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.
Video Public Service Announcement Contest
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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