May 15, 2009
Vol. 3, Issue 9
Teacher Appreciation Week Discounts Now Available
State and national businesses are offering significant discounts and promotions to Florida teachers in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Nearly 50 companies across the state have extended special offers ranging from museum and hotel coupons to retail and restaurant discounts.
Florida’s teacher appreciation discounts are available for viewing through the Department of Education’s Just for Teachers Web site, which was designed to provide teachers with valuable tools to help classroom instruction. The Web site features important information on other educational sites beneficial to all teachers and describes opportunities for professional development, as well as incentive programs offered throughout the state. Just for Teachers also issues a bi-monthly newsletter, sent via e-mail from Teacher Liaison Sheila Veatch, to keep Florida educators up-to-date on the latest state-level initiatives and programs. To see the discount list, visit http://www.fldoe.org/justforteachers/.
Florida Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated on May 15. Be sure to thank your teacher for their continued work to lead and motivate students each and every day.
Governor Charlie Crist Names Miami-Dade Public Schools Physical Education Coordinator “Point of Light”
Governor Crist recognized Dr. Jayne Greenberg of Miami-Dade Public Schools Physical Education Coordinator as a “Point of Light” in honor of Fitness/Nutrition Awareness Month.
For more than five years, Dr. Greenberg has helped South Florida become a community which cultivates a healthy environment for students with disabilities. She worked to raise funds for the purchase of 29 access dinghies and several kayaks to give youth with disabilities the opportunity to participate in boating and outdoor activities. As a result of her efforts, the Anchors Away Program in Miami-Dade County was adopted as a model program by the National Parks and Recreation Association. In addition, as physical education coordinator for Miami-Dade Public Schools, Dr. Greenberg helped more than 1,000 students with disabilities earn their Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.
Dr. Greenberg continuously promotes an active lifestyle among students throughout her community. As a result of her commitment and dedication to promoting healthy and active lifestyles for students in Florida, Dr. Greenberg has also been appointed by Governor Crist as a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.
Foundation Seeking Science and Math Teachers
The Council for Educational Change Teachers' Initiative is underway. Funded by the Helios Education Foundation, the Initiative is designed to develop and retain new secondary teachers in the critical subject areas of Science and Math. The program will serve teachers in the Tampa Bay area, starting with 10 Hillsborough schools. It is based on the best practices and experience of the Council's former program, the Teachers and Teaching Initiative, which had a 97 percent retention rate for new teacher participants, exceeding state and national averages. To learn more about this opportunity, visit http://www.changeeducation.com/.
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Language Arts Available for Public Comment
The proposed revisions to Florida’s Language Arts standards are now available for public comment at the Language Arts review Web site at http://etc.usf.edu/flstandards/index.html or http://tools.fcit.usf.edu/lasreview/.
The Office of Humanities in the Florida Department of Education invites you to rate each of the benchmarks and provide valuable feedback to the writers no later than Friday, June 26, 2009. If you would like to explore the resource materials from which these standards were derived, please review the Language Arts resources used by the framers and writers of the proposed standards at http://etc.usf.edu/flstandards/la/resources.html.
The Department of Education will hold two public hearings for Student Performance Standards – Language Arts (Rule 6A-1.09401). The first public forum will take place Tuesday, June 9, 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Seminole County School Board Room at the Educational Support Center, 400 East Lake Mary Blvd., Sanford.
The second public forum will be held in Tallahassee on Thursday, June 11, 5:30 – 7 p.m., in the Leon County School District, Howell Center, 3955 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee.
Brevard Community College Gets National Recognition
Brevard Community College (BCC) is being recognized for its community involvement with two national service awards.
BCC is the only community college in Florida to receive the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction. The award recognizes colleges and universities that support innovative and effective community service and service learning programs.
In a few weeks the school will get its second community service and service learning program award in less than six months. BCC is the recipient of the 2009 Service Learning and Civic Engagement Collaboration Service Learning Collaboration Award.
Valencia Professor To Lead Study Abroad Program in China
Deymond Hoyte, a business professor at Valencia Community College, has been selected as the lead instructor for a study abroad program at Shanghai Financial University in China from May 16-31, 2009. Eight Valencia students will accompany him on the trip.
Students will study China's economic, social and cultural impact due to globalization. The program also includes a study of the Chinese central bank and monetary system. Students will also participate in homestays, where they will live with a host family to learn more of the culture.
