June 25, 2010
Vol. 4, Issue 13
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Florida College System Welcomes New Presidents
Boards of Trustees at five colleges in the Florida College System have recently selected new presidents to lead their institutions. The changes come at a time of record enrollment increases and growing budget constraints. The new Presidents will join the Florida College System’s Council of Presidents’ advisory board to provide guidance and direction for the system as they move forward.
- Florida Keys Community College – Interim President Dr. Larry W. Tyree was selected to serve as president through June 2012. Tyree, who took the helm in November, officially shed the “interim” title and became “President” June 15, 2010.
- Hillsborough Community College – Dr. Ken Atwater was named the college’s seventh president, succeeding Dr. Gwendolyn Stephenson who is retiring after 13 years of outstanding service. After spending the last 30 years in higher education administration in colleges throughout the country, Dr. Atwater will assume the presidency July 1, 2010.
- Northwest Florida State College – Dr. Ty Handy became the college’s President on June 21, 2010. A native Floridian, Dr. Handy previously served in a number of college leadership positions across the nation.
- St. Petersburg College – Dr. William Law began his presidency at St. Petersburg College June 7, 2010, after serving as President of Tallahassee Community College. Dr. Law previously served in various capacities at colleges in Texas.
- Tallahassee Community College – Dr. Barbara Sloan has been named Interim President upon the departure of Dr. William Law. Dr. Sloan was previously the college’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and will resume those duties once a permanent president is appointed.
To learn more about The Florida College System, visit www.fldoe.org/cc.
Florida’s Top Education Business Partners Honored
Nearly 90 Florida businesses and organizations were recognized June 17 as recipients of the 2010 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award for their contributions to improving education in the state. State Board of Education member Mark Kaplan was on hand to make the announcement at the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and the Florida School Boards Association joint conference in Tampa. The awards, administered by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation, encourage successful alliances within the business community and among local school districts for the benefit of all students. For a full list of the businesses honored during the awards ceremony, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2010/2010_06_18/CBRAWinnersDistrict.pdf (PDF). To learn more about how businesses are contributing to education in Florida, visit www.floridaeducationfoundation.org/.
Task Force on the Future of Academic Libraries Announced
The Florida College System has announced a partnership with the Board of Governors to develop a long-term strategic plan for the state’s academic libraries. The Task Force on the Future of Academic Libraries in Florida will include library directors, academic leaders and technology officers from public and private colleges and universities, and representatives from Florida’s K-12 education system, the state’s library system, public libraries, the College Center for Library Automation and the Florida Center for Library Automation. The first meeting of the task force is scheduled for July 19, 2010, at the University of Florida and will feature a panel discussion on the future of academic libraries.
Task Force on Excellent Teaching Formed
Governor Crist recently announced the creation of Florida’s Task Force on Excellent Teaching to explore methods for enhancing student achievement, teacher compensation and performance. The task force will include education stakeholders such as teachers and representatives of teacher associations, superintendents, school board members, school administrators, parents, lawmakers and the business community. For more information, visit www.flgov.com/release/11666.
Florida Teacher Receives National Civics Award
Jackie Viana, a Social Studies educator and department chair at Hialeah Gardens Middle School in Miami-Dade County, has been named a winner of the 2010 American Civic Education Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, the Center on Congress at Indiana University and the National Education Association, and recognizes three exemplary teachers annually from throughout the United States for their work in preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. This is the first time a Florida teacher has won the award. Congratulations Jackie! For more information, visit www.civiced.org.
College of Central Florida Student Wins FACTS.ORG contest
Todd Reiland, a student at the College of Central Florida (formerly Central Florida Community College), is the winner of the FACTS.org 10th Anniversary Laptop Contest. Students submitted photos, stories, quotes and videos about how FACTS.org helped them achieve their educational goals and the winning name was chosen at random. Todd was presented with the laptop, which was donated by The Florida College System Foundation, at a reception hosted by Central Florida Vice President Dr. Vernon Lawter. For more information about FACTS.org and the tools available to help students plan and make informed decisions about their future, visit www.FACTS.org.
Tallahassee Community College Professor Named a National Scholar
Diane Dupuy Whitney, an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. Each summer the endowment supports Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops so faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines. Whitney is among 50 faculty members selected to participate in the program and will receive a $1,200 stipend to cover expenses. For more information about the National Endowment for the Humanities, visit www.neh.gov/.
Okaloosa Educator Inducted Into National Teachers Hall of Fame
Linda P. Evanchyk, an English and Journalism teacher at Choctawhatchee High School and a reading teacher at Feeder Elementary School in Okaloosa County, was one of five educators in the nation to be named as a member of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Five outstanding teachers are recognized annually for their commitment and dedication to teaching children. Each teacher receives a plaque bearing their picture, name and brief description for display in their school and the Hall of Fame, a signet ring and lapel pin, $1,000 in materials for their school district, and a $1,000 scholarship for a student in the inductee’s school district who plans to pursue a degree in education. The National Teachers Hall of Fame was created in 1975 and is located in Emporia, Kan. For more information, visit www.nthf.org/.
