May 14, 2010
Vol. 4, Issue 10
Florida Educator Accomplished Practices Need Your Input
The Florida Department of Education is seeking input from teachers, parents and education professionals from across the state to revise the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices which form the core basis for all Florida teacher preparation programs. The revisions will further refine the state’s standards for effective instructional practice and will establish the core practices for teacher appraisal systems under the state’s Race to the Top plan. Visit www.fldoe.org/profdev/FEAPSRevisions/ to view the draft and submit your feedback by June 15, 2010.
Teacher of the Year Finalists Named
Five outstanding Florida educators received a surprise visit from the Department of Education and representatives from Macy’s last week to find out their selection as a finalist for the 2011 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award. The statewide finalists were announced during Florida’s annual Teacher Appreciation Week. This year’s finalists were chosen from a distinguished group of 72 district finalists for the prestigious honor.
Congratulations to the 2011 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year finalists:
- Kelly Burnette, Yulee High School, Nassau County
- Zachary Champagne, Mandarin Oaks Elementary School, Duval County
- Cheryl Conley, Osceola Magnet Elementary School, Indian River County
- Christine O’Hara, Palmetto Middle School, Miami-Dade County
- Allan Phipps, South Plantation High School, Broward County
Each finalist received a $5,000 check made possible by the Macy’s Foundation and a $500 Macy’s gift card. In addition, a $1,000 check, also funded by the Macy’s Foundation, was presented to each finalist’s school. The 2011 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year will be named during an award ceremony at Orlando’s Hard Rock, Live at Universal Studios July 8, 2010. For more information about the Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year program, visit http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/yeartch.asp.
New Placement Test Designed To Increase College Graduation Rates
The Florida College System recently announced the development of a new placement test that will gauge a student’s readiness for college, and accurately place students in classes to increase their progression rates and help them graduate from college sooner. The Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is a dynamic new assessment that will provide placement and diagnostic information to help educators better identify students’ specific strength areas in math, reading and writing. The new assessment will be available to high school and college students in Aug. 2010 and will be the primary placement assessment used by the Florida College System. For more information about the assessment, visit www.fldoe.org/cc.
National Charter School Week Celebrated
Florida celebrated National Charter School Week May 2 – 8, 2010, by recognizing the countless benefits that charter schools provide the state’s education system and the broad array of educational choices offered to families throughout the state. State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair and members Roberto Martinez and John Padget visited charter schools and participated in student and faculty activities designed to pay tribute to the unparalleled opportunities charter schools have provided Florida children for the past 14 years. With 410 public charter schools currently operating and nearly 138,000 students participating, Florida has the fourth largest number of public charter schools in the nation. To learn more about charter schools in Florida, visit the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice website at www.floridaschoolchoice.org. For more information about National Charter School Week, visit www.publiccharters.org.
Partnership To Boost Statewide Broadband Access
The Florida College System has teamed up with the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida and public broadcasting stations from across the state to apply for a $103 million federal grant that will create a statewide network to boost and sustain broadband access and education for all Florida residents. The group, also referred to as Florida SmartNet, aims to benefit Floridians by improving Internet connectivity within their communities. Each of the participating institutions will serve as an entry point for the broadband technology, which will enable citizens living within 50 miles of those locations to gain access to the Internet. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration-Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (NTIA-BTOP), through the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, offered the grant to expand technology in underserved areas. Grant winners will be announced in Sept. 2010. For more information about the BTOP grant program, visit www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants.
Florida Virtual School Receives National Award
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has awarded the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) with the 2010 Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming Award for the Gold Division. The award recognized FLVS for partnering with universities to provide pre-service training and internship programs geared toward preparing the next generation of teachers for the online environment. For more information about the USDLA, visit www.usdla.org.
Students Compete In 2010 Florida History Fair
Nearly 900 middle and high school students from throughout Florida traveled to Tallahassee to compete in the 2010 Florida History Fair held at Tallahassee Community College on May 3, 2010. Students winning at the district level competed in historical paper, exhibit, documentary, performance and website categories for a chance to move on to the national competition. Fifty-seven Florida students from 14 counties who were first- or second-place winners in the five categories at the junior and senior levels will join representatives from 49 other states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Department of Defense Schools at the National History Fair in College Park, Md. in June. To learn more about the Florida History Fair, sponsors, special prize winners and district and state finalists, visit www.floridahistoryfair.com. Congratulations and good luck to all the winners!