Chipola College Honors Mother and Daughter During Graduation
The Chipola College class of 2009 congratulated a mother and daughter who both earned their Associate in Arts degrees on May 7, 2009. Joyce Mitchell earned her second degree from the college. In 1971, she completed Chipola’s cosmetology program and worked for 18 years as a hair-dresser while caring for her daughter Cassie. Cassie, who was recognized at the graduation ceremony as one of Chipola’s top students, is a 2007 honor graduate from Sneads High School. She was named a Coca-Cola Finalist in the All-USA Academic Team competition and a member of the All-Florida First Team. She has been awarded $3,000 to continue her studies at Florida State University where she plans to major in Public Relations. Her mother Joyce has been taking courses one at a time since 1996, when she was hired as a college employee in Chipola’s Success Center. She hopes to eventually complete Chipola’s B.S. program in Middle School mathematics.
Indian River State College Vice-President Receives National Distinction
Mary G. Locke, Ph.D., Vice President/Provost of Instructional Services at Indian River State College, was recently recognized with the national 2009 Administrator Award of Distinction from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The Award recognizes college administrators throughout the nation for outstanding effectiveness in encouraging student scholarship, achievement, leadership and community service through participation in Phi Theta Kappa.
Osceola School to Test Touch Screen Table for Early Education
Apopka High School in Orange County will earn the distinction of becoming a national and state demonstration site for plant and plant tissue development. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a grant worth $46,915 to Apopka High’s agriculture program. Working in conjunction with the University of Florida's Agricultural Research Center, also located in Apopka, high school students will study the latest in plant tissue culturing. To learn more, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/04-15.asp.
Okaloosa Students Raise Money for Charity
Students in Okaloosa County elected "Teacher Homecoming King and Queen," pied a principal, held a gigantic garage sale and organized various other fundraisers to help raise more than $30,000 for The Children's Neighborhood.
The money raised by the schools will be used to support the children who stay in the group foster home, "Blessings House" and those in the emergency shelter nearby. It will be used to purchase food, clothing and school supplies. For more on the story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/04-29.asp.
Florida Virtual School Receives 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) joined other education leaders at the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2009 National Conference in St. Louis, Mo., where they were honored with the 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning. This is the fifth time the program has been recognized by USDLA in the past nine years.
Given annually by the USDLA, these prestigious awards acknowledge organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. The Awards highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies. For the full story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/04-30.asp.
Governor Crist Announces 2009 Sterling Award Recipients
Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Sterling Council announced that Tropic Isle Elementary School in Lee County is one of four organizations that will receive the prestigious Governor's Sterling Award for 2009.
The staff of Tropic Isle Elementary School, serving approximately 925 students in grades PreK-5 in Lee County Fla., were recognized for their dedication to excellence in the classroom. In addition to the Sterling Model, the school has also adopted the national Glasser Quality Model and its values that include listening, supporting, encouraging, respecting, trusting and accepting. For more information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/05-05.asp.
Polk Schools, Central Florida Aerospace Academy Receive $1.4 Million NASA Grant
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Polk Public Schools a $1.4 million education grant to enhance Kathleen High School’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy, an aviation-oriented high school/career academy located on the campus of the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.
The NASA grant program awarded a total of $11.5 million to public school districts, state-based education initiatives and not-for-profit education organizations across the country. Polk received the largest grant award at $1.4 million. For the full story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/05-05-2.asp.
Three Florida Educators Recognized for Innovative Leadership at National Conference
Three Florida educators received major awards in recognition of their leadership in educational innovation. Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Superintendent of Okaloosa County Schools, Linda Terranova, Principal of Western Academy Charter School in Royal Palm Beach, and Shelly Docherty, Intermediate CHILD Mathematics Specialist Teacher at Glendale Elementary School in Vero Beach received awards at the Project CHILD National Conference held in Orlando in April. The event is hosted annually by the Institute for School Innovation and was attended by educators from around the country. To read more, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/05-06.asp.
NASDTEC Annual Conference
May 31 – June 3, 2009
Hyatt Regency Riverfront
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) 81st Annual Conference, Shifting Sands: Sculpting the New Face of Education, is designed to highlight the changes expected as the new administration begins its efforts to fulfill pledges to reshape public education in the United States. In addition to general sessions, the conference will provide breakout sessions, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities focusing on the areas of Educator Preparation, Certification, Professional Standards and Practices, Program Approval, Technology, and Leadership.
All those interested in the preparation and certification of teachers and other educators are invited to attend. Teacher educators, school superintendents, personnel directors, and others will benefit from the current, up-to-date knowledge provided in matters relating to professional standards and practices and the preparation or certification of professional school personnel. For additional information or to register for the conference, please visit the NASDTEC Web site at http://www.nasdtec.com/.
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification is dedicated to licensing well-prepared, safe and wholesome educators for our nation's schools. NASDTEC represents professional standards boards, commissions and state departments of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Educational Activity, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario, which are responsible for the preparation, licensure and discipline of educational personnel. Associate members include Canadian provinces and representatives of other constituent groups with an interest in the preparation and certification of educational personnel.
2009 SACS CASI Summer Conference
June 15-16, 2009
The Florida Hotel & Conference Center
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
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/.