August 20, 2010
Vol. 4, Issue 18
State Board of Education Launches New Teaching and Leadership Workshop Series
In partnership with the Florida Department of Education, the State Board of Education will host a series of five regional workshops where educators from across the state will share their ideas and concerns on important education topics. During the “What’s Working in Effective Teaching and Leadership” series, teachers, school administrators, school district personnel and other stakeholders can openly discuss critical issues such as instructional practices, leadership, professional development and teacher quality.
The series of workshops will be hosted in communities throughout the state and a national or state expert will facilitate each discussion. The first workshop will be held Sept. 13, 2010, with the remaining workshops scheduled through Oct. 2010. Each workshop will be held from 4-6 p.m. local time. Additional details about each individual workshop, topics, featured speakers and other information can be found at www.fldoe.org/whatworks/.
Teacher of the Year Partners Recognized
When Florida’s top educators gathered in Orlando in July 2010, the announcement of Cheryl Conley as the 2011 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year was undeniably the highlight of the three-day gala. Thanks to charitable donations by a host of partners, teachers were able to take part in a variety of activities that included opportunities for networking, sharing best practices and exchanging ideas on current issues with colleagues and education leaders. In addition to Macy’s support of the Teacher of the Year Roundtable and gala, the following organizations expressed their appreciation and commitment to academic excellence in Florida with generous donations resulting in gifts and activities such as a welcome fair, reception, celebration luncheon, Universal tickets and technology products. The Florida Education Foundation also supported the Teacher of the Year Roundtable. Thank you!
- Smart Technologies
- Florida Lottery
- Bank of America
- Universal Orlando
For more information about the Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year program, visit www.fldoe.org/profdev/yeartch.asp.
Schools Selected for 2010-11 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
More than 130 schools in 26 Florida school districts have been selected for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the 2010-11 school year. The program provides funding for schools to offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as snack options to students three to five times a week during school hours. For more information about the FFVP, including a list of participating schools, visit www.fldoe.org/FNM/ffvp.
Teachers Share Best Practices on Successful Teaching
The Foundation for Excellence in Education recently brought together 81 of Florida’s top educators to learn and share their tips and techniques for teaching and have compiled their secrets into a new publication called “Secrets of Successful Teaching.” These teachers shared their experience and expertise with researchers during focus groups moderated by the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Learning, a national leader in developing innovative professional development initiatives to improve instruction in classrooms across the nation. Many of their insights into excellence echoed across subject and grade and these recurring themes, reflected in the words of the teachers themselves, reinforced the findings of multiple research papers and projects from renowned institutions across the country.
To see the compilation of personal stories and advice on the education profession from “Secrets of Successful Teaching,” please visit www.excelined.org/secrets.
Department of Education Partners with Florida NFL Teams
A new partnership with two National Football League teams – the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins – will allow all public school and district education personnel (pre-K through grade 12) to buy football tickets at discounted prices this fall. Each team has single-game discount tickets available to show their appreciation for education employees who make a difference in Florida’s classrooms each and every day. More information about the discounts, including specific details about single game offers, can be found on the Just for Teachers website at www.fldoe.org/justforteachers/discounts.asp.
Read for the Record 2010
Florida teachers and students are invited to join millions of record-breakers around the world to Read for the Record on Oct. 7, 2010, featuring Ezra Jack Keat’s classic book, The Snowy Day. Last year, more than 120,000 Floridians registered their participation in the Read for the Record campaign and this year it’s even easier to join in the largest shared reading experience. Through the new charitable initiative We Give Books, the Pearson Foundation will donate brand-new books to children in need when the book is read online. Everyone who reads the book at www.wegivebooks.org is automatically registered toward the new world record. For more information about this year’s Read for the Record campaign, visit www.readfortherecord.org or www.wegivebooks.org.
Mission San Luis Open for Students and Teachers
Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Fla., invites teachers and students to visit the site of La Florida’s only reconstructed mission for a glimpse into the history and culture of early Florida. As the western capital of Florida in the 17th and early 18th centuries, Mission San Luis was home to Apalachee and Spanish residents and is now a living history site and national historic landmark. All educational programs are aligned with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and pre- and post-visit materials are available for teachers. For information on educational programs at Mission San Luis, contact the mission at (850) 245-6406 or via e-mail at email@example.com. More information about Mission San Luis can be found at www.missionsanluis.org/.
Black Indian Tribe of Florida Announces Essay Contest
All Florida students in grades three through 12 are invited to participate in the Black Indian Tribe of Florida “What My Vote Means To Me” essay contest. Students should compose an essay no longer than 300 words and explain what the right to vote for candidates for public office means to them. The deadline to submit an essay is Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, and the student’s name, address, grade level, age and school name must be printed or typed on the first page. A total of six winners will be chosen – two each from elementary, middle and high school levels – and each winner will receive a $200 cash prize. Essays can either be mailed to Dr. Belinda Noah, Chairman of the Black Indian Tribe of Florida, at P.O. Box 46535, Tampa, FL 33646 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Noah at the e-mail address provided.
