News Slices:
District Data Leader Nominations Sought
Florida College System Honors Outstanding Students
New Teacher Talk Television Available for Download
2nd Annual STEM Virtual Career Fair
Spanish Version of Success Measures Launched
Public Comment Invited for Draft Standards on School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs
National Physical Education and Sport Week
Glazer Family Foundation Grant
Citizens Encouraged to Register Emergency Contact Information
We Give Books to Share Free Books with Florida Classrooms
Tampa’s First “Virtual Learning Center” Opens
Volunteer USA Offers Free Financial Literacy Course
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Seeking Student Ambassadors

Seeds of Success:
Orange County Student Named Top Trial Attorney
Seminole County Student Wins President’s Volunteer Service Award
Marion County Schools Honored for Wellness Program
Seminole County Teacher Selected for NASA Advanced Space Camp
America’s Young Heroes Contest Winners Announced
Chipola College Wins State Brain Bowl
Pasco-Hernando Cheerleaders Win State and National Championships
Miami Dade College Opens Culinary Institute

Branching Out:
University of Central Florida Book Festival
Florida Virtual School 4th Annual Shakespeare Festival
2nd Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Virtual Career Fair
National Physical Education and Sport Week
Florida Association for Staff Development Spring Forum
2011 Florida Literacy Conference
International Reading Association Convention
Engineering Technology Summer Institute
Florida Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Summit
National Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar
Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Summer Symposium
Florida Distance Learning Association Annual Conference

 


April 15, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 8


News Slices


District Data Leader Nominations Sought
The Florida Department of Education is seeking nominations for the second annual District Data Leader of the Year Award Program to recognize the state’s top school district superintendent who shows exemplary leadership in using data to increase student achievement. The award was launched last year to recognize school superintendents who continually employ innovative data research strategies and incorporate new methods and opportunities to improve the use of data. The 2010 winner was Putnam County Superintendent Tom Townsend for the creation of the Learning Gains Index that quantifies teacher effectiveness in terms of student growth and helps to better inform educators about their work in the classroom by examining average student growth per teacher using FCAT scores.

School districts wishing to nominate their superintendent have until Aug. 1, 2011, to submit a nomination packet. Visit http://www.fldoe.org/districtdataleader for more information.



Florida College System Honors Outstanding Students
Kicking off Florida College System Month, the 2011 Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team was honored for their exceptional academic achievement, leadership and community service during an award ceremony at the Florida State University Center Club on April 7, 2011, in Tallahassee. Florida College System Chancellor Dr. Will Holcombe hosted the event that also recognized the Coca-Cola Scholars. As part of the ceremony, team members were presented with Phi Theta Kappa and Coca-Cola Scholars medallions and certificates. The 109 students represented Florida’s 28 state and community colleges and one independent university, and were also recognized on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives. For a complete list of the 2011 Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team, visit http://www.fldoe.org/CC/Students/PTK_team/Newsletter/voltwo.asp. To learn more about the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, visit: http://www.ptk.org/. To learn more about the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, visit: https://www.coca-colascholars.org/cokeWeb/index.jsp?navigation=1.

New Teacher Talk Television Available for Download
The latest Teacher Talk television show is now available for download through the Florida Knowledge Network and on the Just for Teachers website. This segment focuses on summer reading and literacy, and provides various ways for families to get involved in the educational process. Viewers can also hear of the upcoming Teacher Treasures registration window for an opportunity to win one of three weekend getaways. Educators should be on the lookout for the Just for Teachers newsletter that includes important education news as well as an updated list of available discounts and offers. Teacher Treasures is a monthly contest designed to help show appreciation for Florida’s dedicated educators. To view the latest Teacher Talk show or to learn more about Just for Teachers or Teacher Treasures, visit http://www.fldoe.org/justforteachers.

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 http://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.



Spanish Version of Success Measures Launched
The Florida Department of Education has developed a Spanish version of the popular Success Measures web resource to help Spanish-speaking families better understand the information being taught and tested in the state’s classrooms. The Success Measures application enables users to learn about Florida’s curriculum standards and the specific exams that test that particular standard. The tool provides information that includes the anticipated school year, the grade level and courses in Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health or Physical Education. For more information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/successmeasures.