A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney Essay Contest
Florida students have until May 31, 2010, to nominate their favorite teacher and win a Disney vacation by submitting a brief essay on why their teacher is so special. The A+ for Teachers at Downtown Disney essay contest asks students to share tales of educators who stand out for their unique teaching and ability to connect with students. Ten winning educators and the students who nominate them will receive a four-day, three-night vacation trip to one of the seven Orlando-area Downtown Disney® Area Resort Hotels. Students wishing to nominate their favorite teacher must submit their essay via the Downtown Disney® Area Resort Hotels website at www.downtowndisneyhotels.com/TeacherPromo/ by May 31, 2010. For more information, visit www.downtowndisneyhotels.com or contact Jackie MacKay at (407) 788-7070 or email@example.com.
Ace Hardware Offering A Helpful Hand
High schools across the state looking to spruce up their campus can turn to a new program by Ace Hardware called Helpful Hands. Students can nominate their school for a fresh coat of paint by submitting a short essay on why their school deserves the makeover. Nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2010, with the winner in each state announced in September. Visit www.AceHardware.com/HelpfulHands for more information.
Four Florida Students Selected as 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars
Four outstanding Florida high school students have been named 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in recognition of their academic achievement, service, leadership and creativity. Their accomplishments are a reflection of Florida’s ongoing commitment to produce the nation’s best and brightest students and represent what is possible through hard work and a commitment to purpose. Congratulations!
The Florida 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars are:
* - Indicates a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
- Brooke M. Griffin, Dr. Phillips High School, Orange County
- Blaine A. Krauss*, Gibbs Senior High School, Pinellas County
- Tyler C. Laprade, Palm Bay High School, Brevard County
- Patrick G. Mangan, John Paul II Catholic High School, Leon County
For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program, visit http://www.presidentialscholars.org/
Pensacola Junior College Professor Wins National Award
Wayne Wooten, an astronomy professor at Pensacola Junior College (PJC), has won the Astronomical League Award, the highest award in amateur astronomy given to an individual who has made worthwhile contributions in astronomy at the national or international level. The award recognized Wooten’s lifetime commitment to astronomy and astronomy education as the PJC department head of Physical Sciences. Dr. Wooten will receive the award at the Astronomical League National Convention in Tucson, Ariz. on June 26, 2010. For more information about the Astronomical League, visit www.astroleague.org/.
Orange County Student Selected for National Biology Competition
The Center for Excellence in Education has selected Edgewater High School senior Son Le to participate in the 8th Annual USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finals at Purdue University next month. The finalists were chosen based on their high scores on the USABO Open Exam and Semifinal Exam. Son Le is the only student selected from Florida to participate and one of only 20 students nationwide out of nearly 11,000 who registered. At the conclusion of the two-week competition, a team will be selected to represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad in Changwon, Korea in July, 2010. For more information about the Center for Excellence in Education and USABO, visit http://www.cee.org/programs/usabo.
Three Florida Students Win National Dance Recognition
The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) has recognized three Florida students for the 2010 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award. The recognition, for junior and senior high school students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, was given to only 11 students nationwide. Congratulations to John Harnage, New World School of the Arts, Miami-Dade County, Alexandra Tiso, Blake High School, Hillsborough County and Mallory Neumann, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami-Dade County.
A list of 2010 award recipients and performance videos of winners and finalists are posted on the NDEO website at http://www.ndeo.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=893257&module_id=75835.
Lee County Educator Selected As A Mentor At National Art Institute
Tim Smith, a Visual Arts teacher at Cypress Lake High School in Lee County, was chosen to be a mentor by the Art Institute of Chicago. Through the Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art, Smith will have an opportunity to interact and learn from some of the leading artists in the nation on contemporary art and teaching practices. Kudos to Mr. Smith for his great work!
Hillsborough High School To Compete In International Festiva
The Alonso High School Theatre Department has been selected to represent Florida in the One-Act competition at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln June 22 – 26, 2010. The school was chosen at the 2010 Florida Thespian Festival for their rendition of the John Kander/Fred Ebb musical, “The World Goes ‘Round.” For more information about the Florida Thespian Festival, visit http://flthespian.com/.
