News Slices:
Ceremony Honors Florida’s Missing Children
2009 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List Announced
Carlo Rodriguez Champion of Choice Award Winners Announced
Florida Celebrates School Breakfast Week
2009 Florida Book Awards Competition Begins
Nickelodeon Family Suites Partner With the Florida Education Foundation
Volunteer USA Foundation Announces Family Literacy Initiative
Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Spurs Student Interest in Reading
PROMiSE Leadership in Mathematics and Science Instruction Project
Indian River State College Opens Public Safety Complex
Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Miami-Dade College Train Displaced Workers

Seeds of Success:
Astronaut’s Journey Began at St. Petersburg College
$10,000 Grant Supports Women in Science at Seminole Community College

Branching Out:
Florida Association for Staff Development Leadership Conference
Florida Council for the Social Studies' 52nd Annual Conference
2009 37th FAME Annual Conference: Connecting to the Digital Literacy Hub
Florida Art Education Association 57th Annual Conference
Florida Council of Teachers of English Professional Development Institute
Florida Association of School Psychologists 2009 Annual Conference
Florida School Counselor Association 2009 Annual Convention
Florida Counseling Association 60th Anniversary Convention

 


September 18, 2009

Vol. 3, Issue 18


News Slices


Ceremony Honors Florida’s Missing Children
Hundreds of children, parents, educators, law enforcement personnel and public officials joined Governor Charlie Crist and Lt. Gov Jeff Kottcamp on September 14 in Tallahassee to remember Florida’s past and present missing children, while recognizing the state’s efforts in strengthening child protection efforts. The annual event featured awards to citizens, canine trailing teams and law enforcement, and included fingerprinting, photographing, and safety displays and presentations on abduction prevention.

During 2008, approximately 47,000 incidents of missing children were reported to law enforcement agencies throughout Florida. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement encourages the public to sign up for Amber Alerts via their personal computer, cell phone or text message by visiting www.missingchildrenalert.com. For more information on missing children, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us or contact the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Clearinghouse at 1-888-FL-MISSING (1-888-356-4774).


2009 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List Announced
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Florida Department of Education has announced the Just Read, Florida! 2009 Recommended Reading list. Appropriate literary selections are included for readers of all ages to help raise awareness and foster interest in the rich legacy and many contributions of Hispanic Americans to Florida’s unique culture and way of life.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide and began Sept. 15, 2009, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also achieved independence on the 16th and 18th of September, respectively. Hispanic Heritage Month has been recognized in the United States since 1974, when President Gerald Ford issued a Presidential Proclamation extending Hispanic Heritage Week into a month-long observation.

The recommended reading list provides a variety of suggested books by grade level and also includes a selection of suggested books for adults. To view the recommended reading list for Hispanic Heritage Month, please visit www.justreadflorida.com.


Carlo Rodriguez Champion of Choice Award Winners Announced
The winners of the annual Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Champion of School Choice Award were recognized September 15 in Miami by the State Board of Education. The Florida Public School Choice Consortium, in collaboration with the Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education, bestowed the award to Dr. Pansy Houghton, Director of Student Planning and Placement for Hillsborough County, and Lois C. Lee, District Director of Specialized Programs and Schools of Choice for Miami-Dade County. The President of the Florida Public School Choice Consortium Audrey Lewis Potter, presented the awards to the recipients during a brief ceremony.

As part of the award, Nova Southeastern University will grant each recipient a half scholarship at the Fischler School of Education – one at the doctoral level and one at the master’s level. The master’s scholarship is attuned to the needs of individuals who want to become successful leaders. The doctoral scholarship will assist in developing leadership skills that can be applied to the solutions of real problems in schools and other learning environments.

For more information about school choice in Florida, please visit the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at http://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/. You may also visit http://www.fpscc.net for more information about the Florida Public School Choice Consortium.


