News Slices:
Department of Education Recognizes Three Florida Institutions For Innovation In Best Practices
Pensacola Junior College (PJC) Practical Nursing Program Ranks Number One In Nation
Polk Community College Professor Appointed to National Honors Council
Department Announces New Division of Community Colleges Associate Vice Chancellor for Evaluation

Seeds of Success:
Department Honors Homeless Education Award Recipients
Florida Science Finalists for the K-6 2008 Presidential Award For Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Announced
Hillsborough County Student Selected As State Wendy's High School Heisman Award Winner
Middle School Teacher Wins Distinguished Educator Award
History Teacher Honored With Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher Award

Branching Out:
2009 Effective Strategies Institute & Florida Summit

 


December 5, 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 25

News Slices


Department of Education Recognizes Three Florida Institutions For Innovation In Best Practices
Three of Florida’s postsecondary institutions were honored by the Florida Department of Education for their achievements in innovation and best practices among Florida’s college systems. Miami-Dade College, Manatee Community College and Indian River State College were recognized by Dr. Will Holcombe, Chancellor for the Department’s Division of Community Colleges, for their outstanding efforts in the areas of academic affairs, workforce education and student affairs. The awards were presented during the 59th Annual Florida Association of Community Colleges Convention in Orlando.

The 2008 award winners are as follows:

Academic Affairs: Miami Dade College
Program Honored: Math & Reading: Creating Synergy
The program uses innovative methods that teach students to apply math and reading skills learned in class to answer real-world concerns.

Student Affairs: Manatee Community College
Program Honored: Jump In High School Senior Spring Break Event
The program streamlines the admissions process for graduating high school seniors, providing them with the support and information necessary to make a smooth transition to Manatee Community College.

Workforce Education: Indian River State College
Program Honored: Adult Education to College Transitioning & Success Fair
The fair encourages adult education students to enter postsecondary programs and help them become aware of the opportunities Indian River State College can offer.


Pensacola Junior College (PJC) Practical Nursing Program Ranks Number One In Nation
In a recent national review, the Pensacola Junior College practical nursing program ranked number one out of all 1,036 programs across the nation.

PJC’s practical nursing program earned a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nursing, according to NCLEX® Program Reports.


Polk Community College Professor Appointed to National Honors Council
Polk Community College’s (PCC) Greg Harris, professor of Psychology and Social Science, has been appointed to serve on a committee with the National Collegiate Honors Council. As a representative of the Honors Semesters Committee, he will represent PCC on a national level for honors programs.


Department Announces New Division of Community Colleges Associate Vice Chancellor for Evaluation
Dr. John Hughes has recently joined the Florida Department of Education Division of Community Colleges as Associate Vice Chancellor for Evaluation. His responsibilities include handling data requests, conducting research evaluations and program reviews, coordinating with internal and external research partners, and helping inform policy decisions using appropriate data. Dr. Hughes holds his Ph.D. in political science and research methodology from the University of Florida.


Seeds of Success

Department Honors Homeless Education Award Recipients
The Florida Department of Education Homeless Education Program would like to congratulate the individuals and school districts for their outstanding service to children and youth experiencing homelessness during the 2007-2008 school year. The Florida Homeless Education Awards were presented at a special ceremony during the Florida Migrant and Homeless Education State Conference in Naples, Fla. Following are the award winners:

Outstanding Florida Homeless Education Program Award
Broward County Public Schools
Dianne Sepielli, Senior Project Coordinator, Homeless and Character Education Programs

Outstanding Florida Homeless Education Liaison Award
Kathy Wiggins, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Outstanding Florida Homeless Education Support Services Personnel Award
Barbara Barry, Orange County Public Schools

Outstanding Florida Transportation and Homeless Education Programs Collaboration Award
School District of Palm Beach County
Ann Faraone, Homeless Education Liaison
Yevole Falana, Transportation Director
Charlotte Aiken, Special Projects Coordinator

Outstanding Florida Homeless and Migrant Education Programs Collaboration Award
District School Board of Collier County
Karen Morgan, Local Education Liaison
Earl Wiggins, Migrant Coordinator

Outstanding Florida Homeless Education Media Presentation Award
Kayla O'Brien, 11th Grade Student, Hollywood Hills High School
Broward County Public Schools


Florida Science Finalists for the K-6 2008 Presidential Award For Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Announced
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This year, three Florida teachers have been recognized as finalists for the award: Michelle Ferro from West Melbourne Elementary School for Science in Brevard County, Jeanne Neff from Arbor Ridge School in Orange County and Wendy Shelden from Ralph M. Williams Elementary School in Brevard County. For the full story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/11-10-2.asp.


Hillsborough County Student Selected As State Wendy's High School Heisman Award Winner
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award was introduced in 1994, and recognizes student scholar athletes and their accomplishments. This year, Lauren Verbosky from East Bay High School in Hillsborough County was selected as a state winner. The Wendy’s High School Heisman National Award winner will be selected from among the state winners. For more on the story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/11-12.asp.


Middle School Teacher Wins Distinguished Educator Award
Jane Feber, language arts teacher at Mandarin Middle School in Jacksonville, received the National Middle School Association's (NMSA) Distinguished Educator Award. This award recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education, and identifies those who have made a significant impact on the lives of young adolescents through leadership, vision, and advocacy. Jane received the award at the annual NMSA conference in Denver, Colorado.


History Teacher Honored With Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher Award
Matt Susin, history teacher at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School in Brevard County received The Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher Award at the recent Florida Council for Social Studies (FCSS) state conference. This award recognizes and celebrates the enthusiasm beginning teachers bring to the social studies profession. Educators who have taught for three years or less may be nominated for this award.
The state awards committee recognized Susin’s innovative teaching, hands-on student activities, leadership at his school and community involvement.


Branching Out


2009 Effective Strategies Institute & Florida Summit
Jan. 12-16, 2009
Belleview Biltmore Hotel & Spa
Clearwater, Fla.


The 2009 Effective Strategies Institute & Florida Summit will be held Jan. 12-16, 2009, at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel & Spa in Clearwater, Fla. The Summit will bring governmental leaders, business leaders, child advocates, school administrators, community-based and faith-based organizations, students and parents together to develop workable solutions and action plans for improving Florida’s graduation rate. The event is sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC), the Florida Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers of Florida, the University of Florida, America’s Promise Alliance, and State Farm Insurance.

To register and submit proposals for presentation, visit the National Dropout Prevention Center Web site at http://www.dropoutprevention.org/ndpcdefault.htm.

 
 
 
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