News Slices:
Two Florida Schools Inducted Into the Prestigious Schools to Watch Program
Community College Month Kicks Off With Recognition of Florida’s Outstanding College System Students
Seminole Community College Student Named To All-USA First Team
Pasco-Hernando Community College Students Named As National Finalists By Coca-Cola
College President Wants To Lead Way In Human Trafficking Fight
Grant Opportunities Available
English Language Learners Learning Module

Seeds of Success:
National Foundation To Award Grants To Outstanding Music Programs
Community Service Grants Awarded to Florida Schools
Palatka Students Reach Goal of Reading Sunshine State Young Reader Award Books

Branching Out:
Third Annual Prepárate Conference
2009-2010 No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance Forum
FASD Spring Forum Focuses on Technology in Support of High Quality Professional Development
2009 SACS CASI Summer Conference
Florida School Counselor Association 2009 Annual Convention

 


April 17, 2009

Vol. 3, Issue 7


News Slices


Two Florida Schools Inducted Into the Prestigious Schools to Watch Program
Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith announced that two Florida middle schools have been selected into the 2008-09 Schools to Watch® program in recognition of their commitment to academic excellence and student development. Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Orlando and Jeaga Middle School in West Palm Beach, will be showcased nationally during the annual Schools to Watch conference, to be held June 25 - 27 in Washington, D.C. For the full story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2009/2009_04_02-2.asp.


Community College Month Kicks Off With Recognition of Florida’s Outstanding College System Students
In recognition of Community College Month, Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith, Community Colleges Chancellor Willis N. Holcombe and college presidents honored the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team on April 2. This year’s team consists of 92 outstanding students representing Florida’s 28 state, community and junior colleges, one independent college and one independent university.

The students were recognized during an awards ceremony held at Florida State University followed by a tour of the Capitol and special acknowledgment by the Florida Legislature and other state leaders. As part of the awards ceremony, team members were presented with PTK medallions and certificates. To learn more, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2009/2009_04_02.asp.


Seminole Community College Student Named To All-USA First Team
Seminole Community College (SCC) honors student Trishelle Copeland-Johnson is the College’s first to be named to USA Today’s All-USA First Team – and the only Florida student to receive the honor this year. The Apopka woman is also SCC’s first student to be named a New Century Scholar.

New Century Scholars are the top scorers from each of the 50 states in the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team program. Copeland-Johnson, 20, has been named to the All-Florida First Team.


Pasco-Hernando Community College Students Named As National Finalists By Coca-Cola
Two Pasco-Hernando Community College students have been named as national finalists in the 2009 Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team. These students are D’Angelo Ferguson, of Spring Hill, and Katherine Young, of Royal Highlands. As finalists, they will each receive a check for $1,000. Ferguson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society and founding member and vice president of Men of Excellence student organization and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Ferguson is pursuing an Associate in Science degree in computer networking.


College President Wants To Lead Way In Human Trafficking Fight
St. Petersburg College (SPC) President Carl Kuttler wants his college to lead the way in fighting human trafficking. Kuttler recently met with Nobel Prize winner Betty Williams in Tallahassee to discuss how SPC can help in this endeavor. Williams, a native of Northern Ireland and president of the World Centers of Compassion for Children and chairperson of the Institute for Asian Democracy, is best known for denouncing violence and war. Williams is also working to end human trafficking in women and children.

Kuttler envisions a program, working in conjunction with the college's public safety study curriculum that offers a specialization in gangs. Kuttler said thinking creatively, forming partnerships and being open to new ways of doing things have made the college an example to others across the United States.


Grant Opportunities Available
Jobs for Florida’s Graduates (JFG) has announced grant opportunities to directly benefit classrooms in the area of Middle School Career Exploration, High School, Out of School - School to Career and Life skills.

Applications for Career Exploration JFG Middle School Programs must commit to help students stay in school and transition into high school; improve their academic performance, school behavior, attendance, participation and self-esteem.

Applications for In-School or Out of School - School to Career Program must commit to keeping students in school through graduation and transitioning successfully into an entry-level job, enrollment into post secondary education and/or military service.

JFG is a private, non-profit organization established in 1998 by the Florida State Legislature, with a mission to identify students who face barriers to education, and to guide each one on to a successful path toward continued education, a meaningful career, and productive adulthood. Application deadline is April 29, 2009. To learn more information, visit http://jfg.wiki.zoho.com/.


