November 25, 2009
Vol. 3, Issue 23
Florida Number One In Nation for Online Education
For the second year in a row, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE) has named Florida as the top state in the nation in online education. Florida was recognized for its robust and thriving virtual school with nearly 125,000 students, a 25 percent increase in attendance over last year. An annual survey conducted by CDE evaluated national policies and state support for the implementation of online programs in K-12 education.
The CDE is a national research and advisory institute providing education and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.centerdigitaled.com. The Center is a division of e.Republic, Inc., a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector. Visit www.erepublic.com for more information.
Education Commissioner Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award
The University of Central Florida (UCF) recently bestowed the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith during the annual Alumni Center’s Black and Gold Gala. Dr. Smith received his master’s degree in school administration from UCF in 1978, and was chosen among his classmates for his dedication and commitment to elevating the quality of education of the nation’s students. For more information, visit http://news.ucf.edu.
Florida College System Announces Best Practices Awards
Dr. Will Holcombe, Chancellor of The Florida College System, presented the Chancellor’s Best Practices Awards to three Florida colleges during the 60th Annual Florida Association of Community Colleges Convention in Orlando on Nov. 18. The awards are based on each college’s innovative approach in the areas of academic affairs, student affairs and workforce education.
The 2009 Chancellor’s Best Practices Award winners are:
- Academic Affairs: Equine Studies Program Without Horses, Central Florida Community College
- Student Affairs: First-Year Experience F.A.C.E. Program, Miami-Dade College
- Workforce Education: Enriched Clinical Experiences Using Free Clinics, Northwest Florida State College
The Florida College System’s Best Practices Web site provides helpful information to assist community college leaders in developing and implementing innovative solutions to challenges facing their institutions. For more information, including access to successful educational programs and strategies, visit www.fldoe.org/cc/retention.
Miami-Dade College President Recognized as Top College President
Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami-Dade College, has been chosen as one of Time magazine’s “The Top 10 College Presidents.” Padrón is the only college president from Florida and the only community college leader profiled. The magazine says of Padrón, “The Cuban-born economist has helped revolutionize the role of two-year community colleges in the U.S., raising their academic stature while preserving their mission to teach underserved populations.” The full report can be accessed at http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1937938_1937934,00.html.
Lake City Community College Breaks Ground for New Library
Groundbreaking ceremonies for a new library and media center at Lake City Community College took place Nov. 10. The new facility will house the library, media center and meeting rooms for campus and public use, and will incorporate many “green” features designed with sustainability in mind. The expected completion date is November 2010.
Chipola College Health Science Students Learn with Simulators
Students in nursing, paramedic and emergency medical technician programs in Chipola College’s Health Science Department are now using an entire family of patient simulators to learn clinical skills. The newest addition is a birthing simulator that helps students learn about the challenges associated with delivering babies and how to make decisions in a stressful environment. Funds for the simulator came through a partnership with the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board. For information about Chipola’s Health Science programs, call (850) 718-2316 or visit http://www.chipola.edu/instruct/Health-Sciences/index.htm.
Very Scary Story Contest
Volunteer USA Foundation and R.L. Stine, a popular children’s author, have teamed up to invite students in grades 4-7 in Glades, Hendry, Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties to write their own very scary story. Students should create a story based on the book Goosebumps HorrorLand: Revenge of the Living Dummy that includes a scary ride (or two!) where the main characters Molly and Britney leave their hotel to explore the amusement park grounds. Entries should be a minimum of 300 words and must be submitted by Jan. 10, 2010. For more information regarding contest rules, judging guidelines, prizes and classroom activities, visit www.VolunteerUSAFoundation.org or contact Carolyn Vega-Melendez at (850) 559-2208.
Palm Beach County Schools Alumnus Wins National Acclaim
Nicole McKessy, a 2005 graduate of Atlantic Community High School in Palm Beach County, has been selected as the Exemplary Academy Alumni for 2009 by the National Career Academy Coalition in conjunction with the school and the city of Delray Beach. McKessy is currently a Community Service Officer with the city of Delray Beach and the 2008 Delray Beach Police Employee of the Year. She will be presented with the award at the National Career Academy Coalition Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.
Lee County School Honored as a Good Neighbor
Lehigh Elementary School in Lee County was recently presented the Good Neighbor Award from State Farm Insurance. The award recognizes those students who exemplify character, the ability to make positive choices and the qualities of being a “good neighbor.” Students will work together to build a better school community through service learning projects. The award is named after the insurance company’s slogan and the school’s original name of Lehigh Neighborhood School.
Brevard School Earns National Ranking
Merritt Island Launch Area (MILA) Elementary School in Brevard County recently received national recognition as a National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) STARS School, one of only 44 in the nation to ever receive the distinction. The NASPE STARS initiative honors physical education programs that model the essential elements for quality physical education and provides meaningful learning opportunities for all students. The school will be recognized next March during the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For more information about the NASPE STARS program, visit http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/awards/recognitionPrograms/STARS/about.cfm.
Florida Intergenerational Week
Dec. 6 – 12, 200
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs invites you to learn more about volunteer opportunities that link elders and youth during Florida Intergenerational Week Dec. 6 – 12, 2009. Since 2003, intergenerational programs and activities have increased community awareness about issues that affect both young and old and promotes the understanding of shared values and respect for individuals in all stages of life. For more information about activities and programs celebrating intergenerational relationships, visit Generations United at http://www.gu.org or contact ZsaZsa Ingram-Fitzpatrick with the Department of Elder Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Grants Developers Network K-12 Winter Conference
Jan. 21 – 22, 2010
The Florida Grants Developers Network K-12 will hold its Winter Conference in Ocala Jan. 21–22, 2010. Topics related to federal and state grant programs and issues will be discussed and analyzed by leading school district grant professionals. For more information, visit www.fgdnk12.org.
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 Feb. 5 – 6, 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.