October 16, 2009
Vol. 3, Issue 20
Florida Launches New Multimedia Web Site
The Florida Department of Education recently launched its new iTunes U Web site, providing free multimedia content to schools, parents, administrators and teachers both in Florida and around the world. As part of iTunes U, an area of the iTunes Store offering free education content, Florida’s new site provides access to audio, video and text files that are designed to enhance when and where individuals learn.
The new iTunes U Web site is one component of the state’s education technology plan, an extension of the Department’s Next Generation Strategic Plan, and is primarily focused on connecting students, teachers, parents and communities to shared resources designed to further the state’s educational goals.
To view the iTunes U page, visit www.floridaitunesu.com. For more information about the state’s technology plan, including how iTunes U is incorporated, visit http://www.fldoe.org/board/meetings/2009_09_15/TechPlanFinal.pdf (PDF).
Green Schools Award Winners Announced
Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole recently announced the five winners for the Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards program. The winners represent schools across Florida that promote healthy, efficient and productive learning environments.
The winners include:
- Student Award: Matt Mooney, a junior in the International Baccalaureate program at Land O’ Lakes High School, Polk County.
- Class Award: Joshua Clearman, a science teacher at Key West High School, Monroe County.
- Teacher Award: Allan Phipps, a magnet instructor at South Plantation High School, Broward County.
- School Award: Odyssey Charter School in Palm Bay, Brevard County.
- District Award: Pasco County School District.
The Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards is a partnership between DEP, the Florida Department of Education, the Volunteer Florida Foundation, the Collins Center for Public Policy’s Sustainable Florida Program and the Florida Association of School Administrators. Three finalists were selected in each of five categories that include student, classroom, teacher, school and school district, with the winners receiving $1,500 and the finalists receiving $500. For more information on the Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards, visit www.MyFloridaClimate.com. To view detailed information on all 15 finalists’ entries, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/schools/finalists.htm.
Businesses Honored for Hiring People with Disabilities
As part of Disability Employment Awareness Month, eight Florida businesses were recognized on Oct. 1, 2009, for their commitment to hiring people with disabilities. The Florida Department of Education’s Divisions of Blind Services and Vocational Rehabilitation partnered with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Agency for Workforce Innovation to honor employers with a long history of inclusion that understand the importance of giving people with disabilities an opportunity to work.
The eight Florida businesses honored at the event were WalMart, with a focus on the stores in Pensacola and Marianna; Stretcher Limo in New Port Richey; Call 4 Health of Boca Raton, Walgreens Distribution Center of where?, Hilton-At-Home Reservations of Tampa, Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fausto Food Palace in Key West and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.
For more information about Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.FLJobConnections.com. For information on the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, visit www.Rehabworks.org and for information on the Division of Blind Services, visit http://dbs.myflorida.com/.
National School Lunch Week Observed Around the State
Students throughout Florida celebrated National School Lunch Week Oct. 12 – 16, 2009, with a basketball inspired campaign that used fun sports themed activities and contests to promote the significant health benefits of eating a wholesome school lunch. All-Star School Lunch Week featured five fun and health conscious menu items, each paired with a current or former basketball star to make five healthy “basketball teams.”
The National School Lunch Program has been serving lunches and educating students about healthy eating since 1946. Today, the program operates in over 100,000 schools and provides more than 30 million nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Last year, Florida schools served 260,514,486 lunches to students. To learn more about the National School Lunch Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Lunch/. For more information about Florida’s Food and Nutrition Management Program please go to http://www.fldoe.org/FNM/.
Einstein Fellowship Application Now Due
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program offers current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, and science classroom teachers that demonstrate excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena.
Individuals chosen for the Fellowship program provide practical insights and "real world" perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs.
Each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend of $6,000 plus a $1,000 monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, moving/relocation and professional travel allowances will be provided. For more information about the Einstein Fellows Program, including application details, visit http://www.einsteinfellows.org or contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at email@example.com.
Valencia Community College Student to be Featured on CNN
Carlos Robles, a Valencia Community College student, will be featured in an upcoming documentary “Latino in America” to be broadcast on CNN and CNN en Espanol on Oct. 22, 2009. Robles is working toward becoming an officer with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office after he masters the English language. CNN followed Robles’ progress for eight weeks while he was enrolled in Conversational English courses through the Center for Global Languages at Valencia Enterprises, the continuing education division at Valencia Community College. The documentary, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, will examine the growing diversity of America and explore Latino-American culture through personal stories.
