News Slices:
Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
Florida’s Education System Named Fifth in the Nation
New Web Tool Launched to Help Increase Writing Achievement
College Goal Sunday Helps Students Find Money for College
18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Free Math and Financial Education Lessons Available
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Trainin
“Love the Bus” Shows Appreciation for School Bus Drivers
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Offers Online Training

Seeds of Success:
Lee County Nurse Named 2011 Florida School Nurse of the Year
Broward College Awarded Grant for Student Success Initiative
Lake-Sumter Community College Nursing Program Earns National Accreditation
Edison State College Professors Honored

Branching Out:
Transitions 2011: High School to Higher Education
Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 2011 Conferen
Florida Educational Technology Conferenc
48th Annual Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium
College Goal Sunday Florida
National At-Risk Education Network National Conference
Black, Brown & College Bound Annual Summit
Plant Camp 2011
National Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar

 


January 21, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 2


News Slices


Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
Today kicks off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! and events are scheduled throughout the state to highlight the importance of reading as the foundation for academic success. The Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! office works closely with schools and districts and their partner organizations – from community groups and regional agencies to state and local government – to share in the joys of literacy. Join in the fun and attend exciting literacy events in your area that reinforce the value of reading.



Florida’s Education System Named Fifth in the Nation
The Sunshine State has received a fifth place national ranking on the 2011 Quality Counts: Uncertain Forecast report issued by Education Week. The annual report tracks state policies and performance across key areas of education and assigns each state with an overall point total to signify their education standing in the nation. This year’s move to fifth, up from eighth last year, 10th in 2009 and 14th in 2008, rests prominently on Florida’s continuing improvements in student achievement. According to the report, Florida is one of the best states in the country in terms of improvement in National Assessment of Educational Progress scores and narrowing the achievement gap between low-income students and their peers. The report also indicates that Florida’s improvement in its graduation rate and the number of students passing Advanced Placement exams is outpacing almost every other state in the nation. Thank you Florida teachers for your hard work and dedication to student success! For more details about Florida’s performance on the 2011 Quality Counts report, visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/index.html



New Web Tool Launched to Help Increase Writing Achievement
Florida K-12 teachers have a new website designed to help increase their students’ achievement in writing. The site, “FL WIN: Florida Language and Writing Network,” contains mini lessons, rubrics and assessment resources, as well as links to state and national research and reports. Many are linked to one or more grade-level Florida writing benchmarks and are aligned with the state’s curriculum standards. To utilize the new FL WIN site, visit www.fldoe.org/bii/fl-win.



College Goal Sunday Helps Students Find Money for College
Florida high school seniors and their families are invited to attend College Goal Sunday on Feb. 20, 2011, to get free help with completing financial aid application forms. Held at 46 locations through Florida, the one-day event features higher education leaders and organizations assisting with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA, which is required to determine eligibility for some state and all federal financial aid such as Pell grants, work-study aid and loans. Visit www.collegegoalsundayflorida.org for a list of locations.



18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Registration is now open for the 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race competition. High school and college students are invited to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams and international teams are limited to 10 teams per country. Registration for U.S. students is Feb. 1, 2011, and the race will take place April 1 – 2, 2011, in Huntsville, Ala. at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. For more information and to register online, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.



Free Math and Financial Education Lessons Available
Teachers of students in grades three through five have an opportunity to learn about a fun and engaging family workshop on financial literacy. Volunteer USA Foundation’s Financial Education Program for Families, sponsored by SunTrust Foundation, involves parents and teachers to help kids understand the value of money and promotes wise spending and saving habits for life. “What’s on the Menu? Financial Education for Families” is an education program for both students and their parents that uses core math skills to guide families through the basics of banking, budgeting and saving. Volunteer USA will train teachers to present the workshop at their school or send a professional trainer to the school. Materials are limited to the first 100 schools that sign up for a workshop at http://www.ounce.org/whatsonmenu. In the near future, teachers will be able to download free lesson plans, worksheets and a classroom poster.



Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Training
In partnership with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Florida Agriculture in the Classroom will host five regional Gardening for Grades training workshops throughout Spring 2011 in Broward, Escambia, Hillsborough, Orange and Palm Beach counties. The program is appropriate for students in grades K-8 and includes how-to information for teachers to help students learn about and create school gardens through activities correlated to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in multiple academic content areas. Districts interested in hosting a Gardening for Grades training workshop should contact Katie Rainka with FDOE at (850) 245-5094 or Katie.Rainka@fldoe.org.



“Love the Bus” Shows Appreciation for School Bus Drivers
The American School Bus Council (ASBC) encourages school districts throughout the nation to show their appreciation for school transportation professionals through a unique program called “Love the Bus.” The program is celebrated throughout February to raise awareness and appreciation for school bus drivers who safely transport more than 26 million school children nationwide to and from school each day. It is also an opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation. Ideas abound at the ASBC website at www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org.



Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Offers Online Training
Finding solutions to professional development needs may be easier than expected. The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) offers cost effective professional development modules that meet or exceed Florida’s Professional Development System Evaluation Protocol. Working in conjunction with the Florida Department of Education, PAEC’s Florida Learns Academy has developed the Electronic Professional Development Connection to deliver professional development through web based on demand training modules. Visit www.PAEC.org to learn more.


Seeds of Success


Lee County Nurse Named 2011 Florida School Nurse of the Year
Corinne Nelson, the Lee County Schools Health Specialist for the Early Head Start and Head Start programs, has been named the 2011 School Nurse of the Year by the Florida Association of School Nurses. Nelson was recognized for her dedication to providing excellent medical care in a safe environment, serving as a liaison and collaborating with an extensive network of community resources, and her involvement with local, state and federal health care organizations and committees. Congratulations!

Broward College Awarded Grant for Student Success Initiative
The Gateway to College National Network has awarded a $250,000 Project DEgree grant to Broward College to participate in a national student success pilot program. The grant will help support a unique and holistic model program to provide student support to ensure academic success. Broward College was one of only five schools in the country initially selected to participate in the two-and-a-half-year grant period.

Lake-Sumter Community College Nursing Program Earns National Accreditation
After months of intensive preparation, the nursing program at Lake-Sumter Community College has earned accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The accreditation signifies the college’s commitment to the program’s educational objectives and to ongoing program evaluation and improvement.

Edison State College Professors Honored
Joyce Collins, a professor with the Edison State College School of Education, and English professor Amada Pollitt with the college’s Hendry/Glades Center, have been selected for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and learning practices that encourage student achievement.

Branching Out

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 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 2011 Conference
Jan. 29, 2011
Lake Nona High School
Orlando, Fla.


Teachers are invited to join their fellow educators at the 2011 Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (FASCD) Conference on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, in Orlando. The conference theme, “Creating Innovative and Technology-Enriched Classrooms in 21st Century Schools,” will offer breakout sessions designed to improve student learning through technology. For more information, visit the FASCD conference website at https://fascd.org/10conference.html.


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. More than 200 concurrent sessions and nearly 70 professional development workshops will be available. Local and national technology experts will also provide lectures and hands-on workshops. For more information, visit http://fetc.org.


48th Annual Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium
Feb. 6 – 8, 2011
University of Florida
Gainesville, Fla.


Preparations are underway for the 48th Annual Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium taking place Feb. 6 – 8, 2011, at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Fla. As part of the symposium, up to 25 11th and 12th graders will present their research papers in competition to win scholarships to the university of their choice, and have the opportunity to present their papers at the national symposium in May 2011. Also featured are visits to more than 65 labs across the UF campus, science presentations by faculty, non-competitive oral, science and poster presentations, teacher classroom research presentations and music or theater performances. For more information, contact Deborah Paulin with UF’s Center for Precollegiate Education and Training at (352) 392-2310 or at http://www.cpet.ufl.edu/jsehs/default.html.


College Goal Sunday Florida
Feb. 20, 2011
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Locations throughout Florida


Florida high school seniors and their families are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday on Feb. 20, 2011 for free help with completing financial aid application forms. Visit www.collegegoalsundayflorida.org for a list of locations.


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 its 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.


Black, Brown & College Bound Annual Summit
Feb. 23 – 25, 2011
Renaissance Hotel
Tampa, Fla.


The Black, Brown & College Bound Annual Summit explores how current issues affect Latino and African-American males’ educational opportunities. Summit participants will have an opportunity to address these and other issues and work with practitioners to develop potential solutions. More information about the Summit, including details on registration, can be found at www.blackbrowncollegebound.com.


Plant Camp 2011
June 12 – 16, 2011
University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Gainesville, Fla.


Science teachers in upper elementary grades, middle and high schools are invited to apply to attend Plant Camp 2011, a free summer workshop to learn more about the native flora and fauna that make our state unique. Twenty four applicants will be selected through a competitive process that demonstrates his or her commitment and history of sharing new science knowledge with students and colleagues. Participants can earn up to 32 hours of professional development credit. The deadline to submit an application packet is Feb. 25, 2011. Visit http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/education for more information.


National Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference
June 22 – 25, 2011
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


Language arts, math, nutrition, social studies and science teachers will benefit from the 2011 National Agriculture in the Classroom conference June 22 – 25, 2011 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Engaging interactive workshops and tours will showcase unique agricultural operations in South Florida and illustrate how educators can incorporate real-life agriculture applications into their lesson plans. Visit http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aitc/ for more information and conference registration


National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar
June 26 – July 29, 2011

Educators are invited to apply to attend the Summer Seminar offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities June 26 – July 29, 2011. During the five-week program, participants will study the economy of the North Sea region in northwestern Europe. The seminar will meet at the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London for the first week and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Wassenaar, The Netherlands, for the remaining four weeks. For an application and a full description of the seminar, visit http://www.umassd.edu/euro/neh_prosp_app.cfm.


 
 
 
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