Student Essays Win Two Florida Schools $50,000
Classrooms in two Florida schools will soon have new technology equipment thanks to inspiring essays submitted by their students and teachers. Sunrise Elementary in Orlando and Miami Coral Park Senior High School in Miami will each receive $50,000 through Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope contest. The essay contest asked participants to describe how better technology would improve the learning environment at their schools and enhance the education process. Essay winners will receive a Samsung Go™ Netbook and their local schools will be outfitted with Samsung products, Microsoft software, DIRECTV educational television programming, cash grants and Best Buy gift cards. For more information on the Samsung Four Seasons of Hope contest, visit http://www.fourseasonsofhope.com/us/4seasons_hope/index.html.
Florida Teachers Selected for National Academy
Twenty Florida teachers have been selected to attend the 2010 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers’ Academy in July 2010. The Academy is a one-week, all-expense-paid intensive professional development program for third through fifth grade teachers to enhance their math and science content knowledge. Golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy created the Academy in partnership with ExxonMobil with the goal of motivating students to pursue careers in science and math. For a list of teachers selected, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2010/03-26.asp. For more information about the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers’ Academy, visit www.sendmyteacher.com.
Polk County Schools Recognized for Food Service Excellence
The Maryland-based School Nutrition Association has named the Polk Public Schools Foodservice Department as a 2009 District of Excellence. The recognition is based on nutrition, nutrition education, communications, marketing, administration and operations. Polk is the only Florida school district to be honored and is now eligible for the District of the Year Award which offers a grant up to $25,000. For more information about the award, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=2408.
Hillsborough High School Wins Funds for New Program
Tampa Bay Technical School in Hillsborough County was awarded $3,000 from EnviroFocus Technologies, a local battery recycling company, to be used with the school’s new Alternative Power and Energy program. The program includes a study of alternate energy sources and how they are utilized to produce power and electricity. The school will purchase solar amenities and other items to get the program started.
Seminole State College Nursing Professors Tapped to Develop National Standards
Two nursing professors from Seminole State College have been selected from nursing faculty throughout the nation to participate in a national conference aimed at developing nursing education strategies. Latoya Wells and Marilyn Wells of the college’s Altamonte Springs Campus will take part in the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Education Consortium Institute in Washington, D.C., later this month to develop a curriculum that ensures nursing graduates have the knowledge necessary to promote patient safety and quality of care. For more information about Seminole State College’s nursing programs, including the program’s 16 state-of-the-art health care labs and high-tech patient simulators, visit www.seminolestate.edu/nursing.
Online Suicide Prevention Training
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, has developed an online training course to help reduce incidents of suicide in the state. The course is based on research and best practice recommendations that are widely accepted among mental health professionals. The training is available to anyone at no charge and is offered alongside several training modules on Florida’s Baker Act. The courses and more information can be found at www.bakeracttraining.org. If you have questions about the training course, contact Jackie Beck with the DCF Bureau of Adult Mental Health at (850) 921-5699.
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 Conferenc
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.
School Choice Regional Parent Town Hall Meetings
April 27, 2010 – Parental Involvement
May 25, 2010 – Stop the Summer Slide
A series of town hall meetings provides 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/.
VISIONS XVII Conference
April 28 – 30, 2010
Lake Mary, Fla.
The Florida Special Needs Association and the Florida Federation Division on Career Development and Transition announce their annual VISIONS XVII Conference, “A Life of Possibilities.” Sessions include middle, high and postsecondary school initiatives, career and technical education, business and employment, interagency collaboration and more. For more information about the conference, visit http://coe.fau.edu/fldcdt/. Conference questions can be directed to Gerald Frisby with the Florida Special Needs Association at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about registration, contact Patrick Mulvilhill, Registration Chair, at (352) 262-2502 or PatMFL@aol.com.
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.
Florida School Counselor Association Summer Academy
June 25 – 27, 2010
The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village
St. Augustine, Fla.
“School Counselors: Preparing for a New Decade” is the theme for this year’s Florida School Counselor Association Summer Academy. The Academy will provide relevant and quality professional development for school counselors on topics that include data, accountability, the electronic Personal Education Planner (e-PEP) and more. For more information about the conference, visit www.fla-schoolcounselor.org/2010Academy/.
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 www.cpet.ufl.edu/ICORE/default.html or contact Julie Bokor at email@example.com or (352) 392-2310.