News Slices:
Florida Named A Finalist in Race To The Top Phase 2 Competition
State Board of Education Adopts Common Core Standards
Parental Involvement Awards Announced
Florida Virtual School To Host Virtual Open House
2010-11 Artist in Residence Opportunity

Seeds of Success:
Florida Odyssey of the Mind Winners
Florida History Fair Team Excels at National Competition
Orange County Administrator Awarded National Honor
Daytona State College Instructor Honored for Culinary Excellence
Tallahassee Community College Recognized Nationally

Branching Out:
Momentum 2010
Florida Reading Association Annual Conference
Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference
2010 Dropout Prevention Institute/School Attendance Symposium
Florida Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference
Education Beyond Borders
Working with the Experts for Occupational and Physical Therapists
First Annual STEMtech Conference

 


August 6, 2010

Vol. 4, Issue 17


News Slices


Florida Named A Finalist in Race To The Top Phase 2 Competition
Florida has been named one of 19 finalists for the federal Race to the Top Phase 2 competition and could receive up to $700 million dollars in federal funds to implement locally developed comprehensive education reforms. A delegation led by Gov. Charlie Crist will head to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 11 to present the state’s proposal to federal officials. Winners are expected to be announced in late August/early September of 2010. For more information about the Race to the Top competition, visit www.fldoe.org/ARRA/RacetotheTop.asp.



State Board of Education Adopts Common Core Standards
By unanimous vote, the State Board of Education approved the adoption of the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics on July 27, 2010. The adoption is the next step in Florida’s education reform efforts geared toward strengthening curriculum standards and laying the groundwork to compare our state’s academic progress with the rest of the nation and the world. For more information on the Common Core Standards, visit www.corestandards.org/.



Parental Involvement Awards Announced
Exemplary parent involvement programs from throughout the state were honored at the Florida Parent Teacher Association’s (PTA) Annual Leadership Conference in Tarpon Springs on July 17, 2010. For more than a decade, the Florida Department of Education and the PTA have partnered to recognize commendable parent programs in Florida schools. For more information and list of winning programs, visit www.fldoe.org/family/parent.asp.



Florida Virtual School To Host Virtual Open House
The Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will host Momentum 2010 from Aug. 25-26, 2010, to provide a dynamic virtual open house designed to showcase what virtual education options offer to students, parents, educators, school leaders and the public. Participants will enter a virtual conference center and navigate through meeting rooms, exhibition halls filled with information booths, view keynote presentations and more – all from the comfort of their own home and at no cost. For complete information about the FLVS Virtual Open House, visit www.flvs.net/areas/studentservices/virtual%20open%20house%202010/virtual_open_house_2010.html



2010-11 Artist in Residence Opportunity
The deadline is rapidly approaching for educators to apply for the Very Special Arts Florida (VSAFL) Artist in Residence program. One exceptional student education (ESE) classroom in each of Florida’s school districts will gain the benefits of a teaching artist in visual arts, music, drama or writing to spend one hour a week in their classroom for eight weeks during fall 2010/winter 2011. The deadline for ESE directors to notify VSAFL of the classroom selected is Sept. 15, 2010. If you have questions about the program, contact Marilyn Farber, Professional Development Coordinator for VSAFL at (813) 558-1144 or by e-mail at mfarber@usf.edu.


Seeds of Success


Florida Odyssey of the Mind Winners
Teams from schools throughout Florida were among more than 130 international teams to participate in the 2010 Odyssey of the Mind competition at Michigan State University May 26 – 30, 2010. At the end of three full days of solving problems that ranged from building mechanical devices to presenting interpretations of literacy classics, Florida was well represented among the winners, with 13 teams in the top 10 representing all divisions. Congratulations to Florida’s teams! For a list of teams placing in the 2010 competition, visit www.fldoe.org/successstories. For more information about Odyssey of the Mind, visit www.odysseyofthemind.com/ and www.floridaodysseyofthemind.org/Home.html.



Florida History Fair Team Excels at National Competition
After months of intensive research and success at district and state level competitions, 56 students from 14 counties represented Florida at the National History Day competition June 13 – 17, 2010, in College Park, Md. Students prepared historical paper, exhibit, documentary, performance and website entries relating to this year’s theme, “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.” Three entries from Florida were named winners and five entries were named as finalists. In addition, two entries were recognized with the Outstanding State Award and two exhibits were displayed at the Smithsonian Institute. Kudos!

For a complete list of Florida’s National History Day winners, visit www.fldoe.org/successstories. More information about the Florida History Fair or National History Day can be found at www.floridahistoryfair.com and http://nationalhistoryday.org/





Orange County Administrator Awarded National Honor
Dr. Marilyn Doyle, Orange County Schools Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Student Services, was named one of two recipients nationwide for the 2010 Council of Great City Schools (CGCS)/Pearson Education Curriculum Leadership Award. The award recognizes educators from large school districts who have spearheaded programs that help students strive for academic excellence. Doyle will receive a cash award of $1,000 for her leadership, innovation, and commitment to improving learning for all students. For more information about the CGCS, visit www.cgcs.org/.



