February 27, 2009
Vol. 3, Issue 4
State Board of Education Chairman To Help Prevent Dropouts
State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair was recently appointed to a national task force for dropout prevention. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) chose Fair to serve as part of a 17-member panel to study and recommend innovative policy and partnership solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis.
In partnership with Communities in Schools, the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, the study group will meet during the coming year to examine high school dropout issues with direct implications for state boards of education and other national, state, and local education policymakers. In particular, the group will explore the diverse reasons students drop out of school and the role schools, communities, families and businesses can play in supporting students to stay in school.
Students “Power Up” For National School Breakfast Week
Florida is encouraging students to “Power Up! With School Breakfast” March 2-6, 2009, in recognition of National School Breakfast Week. This year’s theme features a team of superheroes who show students the importance of eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast every day.
Students are invited to join the School Breakfast Superheroes throughout the week on a morning adventure as they band together to rescue hungry kids from the plague of the Breakfast Skipper. Mr. Breakfast, Crunch, Fruit Avenger, Yogirl, Susie Powers the Sandwich Sensei and their trusty sidekick Eggbot will unite to educate students about the health and academic benefits of starting their day with a balanced school breakfast. To learn about food and nutrition in Florida schools, visit http://www.fldoe.org/FNM/.
Governor Crist Celebrates Black History Month, Recognizes Student and Teacher Contest Winners
On the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, Governor Charlie Crist hosted a group of more than 200 community leaders, educators and students at the Governor’s Mansion to celebrate Black History Month.
The Governor honored three outstanding African-American educators with the Excellence in Education Award for their contributions to education in Florida. These individuals were nominated for the honor by students and peers, and each received an award check for $1,500 plus a $250 gift certificate from Scholastic for educational materials.
Congratulations to the following Excellence in Education award winners:
- Dwana Styles – Escambia High School in Pensacola, 12th grade, economics and American government
- Darryl B. Baker – Miami Springs Middle School in Miami Springs, 6th and 7th grades, gifted world geography and gifted civics
- Patricia Fairclough – Air Base Elementary School in Homestead, 2nd grade
Three student essay-contest winners and three art-contest winners were also announced. Winners of the art contest received a $250 gift card, and essay-contest winners received a four-year college scholarship from Florida Prepaid College Plans plus a $50 gift certificate from Scholastic for educational materials.
Congratulations to the following student art-contest winners:
- Myles McCants – Bethune Academy in Haines City, 1st grade.
- Jack Veatch – Chaires Elementary in Tallahassee, 3rd grade.
Congratulations to the following student essay-contest winners:
- Morgan Smith – Nap Ford Community School in Ocoee, 5th grade.
- Terrance Hudson – Powell Middle School in Brooksville, 7th grade.
- Kiandra Brown – Wekiva High School in Apopka, 10th grade.
Former New Jersey Governor To Discuss Nuclear Energy
One of the country’s most respected leaders on environmental and energy issues, former New Jersey Governor and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, will visit Miami Dade College’s Homestead Campus (MDC) on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, to discuss the benefits of nuclear energy, its impact on air quality, and the economy. The seminar is being presented by the School of Computer and Engineering Technologies, and is free and open to the public. For more details, visit the MDC Web site at http://www.mdc.edu/main/.
Chipola Math Professor Named to National Review Board
Chipola College associate professor of mathematics Dr. Irma Cruz-White was recently appointed to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Program Reviewers. NCATE is the teaching profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education. Members of NCATE’s Board of program reviewers help to provide consistent policies for high-quality, rigorous reviews that the profession demands.
Florida Keys Community College’s Virtual Campus Booms
The unprecedented enrollment growth at Florida Keys Community College is being augmented by more students taking advantage of the College’s rapidly growing online learning options. In just one year, enrollment in online courses grew an astounding 140 percent. Enrollment in hybrid classes, which combines face-to-face instruction with a web-based component, grew by 120 percent. Over the past year, the number of online courses grew 75 percent, and the number of hybrid classes grew 53 percent.
14th Annual Children's Week
Children’s Week is an awareness campaign to promote important children’s issues. This year, Children’s Week will take place March 29 - April 5, 2009, with a Children’s Capitol for a Day rally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 in Tallahassee. Hundreds of community events and activities in all 67 counties will take place through April - each designed to promote the health, safety, and well-being of children and families in Florida. This year’s Children’s Week activities will focus on the anticipated impact of severe budget cuts to vital programs for Florida’s youth. To learn more about Children’s Week or to find activities in your area, visit childrensweek.org.
