visit http://www.polk-fl.net/news/newsreleases/022108.htm.


Seminole Community College Professor and Student Win State Awards
A Seminole Community College (SCC) professor and a student were named Teacher of the Year and Student of the Year by the Florida African American Educators Association (FAAEA). Dr. Heather Edwards, a mathematics professor at SCC, was chosen among finalists from more than a dozen colleges and universities in Florida. Edwards, a third year professor, teaches calculus, statistics and differential equations.

Carl Runyon, an Associate of Arts student, plans to graduate from SCC with a Science Merit diploma, which is awarded to students who complete eight science and math courses and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher in those courses.

The FAAEA awards are designed to applaud the advancements, accomplishments and successes of minority students, teachers, administrators and community leaders in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. For more information, visit http://www.scc-fl.edu/scconnection/?newsid=927.


"LIFE"Program Engages Middle School Students in Beach Nourishment Project
The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) program recently hosted middle school students from Clearwater's Kennedy Middle School at Honeymoon Island State Park for a three-day series of labs centered on the park's recent beach nourishment project. The students conducted science-based field labs as part of the on-site educational program, including bird observations and adaptations, ecosystem ingredients and a dune movement lab.

Since 2004, nearly 3,500 future scientists and stewards have participated in the LIFE program. The LIFE initiative seeks to establish a series of field-based, environmental-science education programs around the state. Each of the nine existing programs is a partnership between the DEP and a local school district. The goal of each LIFE program is increased student achievement and teacher professional development in science, with the content and delivery varying from site to site. For more information on the LIFE program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/.




Branching Out


Florida's 3rd Annual Bullying Prevention Conference
April 24-25, 2008
Orlando

Florida's 3rd Annual Bullying Prevention Conference, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will be held April 24-25, 2008, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, to raise awareness and provide prevention information and tools about bullying.

Prevention specialists, school guidance counselors, teachers, principals, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Coordinators, school health educators, school psychologists/social workers, School Resource Officers (SROs)/law enforcement, staff development directors, etc., are encouraged to attend. To register, please visit https://www.aceofflorida.org/Register/Register01.cfm?lngEventDateID=238&lngEvent=132.


 

Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Administrators
June 25-27, 2008
Clearwater Beach

The Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute for Administrators will take place at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort on June 25-27, 2008. Teachers, principals and district personnel are invited to participate to discuss a variety of topics about AP programs. This year's institute will focus on building equity in AP programs, teaching strategies and the relationship of the course to the AP Exam. For more information, please e-mail sro@collegeboard.org.


 

7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference
June 29 - July 2, 2008
Orlando

The Just Read, Florida! office is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference to be held June 29 - July 2, 2008 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

This year's Leadership Conference will also combine forces with the Division of K-12 Public Schools and the Office of Mathematics and Science to present a strand of curriculum sessions focusing on innovative best practices for K-12 curriculum and implementation of the new standards (in lieu of the annual fall K-12 Conference). This year's conference is expected to be the largest ever with an audience of more than 5,000 educators.

Registration and additional information on the conference is available at www.justreadflorida.com/conference/.


 
 
 
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