Daytona State College Instructor Honored for Culinary Excellence
Costa Magoulas, an instructor with Daytona State College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Management, has been named among the area’s top chefs by Central Florida Restaurant Forum Magazine. Magoulas is featured in the June/July 2010 issue. He is also a recipient of the American Culinary Federation’s Presidential Medallion and has more than 20 years teaching experience. More information about the honor can be found at http://central.florida.restaurantforummagazine.com.



Tallahassee Community College Recognized Nationally
Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is a recipient of the 2010 Innovation Award by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). The award seeks to honor the achievement of postsecondary institutions of all kinds for their innovative approach to institutional issues within the higher education community. The college was honored for the development of “My Success Platinum,” an interactive tool that engages students in their academic and career planning via online pathways designed to deliver services the way today’s students need and demand. More information TCC and NACUBO’s Innovation Award can be found at http://www.tcc.fl.edu/about_tcc/news_events/news_archives/
2010/july_2010/tcc_receives_nacubo_innovation_award
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Branching Out


Momentum 2010
Florida Virtual School Open House
Aug. 25 – 26, 2010


Students, parents, educators, school leaders and the public are invited to log on to Momentum 2010, the Florida Virtual School’s first-ever virtual open house. The virtual conference offers the experiences and tools for students to set goals, plan for college and careers, stay engaged, focused and keep moving forward. For more information, visit www.flvs.net/areas/studentservices/virtual%20open%20house%202010/virtual_open_house_2010.html.


Florida Reading Association Annual Conference
Sept. 9 – 12, 2010
Shingle Creek Resort
Orlando, Fla.


All Florida educators are invited to attend the Florida Reading Association (FRA) Annual Conference Sept. 9 – 12, 2010, in Orlando. With the theme “Reading Lights the Way,” participants will have the opportunity to interact with authors and experts in the field of literacy. Pre-conference Institutes on Sept. 9 will cover a wide range of topics that include Response to Intervention, Vocabulary Development, and Reading Strategies for K-12. In addition, the FRA bookstore will feature many popular book titles available for purchase and well-known authors will be on hand for book signing. For more information about the FRA conference, visit www.flreads.org/.


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


“Creating Innovative and Technology 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.


2010 Dropout Prevention Institute/School Attendance Symposium
Oct. 4 – 7, 2010
Hilton Walt Disney World® Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


The 2010 Dropout Prevention Institute/School Attendance Symposium will be held in conjunction with the National Dropout Prevention Center Oct. 4 – 7, 2010, in Lake Buena Vista. The theme, “Be There to Get There: Engaging the Promise of Every Graduate” will offer more than 80 workshops on topics of interest to public and private administrators, teachers, school social workers, faith and community-based leaders, attendance specialists, college administrators and others who provide services to students who are truant and/or at risk of not graduating from high school. More information about the conference can be found at www.dropoutprevention.org/conferen/conferen.htm#2010SchoolAttendanceSymposium. If you have questions, contact Tameka Thomas at (850) 245-0845 or tameka.thomas@fldoe.org; Dr. Kimberly Davis at (850) 245-0551 or kimberly.davis@fldoe.org; or Dr. Gria Davison at (850) 245-7837 or gdavison@usf.edu.


Florida Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference
Oct. 8 – 9, 2010
Carillon Hilton
St. Petersburg, Fla.


“Transforming Teacher Education for the 21st Century” is the theme for the Florida Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference Oct. 8 – 9, 2010, in St. Petersburg. The conference features more than 70 presentations by local and national speakers in addition to an informative panel discussion on Florida and Teacher Preparation for the 21st Century Learner. Featured speakers include Sarah Enterline, Director of Assessment and Accreditation at Lynch School of Education at Boston College and Larry Daniel with the College of Education at the University of North Florida. For more information, visit www.fate1.org.


Education Beyond Borders
Oct. 15 – 17, 2010
Sofia, Bulgaria


Education institutions of higher learning are invited to attend the 2010 “Education Beyond Borders” Oct. 15 – 17, 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria, to showcase their programs to Bulgarian students interested in studying abroad. The conference will be held at the National Palace of Culture and is a forum for secondary and higher education institutions and organizations of worldwide importance. For more information about the conference, visit www.education-world.eu/index.php?m=930&lang=2.


Working with the Experts for Occupational and Physical Therapists
Oct. 27 – 29, 2010
Miami, Orlando and Gainesville, Fla.


Practical strategies for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders is the focus for regional Working with the Experts for Occupational and Physical Therapists Oct. 27 – 29, 2010. The day-long training will be provided in three regional locations and is free of charge for participants. Interested individuals should contact their school district Occupational or Physical Therapist Coordinator to register. If you have questions about the workshops or need assistance, contact either Peg Sullivan at Florida Gulf Coast University at msullliva@fgcu.edu or (239) 590-7748 or Sheryl Sandvoss with the Florida Department of Education at sheryl.sandvoss@fldoe.org or (850) 245-0478.


First Annual STEMtech Conference
Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2010
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Orlando, Fla.


Sponsored by the League for Innovation, the first annual STEMtech conference will be held Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2010, in Orlando. STEMtech is an interactive learning conference with a strong focus on the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in general education and workforce training. Numerous STEM and tech tracks will allow participants to discuss and exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues. For more information about the STEMtech conference, visit www.league.org/stemtech.


 
 
 
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