Hillsborough County Bus Driver Wins Literacy Award
Timothy Driggers, a school bus driver with Hillsborough County Schools, was honored with the Celebrate Literacy Award for implementing a literacy program on his school bus. The annual award is given by the Hillsborough County Council of Parent Teachers’ Associations/Parent Teacher Student Associations (PTA/PTSA) and the Hillsborough County Council of the International Reading Association. The nomination application described how each morning while waiting for school to start, Driggers would read to Lomax Elementary Magnet School students in an expressive voice and with an infectious laugh. The students are so enthralled with the stories that they are reluctant to leave the bus when school starts. So far this year, Driggers has read eight chapter books and plans to keep on reading. Congratulations!
Lee County School Receives National Honor
Dunbar High School in Lee County has been named a Magnet School of Distinction for the third time in the past four years. The school was recognized for its Academy of Technology Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, a national organization that provides leadership for innovative instructional programs and academic excellence for students in public school choice programs. The award will be conferred at the Magnet Schools of America Annual Conference in Tampa in May 2010. For more information about Magnet Schools of America, visit http://www.magnet.edu/.
Polk County Students Receive Presidential Award
Four students from Lakeland High School in Polk County were named recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the Florida Learn and Serve Conference last month in Orlando. The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and recognizes individuals for their demonstrated commitment and valuable contributions to their communities.
The recipients are:
- Heather Mallard, senior – Heather was recognized for her work with Teen Trendsetters, the UthMpact Coalition, the Interact Alliance’s Red Ribbon Run, and Habitat for Humanity. She also mentors students and is a classroom volunteer at local elementary schools.
- Alyssa Martinez, sophomore – Alyssa was honored for her volunteer efforts to repair homes for the elderly, has helped the Interact Alliance’s Red Ribbon Run, coordinated efforts with a local community Halloween event for children. She also volunteers at a local elementary school and assists teachers at two local high schools.
- Andrew Richardson, senior – Andrew was recognized for logging more than 500 community service hours. He is also the creator and director of the “HOPE-Rock with a Purpose” benefit concert, a music teacher to children, a member of the Anchor Amigos mentoring program and has been a participant of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
- Alexandria Salmon, senior – Alexandria has volunteered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the “Baby and Me” program at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and the Polk County Animal Rescue Shelter. She also volunteers with a local veterinary office and the Elementary Education and Safe Schools departments of the school district.
For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/tg/pvsainfo/dspAboutAwards.cfm.
Orange County School Named a Florida School of Character
The Golden Rule Foundation has recognized Lancaster Elementary School in Orange County as a 2010 Florida School of Character. The school was recognized for excelling in academic achievement, positive character development and educating students about service to their community. Lancaster is now a candidate for the National Schools of Character award, which will be announced in March. For more information about the Florida School of Character award, visit http://dountoothers.net/.
Edison State College Student Honored for Heroic Service
The Lee County Board of County Commissioners recently recognized James Leavor, a student in the Evening Nursing Program at Edison State College, for Meritorious, Exemplary and Heroic Service. Leavor assisted a woman involved in a traffic accident until emergency personnel arrived. He also contacted her husband to notify him about the situation and transported him to the hospital. Leavor will graduate in May 2010 with an Associate of Science degree in Nursing/Registered Nursing. For more information about the Evening Nursing Program at Edison State College, visit http://www.edison.edu/academics/nursing_evening_program_information_sheet.pdf (PDF) and http://www.edison.edu/academics/nursing.php.
Pensacola Junior College Marketing Team Wins National Awards
The marketing team at Pensacola Junior College has won nine awards in the nation’s largest educational advertising awards competition. The 25th Annual Educational Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition in the country. The marketing team won one silver and three merit awards during the annual competition sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. The team also won five awards – the Judge’s Award, two silver and two bronze – in the 2010 American Advertising Federation/Pensacola ADDY® Awards.
Future Educators of America Conference Promotes Education Careers
More than 400 Florida high school and college students recently attended the Florida Future Educators Conference in Orlando to learn about education as a career and to compete in competitions. The conference, emceed by Megan Allen, Florida’s 2010 Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year, offered informative and hands-on sessions led by Florida Teachers of the Year and other award winning Florida educators. Competitions included essay, speech, lesson plan, PowerPoint , public service announcement, display and spirit based on the student-selected theme of “To Teach a Child is to Change the World.”
