News Slices:
2008 FCAT Writing+ Results Announced
Department of Education Applies For Federal Differentiated Accountability Pilot Program
Florida Receives International Reading Award
Florida Celebrates First Ever Math Day
Department Holds Third Annual Bullying Prevention Conference
Governor Crist Appoints Department of Education Chancellor to Biotech Task Force

Seeds of Success:
Florida PTA Announces 2007-2008 Reflections Recipients
Lee County Middle School Wins Odyssey of the Mind
Florida Sunshine State Scholars
Marion County Automotive Program Earns Nationally-Recognized Certification
Indian River Community College Wins Award From National Group
Oak Ridge High School Hotel Magnet Students Win National Title

Branching Out:
Florida Community College at Jacksonville’s Fifth Annual Patient Safety Conference
Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Administrators
Great Florida Teach-In
7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference

 


May 9, 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 10

News Slices

2008 FCAT Writing+ Results Announced
According to the 2008 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Writing+ results, a greater percentage of Florida students are writing at or above grade level. The percent of students in grades 4, 8 and 10 scoring at or above Achievement Level 3 on the Writing+ exam increased over the previous year. In addition, the majority of Florida’s fourth-, eighth- and 10th-graders continue to score 3.5 and above on the essay portion of the exam. This year’s results mirror Florida’s strong performance on the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Writing assessment.

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, parents may view their students’ scores via the FCAT Parent Network at www.fcatparentnetwork.com using the secure login and password provided by their school.


Department of Education Applies For Federal Differentiated Accountability Pilot Program
The Florida Department of Education has submitted its application for the differentiated accountability pilot program to the U.S. Department of Education. Announced in March by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, up to 10 states will be selected to create a tiered approach to address required interventions for Title I schools that do not meet Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. Florida’s proposal links state and federal accountability systems to identify schools that need focused preventive measures, those in need of more serious corrective action and those that require intensive intervention such as restructuring or closure. For more details, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_05_05-3.asp.



Florida Receives International Reading Award
Florida was announced as one of only two states to receive a Five-Star Policy Award from the International Reading Association (IRA) this year. The award is part of the IRA’s Five-Star Policy Recognition Program, which encourages states and provinces to adopt and implement policies that support effective literacy instruction for all children. Since the program’s inception in 2001, only eight states have earned the award.

Florida Celebrates First Ever Math Day
Schools across the state celebrated Florida’s first ever Math Day on May 1. Each school in the state was invited to teach a specific mathematics lesson based on the theme of financial literacy. More than 40 lesson plans were written and submitted by Florida teachers to be considered for the state Math Day lessons. Of the 40 submissions, four were chosen to represent lesson plans for the high school, middle school and elementary school levels.

The lesson plan winners are:
Grade 2: Mary Sims, Bluewater Elementary School, Okaloosa County, “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned”

Grade 5: Sarah Wright, Shalimar Elementary School, Okaloosa County, “Florida Food Round Up!”

Grade 7: Laura Brainard, Eau Gallie High School, Brevard County, “Let’s Go Shopping: Calculating Percents”

High School: Jenny Ellis, Palm Beach Gardens High School, Palm Beach County, “Buy Now, Pay Later? Caveat Emptor!”


Department Holds Third Annual Bullying Prevention Conference
The Florida Department of Education's Third Annual Bullying Prevention Conference sponsored by the Department, the Florida Institute of Education and the University of North Florida, provided participants with comprehensive information about the various forms of bullying, its causes and effective prevention strategies. More than 500 teachers, school administrators, counselors, state agency representatives, community leaders, law enforcement officials and parents attended the two-day conference.



Governor Crist Appoints Department of Education Chancellor to Biotech Task Force
Governor Charlie Crist announced that Florida Department of Education Chancellor of Workforce Education Lucy Hadi has been appointed to the Biotech Task Force for a term beginning April 17, 2008, and ending June 30, 2009. The Task Force has been assembled to study biotech competitiveness in the state.



Seeds of Success

Florida PTA Announces 2007-2008 Reflections Recipients
The Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) announced the 2007-2008 Reflections Recipients. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. The theme, “I can make a difference by…” encouraged students in preschool through grade 12 to submit works of art in six areas, including literature, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts. There were a total of 24 Florida Awards of Excellence recipients. To view the list of winners, visit the PTA site at www.floridapta.org/involved-reflections.htm.


Lee County Middle School Wins Odyssey of the Mind
Gulf Middle School students in Lee County won first place during the Odyssey of the Mind competition. Ashley Gosling, Cierra Harper, Kaylee Ludden, Katina White, Angela Minich and Kyle Bynoe were part of the Gulf Middle School team that will now attend the World Competition in Baltimore, Md., May 31 - June 3, 2008.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. For more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/04-14-2.asp.


Florida Sunshine State Scholars
The Sunshine State Scholars Program, a mathematics and science recognition program for high school seniors throughout Florida, announced its regional scholars for 2008. Created in 1998, the program provides the opportunity for every district in Florida to showcase its excellent student performance in mathematics and science. It is available to high school seniors, and represents an opportunity to recognize those students who excel in these subject areas. For the list of winners, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/04-15.asp.


Marion County Automotive Program Earns Nationally-Recognized Certification
Vanguard High School’s automotive training program has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Areas of certification include brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance and suspension and steering. For the full story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/04-17.asp.


Indian River Community College Wins Award From National Group
Indian River Community College (IRCC) has won recognition from a national education group for its successful efforts to enhance the college's culture to foster change. The first-place award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators recognizes outstanding ways to enhance the quality of higher education at two-year institutions in the United States. The entry, "Sustainable Change — It's About the Culture," was submitted by Christina Hart, an associate vice president at IRCC. For more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/04-18.asp.


Oak Ridge High School Hotel Magnet Students Win National Title
Student teams from around the country competed in the fifth annual National Lodging Management Competition sponsored by the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute. Oak Ridge High School in Orange County won first place in the competition held April 9 – 11, 2008, at the Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World. To read the full story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/04-23.asp.


Branching Out

Florida Community College at Jacksonville’s Fifth Annual Patient Safety Conference
June 5-6, 2008
Jacksonville

The Florida Community College at Jacksonville Department of Nursing is hosting the Fifth Annual Excellence in Patient Safety Conference June 5-6 at the Nathan H. Wilson Center, FCCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville.

The Patient Safety Conference is recommended for all health care practitioners, educators and students, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, various technicians and therapists in all specialties. For more information about the conference or details on pricing and accommodations, visit www.fccj.edu/patientsafetyconference or call (904) 766-6524.



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.


Great Florida Teach-In
June 26, 2008
Lakeland

The Great Florida Teach-In is a statewide job fair sponsored annually by the Department of Education. The Teach-In provides a convenient forum that enables educators seeking employment in Florida to obtain interviews with school and district personnel responsible for hiring teachers. The event is free to candidates who may either register in advance or on site.

To be eligible to attend the Teach-In, candidates must either hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or have an expected graduation date of no later than August 2008. Representatives of approximately 30 school districts and 20 charter schools will be in attendance. Additionally, private and public colleges and universities will also be available to promote their education programs.

For more information or to register, visit www.teachinflorida.com/Recruitment/GreatFloridaTeachIn/tabid/210/Default.aspx.



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 combine forces with 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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