Public Comment Invited for Draft Standards on School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs
The public is invited to provide input on the draft educational standards for Florida’s four-year-olds participating in either the School Readiness or Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) programs. Although educational standards for the VPK program have been in place since 2005, the new draft standards combine the school readiness standards and VPK standards that are designed to prepare children for success in kindergarten. To share feedback, comments and suggestions, three options are available:
  1. Online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DRAFTOneSetofStandardsforFloridasFour-Year-Olds
  2. Fax: (850) 245-5105
  3. Mail: Florida Department of Education Office of Early Learning, 325 W. Gaines St., Suite 514, Tallahassee, FL 32399

The deadline for public comment is April 25, 2011.



National Physical Education and Sport Week
Schools are encouraged to celebrate Let’s Move in School during National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1 – 7, 2011. Let’s Move in School is a national initiative to increase physical activity before, during and after school. The first 10,000 schools to register an event will receive a Let’s Move in School poster, and one lucky school will win a visit from a President’s Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition member. Schools can choose from a variety of fun activities that get students moving and bring attention to the importance of physical activity for a lifetime. To review the list of potential activities your school can choose from, please visit http://www.aahperd.org/letsmoveinschool/events/national_pe_sport_week.cfm. To register a school celebration and access promotional videos, tools, and more, please visit http://www.aahperd.org/letsmoveinschool/events/school_signup.cfm.

Glazer Family Foundation Grant
Nonprofit organizations in the Central Florida area are encouraged to apply for a grant through the Glazer Family Foundation. The grants are awarded to programs that support positive social and economic development within communities and applications are accepted year round. Visit http://www.glazerfamilyfoundation.org/our-programs/grant-program for more information about the grants and how to apply.

Citizens Encouraged to Register Emergency Contact Information
As the school year winds down and students celebrate prom and post-graduation parties, now is an ideal time to take advantage of a free service offered by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Anyone who has a Florida driver license or identification card can register their emergency contact information with DHSMV using their license or ID card number. This free service provides law enforcement agencies with the names and contact information of people you want them to notify in case of an emergency. The information is secure and only law enforcement officers can access it. Visit http://www.flhsmv.gov/eci for more information.

We Give Books to Share Free Books with Florida Classrooms
Read for My School Florida, a new campaign from Penguin Books and the Pearson Foundation that encourages children to read and earn free books, kicked off in Tallahassee recently and will continue through May 9, 2011. The new program, which is part of the We Give Books initiative, challenges students to read as many as 50,000 books during the campaign. For each book read online during the campaign, the Pearson Foundation will donate a book to the school designated by readers. For more information about We Give Books and Read for My School Florida programs, visit http://www.wegivebooks.org.

Tampa’s First “Virtual Learning Center” Opens
The Tampa area’s first Virtual Learning Center, an innovative learning environment for children in grades K-12, is now open at the Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA. The learning center was developed in coordination with the Florida Virtual School Foundation, Everest University Online, and the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA to enhance the high-tech resources available to students in the community. The Center is open to all area students, is equipped with computers furnished by Everett University, Internet access and other resources, and has on-site instructors from the Florida Virtual School.



Volunteer USA Offers Free Financial Literacy Course
A free program that helps parents and students understand the importance of household budgeting and saving skills while boosting math skills is now available from the Volunteer USA Foundation with support from the SunTrust Foundation. For a limited time, the “What’s on the Menu?” Financial Education for Families program is available for FREE to elementary schools in Florida. The program includes four free lesson plans for teachers to use in the classroom and a fun after-school workshop so families can experience how the fundamentals of math apply to things like calculating restaurant tips, opening checking and savings accounts, and how interest can help them save even more. To find out more and to register, visit http://www.ounce.org/whatsonmenu/ or contact Teecy Matthews with Volunteer USA at Teecy.Matthews@volunteerusafund.org. Free lesson plans can be downloaded at http://www.volunteerusafoundation.org/vusa/What-We-Do/Training-for-Families-Teens/Financial-Education-for-Families-Program/What-s-On-The-Menu-Financial-Education.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers Seeking Student Ambassadors
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are recruiting enthusiastic, motivated students to be part of the 2011-12 Buccaneers Student Ambassadors program (formerly Student Advisory Board). Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the team and their schools by attending monthly meetings, participating in community service projects, and supporting the Buccaneers at all home football games. Students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in West Central Florida can apply by visiting the “Community” section at http://www.Buccaneers.com by Friday, June 10, 2011. For more information, call (813) 870-2700, ext. 2274.