Broward College Graduate Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award
Susan B. Hassmiller, senior advisor of nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., and a graduate of Broward College, has been named the recipient of the Florida Association of Community Colleges’ Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is one of three LeRoy Collins Distinguished Community College Alumni Awards presented annually. Hassmiller graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing degree in 1974 from what was then Broward Community College. She went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in health education from Florida State University. She then continued her educational pursuits by earning a second master’s degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Ph.D. in Nursing Administration from George Mason University.
Dairy Council of Florida Awards $5,000 to Polk County School
Dixieland Elementary in Lakeland, Fla., recently won a $5,000 first place award from The Dairy Council of Florida in the 2009 Expanding Breakfast Program. Each year, the award program recognizes three Florida schools for bringing a healthy breakfast to students in more creative ways. Dixieland won for its “To Go” breakfast concept that allowed students to pick up a bag breakfast to eat while in class. For more information about the Expanding Breakfast Awards Program, visit http://www.floridamilk.com/educator-resources/2009-expanding-breakfast-awards.
Lee County Middle School Wins Statewide Music Award
Mariner Middle School in Cape Coral, Fla., was recently chosen as the Florida Music Educators’ Association’s (FMEA) Secondary School Innovative Project Award recipient for the school’s Reading Comes Alive with the Sound of Music program. The novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was set to specially commissioned music and students analyzed the music according to the novel’s setting, characters and plot while language arts students wrote a review of the music played by the school’s advanced band. For more information about the FMEA Secondary School Innovate Project Award, visit http://www.flmusiced.org/dnn/.
2009 Florida School Nurse of the Year Announced
The Florida Association of School Nurses recently announced that Connie Blackwell, a school nurse at Barron Collier High School in Lee County, as the 2009 School Nurse of the Year. Throughout the past nine years, Connie has provided nursing care to the school’s 1,750 students and promotes health and wellness through classes that she develops and teaches. For more information about the Florida Association of School Nurses or the School Nurse of the Year program, visit http://www.fasn.net/.
Marion County Schools Capture International Student Video Awards
Television production students in nine Marion County schools recently won 33 awards in this year’s International Student Media Festival. The annual competition, sponsored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, judges entries in Podcast, Live Action, Animation, Sequential Skills, Interactive Skills, Web site, Photographic Essay and Single Photograph categories based on on-screen talent, use of technology, quality, appropriateness and artistic/technical merit.
For a list of the award-winning schools, visit www.fldoe.org/successstories. For information about the International Student Media Festival, including a list of winners and participants, visit www.ismf.net.
Florida Dance Education Organization Conference
Oct. 23 – 24, 2009
News-Journal Center at Daytona State College
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Florida dance educators will have two full days of workshops and technique classes with opportunities to exchange ideas, create new connections and share performances at the 2009 Florida Dance Education Conference in Daytona Beach. Special guests include Brenda Pugh McCutchen, author of "Teaching Dance as Art in Education," and dance and theatre instructor at the University of South Carolina, and Dr. Mila Parrish, an internationally recognized artist for her work in dance, educational technology and multimedia development. For information about the Florida Dance Education Organization and conference details, visit http://www.fdeo.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. The keynote address entitled School Psychologists: Promoting Competence, Capacity and Opportunities for Children, Families and Schools will be given by the 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
Oct. 29 – 31, 2009
Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld
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 Charter School Conference
Nov. 16 – 18, 2009Nov. 16 – 18, 2009
DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando on International Drive
Charters – Not just Another Public School! is the theme of this year's charter school conference in Orlando. The two-day conference will provide Florida charter school authorizers, administrators and teachers the opportunity to network, share best practices and gather information during breakout sessions and while meeting exhibitors who offer goods and services designed for the charter school community. Early registration is available until Oct. 30; on-site registration will be available thereafter. Visit http://www.charterschoolconference.com/ for conference and registration information.
Florida Counseling Association 60th Anniversary Convention
Nov. 19 – 21, 2009
Doubletree Miami Mart/Airport Hotel and Exhibition Center
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. To register, or for more information, visit www.flacounseling.org/index.cfm.
Florida Association of School Nurses 15th Annual Conference
Feb. 5 – 6, 2010
Orlando Marriott in Lake Mary
Lake Mary, Fla.
The Florida Association of School Nurses 15th Annual Conference will be held in Lake Mary in Feb. 2010. The conference will provide an opportunity for school nurses to network and learn from their colleagues and others in the medical field. For more information, visit http://www.fasn.net/2010stateconference.html.