News Slices:
What’s Working Series Continues
2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List
Read for the Record
Students Invited to Submit Questions To Literacy League Author
Discounted Florida NFL Tickets Still Available
Holocaust Task Force Website Launched
Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest
Bealls Department Store “Bealls and Whistles for Schools” Grant
College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
2011 National Geographic Bee
Jewish Museum of Florida Writing Contest
Nominations Sought For the Yes I Can! Awards

Seeds of Success:
Green Schools Award Finalists Announced
Manatee County School Competes in International Contest
Tallahassee Community College Awarded Grant
Indian River State College Gets Federal Grant

Branching Out:
2010 Dropout Prevention Institute/School Attendance Symposium
Florida Career Pathways Network Symposium
Read for the Record 2010
Florida Dance Education Conference
Florida Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference
Florida Association for Theatre Education Conference
Florida Art Education Association Annual Conference
Florida Distance Learning Association Fall Conference
Education Beyond Borders
College Equity Officers Technical Assistance Conference
Working with the Experts for Occupational and Physical Therapists
First Annual STEMtech Conference
2010 Florida Charter School Conference

 


October 1, 2010

Vol. 4, Issue 21


News Slices


What’s Working Series Continues
The Department of Education’s “What’s Working” series of workshops, hosted by the State Board of Education, will continue through October and are open to all parents, educators, school administrators and community members. The workshops are an opportunity for interested stakeholders to share ideas and concerns about important educational topics including teacher quality, instructional practices, leadership and professional development. The remaining workshop schedule is as follows:
  • Oct. 6, 2010 – Tampa
    Keynote Speaker: Speaker Dan Weisberg, Vice President of Policy, The New Teacher Project
    Topic: Teacher Evaluations and Support for Effective Instruction
    Location: Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 West Tampa Bay Blvd., Auditorium
  • Oct. 7, 2010 – Miami
    Keynote Speaker: Brian Dassler, Principal, Renaissance High School, Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP)
    Topic: How to Turnaround Low Performing Schools
    Location: Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc., 8400 NW 25th Avenue
  • Oct. 14, 2010 – Orlando
    Keynote Speaker: Jon Schnur, Co-Founder, New Leaders for New Schools
    Topic: Preparing Outstanding School Leaders
    Location: Valencia Community College, West Campus, 1800 South Kirkman Road, Building 8, Room 111

Each workshop will take place from 4 - 6 p.m. Additional details regarding individual workshops, its topic, featured speaker, and other information can be found by visiting http://www.fldoe.org/whatworks.





2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! Office has compiled the 2010 Hispanic Heritage Recommended Reading List. Readers of all ages can choose from a variety of books that increase awareness and highlight the rich legacy and many contributions Hispanic Americans make to Florida’s unique culture and way of life. To view the recommended reading list for Hispanic Heritage Month, visit www.justreadflorida.com.



Read for the Record
There is still time for Florida teachers and students to join in the fun with millions of record-breakers around the world to Read for the Record on Oct. 7, 2010. Everyone who reads The Snowy Day by author Ezra Jack Keat and includes their information at www.wegivebooks.org is automatically included in the new world record count. For more information about this year’s Read for the Record campaign, visit www.readfortherecord.org or www.wegivebooks.org.



Students Invited to Submit Questions To Literacy League Author
Middle school students have until Nov. 3, 2010, to submit a question to Adrian Fogelin, author of Crossing Jordan as part of the Florida Department of Education’s interactive book club Literacy League. Each quarter a book is selected and students are able to submit questions via e-mail or video for the authors to answer through a recorded podcast. For more information about Literacy League, visit www.fldoe.org/literacyleague.



Discounted Florida NFL Tickets Still Available
Love football? There is still time for Florida educators to take advantage of a new partnership with two National Football League teams – the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins – that allows all public school and district education personnel (pre-K through grade 12) to buy football tickets at discounted prices. 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.



Holocaust Task Force Website Launched
A new website designed to assist in teaching the history of the Holocaust is now available for educators and school district staff. The website, developed by the Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education, helps students and teachers learn about the seriousness of the Holocaust and the importance of bringing this time in history alive. Information about training programs, curriculum materials and resources, events and links to Classroom resources and the Task Force’s Designated Sites are included on http://flholocausteducationtaskforce.org.



Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest
The Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! Office encourages all students in grades K-12 to create a 26-second public service announcement on the topic “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! – Champions Read, Readers Lead.” The contest is part of 2011 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida,! a week-long salute that celebrates and promotes the importance of literacy in Florida. Entries should be created with a combination of video and audio effects, must include credits and may not include any copyrighted music, footage or images. Complete contest details can be found at http://www.justreadflorida.com/literacyweek.asp. If you have any questions, send an e-mail to justread@fldoe.org or contact Kevin Smith at (850) 245-0503.



Bealls Department Store “Bealls and Whistles for Schools” Grant
Public, charter and licensed private and non-profit K-12 schools in Florida are invited to submit an application for the “Bealls and Whistles for Schools” program. Schools that demonstrate the greatest need will be awarded $10,000 to purchase improvements to the school’s educational environment. Completed applications must be signed by a school administrator and hand delivered to a store manager at any Florida Bealls Department store by Dec. 31, 2010. For more information, including the application packet, visit http://www.beallsflorida.com/graphics/schoolgrant_application.pdf (PDF).



College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
The College Board is now accepting applications for its Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The award will recognize and celebrate the achievements of six K-12 member schools that have implemented arts programs to promote student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. One school from each of the College Board’s six regions will be recognized as a finalist and awarded $3,000 to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. The national finalist will be awarded an additional $1,000. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15, 2010. To learn more, visit http://artsaward.collegeboard.org or e-mail artstaskforce@collegeboard.org.



2011 National Geographic Bee
The National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society, is a school competition for students in grades four through eight designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms and spark student interest in geography. Schools interested in participating can enter by Oct. 15, 2010, for a reduced entrance fee; the final deadline is Dec. 10, 2010. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for complete information.



Jewish Museum of Florida Writing Contest
Florida middle and high school students are invited to submit an entry in the Jewish Museum of Florida’s creative writing contest held in conjunction with the museum’s upcoming exhibit Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited. Students should submit a poem, monologue, essay or short story no longer than 500 words that answers the question “How do stereotyping, bigotry and the pressures from those around us affect the way that we act?” Three middle school and three high school winners will receive cash awards. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 10, 2010, and must be mailed to the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Visit http://www.jewishmuseum.com/School%20Contest%20-%20Leo%20Frank.pdf for more information. If you have questions, contact the museum’s Education Coordinator at (305) 672-5044 ext. 3187 or education@jewishmuseum.com.



Nominations Sought For the Yes I Can! Awards
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is seeking nominations for the 2010 Yes I Can! Awards that recognize student with disabilities for their accomplishments. The deadline to submit nominations is Oct. 22, 2010 with the winners announced at the CEC Convention and Expo in April 2011. Visit the CEC website at http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/AboutCEC/YesICanFoundation/default.htm for complete details. Contact Anna Baker, CEC Communications Manager, at (703) 264-9468 or via e-mail at annab@cec.org if you have questions or need further information.


Seeds of Success


Green Schools Award Finalists Announced
Fifteen schools dedicated to learning, practicing, and promoting habits that green Florida’s future have been named finalists for the 2010 Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Award. Three finalists were selected from among more than 60 applications in five categories – students, schools, teachers, classrooms and school districts – that have implemented resource-saving projects. One winner per category will be selected at an awards banquet on Oct. 12, 2010 and will receive cash awards and certificates. For a list of finalists, visit www.fldoe.org/successstories.


Manatee County School Competes in International Contest
A group of students from Southeast High School in Manatee County earned the title of World Champion last month at the Formula One In Schools competition in Singapore. The team, Unitis Racing, comprised of students Brandon Miranda, Tony Griffin, Yatrik Solanki, Amanda Clark, Southeast graduate Mark Nanney and Nieman Pest, a middle school student from Roanoke, Va., built 14 miniature CO2-powered balsa wood race cars that travelled a 65-foot racetrack in just over one second and reached speeds of up to 45 miles per hour to win the competition. In addition to the World Champion title, the team won the “Best Sponsorship and Marketing” award and was nominated for numerous other awards. The Formula One In Schools competition is an international, interdisciplinary contest in which students design and manufacture identical miniature race cars, design a portfolio and display, and make a verbal presentation. Congratulations!


