Outstanding Students Recognized by Florida College System
Florida College System Month (formerly Florida Community College Month) kicked off with a bang on April 8, 2010, as the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team was honored during an awards ceremony at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. Florida College System Chancellor Dr. Willis N. Holcombe recognized the team members for their exceptional academic achievement, leadership and community service. The All-Florida Academic Team is comprised of students nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Florida Association of Community Colleges, the Florida College System Foundation, PTK, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, and USA Today. This year's team consists of 103 outstanding students representing Florida's 28 state, community and junior colleges, one independent college and one independent university. For a complete list of the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team, visit http://www.fldoe.org/CC/Students/PTK_team/Newsletter/voltwo.asp. Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, visit http://www.ptk.org/.
Save the Date! Virtual STEM Career Fair Approaching
Join science, technology, engineering and mathematics experts as they talk about their profession during the first-ever Department of Education/Florida Virtual School STEM Career Fair on April 28, 2010. Middle and high school students can hear first-hand from scientists and biologists, video game experts and engineers on what it takes to be successful in their careers. Using Elluminate Technology, each speaker will have a block of time, ranging from 30 minutes to one hour, to share personal stories and answer questions from students curious about what it takes to enter that specific profession. Contact Kelsey Lehtomaa with the Florida Department of Education at Kelsey.firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 245-9645 if you have questions or would like more information.
New Literacy League Book Club Selection Announced
The first Literacy League book club podcast is now available on iTunesU for downloading. In the podcast, author Julianna Baggott, writing under the pen name N.E. Bode, answers questions from middle school students about her book, The Anybodies, and details her background as an author. Each quarter, the Department's Literacy League book club will connect prominent authors with students through a question-and-answer session about a featured book. To view the first-ever Literacy League program, visit http://www.floridaitunesu.com.
The second book in the Literacy League book club is "Any Which Wall" by Laurel Snyder. In addition, the author has donated a limited number of the book that will be distributed to schools. To request a copy of the book, schools can send an e-mail to LiteracyLeague@fldoe.org; books will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
To participate in the Literacy League, students are encouraged to read the featured book and then submit their questions in text or video form to LiteracyLeague@fldoe.org. Students may also send questions by mail to the Department of Education's Communications Office at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1524, Tallahassee FL, 32399-0400. Videos can be accepted in WMV, MPEG or Quick Time formats. The deadline to submit questions is May 13. For more information about the Department of Education's Literacy League, visit http://www.fldoe.org/literacyleague.
MAST Academy Selected As Commencement Challenge Finalist
The White House and the U.S. Department of Education have announced that MAST Academy in Miami-Dade County is one of six finalists in the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. The Commencement Challenge was issued in late February and invited public high schools across the country to submit applications showing their dedication to preparing students to graduate ready for college and career choices. Applications were judged based on the school's performance, four essay questions and supplemental data.
Over the next few weeks, each school's students will work with the Get Schooled Foundation to create a short video highlighting how the school best fulfills the Challenge's criteria. The video, along with the school's application, will be featured on the White House Web site and the public is invited to vote for the three schools they think best meet the President's goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. The President will select a national winner from among the three finalists and will visit the winning high school to deliver the commencement address later this spring.
To watch a video of the schools being notified of their selection, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/notifying-commencement-challenge-finalists. For more information about the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement.
Floridians Urged To Return Census Forms
With less than a week before the 2010 Census mail back phase ends, the Florida House of Representative's Office of Reapportionment is urging all citizens to return the 2010 Census forms as quickly as possible. To aid in identifying people missed by the census, a new Web site has been established at http://www.MyFloridaCensus.gov that allows anyone in Florida to enter their home address and zip code and indicate whether or not they have returned their 2010 Census forms. Legislative leaders can then work with their census partners to ensure that every citizen is counted.
Each Floridian not counted means between $900 and $3,000 in lost Federal funds, so it is extremely important everyone fill out and return the 2010 Census forms. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Mathematics Professional Development Opportunities Available
To support the new internationally-benchmarked Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for K-12 Mathematics, quality teacher professional development opportunities are available this summer. Below is a list of just a few of the opportunities already scheduled for summer 2010:
In addition to the professional development opportunities listed above, the following tools are or soon will be available:
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