Brevard High School Students Excel At Competition
Broadcasting students at Viera High School in Brevard County recently won five awards in the Florida Scholastic Press Association’s (FSPA) broadcasting competitions in Tampa, Fla. Students competed in both the carry-in contests, where the productions are pre-produced at school and brought to the convention, and on-the-spot contests where students bring their own cameras, audio and editing equipment to produce a video package within minutes of receiving their assignments.
Viera High School students winning awards are:
- David Sotelo – First Place, Video Photojournalism
- Trevor DeSaussure – Second Place, Commercial
- David Sotelo – Third Place, Cinema Editing
- Joseph Elliott – Third Place, Photography
- Heather Pituch – Honorable Mention, On-Air Talent
For more information about the FSPA, visit http://www.jou.ufl.edu/fspa/.
Florida Occupational Therapy Association Live Webinar
Hot Topics in School Based Therapy
May 25, 2010
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
School-based occupational therapists will benefit from this live interactive webinar that will focus on the underlying factors influencing their school practice and supports efforts to provide appropriate school-based occupational therapy services. Occupational therapists, pupil services administrators, special education administrators and other members of individual educational plan teams are encouraged to attend. For further information, including registration, visit http://flota.peachnewmedia.com.
Workshop for Teachers of the Gifted
June 12, 2010
Pancetti Bay Middle School
St. Augustine, Fla.
The annual Workshop for Teachers of the Gifted will be held June 12, 2010, at Pancetti Middle School in St. Augustine, Fla. The workshop will focus on sharing information for teachers of the gifted, particularly those new to the field. Jodi O’Meara, ESE Curriculum Specialist and Gifted Endorsement Instructor in Manatee County, is the keynote speaker. The workshop is free of charge for participants and is co-sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and the Working on Gifted Issues project. Pre-registration by June 4, 2010, is required. Contact Donnajo Smith with the Department at (850) 245-0937 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or for assistance with pre-registration. More information about the workshop can be found at www.unfwogi.com/giftedworkshop.html.
Summer Water Institute
June 15 – 17, 2010
Silver River State Park and Rainbow Springs State Park
Silver Springs, Fla.
“Getting to Know Florida’s Springs” is the theme for a three day workshop that combines lectures and field experiences for educators of grades six through 12 to learn about Florida’s diverse water systems. Participants will receive both the Project Archeology and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) curricula and should qualify to receive a minimum of 18 in-service points. The workshop is free and limited to 30 participants. To register, contact Lori Dennard with the St. Johns River Water Management District at email@example.com, (386) 329-4563 or (800) 451-7106. You will need to provide your name, summer mailing address, contact phone number, work or school name, grade levels taught and teaching/subject area(s) by June 2, 2010. For more information about the Institute, visit http://sjr.state.fl.us/education/pdfs/Institute_flyer_2010.pdf (PDF).
2010 Summer Teachers’ Workshop: Exploring the Indian River Lagoon
June 22 – 15, 2010
Locations in Brevard, Indian River and St. Lucie counties
This four-day workshop will combine lectures and field experiences focused on the biodiversity, ecology and restoration of the Indian River Lagoon for educators of grades eight through 12. Registration includes the cost of a three-year Aquatic Species Collection Certificate, lunch and lesson materials. For more information and to register, contact Kathy Hill with the St. Johns River Water Management District at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 984-4950. Cost to attend the workshop is $40 and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the workshop, visit http://sjr.state.fl.us/education/pdfs/Lagoon_teachers_flyer_2010.pdf (PDF).
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.
Florida Association for Career and Technical Education Annual Conference
Aug. 2 – 5, 2010
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
Clearwater Beach, Fla.
“Providing the Skills Necessary to Navigate a Successful Voyage,” is the theme for the 44th Annual Florida Association for Career and Technical Education Conference on Aug. 2 – 5, 2010, in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Career and technical education teachers and administrators can take advantage of opportunities to share best practices, receive updates on state and federal initiatives, and attend a variety of workshops geared toward improving student performance in technical programs during pre-conference sessions and at the general conference. Register by mail, fax and e-mail. For complete information about the conference, visit www.facte.org.