News Slices:
Florida Schools Receive $147.1 Million for Outstanding Academic Performance
Department of Education Releases FCAT Science Lessons Learned Publication
Department of Education Appoints Regional Directors
16th Annual First Freedom Student Competition
Lake City Community College Receives National Science Foundation Grant
St. Petersburg College Offers Rare Orthotics, Prosthetics Program
NBA Star Al Jefferson Donates $25,000 to Miami Dade College’s North Campus
Program at Seminole Community College Awarded Grant

Seeds of Success:
Pinellas Teachers Receive Awards From State Developmental Disabilities Council
Brevard Public Schools Awarded Grant to Launch “Space Explorers” Program
Hillsborough Senior Honored by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Branching Out:
2008 Florida Prevention Conference & Suicide Prevention Symposium
Science Olympiad Coaches Conference
2008 Annual Convention of the Florida School Counselor Association
59th Annual Florida Counseling Association Conference
12th Annual Charter School Conference

 


September 26, 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 20

News Slices


Florida Schools Receive $147.1 Million for Outstanding Academic Performance
Approximately $147.1 million was distributed to 1,959 Florida schools in recognition of their academic achievement and improvement during the 2007-2008 school year. Based on the state’s school grading system, schools that either receive an “A” grade or improve at least one grade from the previous year are eligible to receive the recognition funds. Since the program began in 1999, Florida has awarded more than $1.129 billion in school recognition. For more on the story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_09_17.asp.



Department of Education Releases FCAT Science Lessons Learned Publication
The Florida Department of Education announced the release of FCAT Science Lessons Learned: 2003–2006 Data Analyses and Instructional Implications. The publication provides educators with detailed trend analyses of student performance on FCAT Science in Grades 5, 8, and 11. It includes summaries, observations, and statistical trends that provide a comprehensive study of student performance by grade. For more information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_09_23.asp.


Department of Education Appoints Regional Directors
The Department of Education announced the appointment of five Regional Executive Directors to oversee Florida’s Differentiated Accountability program. Each individual was chosen based on their record of success in leading school improvement and reform efforts. The directors will work collaboratively with school staff and district leadership to provide focused support to help meet federal and state proficiency goals. Nikolai Vitti will lead Region 1, which covers Northwest Florida; Leila Mousa will cover Region 2, Northeast Florida; Joseph Burke will oversee Region 3, Southeast Florida; Gail Daves will cover Region 4, Southwest Florida; and Jeffrey Fernandez will oversee Region 5, South Florida. For more details, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2008/2008_09_09.asp.


16th Annual First Freedom Student Competition
The Council for America's First Freedom announces the 16th annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay contest offers 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 award, as they examine the First Amendment and the history and relevance of religious freedom in America and the world today.

This year’s topic introduces students to George Washington’s famous statement about “mere” toleration in his 1790 letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport, R.I. Students will identify the basic principles of religious liberty espoused in this primary document and will further research and assess how well the United States has lived up to Washington’s ideal.

For guidelines, topic and registration, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and click on the red button under Council News. Student online registration is due by Nov. 24, 2008, with the postmark entry deadline on November 28.


Lake City Community College Receives National Science Foundation Grant
Lake City Community College was the only community college in the country out of 126 institutions nationwide to receive the National Science Foundation Noyce grant. The $483,000 grant encourages students to go into math and science teaching in low income school districts.


St. Petersburg College Offers Rare Orthotics, Prosthetics Program
Only 61 percent of those who need orthotics can find a qualified professional to help them. Working to change that problem is St. Petersburg College's Orthotics and Prosthetics program. Launched in 2005, it is one of only four in the country and the only one of its kind in the Southeast. Its board of advisers includes representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


NBA Star Al Jefferson Donates $25,000 to Miami Dade College’s North Campus
The Miami Dade College (MDC) Foundation was presented with a $25,000 check from Minnesota Timberwolves Center-Forward Al R. Jefferson to establish the Alvin Randolph Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the North Campus, in honor of his late father. The Alvin Randolph Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund will provide first-generation entrepreneurship and business students enrolled at MDC’s North Campus or the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center with need-based tuition scholarships.


