November 13, 2009
Vol. 3, Issue 22
The Kinsey Collection Now Available on iTunes U
Through a partnership between the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, the Florida Education Foundation and Apple, The Kinsey Collection is now available through Florida’s iTunes U page, allowing teachers to incorporate the collection in their classrooms and lesson plans. The Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey is a breathtaking exhibit of more than ninety rare books, sculptures, paintings, documents manuscripts and vintage photographs which tell the story of African Americans in the Americas from 1632 to the present.
Florida recently launched its iTunes U Web site, a new digital sharing platform that connects students, teachers, parents and communities to free multimedia content designed to enhance learning. For more information about The Kinsey Collection, visit www.thekinseycollection.com or www.thebrogan.org. To visit Florida on iTunes U, go to www.floridaitunesu.com.
Deadline for the Department’s Web Site Re-design Contest Nearing
The Nov. 20 deadline for entries to re-design the student portion of the Florida Department of Education’s Web site is just around the corner! There is still time for students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in their Career and Technical Education courses to a real-world project.
Contest entries must be submitted via CD and include the name of the student, the student’s high school name and address, the teacher or advisor who assisted in the project and the name of the school district. Submissions must be postmarked by Nov. 20, 2009, and sent to the Florida Department of Education, Office of Communications, 325 W. Gaines St., Suite 1524, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400. For more information about the contest, including guidelines, visit www.fldoe.org/students/Web-contest.asp or contact the Department of Education’s communications office at (850) 245-0413 or email@example.com
Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope Essay Contest
The Samsung Four Seasons of Hope Essay Contest focuses on how computer electronics, equipment and software can enhance education and how access to these technologies and the use of social networking can change the way students learn. Students, teachers and parents are encouraged to nominate their favorite Florida school with a simple essay. Essays should be no longer than 100 words in length. For full contest details and to send in your essay, visit http://www.fourseasonsofhope.com/us/4seasons_hope/education.jsp. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 2009.
Florida State College at Jacksonville Linking Services to Improve Graduation Rates
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National League of Cities recently announced Florida State College at Jacksonville, in collaboration with the City of Jacksonville, as one of seven organizations awarded a grant to boost college graduation rates by improving coordination between colleges, schools and cities. The $250,000 grant is part of a National League of Cities initiative to help explore new and better ways to streamline services for low-income young adults attending Florida State College at Jacksonville, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and Edward Waters College. The Learning to Succeed collaborative initiative will work to increase student readiness for, and raise enrollment in, postsecondary education, provide support for students while enrolled and increase degree completion. To learn more about Communities Learning in Partnership, visit www.nlc.org/iyef or contact Kate Sandel at (202) 626-3046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake-Sumter Dedicates New Library
The Cooper Memorial Library at the Lake-Sumter Community College South Lake Campus was officially dedicated on Sept. 25, 2009. At the time it was dedicated, more than 8,300 visitors had already been served since the doors opened in August. The 50,000 square foot library is a partnership between Lake-Sumter Community College, the University of Central Florida and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, and has a collection of more than 75,000 books, magazines, newspapers and movies.
Tallahassee Community College Awarded $1.7 Million
The U.S. Army Research Office has awarded Tallahassee Community College (TCC) $1.7 million to support a new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. As part of collaboration with area manufacturers, the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee and Leon County, WORKFORCE Plus, Inc., and the Center for Excellence in Advanced Materials at Florida State University, the new center will provide job training and foster job creation in manufacturing and related technologies. Visit
for more information about how the grant will be used at TCC. For more information about the U.S. Army Research Office, visit www.aro.army.mil.
Polk State College’s Respiratory Care Program Accredited
The Respiratory Care Program at Polk State College was recently accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Program graduates earn an Associate in Science degree in Respiratory Care which will prepare them to work with patients who have a variety of heart and/or lung disorders. For more information about the Respiratory Care Program at Polk State College, visit http://www.polk.edu/futurestudents/degreesandprograms
Brevard Schools Foundation Garners Donation from National Space Club
The National Space Club Florida Committee has donated $40,000 to the Brevard Schools Foundation Space Week, a program that introduces sixth grade students to the space exploration activities at the Kennedy Space Center. During a two-week period in December, students will visit the Center, listen to an astronaut describe space flight and participate in a variety of hands-on activities. The program aims to excite students about the space industry as a potential career, while encouraging them to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics to reach their goals. For more information about Space Week, visit http://nscfl.org/.