English Language Learners Learning Module
The Department of Education (DOE) Office of Early Learning released the English Language Learners in the VPK Classroom learning module in February 2008. Over the past year, the Department has received numerous questions regarding the awarding of a certificate and/or continuing education units (CEU’s) from participants who had successfully completed the learning module. As a result of a collaborative effort with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), participants may now register for a small fee to attend the English Language Learners in the VPK Classroom as a course via DCF’s Web site at https://training01-dcf.myflorida.com/dcf/cct/inf0001.html. Those participants who successfully complete the course and online assessment will receive a Certificate of Completion. CEU’s are also available for the English Language Learners in the VPK Classroom course through DCF.

For additional information regarding the English Language Learners in the VPK Classroom course, please contact Erika Hall at (850) 245-9674 or via e-mail at Erika.Hall@fldoe.org. For additional information regarding CEU’s for the English Language Learners in the VPK Classroom course, please feel free to contact Tara Orlowski at (850) 921–4713 or via e-mail at Tara_Orlowski@dcf.state.fl.us.


Seeds of Success

National Foundation To Award Grants To Outstanding Music Programs
Two Florida schools will soon be awarded grants to support their music programs. Sabal Elementary in Melbourne, Fla., and Golden Gate Middle School in Naples, Fla., will receive new and refurbished musical instruments from Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The Foundation helps under-served schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music.

In the last 12 years, new and refurbished instruments with a value of approximately $5 million have been donated to more than 852 school and community music programs across the country. To learn more, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/03-25.asp.


Community Service Grants Awarded to Florida Schools
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is awarding service grants of up to $10,000 each to 17 SkillsUSA chapters for innovative projects or enhancements within their communities. Of the 17 schools selected from across the country to receive these grants, three were selected in Florida. More than 200 applicants were in this category. Congratulations to the following winners: North Marion High School, Citra, Fla.; Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, Fla.; and Technical Education Center Osceola, Kissimmee, Fla.

For more on the story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/03-31.asp.


Palatka Students Reach Goal of Reading Sunshine State Young Reader Award Books
The 5th grade class at Kelley Smith Elementary School in Palatka, Fla., set a goal for the year to accomplish the unthinkable. Teacher Tonya Humphries and her 22 students decided they were to read all 15 Sunshine State Young Reader Award books. All of the students committed to achieving the goal, and just recently, they were able to do just that!

Congratulations to Ms. Humphries and the students at Kelley Smith Elementary for achieving this accomplishment.


Branching Out


Third Annual Prepárate Conference
April 23–24, 2009
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Orlando, Fla.


Gain effective strategies to better prepare Latino students for college success. Become part of the national agenda focused on raising the academic expectations for Latino students by registering for Prepárate. Participants will join colleagues throughout the country for two full days of sharing, learning, and connecting. For more information, visit http://www.collegeboard.com/preparate/.


2009-2010 No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance Forum
April 28-30, 2009
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Daytona Beach, Fla.


The 2009-2010 Florida Department of Education No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Technical Assistance Forum will be held April 28–30, 2009, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Daytona Beach, Fla. Sponsored by the Florida Association of State and Federal Education Program Administrators and the East Coast Technical Assistance Center, the meeting will provide programmatic assistance to Local Educational Agency (LEA) program coordinators who implement federal programs and the staff responsible for entering the application into the online system for a variety of Titles I, II, III, IV, VI and X federal grant applications.

Those involved in the completion of these applications should attend the technical assistance meeting, including consolidated LEA contacts, grant writers, program contacts, etc. For more details, visit http://www.fldoe.org/NCLB/2008nclbta_site.asp.


FASD Spring Forum Focuses on Technology in Support of High Quality Professional Development
May 4-5, 2009
Melbourne Beach, Fla.


The Spring Forum for the Florida Association for Professional Development will take place at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, Indialantic, Fla., May 4 - 5, 2009. Individuals who develop, implement or support professional learning to increase student performance are invited to participate in this engaging program. The focus will be integrating technology as a method of enhancing delivery, implementation support and impact assessment. For more information, visit www.fasdonline.org and follow the Spring Forum links.


2009 SACS CASI Summer Conference
June 15-16, 2009
The Florida Hotel & Conference Center
Orlando, Fla.


The 2009 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) Summer Conference will be held June 15-16, 2009 at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, Fla. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about school improvement, accreditation Processes, preparation for the SACS CASI Quality Assurance Review (QAR) team visit, and qualifying for a QAR team. To register or to learn more, visit www.advanc-ed.org/florida.


Florida School Counselor Association 2009 Annual Convention:
Oct. 29 - 31, 2009
Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld
Orlando, Fla.


The most focused program in school counseling in Florida, the 2009 Florida School Counselor Association 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. To learn more or to reserve your hotel, visit http://www.fla-schoolcounselor.org/.

 
 
 
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