News Slices:
Florida Is One of Six States Selected To Implement Federal School Improvement Pilot Program
Seventh Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference Draws Largest Crowd Ever
Florida Receives $18 Million GEAR UP Grant
FLVS Courses Open for Enrollment
Women’s Initiative Enlists First-Ever Case Manager for Homeless Students in Volusia County

Seeds of Success:
Florida Council on Economics Education Recognizes Economics Teacher of the Year
Florida Students Take Top Prizes During National History Day
Middle School Receives Prestigious National Environmental Education Award
Valencia Community College Student Wins National Awards

Branching Out:
2008 Juvenile Justice Education Institute and Southern Conference On Corrections

 


July 3, 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 14

News Slices


Florida Is One of Six States Selected To Implement Federal School Improvement Pilot Program
Florida is one of six states selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s differentiated accountability pilot program. The pilot program allows Florida to create a tiered approach to address required interventions for Title I schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act for two or more years. Florida’s selection into the program is based on a proposal that 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 the full story, visit www.fldoe.org.


Seventh Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference Draws Largest Crowd Ever
More than 5,000 reading coaches, literacy experts, educators, school administrators and state and national leaders converged at the seventh annual Just Read, Florida! Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., to share best practices and the latest in reading instructional strategies. This year’s attendance marked the largest crowd ever for the event, surpassing last year’s total by more than 600 attendees. Dignitaries participating in the conference included Governor Charlie Crist, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair, Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith, Public Schools Chancellor Dr. Frances Haithcock, and Just Read, Florida! Executive Director Dr. Evan Lefsky.


Florida Receives $18 Million GEAR UP Grant
Beginning this fall, low-income students at nine schools in four Florida school districts will have an exciting new opportunity to prepare for postsecondary education. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded an $18 million GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant to Florida to support early college awareness and readiness for low-income students. For more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org.


FLVS Courses Open for Enrollment
Students are encouraged to enroll today to secure their seat in online courses at Florida Virtual School. Although rolling enrollment at FLVS allows students to pick up a course in the middle of the school year, early enrollment can help jumpstart the next school year. FLVS offers middle and high school students access to more than 90 courses, including honors to 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. FLVS courses are accepted for credit and are transferable. Florida Virtual School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and courses are NCAA approved. FLVS also offers AP Exam reviews in April, even for students who did not take the course through FLVS. Additional information and enrollment process is online at www.flvs.net.


Women’s Initiative Enlists First-Ever Case Manager for Homeless Students in Volusia County
At the start of the 2008-09 school year, homeless students and their families in Volusia County will have a new resource for finding and accessing available support and aid. The new Homeless Children Case Manager will work in conjunction with the Volusia County school system, and under the direction of the Volusia/Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless, to offer support to the more than 1,800 homeless students identified in Volusia County. For more information, contact (386) 253-0563, or visit www.ThePowerOfThePurse.org.


Seeds of Success

Florida Council on Economics Education Recognizes Economics Teacher of the Year
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) teacher Patricia Sibson received the 2008 Economic Educator of the Year for her leadership in teaching economics for more than 15 years. The Florida Council on Economics Education awarded Ms. Sibson for her enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring. Since teaching at FLVS, she sponsored teams for the Florida Stock Market game for more than a decade, and has served as a curriculum writer of the FLVS online economics class.

The award is based on demonstrated leadership in financial literacy, free enterprise and economic education over a sustained period of time.


Florida Students Take Top Prizes During National History Day
Florida students were honored during the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, June 15–19. Florida’s delegation of 58 students participated in the largest turnout ever recorded for the national competition.

Seven Florida entries were finalists in the competition, which awards prizes to the top three entries in each division and category.

Nicholas Gupta, a student at Gulf Breeze Middle School in Gulf Breeze (Santa Rosa County), earned first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category for his entry, “The Munich Compromise: Acts of Desperation and Deception.”

Kieran Wilson, a student at Tuskawilla Middle School in Oviedo (Seminole County), received the Junior Division Outstanding State Award for his historical paper, “Protecting the River of Grass: Conflicts and Compromises Over the Everglades.”

The Senior Division Outstanding State Award was presented to Andrew Clark, Doug Nesvik, and Amanda Patton for their senior group performance titled, “Eyeball to Eyeball: The Conflict and Compromise of the Cuban Missile Crisis.”

For the complete list of Florida winners, visit the National History Day Web site at www.nhd.org/ud/php/entryResultsByStatePublic.php?cid=8#FL.


Middle School Receives Prestigious National Environmental Education Award
The Wakulla County School District is a co-recipient of the 2007 Coastal America Partnership Award. Superintendent David Miller and Riversprings Middle School Principal Dod Walker accepted the plaque and letter on behalf of the school from President George W. Bush acknowledging their involvement in the award-winning Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) program. For more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/06-26.asp.


Valencia Community College Student Wins National Awards
Valencia Community College graphic-design student Charles Caldwell in Orlando received two ADDY Awards in the national student advertising competition hosted by the American Advertising Federation this year.

Caldwell won a Student Gold ADDY for his ad campaign, "Go Hybrid Power." The series depicts a hybrid car that leaves a grass tire-mark trail wherever it goes. Caldwell also won a Student Silver ADDY for an interactive folded brochure that he created for Go Hybrid Power.


Branching Out


2008 Juvenile Justice Education Institute and Southern Conference On Corrections
July 29-31, 2008
Tampa


The 11th Annual Juvenile Justice Education Institute and Southern Conference on Corrections will be held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa, Fla., July 29-31, 2008. The Institute will provide important information concerning research, policy, and practice in the areas of juvenile justice, education, and corrections. The three-day conference will include workshops representing national, state, and local experts as well as evidence-based practices in juvenile justice education.

To register for the conference, go to www.criminologycenter.fsu.edu/jjeep.


 
 
 
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