St. Johns County Aerospace Academy Soars Above the Rest
The St. Johns County Aerospace Academy at St. Augustine High School has been named a National Model Career Academy, the highest designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition. The Aerospace Academy is a partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is the first in the nation to receive model award status. Students build model planes and flight simulators, learn air traffic control procedures and conduct a mock engineering symposium, and have the ability to earn up to 24 college credits in Aviation, Aerospace Engineering or Aviation Maintenance Science. For more information about the Aerospace Academy at St. Augustine High School, visit http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/academies/aviation/. Visit http://ncacinc.com for information about the National Career Academy Coalition.
Brevard School Wins ExxonMobil Grant
West Shore Jr. Sr. High School in Brevard County has received a $750 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance to support the school’s Senior Project Program. The Senior Project is a culminating exit program that demonstrates a senior student’s ability to write, speak, apply knowledge, problem solve and use real world skills such as time management, organization and risk taking. The grant money will be used to provide technical support, instructional training and materials to maintain the Project’s national certification status. For more information on the Senior Project Program, visit http://www.seniorproject.net/.
Students ‘Book It’ to Win Statewide Breakfast Bookmark Contest
As part of Florida’s celebration of School Breakfast Week Sept. 14 – 18, a statewide bookmark contest with the theme, Ready, Set, Go…Book It to Eat School Breakfast, encouraged students to collect stickers for their “breakfast bookmark” each day they ate breakfast at school. Students with five stickers were eligible to win prizes. Winners in the elementary, middle and high school categories received a “Breakfast Bonus Bag” with a $50 bookstore gift card, and school nutrition managers demonstrating a commitment to the school breakfast program received a $100 bookstore gift card and “Got Milk?” goodies. For a list of winners, visit www.fldoe.org/successstories. The bookmark contest was sponsored by The Dairy Council of Florida in conjunction with the Department of Education’s Office of Food and Nutrition Management.
Orange County School Recognized as National Demonstration School
Howard Middle School in Orange County was recently selected as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration Site by the national center in San Diego, Calif. The AVID program is a college-readiness system designed to close the achievement gap and increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges by raising academic expectations.
Howard Middle is the second AVID model school in Orange County and one of only four in Florida. The school will be visited by school leaders from around the country to see why and how the program works. For more information about the AVID Center, visit www.avidonline.org.
Brevard Biology Teacher Wins National Prize
Ms. Emily Torlak, a biology teacher at Eau Gallie High School in Brevard County, was recently named the winner of the Entomological Society of America’s President’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Secondary Education. The award recognizes educators who have gone beyond traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools to teach science. Ms. Torlak will receive a donation to purchase teaching materials to expand the use of insects as teaching tools, travel expenses to present a paper or poster on the use of insects in educational programs at her choice of peer professional venue, and an opportunity to attend the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting in December. Visit http://www.entsoc.org/ for more information about the Entomological Society of America.
Valencia Community College’s Osceola Campus Receives National Hispanic Education Award
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has presented Valencia Community College’s Osceola Campus with its Outstanding HACU-Member Institution Award. The award was in recognition of the college’s extraordinary efforts and success in advancing the mission and goals of HACU.
Valencia is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, with more than 27 percent of the college-wide enrollment and 46 percent of enrollment on the Osceola Campus made up of Hispanic students. The college is third in the nation in the number of associate degrees earned by Hispanics. For more information about HACU, visit www.hacu.net. Visit http://www.valenciacc.edu/osceola/ for information about the Osceola Campus of Valencia Community College.
Lake-Sumter Community College Awarded Workforce Grant
Lake-Sumter Community College was recently awarded a $95,000 grant through Workforce Central Florida to train electronic health record support technicians. The grant will enable the college to prepare students to assist physician’s practices in the transition to electronic records and in the maintenance of the systems. For more information about Lake-Sumter Community College’s Electronic Health Record Technician program, visit http://www.lscc.edu/collegerelations/2006-2007/uploads/aqf0agsm.pdf (PDF).
African American History Task Force Town Hall Meeting
Nov. 20, 2009
Wells’ Built Museum
511 W. South St.
The State of Florida’s Task Force on African American History will host its first annual town hall meeting in Orlando on Nov. 20, 2009. Important topics to be discussed will include the requirement that African American History be taught in Florida public schools and alignment with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. More information about the task force can be found at www.afroamfl.com.
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.