News Slices:
2011 Teacher of the Year Named
National Honor Bestowed on State Board of Education Chairman
2010 FCAT Scores Highlight Increases in Academic Achievement
Florida College System Tops National Rankings
New Content Available on iTunes U
Florida Department of Education Establishes New FCAT Website
Florida Joins Partnership To Create Common Assessment System

Resources:
Final Space Shuttle Flight An Opportunity for School Districts
Avery Dennison Give Back To Schools Program

Seeds of Success:
Florida Healthy School Districts Recognized
Lake-Sumter President Recognized for Volunteerism
Broward County Student Wins Gold Medal

Branching Out:
Americans with Disabilities Act 20th Anniversary March for Opportunity
Components of a Quality Career and Technical Education Program Summer Institute
Florida Association for Career and Technical Education Annual Conference
Third Annual Youth Summit
Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference

 


July 9, 2010

Vol. 4, Issue 15


News Slices


2011 Teacher of the Year Named

Cheryl Conley 2011 Teacher of the year
Cheryl Conley, a fourth grade teacher at Osceola Magnet Elementary School in Indian River County, has been named the 2011 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year. Conley was chosen from among five state finalists in recognition of her tremendous dedication to her students, her goal-oriented teaching style, and her proven ability to inspire students beyond their own expectations. She will serve for one year as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education, visiting schools throughout the state to share information about educational opportunities and challenges in Florida.

Conley received a cash prize of $10,000 from Macy's, a customized trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Macy's also awarded each of the other four finalists — Kelly Burnette, Yulee High School, Nassau County; Zachary Champagne, Mandarin Oaks Elementary School, Duval County; Cristine O’Hara, Palmetto Middle School, Miami-Dade County; and Allan Phipps, South Plantation High School, Broward County — a $5,000 check, a $500 Macy's gift card and $1,000 to their respective schools to be used toward educational programs.

For more information about the 2011 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year, visit www.fldoe.org/profdev/yeartch.asp.



National Honor Bestowed on State Board of Education Chairman
Florida State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair has been named the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The award is given annually to select state board of education members from throughout the country in recognition of their outstanding service to public education. Fair will receive the honor during the NASBE conference in Salt Lake City, UT in October. For more information about NASBE, visit www.nasbe.org.



2010 FCAT Scores Highlight Increases in Academic Achievement
The 2010 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results for grades four through 11 Reading, Math, Science and Writing have been announced and the results show increases in the percent of students scoring proficient and above in almost every middle and high school grade level in reading and mathematics. Science achievement also showed positive momentum with gains in all tested grade levels and students continue to score well in writing.

Highlights of the 2010 FCAT results include:

  • The percentage of students scoring proficient and above in reading increased by one point in grades 6 (67 percent), 7 (68 percent), 8 (55 percent), and 9 (48 percent), and two points in grade 10 (39 percent).
  • The percentage of students scoring proficient and above in mathematics increased by one point in grades 5 (63 percent) and 7 (61 percent), two points in grades 6 (57 percent) and 8 (68 percent), and four points in grade 10 (73 percent).
  • The percentage of students scoring proficient and above in science increased by three points in grade 5 (49 percent), two points in grade 8 (43 percent), and one point in grade 11 (38 percent).
  • In Writing, approximately 95 percent of students in grades 4 (94 percent), 8 (96 percent), and 10 (94 percent) scored at or above 3 on the six-point grading scale. The percent of students scoring a four or higher was 68 percent in grade 4, 76 percent in grade 8, and 72 percent in grade 10.

For more information about this year’s FCAT results, visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/mediapacket/2010/



Florida College System Tops National Rankings
For the eighth year in a row, The Florida College System ranks among the top producers of associate degrees in the nation according to Community College Week’s annual Top 10 report. The report, conducted using data for the 2008-09 academic year from the National Center for Education Statistics, shows that Florida colleges lead America’s more than 1,200 community colleges in a range of degree categories.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Seventeen Florida colleges are among the top 100 for the total number of associate degrees awarded.
  • Miami Dade College was again ranked number one in the nation for the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students and for the total number of associate degrees awarded to all minority groups.
  • Nine Florida colleges placed in the top 10 in the production of associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities.
  • Three Florida colleges were among the top 10 in associate degrees awarded in Nursing.

Through an unwavering commitment to an open-door policy, Florida colleges awarded 52,439 associate degrees in 2008-09. The colleges are currently the first choice of more than 900,000 students looking for access to postsecondary opportunities that is affordable and close to home. To view Community College Week’s Top 10 report for a list of Florida institutions and their national rankings, visit http://www.ccweek.com/news/templates/template.aspx?articleid=1918&zoneid=7. For more information about The Florida College System, visit www.fldoe.org/cc/.



New Content Available on iTunes U
The Florida Department of Education has partnered with The Florida Channel to provide new civics content that will enable students and teachers around the world to a greater array of instructional tools and resources. The new content, including Historic Markers and Florida Facts, Florida Portraits, Florida’s Attic, Great Floridians, 60 Second Civics and Florida Symbols, utilizes The Florida Channel’s extensive library of public affairs programs and educational content to engage students in the workings of Florida government. To learn more or to download content from Florida on iTunes U, visit www.floridaitunesu.com.