Florida Celebrates School Breakfast Week
Throughout the week of Sept. 14 – 18, 2009, schools across the state celebrated School Breakfast Week. In partnership with the Dairy Council of Florida and the Florida School Nutrition Association, the Department of Education’s Food and Nutrition Management office worked to promote the benefits and availability of school breakfast for all students. As part of the celebration, fun activities and a special menu promoting this year’s theme of “Ready, Set, Go…Eat School Breakfast!” helped show students that starting the day with a nutritious meal can raise their academic achievement and physical well being.

During Florida School Breakfast Week, students explored what they can achieve when they have eaten a nutritious breakfast and were encouraged to be healthy, fit and ready to learn. Studies show that students who start their day with a wholesome meal have better math and reading scores, improved problem solving skills and fewer behavioral problems.

For more information about food and nutrition programs in Florida’s schools, visit www.fldoe.org/FNM/natlschoollunch/2009Promotions.asp.


2009 Florida Book Awards Competition Begins
The fourth annual Florida Book Awards competition kicked off last month with a call for entries in seven categories. Coordinated through the Florida State University Libraries with the support of professors and librarians across the FSU campus, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State (with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction category whose authors may live elsewhere). Contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction and Spanish-Language Book. Entries may be submitted by anyone (e.g., publisher, author or literary agent), and must be professionally-published with both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2009, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The deadline for submissions is no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, although applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition anytime during the 2009 calendar year and as soon as possible after books are officially published. The 2009 winners will be announced in March 2010.

For general information and entry form, requirements and instructions about the 2009 Florida Book Awards, please visit http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu.


Nickelodeon Family Suites Partner With the Florida Education Foundation
On Sept. 11, 2009, Nickelodeon Family Suites in Orlando presented a check in the amount of $6,460 to the Florida Education Foundation. For every room night booked under the “Partners in Education” promotion, $10 was donated to the Foundation to support educational initiatives of the Florida Department of Education. Special room rates and discounts are available for Florida school personnel to experience the ultimate Nickelodeon vacation at a discounted rate.

The Partners in Education promotion continues until Dec. 23, 2009. For more information about the promotion, call 1-877-642-5111 and ask for the Partners in Education Package or visit http://www.nickhotel.com/html/orlando-education-partners.asp. For information about the Florida Education Foundation, contact Nedra Cordero at (850) 245-9655 or Nedra.Cordero@fldoe.org.

Picture of check made out to Florida Education Foundation in the amount of $6,460.

Pictured - Sales Manager with Nickelodeon Family Suites Kristin Lieberman (right), presents the check to Executive Director Nedra Cordero (middle) and Executive Assistant Jenna Vetre (left), of the Florida Education Foundation.


Volunteer USA Foundation Announces Family Literacy Initiative
Planning grants are now available for existing family literacy programs and literacy programs that serve families of deaf/hearing impaired hard-of-hearing children and who are interested in serving as a Volunteer USA Foundation Family Literacy Academy. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 to provide planning and training for family literacy programs wishing to become an Academy for the 2011 school year. The following year, approved programs may then apply for a matching Academy grant with typical funding ranging between $25,000 and $100,000. Family literacy programs that are a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States are eligible to compete, with priority given to programs in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.

The deadline for submitting a grant application is Oct. 1, 2009. For information on obtaining a letter of intent, contact Roxann Campbell at Roxann.Campbell@volunteerusafund.org or (850) 562-5300.


Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Spurs Student Interest in Reading
The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) Program is an exciting and challenging way to nurture lifelong reading and motivate students in grades three through eight to read contemporary literature. Co-sponsored by the Department of Education’s Library Media Services and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), the program began in 1983 to encourage students to read independently for personal satisfaction based on interest rather than reading level. Students read or hear a minimum of three books from a list of selected titles and votes are tallied according to which titles have the most readers.

Interested schools can visit http://www.myssyra.org/ to register and get more information. Schools registering before Sept. 26 will be entered in a drawing to win a set of SSYRA books, one for elementary schools and one for middle schools, at the FAME conference September 30 – October 2 in Orlando.


