News Slices:
Florida’s Graduation Rate Continues to Climb
Florida Student Wins National Poster Contest
Florida’s Race To The Top Picks Up Speed
“Teacher Talk” Television Show Returns to the Airwaves
Florida Service-Learning Leader Schools Nominations Sought
Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest Closing Date Looms
Deadline Approaching to Enter the 2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster and Video Contests

Seeds of Success:
Teachers Recognized for Service Learning
Brevard Schools Designated as Music Demonstration Schools
Lee County Administrator Named to National Association
Orange County Educator is Tops in the State

Branching Out:
School Choice Expo
Transitions 2011: High School to Higher Education
Florida Educational Technology Conference
National At-Risk Education Network National Conference

 


November 22, 2010

Vol. 4, Issue 25


News Slices


Florida’s Graduation Rate Continues to Climb
For the fifth straight year, Florida’s graduation rate soared to new levels and the dropout rate declined. The state’s graduation rate rose more than two-and-a-half percentage points to 79.0 percent while the dropout rate fell to a record low of two percent. The graduation rate increase was driven largely by the performance of minority students and included an increase of 3.5 percentage points for African-American students, a 3.2 percentage point increase for Hispanic students. White students saw a 2.3 percentage point increase. The decline in the dropout rate includes a decrease of 0.5 percentage points for African-American students and a 0.3 percentage point drop for White students while the dropout rate for Hispanic students did not change. For more information about Florida’s graduation and dropout rates, visit http://www.flgov.com/release/11935.



Florida Student Wins National Poster Contest
A ninth grade student from Oviedo High School has been named the winner of the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) annual school bus safety poster contest. German Salazar, Jr.’s poster, “Be Aware – Know the Danger Zone!” reminds motorists to be safe in and around school buses. The poster was selected for the national award during the NAPT annual conference and will be showcased during the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week campaign to be held Oct. 16 – 22, 2011. Salazar was selected earlier this year as Florida’s first place winner among students in grades 6-8, and his poster was then submitted to the national competition. He received a $1,000 savings bond for his winning depiction of school bus safety awareness. Congratulations!



Florida’s Race To The Top Picks Up Speed
Florida’s Race to the Top (RTTT) has gained significant momentum, with seven of the eight Florida Department of Education (DOE) RTTT committees filled with eager volunteers. The procurement process to secure a vendor to help build a value-added student growth measure for use by school districts as they create local evaluation plans has also begun. Additionally, DOE has completed reviews of all school district-submitted work plans and provided districts with essential feedback. The eight statewide implementation committees will focus on activities that benefit every school district across the state. Examples include developing an instructional support tool for use by all Florida educators, researching and developing a system by which all school districts can measure growth in student performance fairly and accurately, and establishing a single online portal to connect educator resources across the state. To learn more about Florida’s Race to the Top efforts or to sign up for update notifications for newly posted information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/ARRA/RacetotheTop.asp.



“Teacher Talk” Television Show Returns to the Airwaves
The popular television show “Teacher Talk” designed to communicate with Florida teachers about innovative approaches to education is again being broadcast on the Department of Education’s (DOE) statewide Florida Knowledge Network. The DOE’s Teacher Liaison, Kelly Seay, re-launched the show with an episode that focused on the benefits of using data in the classroom to maximize student learning and narrow achievement gaps among Florida students. “Teacher Talk” will air the second Tuesday of every month and be re-run as time slots are available. It is also available on Florida iTunesU and the Just for Teachers website at www.fldoe.org/justforteachers.



Florida Service-Learning Leader Schools Nominations Sought
Nominations are now being accepted for the Florida Service-Learning Leader Schools Recognition program. Florida Learn & Serve annually recognizes elementary, middle, and high schools from across the state that demonstrate service-learning that enhances student learning, addresses community needs, is integrated into the life and mission of the school, and is designed to meet both student and community needs. For more information, visit http://learnandserve.hhp.ufl.edu/awards/sl_leader_schools.html



Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest Closing Date Looms
Florida students in grades K-12 have until Dec. 17, 2010, to create a 26-second public service announcement as part of the 2011 “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! – Champions Read, Readers Lead” contest. 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.



