News Slices:
Teachers Get a Big Surprise During Teacher Talk Show
Education Contributions from the Florida Lottery Hit New Mark
To the Core Podcast Features Teacher of the Year
ReadMobile Florida Tour
Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest
A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney Essay Contest

Seeds of Success:
Daytona State College Dean Honored for Culinary Excellence
State Board of Education Recognizes Edison State College Professor
Leon County School Recognized for Outstanding Art Education Program
Brevard Educator to Participate in Exchange Program
Hillsborough County School Receives National Certification

Branching Out:
Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Spring Conference
League of Environmental Educators in Florida 31st Annual Conference
Florida Association for Staff Development Spring Forum
International Reading Association Convention
National Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar

 


March 4, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 5


News Slices


Teachers Get a Big Surprise During Teacher Talk Show
Nearly 100 Florida educators were surprised in a big way on Feb. 18, 2011, at the Walt Disney World Saratoga Springs Resort. Teachers thought they were attending a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professional development workshop and ended up with not only the training hosted by Disney Youth Education Services, but also free educational products donated by nearly 20 vendors from throughout the country. Themed as an “Oprah-Style” give-away, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) teamed up with Walt Disney World to turn the monthly “Teacher Talk” television show into a teacher appreciation extravaganza which featured Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith, DOE’s teacher liaison Kelly Seay, and Disney’s Imagineers. The “Teacher Talk” show will air on March 8, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. through local channels and will also be webcast on the DOE website at www.fldoe.org. “Teacher Talk” is a television show produced by the Florida Knowledge Network that focuses on Florida teachers and their innovations both in and out of the classroom. For more information about “Teacher Talk,” visit www.fldoe.org/justforteachers.



Education Contributions from the Florida Lottery Hit New Mark
A new milestone of $22 billion in contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund was announced by the Florida Lottery. Lottery funding contributes to programs in the state’s 67 school districts, 28 colleges, and 11 universities. The Lottery also funds the Bright Futures Scholarship Program and other financial aid programs, the construction and maintenance of public schools through the Classrooms First and Classrooms for Kids programs, and other enhancements to education. For more information about the Florida Lottery and its contributions to education, visit www.flalottery.com.



To the Core Podcast Features Teacher of the Year
The next segment of To the Core, an education related podcast series hosted by Florida Teacher of the Year Cheryl Conley is now available on iTunesU. The newest podcast features an insider’s view of the Department of Education’s What’s Working Workshops, a series of in-depth meetings hosted by the Florida State Board of Education. The workshops provided an opportunity for education stakeholders to interact and dialogue with nationally-recognized education leaders on specific topics that support effective teaching and school leadership. Five workshops were held from September through October 2010 and covered such topics as Value Added Measures, Teacher Evaluations, and Turning Around Low Performing Schools. The podcasts are housed on iTunesU which provides free multimedia content to schools, parents, students, administrators and teachers both in Florida and around the world. To download the To the Core podcast, visit http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/to-the-core/id399604694.



ReadMobile Florida Tour
The Pearson Foundation’s “We Give Books Readmobile” is driving across Florida on a 30-school whistle-stop tour, encouraging schools and communities to celebrate the power of reading and giving. The tour began in Jacksonville on Feb. 28 and different locations will be visited during the month of March. The Readmobile will stop at local schools to host reading events and creative projects with school children. In partnership with United Way Florida, the Pearson Foundation will also be stopping at local community centers.

Thousands of books will be given away state-wide to children and families this spring, and the Pearson Foundation is encouraging young people and adults to come together at We Give Books to help others in the process. To learn more about We Give Books Readmobile, visit www.wegivebooks.org/readmobile.



Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest
The national Endangered Species Day Youth Art contest provides young people with an opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. The art contest is an integral part of the sixth annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on May 20, 2011. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2011. Teachers can include the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest as a featured activity for Youth Art Month in March 2011. For more information, visit http://www.stopextinction.org/esd/194-esd-art.html.