PROMiSE Leadership in Mathematics and Science Instruction Project
In partnership with the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM), the PROMiSE Leadership in Mathematics and Science Instruction (LMSI) professional development project for elementary school leaders is currently accepting registration for training that will begin in January 2010. The purpose of the LMSI project is to prepare Florida’s educators to align their instruction in mathematics and science to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The professional development takes place over the course of a year with cohorts of 75 teacher leaders and their principals attending four two-day face-to-face sessions, focusing on math and science content, instruction and assessment. Participants travelling more than 50 miles from the regional training sessions will have hotel, lodging and incidentals paid through PROMiSE.

Elementary principals are encouraged to register online at http://survey.lsi.fsu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=741H6m2 prior to Nov. 1, 2009. If selected, principals will be asked to identify a teacher leader who will participate in the training with them. For more information about PROMiSE, visit http://www.flpromise.org/. For inquiries about the project, contact Christi Moss at cmoss@lsi.fsu.edu.


Indian River State College Opens Public Safety Complex
The grand opening of the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College (IRSC) on September 11 opened the nation’s most comprehensive, technologically advanced public safety resource to hundreds of Treasure Coast residents. The 50-acre, eight-building complex has gained national and international attention for its proactive approach to disaster prevention and relief.

The facility enables IRSC to combine criminal justice, fire science, forensics, emergency response and humanitarian aid education in one place for coordinated response to all types of emergencies. The grand opening featured high-tech demonstrations in the Regional Crime Lab, virtual reality training, swat teams, fire rescue and scenarios preparing officers to make quick decisions in real-life situations.

The proximity of the complex at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce enables local agencies to save money on continuing education and to easily work together to fine tune interagency response to hurricanes and other disasters.

For more information about the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College, visit http://www.irsc.edu/portal/layout_web1.aspx?AdminEdit=False&PortalPageID=649.


Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Miami-Dade College Train Displaced Workers
Miami Dade College is one of eight community colleges in the country selected to participate in the Walmart Brighter Futures Project. This national demonstration project is designed to assist colleges in meeting the increased need for training and services for dislocated workers.

Each selected college will receive up to $336,500 to provide job training and services for displaced workers. The training will focus on jobs requiring 21st century skills to provide a promising career and future for the workers. In addition, workers will receive career counseling and learn job acquisition skills such as job searching, resume writing and interviewing techniques. Participants will also receive funds for tuition, books and other expenses associated with continuing their education.

For more information about the Walmart Brighter Futures Project, visit http://walmartstores.com/CommunityGiving/9355.aspx?p=203. For more information about the program at Miami Dade College, visit http://www.mdc.edu/main/news/articles/2009/08/walmart_foundation_grant_helps_mdc_and_a_select_gr.asp or students can call (305) 237-7402.


Seeds of Success

Astronaut’s Journey Began at St. Petersburg College
Astronaut and St. Petersburg College alumni Nicole Passonno Stott is aboard the International Space Station after launching into orbit on Aug. 28, 2009. The space shuttle Discovery delivered her and seven other astronauts to the space station where the crew made repairs and delivered supplies. Stott will remain on board the space station until November to live and work.

Stott’s interest in aviation grew at Clearwater High School and continued at St. Petersburg College where she began to get a sense of where her life’s journey might take her. She decided to attend what was then known as St. Petersburg Junior College (SPJC), partly because of a vague ambition to fly. SPJC had an aviation-related program that interested her, and she took the plunge.

Before lift-off, Stott indicated that she would take a few personal items on the voyage, one of which was a pennant from St. Petersburg College. To follow her adventure, visit www.nasa.gov.


$10,000 Grant Supports Women in Science at Seminole Community College
Seminole Community College (SCC) has received a $10,000 grant from the PBS&J (Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan) Foundation, Inc., to help increase the number of women in science-related careers. The grant will help fund several initiatives at SCC, including guest speakers, field trips, career workshops and scholarships. It will also help establish a Web resource that will allow students to gather information and explore science-related internship, job and volunteer opportunities.