Deadline Approaching to Enter the 2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster and Video Contests
There is still time for students across the state to enter the 2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster and Video Contests. The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross encourage Florida students to submit an entry for the poster and video public service announcement contests by Jan. 10, 2011, that shows how to be prepared for the natural hazards that affect the Sunshine State. The winning entries will be featured during the 2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign and students will win tickets to Disney World, weather radios and other great prizes. Complete contest rules and information for both contests can be found at www.FloridaDisaster.org/SWAW/2011.


Seeds of Success


Teachers Recognized for Service Learning
Three Florida teachers were honored by the Florida Service-Learning Institute on Nov. 16, 2010, in Lake Buena Vista. Cindy Teahan from Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey received the Tunick Award in recognition of her many years of providing opportunities for students to learn by serving. Brian Tuttle with Pathways Academy in Bunnell and Leah Rose with River City Science Academy in Jacksonville shared the Rising Star Award which is presented to teachers who have shown early promise and future potential in service learning. Congratulations!


Brevard Schools Designated as Music Demonstration Schools
Seven Brevard County schools were designated by the Florida Music Educator’s Association (FMEA) and the Florida Department of Education (DOE) as Music Demonstration Schools for 2011-2014. Congratulations to Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary, Hans Christian Andersen Elementary, Lockmar Elementary, MILA Elementary, DeLaura Middle School, L.B. Johnson Middle School and Satellite High School in recognition of their exemplary music programs. Indialantic Elementary, also in Brevard County, joined the list as an Honorable Mention. The Music Demonstration School designation program is a collaboration between FMEA and DOE to identify, recognize, and promote school music programs that balance high performance standards and instructional quality in music education. For more information about Music Demonstration Schools, visit http://www.fldoe.org/bii/curriculum/Fine_Arts/Awards.asp.


Lee County Administrator Named to National Association
Dr. Ann Cole, principal of Caloosa Middle School in Lee County, has been elected as a Trustee and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators (NASPA). Dr. Cole will help NASPA cultivate leadership, advocacy and professional development in the field of pupil services. Kudos!


Orange County Educator is Tops in the State
Hannah Ehrli, an exceptional student education teacher at Dr. Phillips Elementary School in Orange County, is the 2010 Marjorie Crick Teacher of the Year by the Florida Council of Exceptional Children (FCEC). Ehrli was honored at the FCEC annual conference in October, 2010 for exemplary instruction as well as her innovation, imagination and creativity in educating students with disabilities. Well done!

Branching Out

School Choice Expo
Jan. 22, 2010
Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa, Fla.


As part of Florida School Choice Month in January 2011, the School Choice Expo will bring together parents, educators and interested stakeholders to learn about and celebrate school choice in Florida. The schedule will include presentations, choice showcases, music, celebrity speakers, student performances and much more. More information can be found at www.floridaschoolchoiceexpo.com, including details on making a booth reservation.


Transitions 2011: High School to Higher Education
Jan. 28, 2011
Lynn University
Boca Raton, Fla.


Educators interested in helping students with learning differences transition from high school to higher education can join national experts to discuss tactics and strategies for success at the Transitions 2011 Conference on Jan. 28, 2011. The conference is designed for guidance counselors, administrators, special education teachers, parents and students and will feature breakout sessions on a variety of learning differences. For more information, visit http://www.lynn.edu/about-lynn/news-and-events/events/transitions-2011?searchterm=Transitions+2011


Florida Educational Technology Conference
Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2011
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Fla.


The 2011 Florida Educational Technology Conference will be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 3 in Orlando and offers a wealth of information for all education professions in how to integrate technology throughout the curriculum. The conference will offer more than 200 concurrent sessions and nearly 70 professional development workshops in addition to lectures and hands-on workshops by local and national technology experts. For more information, visit http://fetc.org.


National At-Risk Education Network National Conference
Feb. 22 – 24, 2011
Edgewater Beach Resort
Panama City, Fla.


The National At-Risk Education Network will hold their 8th Annual National Conference Feb. 22 – 24, 2011, in Panama City, Fla. The conference will focus on successful programs and practices for at-risk learners. The keynote speaker to kick off the conference is nationally-known writer and educator Lynn Stoddard, author of “Educating for Human Greatness.” For more information about the conference, visit http://atriskeducation.net/.


 
 
 
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