Seminole County High School Students Win 2008 No Boundaries National Competition
Lyman High School Aerospace students won the 2008 No Boundaries National Competition, a USA TODAY education initiative in partnership with NASA which encourages students to explore future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The competition encourages team-centered project-based learning and targets students in grades seven through 12. For more on the story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-05.asp.
Central Florida Students Receive Grand Prize in Earth Day Challenge
Thousands of dollars worth of digital arts technology and a workshop for up to 60 students was awarded to University High School in Orange County. Seniors Christine Pritchard and Chernai Hanks took the $25,000 grand prize in the 2008 Mobile Learning Institute (MLI) Earth Day Challenge at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in January. To read the full story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-05-2.asp.
Florida Teachers Awarded NASA Fellowships
The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards one-year fellowships to educators annually. This year, 10 of the 40 recipients were Florida educators. Congratulations to the following teachers selected for this award:
Jennifer Diaz, Irving and Beatrice Peskoe Elementary, Homestead
To learn more about the NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate project, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-11.asp.
Julie Gabrovic, Wekiva Elementary, Longwood
Christopher Harvey, Edward H. White High School, Jacksonville
Christina Hill, Azelea Middle School, St. Petersburg
Amy Lund, Oakland Park Elementary, Oakland Park
Tara Powers, Rosenwald School, Altamonte Springs
Lesa Roe, Leesburg Elementary, Leesburg
Amber Thibedeau, Sunrise Elementary, Palm Bay
Michelle Tucker, Castle Creek Elementary, Orlando
Marc Turull, Oak Hammock K-8, Port Saint Lucie
Cape Coral Middle School Wins National Student Crew Contest
Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral, Fla., recently won a $2,000 shopping spree for books through the Fall 2008 National Student Crew Contest. Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, will also visit the winning school as part of the prize package. The National Student Crew Contest encourages schools to plan and conduct successful book fair events and reading. For more on the story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-12.asp.
Alachua County School Wins State Culinary Competition
A team of students from Eastside High School in Alachua County took top honors in the state’s premier culinary competition. Under the direction of Chef Billie DeNunzi, the students from Eastside’s Institute of Culinary Arts won first place in the Florida ProStart Invitational, which is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant Association. Twelve Eastside students competed and each one came back with medals and college scholarships totaling nearly $300,000. For the full story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/02-13.asp.
Florida Healthy Kids Announces Winners of Statewide PSA Contest
High school juniors Luke and David Consolo from Osceola County School for the Arts received the top award during the Florida Healthy Kids statewide “Act Out for Health” Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest. The winning video PSA is scheduled to air on Comcast Cable in the spring. The two brothers attended the awards ceremony with their teacher, Patricia Calderon, and Principal Jeannette Rivers. Dylan Jones, a senior at Cypress Lake High School in Ft. Myers, won the top prize in the print ad category. The Consolo brothers will share a $5,000 scholarship, and they each received a $400 Best Buy gift card. Florida Healthy Kids also donated $3,500 to their school. Jones also won a $5,000 scholarship and received a $350 Best Buy gift card. Her school received a $3,050 donation from Florida Healthy Kids.
Clinical Educator Trainer Preparation (CET)
March 17 – 19, 2009
The Clinical Educator Trainer Preparation is a newly revised program that prepares trainers to deliver modules to develop clinical skills for assisting teachers in both the classroom and student service settings. Areas addressed by this program include diagnosing performance of educators and students, providing feedback on professional performance, and preparation and implementation of professional development plans.
A prerequisite for attending this trainer preparation session is previous completion of the Clinical Education Training (Participant Level) for supervising teachers. This first level of training is provided at the school district level. It is required for all district personnel and teachers, (including school psychologists, guidance counselors and school social workers), who supervise or direct teacher preparation students during field experience courses or final internships.
Registration for the workshop may be completed online at http://data.fldoe.org/register/prodev/. These sessions fill up rapidly, so early registration is advisable. Due to the nature of the training, a limited number of participants will be accepted.
The training will be held at the Leon County School District Aquilina C. Howell Instructional and Services Center Board Conference Room, 3955 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32304.
If you would like additional information about the program, please contact Dr. Judy Etemadi, by telephone at (850) 245-0694, or via e-mail at email@example.com. In addition, you may also visit the following Web site at http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/clined.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/.