A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney Essay Contest
Students in grades 1-12 across the United States are invited to honor deserving teachers by entering the A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney Essay Contest. All students need to do is write a brief essay about their favorite teacher that explains how the teacher has made a difference in their life. The essay must be submitted by April 15, 2011, at www.downtowndisneyhotels.com, and will be judged on its relevance to theme, creativity, originality, and the merit of the teacher’s accomplishments as outlined in the essay. Ten national winners will be chosen with each student and their teacher nominee winning a vacation package that includes free airfare for four family members to Orlando on AirTran Airways, four-day/three-night hotel accommodations at one of the Downtown Disney® Resort Area hotels, four free Walt Disney World® one-day, one-park passes, four free tickets to the DisneyQuest® indoor Interactive theme park, and complimentary breakfast at the hotel each day. For complete contest information, visit www.downtowndisneyhotels.com.


Seeds of Success


Daytona State College Dean Honored for Culinary Excellence
Costa Magoulas, dean of the Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality Management at Daytona State College, has been named a regional winner of the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award. The award honors chefs who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment both to ACF and the culinary profession, advancement of the culinary craft, and the enrichment of students and ACF members.

State Board of Education Recognizes Edison State College Professor
Edison State College professor JoAnn Lewin received special recognition by the Florida State Board of Education last month for her role in developing the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). The new assessment is slated to become Florida’s college placement program used to determine a student’s readiness to take college level classes. Professor Lewin is Chair of the Math Department at Edison State College, Lee Campus.

Leon County School Recognized for Outstanding Art Education Program
The School for Arts and Innovative Learning (SAIL) High School in Leon County has been recognized by the College Board as a regional winner in its first annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The award was established at the recommendation of the National Task Force on the Arts in Education to recognize and celebrate the achievements of K-12 schools that have expanded student potential by promoting creativity, innovation and critical thinking skills through arts related programs. SAIL provides personalized education by engaging students in the arts through a wide variety of unique courses based on student interests. The school received $3,000 to support the continued growth of its arts program.

Brevard Educator to Participate in Exchange Program
English teacher William Ringer at Vierra High School in Brevard County is one of 110 educators from across the United States selected by the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) to participate in a two-way exchange program that provides professional development to secondary teachers from around the world. Ringer will travel to Morocco for two weeks this month, and he and his international counterpart will discuss best teaching practices and related education issues with host school leaders and the education community.

Hillsborough County School Receives National Certification
Middleton High School in Hillsborough County has received national certification for its Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering magnet program. Project Lead the Way is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and offers a rigorous curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life engineering and technology projects. The certification allows Middleton students to receive college level recognition at more than 35 PLTW affiliate universities for taking certain “Pathways to Engineering” courses while in high school. For more information about PTLW, visit http://www.pltw.org/.

Branching Out

Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Spring Conference
March 14 – 15, 2011
Augustus B. Turnbull III Conference Center
Tallahassee, Fla.


The 2011 Spring Conference of the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (FACTE) will take place on March 14 - 15, 2011, in Tallahassee. In addition to updates on education and legislative issues, members will participate in FACTE’s annual Day on the Hill meetings with legislators. For more information, visit http://www.facte.info/.


League of Environmental Educators in Florida 31st Annual Conference
March 24 – 27, 2011
Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center
Starke, Fla.


The League of Environmental Educators in Florida 2011 annual conference, Sustainability Puzzle: Piecing It Together highlights more than 40 concurrent sessions, workshops and field trips, and includes keynote speakers on topics such as Florida Ecosystems, Hands-on Science, Watersheds, and Reading and Literature Applications. For more information, visit http://leef-florida.org. Questions may be directed to Conference Chair Jennifer Seitz at (352) 226-6837.


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 supports student achievement. For more information, visit www.fasdonline.org.


International Reading Association Convention
May 8 – 11, 2011
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Fla.


The International Reading Association will host its 2011 Convention in Orlando May 8 – 11, 2011, with the theme “The Power of Literacy.” The conference includes numerous workshops, symposia and concurrent sessions and features former NFL coach Tony Dungy and actress Goldie Hawn. Conference participants who register by March 11, 2011, will automatically be entered to win two free roundtrip domestic airline tickets to Orlando for the conference. For complete conference details, including how to register for free airfare, visit http://www.iraconvention.org/.


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
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar

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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