March 20, 2009
Vol. 3, Issue 5
AT&T Giving Program to Benefit Florida Education
As part of its continued commitment to advancing education and strengthening communities, AT&T announced a giving program that will help Florida students. Through June 30, 2009, AT&T will donate a portion of its online, Florida wireless activation fees to the Florida Education Foundation (FEF). The proceeds will be used by FEF to advance educational excellence in Florida.
Florida residents can participate in the program by simply going online to www.att.com/forFloridaSchools or clicking on the AT&T banner on the FEF Web site at www.floridaeducationfoundation.org. For those who choose to take part in the program, AT&T will donate $18 per new postpaid customer activation with a two-year service agreement to the Florida Education Foundation at no extra charge to the customer. To learn more, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2009/2009_03_02.asp.
Voluntary Prekindergarten Prepares More Students for Success in Key Learning Areas
Florida Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith and Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation Interim Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo jointly announced more than 140,000 kindergarteners are better prepared for success in the classroom as a result of Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program. According to the 2007-08 VPK Readiness Rates, students who participated in some level of VPK last year were better prepared for Kindergarten than children who did not participate. To read more, visit http://www.fldoe.org/news/2009/2009_02_26.asp.
Statewide Public Service Announcement Contest On Human and Civil Rights
The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), Florida's state civil rights agency, celebrating its 40th anniversary, is holding a statewide Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest for high school students (grades 9-12) that will allow the students to create and record a video PSA regarding human and civil rights and what it means to them. This year’s topic: “Discrimination Through the Eyes of Our Youth” will allow students to explore discrimination issues of past and present. Complete contest information is available at http://fchr.state.fl.us/outreach/40th_anniversary_psa_contest.
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Hillsborough Community College Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Hillsborough Community College (HCC) with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. This is the third consecutive year that HCC has been recognized with a place on the Presidential Honor Roll in its three years of existence.
Edison State College President To Serve On Center for Educational Performance and Accountability (CEPA) Advisory Board
Edison State College President Kenneth Walker will serve on the Center for Educational Performance and Accountability (CEPA) Advisory Board. CEPA is a group within the Florida TaxWatch Research Institute, Inc. Their mission is to provide the citizens and public officials of Florida with high quality, independent research and education on a variety of issues.
Florida Community Colleges Recognized At Achieving the Dream Strategy Institute
Valencia Community College (VCC) was named the winner of the inaugural Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award during the Achieving the Dream Strategy Institute held in San Francisco. Community Colleges Count, a national initiative to help more community college students succeed, and the Lumina Foundation for Education, announced that VCC won for its unique execution of data-informed initiatives to close performance gaps among students from different ethnic and economic backgrounds. Tallahassee Community College also received special recognition for community engagement.
UNICEF Announces Competition for Young People to Participate in World Summit
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is seeking submissions from teams of young people aged 14 to 17 to participate in the Junior 8 (J8) Summit, a youth event convened this year in Italy and linked to the annual Group of 8 (G8) Summit.
The G8 Summit will be held in Sardinia, Italy, July 8-10, 2009, with the heads of state from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Participants in the J8 Summit will discuss topics on the G8 agenda ahead of the summit, and will take their recommendations to the leaders. The primary focus of this year’s J8 will be on climate change, HIV/AIDS, and poverty and development in the face of the global financial crisis.
Schools and youth groups across the nation are encouraged to recruit teams of four, aged 14 to 17 who will be selected based on their answers to a central question: “If you had the opportunity to tell world leaders what they should do to solve global problems, what would you say?”
Last year four high school students from Pleasanton, Calif., were chosen to represent the U.S. at the J8 Summit in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan. Nine participants of the Junior 8 Summit—eight representing G8 countries and one from the developing world were given the opportunity to represent their peers and meet face-to-face with G8 leaders to voice their concerns.
For more information on criteria and rules of the competition and to download a U.S. entry form please visit www.unicefusa.org/j8. Complete U.S. entries are due before 5:00 pm EST, March 30, 2009, and must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five Florida Schools Obtain Character Recognition
Congratulations to Aventura City of Excellence School, Wilton Manors Elementary School, Endeavour Elementary School, Sawgrass Lake Elementary School and Seminole Elementary School for being named among the State Schools of Character. The State Schools of Character (SSOC) competition is a way for schools and districts to receive recognition at the state level for exemplary character education programs.
Created in 2006 with a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the SSOC program has increased the number of outstanding schools and districts sharing best practices, localized the mentoring network among educators, and identified exemplary state sites to serve as models. To see the winners, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-24.asp.
Youth Advisory Board Grants Funds For Florida Service Learning Projects
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, supported by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, has announced that it will award $722,070 to several Florida organizations for youth-led, service-learning based projects. Congratulations to Manatee Technical Institute, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Flagler County Education Foundation, FAMU Honor Student Association, Leon County Schools and Volunteer USA Foundation. For more details, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-24-2.asp.
Brevard County School Receives National Recognition For Physical Education Program
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education announced Fairglen Elementary School in Cocoa, Fla., as one of the newest recipients of its STARS recognition for exemplary school physical education programs. Fairglen was one of only six schools in the United States chosen as a STARS school for 2009. For more on the story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-25.asp.
Rymfire Elementary School Named Apple Distinguished School
Flagler County Public School Rymfire Elementary has received the esteemed honor of being selected as an Apple Distinguished School. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that have implemented a 21st century vision of education using Apple technology. The selection of Rymfire Elementary School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative use of technology. For the full story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-26.asp.
Second International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education
Apr. 15-17, 2009
Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites
The music education faculty of the University of Florida School of Music will host a Symposium on Assessment in Music Education from April 15-17, 2009, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites in Gainesville, Fla. This symposium will focus on identifying and exploring effective assessment frameworks, models, and designs for the assessment of PreKindergarten through 12th grade and postsecondary music students and music programs. Keynote Speakers include Dr. Eric Smith, Florida Commissioner of Education, Dr. Richard Colwell, Dr. David Elliott and Dr. Edwin Gordon. For more details, visit http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/isame/.
Third Annual Prepárate Conference
April 23–24, 2009
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
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, and join colleagues throughout the country for two full days of sharing, learning, and connecting. For more information, visit http://www.collegeboard.com/preparate/.