Seeds of Success


Orange County Student Named Top Trial Attorney
Timber Creek High School senior Nasser Almulla is the best high school trial attorney in Florida according to the Florida Bar. The Orange County student won the honor and a $2,500 scholarship at the 2011 Florida Mock Trial Competition conducted by the Florida Law-Related Education Association and supported by the Florida Bar. The recognition is determined by a team of judges in each trial round and is made up of attorneys and circuit and county judges from across the state.


Seminole County Student Wins President’s Volunteer Service Award
Matthew Gerken, a Winter Springs High School senior, was honored for his exemplary service with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Gerken was recognized for his volunteer work at the Spring Hammock Nature Preserve in Longwood. The award was presented by the Prudential of Community Awards program on behalf of President Obama and includes a gold pin and a certificate signed by the President.


Marion County Schools Honored for Wellness Program
The Marion County Public Schools’ Employee Wellness Program has captured a national gold Level award from the Directors of Health Promotion and Education based in Washington, D.C. The wellness program, which focuses on healthy habits for school district employees, won a $1,000 grant, a banner recognizing the achievement, and invitations to share the successful program at national conferences.


Seminole County Teacher Selected for NASA Advanced Space Camp
Highlands Elementary teacher Andrea Cole will attend the NASA Advanced Space Camp June 18 – 24, 2011, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. and the University of Alabama, Huntsville Campus. The fifth grade Seminole County educator was one of 30 selected from among hundreds of portfolios submitted from around the world.


America’s Young Heroes Contest Winners Announced
Twenty-six students from nine different Florida schools have been named winners in the America’s Young Heroes contest to promote respect and prevent bullying. Students submitted short stories, poetry, computer graphics, music, film and hand drawn art to demonstrate practical, creative solutions to help prevent bullying and promote respect for self and others. For a complete list of winners, visit http://www.fldoe.org/successstories.


Chipola College Wins State Brain Bowl
For the fourth year in a row, the Chipola College Blue Team won the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Championship on March 19, 2011. The Chipola Brain Bowl team will compete in the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s Intercollegiate Championship Tournament in Chicago, Ill.


Pasco-Hernando Cheerleaders Win State and National Championships
The cheerleading team at Pasco-Hernando Community College earned state and national acclaim by winning the American Open National Championship College Cheer Level 6 Division during competition last month in Orlando. After reviving the squad two years ago, team captain Sophia Haddad recruited students and coaches after discovering the school did not have a cheerleading squad. Since then, the squad began cheering at sports events and held tryouts in preparation for competition at the state and national levels. Congratulations!


Miami Dade College Opens Culinary Institute
The face of Miami’s culinary scene changed forever on April 14, 2011, as Miami Dade College opened the doors of its new, state-of-the-art Miami Culinary Institute. The Institute will offer students the chance to learn from the world’s top professional chefs as they learn hands-on, sustainable, innovative techniques through a curriculum designed to realistically prepare them for the needs and expectations of the culinary industry. For more information about Miami Dade’s Culinary Institute, call (305) 237-3276 or visit http://www.miamidadeculinary.com.

Branching Out

University of Central Florida Book Festival
April 16, 2011
UCF Arena
Orlando, Fla.


The Second Annual University of Central Florida (UCF) Book Festival will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on April 16, 2011, at the UCF Arena and will showcase 60 renowned authors, exhibitors, free book appraisals, children’s and teen’s activities and more. Keynote authors include New York Times best selling author Maxine Paetro, co-author with James Patterson on the Women’s Murder Club series; Florida Senator Bob Graham; syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr.; and Col. Joe Kittinger. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please visit http://www.bookfestival.ucf.edu or call (407) 823-2835.


