News Slices:
Florida Exceptional Education Chief to Serve as National Association President
District Data Leader Named
New Energy Career Cluster Unveiled
2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster and Video Contests
Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest
Miami-Dade College President Tapped To Lead White House Commission
New Center for Ocean Education at Indian River State College

Seeds of Success:
Brevard County Teacher Named Mathematics Educator of the Year
Polk County Educator Captures Manufacturing Educator of the Year Award

Branching Out:
First Annual STEMtech Conference
College Week Live!
Florida School Counselor Association 2010 Conventio
2010 Florida Charter School Conference
National Council of Teachers of English 100th Annual Convention

 


October 29, 2010

Vol. 4, Issue 23


News Slices


Florida Exceptional Education Chief to Serve as National Association President
Bambi Lockman, Chief of the Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, will serve as the president of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) for the next year. Lockman has served in her current position with Florida DOE since 2004 and has a long history of engagement in key issues surrounding exceptional education students. For more information about NASDSE, visit http://www.nasdse.org.



District Data Leader Named
Putnam County Superintendent Tom Townsend was named the recipient of the first-ever District Data Leader of the Year award on Oct. 19, 2010, in Tallahassee. The award was created to highlight how leaders supporting and encouraging the use of data among their staff can change the culture in the classroom. Townsend was honored for his work in implementing the Learning Gains Index, an informative tool that uses student achievement data to help Putnam County administrators and teachers evaluate their work to determine the ways they can drive continued student academic improvement. For more information about the District Data Leader of the Year Award, visit http://www.fldoe.org/arm/1011ddlya.asp.



New Energy Career Cluster Unveiled
As part of Careers in Energy Week, the Florida Department of Education, along with the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium, showcased a new collection of courses focused on energy and the industries related to it. The new Energy Career Cluster curriculum is designed to augment a growing number of training opportunities in a variety of energy-related career pathways and programs offered through Florida’s school districts, state colleges and state universities. For more information about the Energy Career Cluster, visit http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/dwdframe/energy_cluster_frame10.asp.



2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster and Video Contests
The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross are again teaming up to sponsor the Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign that includes a poster and video public service announcement contest. Students are encouraged to submit an entry about how to be prepared for the natural hazards that affect the Sunshine State. Entries for both contests must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

Poster Contest
Florida fourth and fifth grade public, private and homeschool students are invited to submit an entry for the poster contest. The winner’s artwork will be displayed in the State Emergency Operations Center the first full week of Feb. 2011. Prizes include tickets for the winner and his or her family to Walt Disney World, weather radios and other goodies. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, and must arrive at the American Red Cross office in Tallahassee by Jan. 10, 2011.

Video Public Service Announcement Contest
Florida middle and high school students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 in public, private and homeschools are invited to produce a 30-second public service announcement that incorporates a safety or preparedness message about one of the following topics: Hurricane Preparedness, Flood Safety, or Building a Disaster Supply Kit. One individual or group (limit four individuals per group) winner will be chosen for both middle and high school videos with the winning video to be professionally reproduced for broadcast by the Division of Emergency Management in their statewide public awareness campaign. Prizes include professional production of the video in the winner’s hometown with the winner serving as project director, tickets for the winner and his or her family to Walt Disney World, weather radios and other exciting prizes. Final digital videos must be mastered as a DVD, postmarked by Friday, Jan.7, 2011, and received by the Florida Division of Emergency Management by Jan. 10, 2010.

Complete contest rules and information for both contests can be found at www.FloridaDisaster.org/SWAW/2011.



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. All entries must be received by the Just Read, Florida! Office by Dec. 17, 2010. 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.



Miami-Dade College President Tapped To Lead White House Commission
Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, president of Miami-Dade College, has been chosen to lead the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The appointment was made by executive order signed by President Barak Obama on Oct. 19, 2010. The Initiative will provide guidance on developing, implementing and coordinating education policy and programs to better serve Hispanics. For more information about the initiative, visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/hispanic-initiative/index.html.



New Center for Ocean Education at Indian River State College
Indian River State College (IRSC) is taking a major step forward to help citizens understand and appreciate the importance of clean and flourishing marine ecosystems with the new Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) located at the Ft. Pierce campus. The Center is a collaborative effort between IRSC, the Smithsonian Marine Station, the Florida Institute of Technology and the Ocean Research and Conservation Association and will be funded by $2.8 million in grants from the National Science Foundation over the next five years. For more information about the COSEE, visit http://www.irsc.edu/HomePage/TopStories/topstories.aspx?id=6333.


Seeds of Success


Brevard County Teacher Named Mathematics Educator of the Year
Ann Marie Hubscher, a Secondary Mathematics Resource Teacher with Brevard County Public Schools, was named the Kenneth P. Kidd Mathematics Educator of the Year at the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference earlier this month. Hubscher has served on state instructional materials committees and on FCAT Item Review, Range-Finder and Gridded Adjudication committees as well as presenting training sessions at the local, state and national levels. She was also honored in 1995 as Florida’s national Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. Congratulations!


Polk County Educator Captures Manufacturing Educator of the Year Award
David Lintner, an industrial education and technology teacher at Ridge Community High School in Polk County, was named the 2010 Secondary School Manufacturing Educator of the Year by the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center. Lintner was recognized for his work as an advanced manufacturing and pre-engineering teacher. He will receive the award at the annual Manufacturers’ Association of Florida Summit on Nov. 13, 2010, in Orlando. For more information about the award, visit http://www.fl-ate.org/projects/awards.html. Kudos!

Branching Out

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.


College Week Live!
Nov. 3 – 4, 2010
www.CollegeWeekLive.com


CollegeWeekLive! is coming to a computer near you Nov. 3 – 4, 2010. The free online event is designed to connect prospective students with colleges and universities in a live interactive environment. More than 300 colleges and universities will be represented and students can chat with admissions officers and students on topics such as filling out their college application, how to write a winning application essay and how to pay for college. Registration is free at www.CollegeWeekLive.com.


Florida School Counselor Association 2010 Convention
Nov. 4 – 6, 2010
Hyatt Pier 66
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


The Florida School Counselor Association’s 2010 Conference theme of “Recognizing School Counselors: Educators and Leaders,” will give school counselors and educators the opportunity to share best practices, receive updated information on state and national initiatives and attend a variety of informative and educational sessions during preconvention and general conference activities. For more information, visit www.fla-schoolcounselor.org.


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 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/.


National Council of Teachers of English 100th Annual Convention
Nov. 18 – 21, 2010
Disney Coronado Springs Resort
Orlando, Fla.


The 100th Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English will be held Nov. 18 – 21, 2010, in Orlando, Fla., with the theme “Teachers and Students Together: Living Literate Lives.” On the program are hundreds of concurrent sessions and workshops focusing on all aspects of teaching and learning English language arts. The conference will be of interest to educators of English language arts, librarians, reading specialists, administrators, consultants and students studying to be educators. For more information, visit http://www.ncte.org/annual.


 
 
 
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