News Slices:
2011 Black History Month Contests
Black History Month Recommended Reading List
Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest Winners Announced
Principals and Assistant Principals Honored at Commissioner’s Summit
Department of Education Launches Social Media
Simon Malls Promote Literacy
Healthy School District Training
National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
Florida Education Channel Offers Tuesday Teacher Training
Financial Aid Webinars Offered

Seeds of Success:
KidCare Act-Out for Health Contest Winners Announced
Orange County Foodservice Director Receives National Awar
Polk County Educator Chosen as NASA Fellow
Miami-Dade College Honored with National Award

Branching Out:
Vision Summit
Student Transition Conference
College Goal Sunday Florida
National At-Risk Education Network National Conference
Black, Brown & College Bound Annual Summit
Florida Association for Staff Development Spring Forum
Plant Camp 2011
National Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar

 


February 4, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 3


News Slices


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:

Elementary Schools

    1st Place: K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary School, Palm Beach County
    2nd Place: Spessard Holland Elementary School, Polk County
    3rd Place: Kinloch Park Elementary School, Miami-Dade County

Middle Schools

    1st Place: Crews Lake Middle School, Pasco County
    2nd Place: Dunnellon Middle School, Marion County
    3rd Place: Ocoee Middle School, Orange County

High Schools

    1st Place: Boca Raton Community High School, Palm Beach 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:

    March 1, 2011
    Ft. Walton Beach

    March 2, 2011
    Jacksonville

    March 3, 2011
    St. Cloud

    March 8, 2011
    West Palm Beach

    March 10, 2011
    Largo



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 mepic@fdle.state.fl.us or mc.day.2010@fvtv.edu.



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 lori.auxier@fldoe.org.


Seeds of Success


KidCare Act-Out for Health Contest Winners Announced
After reviewing more than 400 entries from middle and high school students from across the state, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation announced the winners of the 2010-2011 Florida KidCare Act-Out for Health public service announcement (PSA) and billboard contests. Tallahassee students Lydia Hatcher and Carter Richeson from Lawton Chiles High School took the statewide honor in the PSA contest, and Billy Myrtil from South Tech Academy in Boynton Beach was named the statewide billboard winner. The winning PSA will air on cable television this spring and the billboard is already on display in Palm Beach County. For a complete list of regional winners of the PSA and billboard contests, visit www.fldoe.org/successstories.

Orange County Foodservice Director Receives National Award
Lora Gilbert, Orange County School’s Senior Director of Food and Nutrition Services, has been named the Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year by the National Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence Award program. The award is the highest honor for school nutrition professionals and was conferred last month at the School Nutrition Association’s Child Nutrition Industry Conference.

Polk County Educator Chosen as NASA Fellow
Teacher Lori Bradner with the Central Florida Aerospace Academy at Kathleen High School in Polk County has been named one of 50 educators nationally to receive an academic fellowship from NASA’s Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project (ESTCP). Participants complete graduate-level study in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields and learn hands-on methods to make math and science fun and interesting for students. For more information about ESTCP, visit www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Endeavor_Science_Teaching_Certificate_Project.html.

Miami-Dade College Honored with National Award
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recently named Miami-Dade College as one of four institutions in the nation as a recipient of the 2011 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes. The award recognizes institutions for exceptional accomplishments in improving higher education quality and accountability.

Branching Out

Vision Summit
Feb. 8, 2011
The Capitol
Tallahassee, Fla.


Advocates for people with vision loss are invited to attend the annual Vision Summit on Feb. 8, 2011, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. The agenda includes legislative updates, visiting the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, and the Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind meeting on Feb. 9, 2011. For more information, contact Phyllis Dill with the Department of Education’s Division of Blind Services, at (850) 245-0392 or via e-mail at Phyllis.Dill@dbs.fldoe.org.


Student Transition Conference
Feb. 17, 2011
University of West Florida
Pensacola, Fla.


The Student Transition Conference is an opportunity for professionals who work with persons with disabilities to network and meet others in the field. The conference features the executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Disability and a cross-section of superintendents from across Northwest Florida, and sessions that will focus, among other things, on strategies for transitioning from the classroom to the workplace and other issues of interest. Registration is $20 and includes lunch. For more information, visit http://uwf.edu/sdrc/transitions/2011.


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


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 throughout 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.


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.


Florida Association for Staff Development Spring Forum
May 2 – 3, 2011
Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
Melbourne, Fla.


Education personnel are invited to attend the Florida Association for Staff Development Spring Forum May 2 – 3, 2011, in Melbourne, Fla. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences related to improved professional development that support student achievement. For more information, visit www.fasdonline.org.


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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