2nd Annual STEM Virtual Career Fair
The Florida Department of Education is proud to partner with the Florida Virtual School and Elluminate Technology to host the 2nd Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Virtual Career Fair. This FREE one-day event is open to all Florida middle and high school students and provides an opportunity to learn directly from featured speakers about what it takes to be successful in STEM-related careers. Instead of having a job fair in a physical location – we are offering this great opportunity through a virtual forum! Various speakers will be presenting throughout the day, including a cancer research scientist, marine biologist, nurse anesthetist, and digital marketer, just to name a few.
Students are invited to participate in this exciting event on April 27th. For more details, visit www.fldoe.org/students. Any questions about the upcoming event can be directed to Hue Reynolds at Hue.Reynolds@fldoe.org or (850) 245-9670.
Literacy League Podcast Now Available for Download
The newest podcast for the Department of Education’s interactive book club Literacy League features Florida celebrated author Patrick D. Smith and his book “A Land Remembered.” Smith answers questions about the book, describes why he wrote it and shares details about his life as a writer on the podcast. The DOE’s Literacy League book club connects prominent authors with middle school students through a featured book, with a question-and-answer podcast available on iTunesU. The site offers free multimedia content to schools, parents, students, administrators and teachers both in Florida and around the world. To view the Literacy League podcasts, including the program for “A Land Remembered,” visit www.floridaitunesu.com.
Florida Virtual School® Offers Algebra I App
The Florida Virtual School® (FLVS) has developed the meStudying: Algebra I Smartphone App for iPhone and Android users. The app provides more than 300 algebra questions, detailed answers for each question and immediate feedback. Users even have the ability to review all completed questions or just those they answered incorrectly, making it a very useful study tool for the Algebra I End of Course exam. The app costs $4.99 in the iTunes Store or Android market. For more information, visit http://www.flvs.net/areas/studentservices/eoc/pages/default.aspx and look for the link to download the FLVS meStudying: Algebra I app.
Hope Street Group Teaching Fellows
The Hope Street Group is looking for educators who are leaders among their peers and want to share their expertise in helping shape national education policy to apply to be a Teacher Fellow. Selected Fellows will participate with other outstanding teachers from across the country to advocate for education policy changes, and bring insight from their classroom and community experiences gained through shaping local and state policies. The Hope Street Group is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to connect teachers with other education stakeholders and policy leaders to develop policy recommendations and advocates to improve teacher effectiveness. Applications are due by April 15, 2011. For more information, including the application form, visit www.hopestreetgroup.org/docs/DOC-2776.
SeaWorld Study Pass
SeaWorld Orlando is thanking Florida teachers by offering a Teacher Study Pass to all active and certified K-12 educators. The Study Pass will allow unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando through Dec. 31, 2011, with no blackout dates. For even more savings, teachers can purchase up to six additional tickets at $20 off each admission until May 31, 2011. Educators just need to bring their Florida teaching certificate, recent paystub and photo ID to any SeaWorld Orlando ticket window. For more information, visit www.SeaWorldOrlandoTeachers.com.
Teacher Quest Tampa Bay Program
The Teacher Quest Tampa Bay Program is offering paid opportunities for middle school teachers to participate in STEM-related externships in industry in the Tampa Bay area. Twenty teachers will have a chance to see firsthand how STEM subjects are used in the workplace. Externships run from June 20 – July 29, 2011. The applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, visit http://theendeavouracademy.com/teacherquest/tampa/index.html.
Call for Applications: Rural/Underserved and Small School Improvement Through Arts Integration
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education is seeking applications from rural, underserved and small schools or school districts with limited arts education to participate in a professional development research project over the next two years. The project aims to improve overall student performance by using an arts-integrated approach to teaching and learning. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2011. Visit www.faae.org for complete information and the application form.
Request for Presentations: Florida Distance Learning Association
The Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) invites all interested individuals to submit proposals for the Annual FDLA conference in Sept. 2011. Using the conference theme, “Distance Learning: Best Practices and Beyond” presentations should raise awareness of the best practices in distance learning and strengthen distance education in the state and around the nation. Proposals must be postmarked by May 23, 2011. For more information, contact Conference Program Coordinator Tara Kobel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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