Seeds of Success
Pensacola State College Wins Federal Grant
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pensacola State College a $1.64 million grant to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or college students with disabilities to increase students’ retention and graduation rates and facilitate their transfer to four-year colleges. The Student Support Services Program provides instruction in basic study skills; tutorial services; academic, financial or personal counseling; assistance in securing and administering financial aid; guidance on career options and mentoring and special services for students with limited English proficiency. For more information, contact Rachel Burns, director of Student Support Services at Pensacola State College at (850) 484-1817 or via e-mail at rburns@PensacolaState.edu.
Miami Dade College To Offer Accelerated Degree Programs
Two new associate degree programs for self-motivated individuals who enjoy learning in a fast-paced environment will be available this fall at Miami Dade College. The new accelerated associate degree programs, Computer Information Technology and Business Administration will both be offered at the Wolfson Campus. For more information about the program in Computer Information Technology, contact Chris Kinnaird at (305) 237-3928 or email@example.com. For more information about the program in Business Administration, contact Gita Runkle at (305) 237-7139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book By Broward College Vice President Garners Prestigious Award
A new book by Broward College’s Vice President for Human Resources and Equity Dr. Edna Chun and co-author Alvin Evans, “Bridging the Diversity Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education,” has received the 2010 Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). The award will be presented at the CUPA-HR’s annual conference in Sept. 2010.
Indian River State College Students Awarded Scholarships
Fourteen students in Indian River State College’s Power Plant Technology Institute were recently presented scholarships from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission totaling $90,000. Through a partnership with Florida Power and Light (FPL), the students, who have completed two years in the program, will now begin work at FPL’s St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant as full-time technicians. Representatives from FPL also presented 19 program graduates with letters of hire and their first hard hats. For more information about IRSC’s Power Plant Technology Institute, visit http://faculty.irsc.edu/dept/advancedtechnology/ee/powerplant.htm.
University of Florida Partners with Miami-Dade Schools For Early Learning Initiative
A partnership between the University of Florida (UF), Miami-Dade County Schools and The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation will use $5 million in federal stimulus dollars from the U.S. Department of Education to expand the scope of their school-readiness initiative in Miami-Dade schools. The funds will be used over four years to train 100 master teachers in early childhood education studies in 25 high-need elementary schools throughout the district. For more information about the initiative, contact Donald Pemberton, director of the Lastinger Center for Learning with the UF College of Education at (352) 273-4108 or email@example.com.
Seminole County School Gets Donation For Music Education
On behalf of Best Buy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®, pop star Justin Bieber surprised summer band camp students at Seminole High School in Seminole County with a $5,000 donation to support the school’s music education programs. The program recognizes top high schools in the United States that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. For more information about the program, visit www2.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Foundation/.
Lee County Awarded Federal Grant
The Lee County School District has been awarded a federal Teaching American History grant for nearly $1 million to support the first three years of a five-year project, “E Pluribus Unum: One Nation, One People,” that will focus on significant events, people and documents that have shaped our nation. The project will target 120 educators who currently teach American History in grades five, eight and 11 to increase teachers’ content knowledge and understanding of American history and to increase student knowledge of American history through improved instructional practices. For more information about the Teaching American History grant, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/index.html.
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, remain 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
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 Staff Development Leadership Conference
Sept. 20 – 22, 2010
St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.
The Florida Association for Staff Development Fall Leadership Conference will be held Sept. 20 – 22, 2010, with the focus of providing educators with skills, tools and information to strengthen student achievement through high quality professional development. The featured speaker is Lois Easton who will facilitate two general sessions to include both background knowledge and skill application through practice with the lesson study model. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.fasdonline.com/events.asp or contact Joyce Menz, Conference Co-Chairman, at (904) 491-9888 or Joyce.Menz@nassau.k2.fl.us.
Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference
Sept. 24 – 25, 2010
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Kimberly Davis at (850) 245-0551 or email@example.com; or Dr. Gria Davison at (850) 245-7837 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference
Oct. 8 – 9, 2010
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.
Florida Art Education Association Annual Conference
Oct. 14 – 16, 2010
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center at the Florida Mall
The Florida Art Education Association’s 2010 Conference will feature keynote speaker Jacqueline Roch, national award-winning pastel artist, and Dr. Ron Yrabedra, artist and Professor of Art Education at Florida A & M University. The conference will also include the fourth annual Digital Student Exhibition, more than 100 workshops and special interest sessions for arts educators and administrators, the Artists’ Bazaar, Members’ Digital Exhibition and a Meet and Greet to link students in pre-service education programs with Florida Arts supervisors across the state. For more information about the conference, visit www.faea.org.
Florida Distance Learning Association Fall Conference
Oct. 15 – 16, 2010
Nova Southeastern Student Education Center at the Millennium Mall
“Creating Technology-rich Instructions” is the theme for the Florida Distance Learning Association Fall Conference Oct. 15 – 16, 2010, in Orlando. Featured speakers include K-12 educators, college and university professors and expert technology providers. For more information about the conference, visit http://fdla.com/.
Education Beyond Borders
Oct. 15 – 17, 2010
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 email@example.com or (239) 590-7748 or Sheryl Sandvoss with the Florida Department of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 245-0478.
First Annual STEMtech Conference
Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2010
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
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.