2011 Black History Month Contests
Governor Scott and Lt. Gov. Carroll have announced the 2011 Black History Month student and educator contests with the theme “Celebrating African-American Leaders in Business – Past, Present and Future.” Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in art and essay contests, and students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate a full-time African-American educator for the Excellence in Education Award.
Art Contest for Grades K-3 – The Black History Month art contest is open to all Florida students in grades K-3. Two winners will be selected.
Essay Contest for Grades 4-12 – The Black History Month essay contest is open to all Florida students in grades four through 12. Six winners will be selected – two elementary, two middle, and two high school. Winners will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
Excellence in Education Award – The Black History Month Excellence in Education Award is open to all African-American full-time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected – one elementary, one middle and one high school – each receiving a check for $1500.
Complete contest rules and entry forms can be found at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com. The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 11, 2011.
Black History Month Recommended Reading List
In recognition of Black History Month, the Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! office has compiled the 2011 Black History Month Recommended Reading List. The reading list highlights African-American literature and provides an excellent source of suggested books for students of all ages. Visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/BHM.asp to view the recommended reading list. For additional information about Florida’s Black History Month celebration, including contests and other related events, visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.
Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest Winners Announced
As part of the week-long festivities for Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Ann Scott, Florida’s First Lady, announced the winners of the statewide public service announcement (PSA) winners on Jan. 27 at the Capitol in Tallahassee. One winner was chosen at the elementary, middle and high school levels, with the winning schools awarded gift cards from Barnes and Noble and the Florida Education Foundation - $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Scholastic Books also donated books for each winning school’s media center. The PSAs will broadcast statewide on the Florida Knowledge Network.
The winners of the 2011 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida PSA contest are:
2nd Place: Spessard Holland Elementary School, Polk County
3rd Place: Kinloch Park Elementary School, Miami-Dade County
2nd Place: Dunnellon Middle School, Marion County
3rd Place: Ocoee Middle School, Orange County
2nd Place: Amos P. Godby High School, Leon County
3rd Place: West Broward High School, Broward County
In addition, Mrs. Scott read “Tuffy,” a book about the first and only horse in the country enrolled in public school to a group of students. For more information about other Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! events, visit www.justreadflorida.com/literacyweek.asp.
Principals and Assistant Principals Honored at Commissioner’s Summit
James Griffin, former Principal of Rock Island Elementary School and current Principal of Lauderdale Lakes Middle School in Broward County, and Emily Harrison, Assistant Principal of Fruit Cove Middle School in St. Johns County, were named recipients of the 2010-2011 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award. The honor was bestowed during the Sixth Annual Commissioner's Summit for Principals held Jan. 21, 2011, in Orlando to recognize their accomplishments and discuss educational issues of great importance to the state. The recipients were selected from among district winners and the award recognized exemplary individuals who spearheaded initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments and establish partnerships with parents and community members. The winners received a check, an obelisk, a cash award for their school and a certificate signifying their extraordinary dedication to their schools and communities. For more information about the Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership Program and the Outstanding Assistant Principal Award Program, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/cpaa.asp.
Department of Education Launches Social Media
Teachers, parents, students and others interested in education in Florida can now turn to DOE’s new social media sites to learn the latest in education news and information. Accounts have been established to provide personalized information for specific audiences and to provide up-to-date information around-the-clock.
The following social media sites are now active:
Simon Malls Promote Literacy
Seven leading malls across Florida will promote the importance of reading and collect new and gently-used books at “Kidgits Book Blast” events throughout February and March. Each of the mall locations, owned by the Simon Property Group, will host fun and engaging literacy activities and giveaways that bring children’s books to life. In addition, each event will feature the Department of Education’s “Find a Book, Florida” tool, created by MetaMetrics, which will help attendees locate new and intriguing books tailored to their own reading interests and abilities. Books collected at the events will be distributed to programs and schools in the vicinity of the participating mall through donations to the Florida Education Foundation. For more information about the “Kidgits Book Blast” events, visit www.simon.com/kidgits.
Healthy School District Training
The Florida Action for Healthy Kids and the Florida Department of Education have partnered to provide Healthy School District trainings throughout the state during March 2011. All Florida school districts are invited to send a team to attend training in their area which will be provided at no cost to participants. Using the School Coordinated Health approach, the event will reinvigorate team efforts to improve the health and wellness of participating district’s students and staff. Districts must register by Feb. 22, 2011, at http://take.actionforhealthykids.org/site/Clubs?club_id=1108&sid=3040&pg=event
Training sessions will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:
Ft. Walton Beach
March 2, 2011
March 3, 2011
March 8, 2011
West Palm Beach
March 10, 2011
National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
Fifth grade students around the state are encouraged to create a poster in recognition of National Missing Children’s Day with the theme, “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” Schools should submit their winning poster by Feb. 10, 2011, for consideration as the state winner to Donna Hodges, FDLE/MEPIC, 2331 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308. Complete contest details can be found at www.ojjdp.gov/programs/postercontest/. If you have questions or need assistance, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Florida Education Channel Offers Tuesday Teacher Training
Educators looking for a fresh perspective on planning lessons can utilize the Tuesday Teacher Training program offered by the Florida Education Channel. The program features Lesson Study, developed in Japan as a collaborative effort to plan, observe, analyze and refine classroom lessons. In the 2010-11 series, “Lesson Study: Raising the Odds for Student Success,” teachers can see the entire planning process unfold and gain an understanding of how to adopt Lesson Study for their school. Full program details are available at www.paec.org.
Financial Aid Webinars Offered
Guidance counselors, mentors and financial aid staff who have been unable to attend the National Training for Counselors and Mentors workshops offered by the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), can participate in a new Webinar series on March 4, 2011. Three free sessions are available and will be recorded and posted on the Navigating your Financial Future website at http://www.navigatingyourfinancialfuture.org/. To sign up for the free webinars, visit https://suncom.webex.com/mw0306lb/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=suncom and enter the code NT4CM in the search window. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Lori Auxier, OSFA’s Director of Outreach Services, at (561)292-6002 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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