PBS&J is an employee-owned corporation based in Tampa that provides infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture and program management services to public and private clients across the United States and internationally. For more information about the Women in Science program at SCC, visit http://www.seminolestate.edu/crm/article.php. For more information about PBS&J, visit http://www.pbsj.com/Pages/default.aspx.


Branching Out


Florida Association for Staff Development Leadership Conference
Sept. 21 – 23, 2009
Tradewinds Island Grand Resort
St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.


The annual Florida Association for Staff Development (FASD) Leadership Conference will be held at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., Sept. 21 – 23, 2009. Educational personnel who have an interest in receiving, delivering or supporting high-quality professional development are invited to join FASD members to participate in activities related to implementing professional development; teacher and school leadership principles which align with high quality professional development; and structures for supporting new educators. The conference will offer a blend of learning opportunities from experts as well as school-based practitioners. For more information, please visit www.fasdonline.org.


Florida Council for the Social Studies' 52nd Annual Conference
Sept. 24 – 27, 2009
PGA National Resort and Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


The Florida Council for the Social Studies' 52nd Annual Conference, Go For Broke!, will be held Sept. 24 – 27, 2009, at the PGA Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Supervisors meetings will be held September 24 – 25. Pre-conferences will be held September 25, and will focus on literacy, economic and financial literacy, technology and civic education. To learn more, visit www.fcss.org.


2009 37th FAME Annual Conference: Connecting to the Digital Literacy Hub
September 30 – October 2, 2009
Marriott Orlando World Center Resort
Orlando, Fla.


The 37th Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) Annual Conference is a professional development opportunity for those in the education field. Participants will experience the worthwhile opportunity to freely exchange educational information and ideas. Media specialists, teachers, reading coaches, administrators, public librarians and support staff are encouraged to attend. To learn more about the conference, please contact the FAME Offices at info@floridamedia.org or call (850) 531-8351.


Florida Art Education Association 57th Annual Conference
Oct. 15 – 17, 2009
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Orlando, Fla.


The Florida Art Education Association presents its 57th annual conference for visual art educators in Orlando. With more than 130 workshops, general sessions and special events, it is the largest professional development event and networking opportunity for visual art educators in Florida. For more information, visit www.faea.org or call (850) 345-6284.


Florida Council of Teachers of English Professional Development Institute
Oct. 15 – 17, 2009
Renaissance Orlando Hotel Airport
Orlando, Fla.


The 2009 Florida Council of Teachers of English Annual Professional Development Conference, Balancing Reading and the Language Arts, will be held Oct. 15 – 17, 2009, in Orlando. This year’s theme will inspire educators and help them explore ways of balancing the curriculum to meet the diverse needs of their students. For more information or to register, visit www.fcte.org.


Florida Association of School Psychologists 2009 Annual Conference
Oct. 28 – 31, 2009
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
St. Petersburg, Fla.


The 36th Annual Conference of the Florida Association of School Psychologists will address topics and issues related to the role of psychologists in a school setting. Of special interest is the keynote address School Psychologists: Promoting Competence, Capacity and Opportunities for Children, Families and Schools by President of the National Association of School Psychologists Dr. Patti L. Harrison. For more information, visit http://www.fasp.org/Conferences/Annual_Conference.html.


Florida School Counselor Association 2009 Annual Convention
October 29 - 31, 2009
Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld
Orlando, Fla.


The 2009 Florida School Counselor Association Convention will cover topics in student academic advancement, career and vocational awareness, as well as counselor education and development. Industry advocates, state officials, counselor educators and professional school counselors are encouraged to participate. To learn more or to reserve your hotel, visit www.fla-schoolcounselor.org/.


Florida Counseling Association 60th Anniversary Convention
Nov. 19 – 21, 2009
Doubletree Miami Mart/Airport Hotel and Exhibition Center
Miami, Fla.


The Florida Counseling Association will hold its annual convention in Miami in November. The theme, Celebrating All Facets of Counseling, promises continuing education, networking opportunities and renewal for counselors in Florida public schools. Early bird registration rates are still available through September 15. To register or for more information, visit www.flacounseling.org/index.cfm.



 
 
 
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