Florida Department of Education Establishes New FCAT Website
A new website related to the delays in reporting this year’s Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results has been launched by the Florida Department of Education. The website hosts a variety of information resources on the issue including:
  • Descriptions of the FCAT scoring and validation process;
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the delays and other related topics; and
  • Links to contractual and procurement documents detailing the selection of the state’s testing contractor, NCS Pearson.

Due to technical issues with Pearson’s database technology, extra time was needed this year to ensure each individual student’s test results matched up perfectly with their demographic information. These technology issues are completely separate from the scoring process, and detailed analyses by the Department, Pearson, and a third party testing expert, The Buros Institute, confirm that this year’s results are both accurate and reliable. To access the website and learn more about the FCAT, visit www.fldoe.org/fcat.asp.



Florida Joins Partnership To Create Common Assessment System
Florida is one of 26 states joining together to create the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and, on behalf of the partnership, submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Education for the development of common assessments aligned to common standards for what students should learn at each grade level. The proposed assessment system will be computer based and students will take the assessment at key times throughout the school year, closer to when they learn the material. Teachers and administrators will also be able to chart student progress toward achieving the standards and adjust instructional strategies or provide extra support to students who need it. The assessments will allow for a common metric for measuring the performance of students based on standards that mean the same from one state to another. For more information about PARCC, visit www.fldoe.org/parcc.


Resources


Final Space Shuttle Flight An Opportunity for School Districts
School districts across Florida can now participate in an experiment design competition that allows students at middle and high school levels to fly a real experiment aboard the last scheduled space shuttle flight. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with American Aerospace Advisors, launched the new Student Spaceflight Experiments Program to foster interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers in hopes of reaching thousands of students, schools and school districts, teachers and their families in this historic opportunity.

Visit the program website at http://ssep.ncesse.org for comprehensive information on program objectives, how to customize for community needs and how to participate. Districts interested in participating should explore the opportunity now since the program will need to be implemented at the beginning of the academic year. Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Education, is available by phone or by telecom at (301) 395-0770 for district science and technology education staff. Todd Clark with the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction is also available to provide assistance at (850) 245-0423 or todd.clark@fldoe.org.



Avery Dennison Give Back To Schools Program
The Avery Dennison company is offering an opportunity for schools to win a truckload of Avery-brand school supplies valued at approximately $10,000. The Give Back to Schools donation program gives students, families and school supporters age 18 or older the chance to vote for their K-8 school through Aug. 31, 2010. At the conclusion of the contest, 10 schools with the highest number of votes will win the school supplies. Log on to www.AveryDennisonGiveBacktoSchools.com for more information and to cast your vote.


Seeds of Success


Florida Healthy School Districts Recognized
In recognition of school district policies designed to improve student and staff health and increase learning capacity, the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership and the Florida Action for Healthy Kids recently named eight additional school districts as having earned the Florida Healthy School District designation. In June, 2010 the silver level recognition was bestowed on Baker, Charlotte, Duval, Putnam and Sarasota counties and the bronze level recognition was given to Leon, Manatee and Okaloosa counties. For more information about the Healthy School District award visit www.fldoe.org/BII/CSHP/h-districts.asp.



Lake-Sumter President Recognized for Volunteerism
Dr. Charles Mojock, president of Lake-Sumter Community College, has been awarded the Florida Economic Development Council’s (FEDC) prestigious Volunteer of the Year award. The annual recognition is presented for extraordinary contributions by volunteers that directly impact a community’s economic development efforts. For more information about the FEDC, visit http://www.fedc.net/.

Broward County Student Wins Gold Medal
Melissa Spron, a senior at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, has earned one of only 15 National Portfolio Gold Medal awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2010 presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. More than 165,000 entries were submitted for this prestigious national competition that recognizes the highest achievements in art and writing. Spron was selected for eight color photos as part of her photography portfolio. She will receive a $10,000 scholarship and is eligible for tuition support from the Alliance of Scholarship Partners. Spron and her photography teacher, Jan Pryczynski, were honored at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on June 9, 2010. For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, visit www.artandwriting.org/.


Branching Out


Americans with Disabilities Act 20th Anniversary March for Opportunity
July 26, 2010
Tallahassee, Fla.


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 jodi.tillman@fldoe.org.


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 on 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.


Third Annual Youth Summit
August 6 – 7, 2010
Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Orlando, Fla.


The Family Café and the Florida Youth Council have partnered to host the Third Annual Youth Summit on Aug. 6 – 7, 2010 in Orlando. The event is especially for youth and emerging leaders with disabilities between the ages of 13 and 30 and gives youth the opportunity to share experiences, build community and get to know their peers. The registration form is available on the Family Café website at www.familycafe.net/images/stories/pdffiles/3rd%20ays%20registration%20flyer%20page%201.pdf (PDF).


Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference
September 24 – 25, 2010
Orlando, Fla.


“Creating Innovative and Techology Enriched Classrooms in 21st Century Schools” is the theme for the 50th Annual Florida Association for Curriculum and Development Conference in Orlando. The Sept. 24 meeting will take place at the Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel and the Sept. 25 meeting will be held at Lake Nona High School, also in Orlando. Featured speakers are Dr. Eugene Carter, Executive Director for the International Association of Curriculum and Development, and Jim Warford, Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Administrators. For more information about the conference, visit www.fascd.org.


 
 
 
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