Program at Seminole Community College Awarded Grant
Seminole Community College was recently awarded a $74,504 English Literacy and Civics Education Grant from the Florida Department of Education. The grant will be used to purchase supplemental texts, and to support classroom activities in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program.


Seeds of Success

Pinellas Teachers Receive Awards From State Developmental Disabilities Council
Three teachers from Kings Highway Elementary in Pinellas County received the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s 2008 “You Make a Difference” award. Teachers Cynthia Melendez, Vicki Alexiou and Arthurene Williams, were given the award based on their use of inclusive practices in their classrooms and schools. For more details, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/09-10-2.asp.


Brevard Public Schools Awarded Grant to Launch “Space Explorers” Program
Brevard Public Schools recently received special funding for some elementary students to explore the space outside their classrooms. Adult and Community Education and the School Age Child Care Programs will receive a state 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant totaling $1.8 million over five years. To learn more, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/09-10.asp.


Hillsborough Senior Honored by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) announced Maria Liliana Carrillo, a senior from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fla., as the recipient of the Academic Excellence and Leadership Award. The honor is part of SHPE’s Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards that annually recognizes the year's highest level of achievement in Hispanic engineering and sciences in several different categories.

Carrillo started the Hispanic Youth Voice of Tampa for high school students in 2005. The program provides bilingual community service and leadership opportunities. The Hillsborough senior is one of only two students in the country to receive the scholarship in the amount of $2,500. The scholarship may be used at a two or four-year accredited college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico for the 2009-10 academic year. Winners were selected based on academic merit, community service, and leadership.


Branching Out


2008 Florida Prevention Conference & Suicide Prevention Symposium
Symposium: September 30 - October 1; Conference: October 1 – 3
Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort
Orlando, Fla.


The Governor’s Office of Suicide Prevention – along with BayCare Life Management – are proud to present the state’s fourth annual Suicide Prevention Symposium on Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The symposium will include a wide variety of workshops designed to increase your knowledge, capacity and skills to respond early and effectively to suicidal ideation as well as effective strategies. For more information, visit http://www.meetingmasterminds.com/2008_suicide_prevention_symposium_brochure.pdf.


Science Olympiad Coaches Conference
Oct. 17-18, 2008
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Fla.


Whether you are new to Science Olympiad or a longtime coach who needs help preparing students for their events, the Coaches Conference is your answer to helping your team prepare for the regional, state, and national competitions. If you are not familiar with Science Olympiad, this is a great chance to find out how to incorporate the fun science activities into your classrooms in a way that will improve student achievement. For more details and to register, go to www.floridascienceolympiad.org and click on Coaches Conference.


2008 Annual Convention of the Florida School Counselor Association
Oct. 23-25, 2008
Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld
Orlando, Fla.


The most focused program in school counseling in Florida, the 2008 FSCA Convention will be delivered by thoughtful leaders from Florida and throughout the United States. The hottest and most relevant topics will be explored by leading industry advocates, state officials, counselor educators and, most importantly, professional school counselors!

For more information and to register, visit www.fla-schoolcounselor.org/convention2008.htm.


59th Annual Florida Counseling Association Conference
Nov. 13-15, 2008
The Plaza Resort & Spa
Daytona Beach, Fla.


The 59th Annual Florida Counseling Association Conference, Florida Counselors: Riding the Wave of Change, will be held November 13 - 15 in Daytona Beach at the Plaza Resort & Spa. For more information or to register, visit www.flacounseling.org.


12th Annual Charter School Conference
Nov. 20-21, 2008
DoubleTree Hotel
Orlando, Fla.


The 12th Annual Charter School Conference will be held November 20-21, at the DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. This year’s theme: “Charters: Providing Choice, Creating Change,” will enable those who are interested in the success of charter schools and the choice they give students in Florida an opportunity to learn firsthand about the importance of charter schools. For additional information, visit http://charterschoolconference.com/index.php.

 
 
 
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