Florida Virtual School Educator Wins Nation's First Online K-12 Teacher of the Year Award
Teresa Dove, an educator with the Florida Virtual School, has been named the 2010 National Online Teacher of the Year by the two nonprofit organizations that founded the program - the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Dove and two other finalists were selected from among 50 nominations of online educators in public schools and state virtual schools in 24 states. For the past four years, Dove has been an online mathematics/Algebra II teacher for grades 6-12 and a Literacy Coordinator at the Florida Virtual School. Dove and the two other finalists were recognized during the SREB's joint annual meeting on Sept. 8, 2010. She was presented with an art glass sculpture designed by Hans Frabel and an all-expense paid trip to the Virtual School Symposium sponsored by iNACOL in Nov. 2010 in Glendale, Ariz. The Florida Virtual School was founded in 1997 and was the country's first state-wide Internet-based public high school. Today the school serves more than 125,000 students in grades K-12 and provides a variety of custom solutions for schools and districts to meet student needs. For more information about the Florida Virtual School, visit www.flvs.net. Congratulations Teresa!
Florida College System Chancellor to Retire
Dr. Willis Holcombe, longtime postsecondary educator and Chancellor of the Florida College System, has announced his retirement. Holcombe was the former president of Broward College and was appointed as head of the state’s 28-college system in January 2008. Under Holcombe’s tenure, the state’s college system continued to garner national recognition, ranking among the top producers of associate degrees in the country for eight consecutive years according to Community College Week’s Top 100 report, and as a leader in graduation and progression rates based on the Southern Regional Education Board’s Fact Book. A former Marine Corps captain, scratch golfer and English professor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., and Broward College in south Florida, Holcombe will remain as Chancellor until a successor is named.
Floridians Invited to Participate in Hispanic Heritage Student and Teacher Contests
As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, 2010, Florida students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in student contests centered around the theme, “Recognizing Florida’s Hispanic Heritage: Past, Present and Future.” Parents, teachers, students and principals are also invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. Winners will be recognized at the Governor’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee in October.
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Celebrate September as Literacy Month in a Florida State Park
In celebration of September as Florida Literacy Month, the Departments of Education (DOE) and Environmental Protection have partnered to offer special events at state parks and libraries throughout Florida. In conjunction with International Literacy Day on Sept. 8 and National Library Card Signup Month, entrance to all Florida state parks will be free from Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 12 for park visitors who have a library card, show a library book or donate a new or gently used family-friendly book. To help students locate books they would like to read, DOE is also offering a unique tool called “Find a Book, Florida,” which tailors student reading lists based on each student’s personal interests and their reading ability using Lexile measures. Thousands of fiction and nonfiction books are available through the online resource at http://florida.lexile.com. For more information about Florida Literacy Month, visit www.floridaliteracy.org.
Creative Ideas Sought to Promote Florida KidCare
Florida middle and high school students are encouraged to submit their ideas to promote Florida KidCare, the state’s health insurance program for children under the age of 19. The Florida KidCare Act-Out For Health Contest asks students to produce a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) or design a billboard showing how children with health insurance tend to have healthier lifestyles and perform better in school. The grand prize winning PSA will air on television stations statewide and online. The grand prize winning billboard design will be placed in the winner’s hometown or closest billboard location. Contest winners will also be awarded scholarships and their schools will receive an award. The deadline to submit entries is Dec. 1, 2010. If you have questions about the Act-Out For Health Contest, contact Niki Pocock, senior communications manager for the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation at email@example.com or (850) 701-6124.
America's Young Heroes 10th Annual Juried Arts Contest
Florida tweens and teens are invited to submit original stories, poems, artwork, music and film for the 10th Annual America’s Young Heroes Contest. The multimedia competition aims to promote respect and prevent bullying by encouraging students to write about bullying experiences and to focus on the positive thoughts, words and actions taken to resolve them. New this year is an option to interview a celebrity who was bullied in childhood yet succeeded in life as an entertainer, athlete, politician, entrepreneur, parent, teacher or counselor. Interested individuals should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 15, 2010, to reserve a place in the contest. Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 15, 2010, and should be mailed to America’s Young Heroes, Post Office Box 810561, Boca Raton, FL 33481 or e-mailed to email@example.com. If you have questions about the contest, visit www.americasyoungheroes.com or http://web.me.com/getnoticedpr/Americas_Heroes_10th_Annual
Public Review and Comment Window for Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in the Arts Extended
The window for public review and comment of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in the Arts has been extended through Sept. 6, 2010, to allow for more Florida arts educators, school and district administrators, parents and other stakeholders to help shape the standards in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art. Proposed revisions to the standards can be viewed at:
Americans for the Arts Scholarship Accepting Applications
The National Association for Business Economics has partnered with Americans for the Arts for the third annual Americans for the Arts Scholarship to encourage the integration of the Arts in the study of business economics. The deadline for entries is Sept. 13, 2010. Complete scholarship details can be found at http://nabefoundation.com/docs/2010NABEAFTAScholarshipGuidelinesAndApplication.pdf (PDF).
NASA Invites Students to Compete in Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge
High school students interested in robotics, space, technology and engineering are invited to participate in the 2010 Zero Robotics competition that opens the world-class research facilities on the International Space Station to students. Each session begins with the unveiling of a game motivated by a challenging problem of interest to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Teams compete by programming a SPHERES satellite to achieve the game objectives while avoiding or interacting with other contestants. The competition is hosted by NASA and students actually write programs at their high school that will control the satellite in space. Teams must submit a Notice of Intent to participate by Sept. 10, 2010, and complete their full application by Sept. 14, 2010. For more information, visit http://zerorobotics.mit.edu.
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