Tallahassee Community College Awarded Grant
The Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) at Tallahassee Community College was recently awarded $245,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to expand criminal intelligence training offered by FPSI’s Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy. The grant will allow FPSI to enhance its highly successful national criminal intelligence training program and strengthen existing infrastructure. For more information, visit https://fpsi.tcc.fl.edu/Pages/layout_Welcome.aspx.


Indian River State College Gets Federal Grant
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $800,000 to Indian River State College (IRSC) to expand its health information programs. The grant will enable IRSC to begin training workers with backgrounds in healthcare and information technology to take advantage of growing opportunities in the working with digital medical records. Admission requirements and applications are available at www.irsc.edu; click on Programs and Careers, Health Science Programs and HITECH Workforce Program. For more information, call (800) 792-4772.


Branching Out

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 Career Pathways Network Symposium
Oct. 6 – 8, 2010
Naples Grande Beach Resort
Naples, Fla.


“Achieving Success in Florida: Connecting Education and Employment” is the theme for the 2010 Career Pathways Network Symposium Oct. 6 – 8, 2010 in Naples, Fla. Secondary and postsecondary career and technical education educators and administrators, school counselors, college advisors, business and industry partners and other education stakeholders will have an opportunity to participate in professional development activities designed to assist in preparing students for college and careers. For more information, visit www.fcpn.net or contact Dr. Jeraline Marsh at (561) 434-8880.


Read for the Record 2010
Oct. 7, 2010
www.wegivebooks.org


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. Everyone who reads the book at www.wegivebooks.org is automatically registered toward a new world record. For more information about this year’s Read for the Record campaign, visit www.readfortherecord.org or www.wegivebooks.org.


Florida Dance Education Conference
Oct. 8 – 9, 2010
News-Journal Center
Daytona Beach, Fla.


Dance educators from throughout the state will work together in meeting the challenges of bringing dance to the next generation of young artists at the Florida Dance Education Conference Oct. 8 – 9, 2010. This year’s conference, hosted by Daytona State College, features Lynn Simonson, renowned dance educator and internationally respected master teacher of jazz dance. Conference sessions address dance technique, wellness, safety, technology, certification, and a preview of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Dance. New this year is the expanded National Honor Society of Dance Arts student programs. For more information, visit www.fdeo.org/.


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.


Florida Association for Theatre Education Conference
Oct. 14 – 16, 2010
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Downtown
St. Petersburg, Fla.


“Master Your FATE with the Three R’s: Rigor – Relevance – Resurgence” is the theme for the Florida Association for Theatre Education (FATE) Annual Conference Oct. 14 – 16, 2010, in St. Petersburg. Sherron Long, Florida Cultural Alliance president and leading arts advocate will be the keynote speaker for the conference that includes a broad array of workshops and networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.fatefirst.org/.


Florida Art Education Association Annual Conference
Oct. 14 – 16, 2010
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center at the Florida Mall
Orlando, Fla.


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
Orlando, Fla.


“Distance Learning: Future Possibilities” 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
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.


College Equity Officers Technical Assistance Conference
Oct. 27 – 29, 2010
Valencia Community College
Orlando, Fla.


The second annual College Equity Officers Technical Assistance Conference will be held Oct. 27 – 29, 2010, at Valencia Community College in Orlando. Attendance is encouraged for college equity officers responsible for civil rights compliance and equal access to admission and employment within the Florida College System although other interested individuals may also attend. For more information about the conference, contact Lynda Earls with the Florida College System at (850) 245-9468 or lynda.earls@fldoe.org.


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 two-day 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.


2010 Florida Charter School Conference
Nov. 8 – 10, 2010
The DoubleTree Hotel at Universal Studios
Orlando, Fla.


“Florida’s Charter Schools: Rising to the Challenge” is the theme for this year’s Florida Charter School Conference Nov. 8 – 10, 2010, in Orlando. Over the past 14 years, the number of charter schools in Florida has grown from the original five to more than 400 today. Parents, educators and interested individuals are encouraged to attend the conference and find out how charter schools provide effective programs and school choice to Florida’s diverse student population. For more information about the 2010 Florida Charter School Conference, visit http://charterschoolconference.com/.


 
 
 
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