For a complete list of winners of the Future Educators of America Conference, visit http://www.fldoe.org/successstories/2010/03-03.asp
7th Annual Addressing Challenging Behavior Conference
March 17 – 20, 2010
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Clearwater Beach, Fla.
The Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development conference, sponsored by the National Training Institute on Effective Practices, will provide intensive workshops on practical strategies for supporting a positive approach to the social and emotional development of young children, including behavior challenges in early childhood settings. For more information about sessions, presenters, travel and registration, visit www.addressingchallengingbehavior.org.
School Choice Regional Parent Town Hall Meetings
March 23, 2010 – Public School Choice Options in Florida
April 27, 2010 – Parental Involvement
May 25, 2010 – Stop the Summer Slide
A series of town hall meetings beginning March 23, 2010, will provide parents with information about the variety of public school choices available for their child’s education and ways they can partner with schools to support academic success. The meetings, sponsored by the School Choice Parent Advisory Council in coordination with school district representatives and staff from School Choice Parent Resource Centers, will be held regionally in Quincy, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami and Tampa. For further information about the town hall meetings, including locations, visit www.floridaschoolchoice.org/Information/vpsc/.
University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Education Literacy Symposium
April 2, 2010
UCF College of Education Gymnasium
Educators from across the state are invited to attend the 12th Annual University of Central Florida College of Education Literacy Symposium on April 2, 2010, in Orlando. Literacy coaches, library media specialists, reading specialists, and administrators can participate in a day of professional development and fun focusing on how best to engage and motivate students for the literacy demands of subject area disciplines. Admission and parking are free but online preregistration is required. For more information about the symposium, visit http://education.ucf.edu/litsymposium or contact Paige Venturino (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vicky Zygouris-Coe (email@example.com) with UCF at (407) 823-0386.
Promising Pathways: The Road to Best Practices in Autism Conference
April 10, 2010
Florida Gulf Coast University
Ft. Myers, Fla.
National experts in the research and study of autism and autism spectrum disorders will address a variety of topics such as the causes of autism, evaluation and treatment, early identification and intervention, and treatments for symptoms associated with autism. There is no charge for the conference and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. For complete details, including registration information, visit www.fgcu.edu/events/promisingpathways/.
University of Central Florida Book Festival
April 16 – 17, 2010
University of Central Florida Arena
The University of Central Florida (UCF) will host its inaugural book festival April 16 – 17, 2010, at the UCF Arena in Orlando. The festival will bring more than 60 renowned local and national authors for exhibits, meet-the-author forums, book signings and sales, and a wide variety of activities especially for children. The event is open to the public and admission and parking are free. For more information on the UCF Book Festival, visit www.bookfestival.ucf.edu or call (407) 823-2835.
Florida Association of Staff Development Spring Forum
April 19 – 20, 2010
Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
The Florida Association for Staff Development (FASD) Spring Forum will be held at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront in Melbourne April 19 – 20, 2010. All educational personnel are invited to join FASD members to participate in a variety of learning opportunities related to improved professional development that support student achievement. For more information, visit www.fasdonline.org.
2010 Florida Literacy Conference
May 5 – 7, 2010
South Seas Island Resort
The Florida Literacy Coalition will hold its 2010 Conference in Captiva on May 5 – 7, 2010, with the theme of Open Books Open Minds. Concurrent sessions will provide practitioners and volunteers with tools and resources that enhance literacy programs throughout the state. Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education, will deliver the keynote address at the opening general session. For further information about the conference, visit www.floridaliteracy.org/floridaliteracyconference.html.
Interdisciplinary Center for Ongoing Research/Education (ICORE) Summer Institute
July 11 – 23, 2010
University of Florida
The University of Florida Center for Precollegiate Education and Training is now accepting applications for an exciting new professional development opportunity for Florida high school teachers. The Interdisciplinary Center for Ongoing Research/Education (ICORE) partnership aims to engage teachers in hands-on research with scientists to identify, understand and manage emerging pathogens, incorporate the ideas into classroom-ready modules, and present the results of their experiences to colleagues at professional meetings. There is no registration fee, however seats are limited. For further information, visit http://www.cpet.ufl.edu/ICORE/default.html or contact Julie Bokor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 392-2310.