Pensacola Junior College Receives National Recycling Grant
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and the Coca-Cola Company have selected Pensacola Junior College as a recipient of a 2010 recycling bin grant. The grant will allow the college to place 60 recycling bins on all campuses in vending and high-traffic areas, including sports and theater venues, where students typically congregate and consume beverages. Selection criteria included where bins are likely to have the most impact on recovering beverage containers, the ability of grant recipients to sustain their program in the future and their intent to support collection programs with recycling education and promotion efforts. For more information about the bin grant program, visit http://bingrant.org.
Seminole County Student Named A Gates Millennium Scholar
Tonjanika Smith, a graduating senior at Lyman High School in Seminole County, has been named a recipient of a scholarship from the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS). The scholarship is good through college graduation, can be used at a college or university of her choice and covers tuition, room and board, and other covered expenses. Recipients also benefit from academic support, mentoring and leadership training and funding is available for graduate study through a doctoral degree in seven academic disciplines. Smith is one of 1,000 scholars around the country to be chosen to receive the GMS scholarship. Congratulations Tonjanika! For more information about GMS, visit www.gmsp.org/.
Two Florida Students Named Congress-Bundestag Recipients
Allison Burdine and Michael Quinn from Titusville High School in Brevard County will have an opportunity to live and learn in Germany through the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program. They are among 25 scholarships awarded each year to finalists throughout the United States to live with host families and learn more about the German language and culture. To learn more about this program, coordinated by the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career and Adult Education, contact Patrick Wright at (850) 245-0911, email@example.com or visit www.fldoe.org/workforce/programs/cp_bundestag.asp.
Summer Institutes for English and Mathematics College Success/Readiness Courses
Regional locations throughout the month of July 2010
In collaboration with the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) and the Gates Foundation, the Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) Division of Public Schools and the Division of Florida Colleges are offering 12 regional train-the-trainer workshops around the state throughout the month of July 2010. The 2010 SREB-Gates College Success Summer Institutes are one-day workshops designed to share information and allow collaboration between district, high school and Florida college leaders and instructors regarding successful teaching of college readiness courses in English language arts and mathematics for academic year 2010-11. Complete information about the workshops, including dates and locations, can be found at http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5777/dps-2010-86.pdf (PDF), http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5782/dps-2010-86a.pdf (PDF) and http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-5783/dps-2010-86b.pdf (PDF). If you have questions or need more information, contact Susan Watt with DOE at (850) 245-0766 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Interdisciplinary Center for Ongoing Research/Education (ICORE) Summer Institut
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.
Academic Alignment Summer Institute for Career and Technical Education Teams
July 12 – 13, 2010
Regal Sun Walt Disney World Resort
The Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) Division of Career and Adult Education is hosting the Academic Alignment Summer Institute on July 12 -13, 2010, in Orlando, Fla. The two-day workshop is for teams of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Algebra I teachers from schools that offer Aerospace Technology, Engineering Technology, Power and Energy Technology, and/or Introduction to Engineering Design, and is intended to better prepare CTE students to take the Algebra I end-of-course exam. The first 150 registered participants will be reimbursed for travel and hotel expenses and receive a $50 per day stipend. For more information or to register, contact Jodi Tillman with DOE at (850) 245-9439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2010 One Goal Summer Conference: Building the Future Together
July 21 – 23, 2010
Hyatt Regency Tampa City Center
The 2010 One Goal Summer Conference will be held July 21 – 23, 2010, in Tampa with the theme “Putting Families First.” The conference will feature 90 concurrent workshops on best practices and information on building common frameworks of knowledge to assist in unified planning for young children and their families. More information about the conference can be found at www.onegoalsummerconference.org or contact Frankie Allen, conference coordinator, at (850) 893-6270, email@example.com or Carole West with the Florida Department of Education at (850) 245-0478 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Americans With Disabilities Act 20th Anniversary March for Opportunity
July 26, 2010
Florida citizens are invited to celebrate the state’s 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act on July 26, 2010, in Tallahassee, Fla. Participants will gather at 10:00 a.m. to march to the state Capitol and hear celebratory speeches in the Capitol Courtyard. For more information about the celebration, visit http://www.rehabworks.org/ or contact Rachel Smith with the Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation at (850) 245-3415 or Rachel.Smith@vr.fldoe.org.
Components of a Quality Career and Technical Education Program Summer Institute
Aug. 2 – 3, 2010
Clearwater Beach Hilton
Clearwater Beach, Fla.
Components of a quality career and technical education program is the focus of a Summer Institute offered by the Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) Division of Career and Adult Education. The Institute will be held on Aug. 2 – 3, 2010, as a preconference to the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education’s (CTE) Annual Conference (more details below). Priority will be given to CTE teachers at identified struggling schools, but all CTE educators are invited to attend. Participant’s travel at the state rate and hotel expenses will be reimbursed. For more information or to register, contact Jodi Tillman with DOE at (850) 245-9439 or email@example.com.
Florida Association for Career and Technical Education Annual Conference
Aug. 2 – 5, 2010
Clearwater Beach Hilton
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 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 or e-mail. For complete information about the conference, visit www.facte.org.