Florida Virtual School 4th Annual Shakespeare Festival
April 26 – 27, 2011
FLVS Virtual Conference Center
https://flvs.6connex.com/portal/shakespeare/login


There’s much ado about Shakespeare! Join us for the 4th Annual FLVS Shakespeare Festival. This year’s event will transport you to the world of this renowned playwright and poet. View presentations created by FLVS students as they explore their favorite Shakespeare scene or add their own creative spin to one of his plays. Learn about the language used in the Bard’s work and his continuing impact on modern culture. Explore various topics and subjects that have been influenced by one of the world’s greatest writers. Meet authors who love Shakespeare as much as we do. Find all of this and more at the online FLVS Shakespeare Festival at http://www.FLVS.net/shakespeare.


2nd Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Virtual Career Fair
April 27, 2011

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 27th for the 2nd Annual STEM Virtual Career Fair, a FREE one-day event open to all Florida middle and high school students to learn directly from featured speakers about what it takes to be successful in STEM-related careers. 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. For more details, visit http://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.


National Physical Education and Sport Week
May 1 – 7, 2011

Schools are encouraged to celebrate Let’s Move in School during National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1 – 7, 2011. Let’s Move in School is a national initiative to increase physical activity before, during and after school. For more information, including how to register for a Let’s Move in School event, visit http://www.aahperd.org/letsmoveinschool.


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.


2011 Florida Literacy Conference
May 4 – 6, 2011
Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
Lake Mary, Fla.


Educators from across the state are invited to attend the 27th Annual Florida Literacy Conference May 4 – 6, 2011, hosted by the Florida Literacy Coalition. The conference includes more than 75 general and concurrent sessions, and features keynote speakers Pat Williams from the Orlando Magic and literacy pioneer and Presidential Medal of Honor recipient Ruth Colvin. For more information, visit http://www.floridaliteracy.org/floridaliteracyconference.html.


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/.


Engineering Technology Summer Institute
June 13 – 15, 2011
St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus
Clearwater, Fla.


FLATE, the National Science Foundation Center of Excellence for high-tech manufacturing, is hosting an Engineering Technology Summer Institute June 15 – 17, 2011, at the Clearwater Campus of St. Petersburg College. The two-day professional development opportunity will focus on additive manufacturing (3D printing) and 3D modeling and design, as well as sessions on student recruitment and retention. The Institute is open to all full-time faculty in secondary or postsecondary public institutions who teach engineering technology, engineering, or related courses in Florida. There is no charge for the Institute and a $250 stipend may be available to eligible participants. The deadline to submit an application is May 1, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.fl-ate.org or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at barger@fl-ate.org or (813) 259-6578 or Brad Jenkins at jenkinsb@spcollege.edu.


Florida Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Summit
June 16 – 18, 2011
Sonesta Hotel
Orlando, Fla.


The Florida Alliance for Arts Education will host its annual Leadership Summit June 16 – 18, 2011, in Orlando with the theme, “Arts Education is 21st Century Education.” The summit features breakout sessions by and for educators, administrators and advocates, the Arts Achieve! Model Schools Recognition, the Digital Media Festival Exhibit and much more. For more information, visit http://www.faae.org or contact Susan Burke, Executive Director of FAAE, at (407) 488-9951 or susan@faae.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
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.


Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Summer Symposium
June 28 – 29, 2011
Ocala Hilton
Ocala, Fla.


Student transportation professionals and others from across the state are invited to attend the 63rd Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Summer Symposium June 28 – 29, 2011, in Ocala. The symposium comprises two full days of general and concurrent sessions and includes workshops on bullying prevention, school bus stop selection and safety, serving charter schools effectively, and using benchmarking and key transportation performance indicators to measure and improve performance. For more information, visit http://www.faptflorida.org/FAPT%20Summer%20Symposium.htm.


Florida Distance Learning Association Annual Conference
Sept. 23 – 24, 2011
Nova Southeastern University Orlando Campus
Orlando, Fla.


The Florida Distance Learning Association will host its annual conference at the Orlando campus of Nova Southeastern University Sept. 23 - 24, 2011, with the theme “Distance Learning: Best Practices and Beyond.” The conference seeks to raise awareness of the best practices in distance learning, promote greater participation in dialogue and exchange, and strengthen district education in the state and nation. For more information or to register, visit www.fdla.com or contact Conference Program Coordinator Tara Kobel at tleconsultants@aol.com.


 
 
 
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