Social Studies Standards Available For Public Comment
Teacher Appreciation Week
Schools and communities throughout the state celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9. During the week, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith, Division of Public Schools Chancellor Frances Haithcock, State Board members, students, parents, and district personnel participated in events across the state to show appreciation to Florida's more than 170,000 teachers.
Events featured pep rallies, student performances and remarks by state and local officials. The Department also made available on its Web site Teacher Appreciation Week information and resources for teachers, parents and students at www.fldoe.org/JustForTeachers.
Presidential Award Honors Two Florida
Awardees are selected from mathematics and science teachers in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, with the competition alternating each year between kindergarten through sixth grade teachers and seventh through 12th grade teachers.
Each award recipient will receive a $10,000 educational grant to be used at his or her discretion over a three-year period, and an all expense-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to accept the certificate.
Lisa C. Peake is a chemistry teacher at Wesley
Chapel High School in Wesley Chapel, Fla. She has been teaching chemistry
since 2001. Nancy Cross has been teaching mathematics at Merritt Island
High School in Florida since 1998. She teaches analytical geometry and
liberal arts math.
Florida Celebrated First Ever Science Day
In support of Science Day, the Florida Association
of Science Teachers (FAST) and the Florida Association of Science Supervisors
(FASS) provided an award to the winners of each of the four selected lesson
plans. For more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_05_16.asp.
Florida Service-Learning Month
Summer Professional Development Staff Training
To bring Project NEST training to your team, call Marsha Hill at the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium at (386) 329-3808 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campaign Encourages Wearing Life Jackets
Seeds of Success
Rookie Teacher of the Year Awards
Each year, the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) recognizes outstanding new teachers throughout the district with the Rookie Teacher of the Year award. Candidates, who are nominated by their school, represent the commitment and achievement of (M-DCPS) exemplary beginning teachers.
Miami-Dade College/Educator Preparation Institute Participants
Who Are M-DCPS 2007-2008 Rookie Teacher of the Year Nominees:
The EPI assists school districts in the College's service area by offering an opportunity for non-education majors, who have a minimum of a bachelors degree, to become highly qualified teachers and obtain professional state teacher certification.
To qualify for the program, candidates must be engaged in their first year of teaching as either a full-time elementary, secondary or post-secondary school teacher; have demonstrated leadership capabilities through volunteer activities in the school and/or the community; have outstanding performance during the initial year of teaching (based on standards established by the school district); possess an outstanding ability to inspire the love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities; and demonstrate a strong commitment to creating a climate of caring and respect, conducive to effective teaching and learning.