Orange County School Featured on National Television
Ocoee Middle School in Orange County received national attention from The Oprah Show after the school’s video “Gotta Keep Reading” was featured on the March 5 program. With permission from the Black-Eyed Peas to change lyrics to their song, “I Gotta Feeling,” the video was created to inspire students to read and was posted on the school’s Web site. The Oprah Show discovered the video and subsequently aired a “flash mob” video of the students and staff dancing and singing while holding books in the school’s courtyard. As a result, the Ocoee Middle School library will get a “wall-to-wall” makeover that includes new furniture, new computers and 2,000 books provided by The Oprah Show and Target stores. The inspiring flash mob video can be viewed on SchoolTube.com at http://www.schooltube.com/video/e9bd79d29b4d0e6a2345/Gotta-Keep-Reading--Ocoee-Middle-School.
Polk County Students Win Business Awards
Five students enrolled in the business technology program at Travis Career Center in Polk County won awards at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Conference in Orlando. They will now compete in the BPA National Conference May 5 – 9, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. Congratulations to the following winners:
- Myra Bravo – Administrative Support (second place), Financial Math (first place), and Fundamental Word Processing (first place).
- John Meyer – Administrative Support (first place), Information Technology (second place), Insurance Concepts (first place), Management/Marketing/Human Relations (first place), and Medical Office Procedures (first place).
- Donna Miranda – Legal Office Procedures (second place).
- Sanquinitta Sconiers-Johnson – Administrative Support (third place), Desktop Publishing (first place), Federal Income Tax (first place), and Fundamental Spreadsheets (first place).
- Laura Walden – Administrative Support (fourth place), Basic Office Procedures (first place), Information Technology (first place), Legal Office Procedures (first place), and Management/Marketing/Human Relations (second place).
For more information about the business technology program at the Travis Career Center, visit www.traviss.edu/. For more information about Business Professionals of America, visit www.bpa.org/.
Lee County Assistant Principal Named Administrator of the Year
Assistant Principal Shelly Thimlar of Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts in Lee County has been selected as the State Thespian Arts Administrator of the Year by the Florida State Thespians Association. Thimlar started her career as an art teacher at Cypress Lake High School and currently oversees the Center for the Arts and all arts activities at the school, not missing an art opening, vocal performance, orchestra or band concert, play or performance while also carrying out her school maintenance and attendance duties. Cypress Lake is an Arts Achieve Model School as determined by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and offers intensive programs of study in dance, media, music, theatre, and visual arts. For more information about Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts, visit http://cyh.leeschools.net/pages/home.htm.
Miami-Dade College President Named Chair-Elect of National Organization
Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has been elected as Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education. The Council provides leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions. Dr. Padrón will assume his duties in 2011. For more information about the American Council on Education, visit www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home.
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 (email@example.com) or Vicky Zygouris-Coe (firstname.lastname@example.org) with UCF at (407) 823-0386.
Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team Awards Ceremony
April 8, 2010
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
As part of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Annual Conference, Florida’s College System Chancellor Dr. Will Holcombe, in partnership with PTK Florida Region, will host an awards ceremony on April 8, 2010, in Orlando to recognize members of the PTK All-Florida Academic Team. Students will be honored for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. This year’s team includes 103 students who represent Florida’s state, community and junior colleges, one independent college and one independent university. For more information, including registration for the annual conference and the awards ceremony, visit www.fldoe.org/cc/Students/PTK_team/.
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 Institut
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 email@example.com or (352) 392-2310.