Hillsborough County High School Places Fourth in the Nation
A team of Robinson High School International Baccalaureate students took fourth place in this year’s Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation. The Internet-based challenge is a competition for high school juniors and seniors that spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society. This year’s challenge required students to estimate the impact – water supply and demand, financial implications and political ramifications – of the 12-year water deficit that has affected water resources and power generation in Southwestern states whose sustenance depends on the Colorado River Basin. After being selected as one of the top proposals, team members presented their solution paper to a panel of professional applied mathematicians during final judging at the Challenge headquarters in Manhattan. The fourth place award was a prize of $7,500 divided equally among team members and paid directly to the colleges or universities in which the students enroll. For more information about the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, visit http://m3challenge.siam.org/.
Florida Virtual School Students Shine at State Conference
Three Florida Virtual School (FLVS) student members of the Florida Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) received awards at the statewide conference earlier this month. The students – Marissa Suchini, who placed first in the Client Services category, Robert Klubenspies, who placed second in the Website Development category, and Celestial McBride, who placed second in Middle Level Web Page Design – will join nearly 7,500 of their peers and advisors to attend the national FBLA conference in Orlando next month to compete in more than 50 categories.
Polk Social Worker Honored by Professional Organization
Cheryl Marino, a social worker with Polk County Schools, has been named the Social Worker of the Year by the Heartland Unit of the National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter. Marino has been with the school district for four years and works with special needs children and their families.
Three Miami-Dade Schools Receive Grant to Enhance Curriculum
Thanks to the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children, when students at Van E. Blanton, Carrie P. Meek/Westview, and Golden Gates Elementary in Miami-Dade County return to school this fall, they will have new and exciting equipment and materials to enhance their curriculum. The grants totaling $200,000 will be used to purchase technology such as computers, interactive white boards, and other materials to provide new learning opportunities and a focus on literacy. The Fund awards grants to schools which serve student populations where at least 90 percent of the students qualify for the federal free and reduced price lunch program.
Seminole County Educator Wins Award for Creativity in Teaching
Jim Stevens, a National Board Certified Teacher at Sanford Middle School in Seminole County, has won the Excellence in Creative Teaching for 2011 from the Florida Association of the Gifted. Stevens teaches gifted Algebra I Honors and Geometry Honors in addition to coaching the Mu Alpha Theta competition team in statewide Algebra and Geometry contests.
Miami-Dade College Nursing Program and Faculty Recognized
The School of Nursing at Miami-Dade College (MDC) won the Community Service Award and longtime MDC nursing professor Carol Petrozella, RN, Ph.D., won the Nurse of the Year award from the Florida Nurses Association in April. Petrozella was selected for her use of creative teaching methods to enhance learning and for creating a stimulating experience in which to mentor students and others. The MDC College of Nursing was chosen for the Community Service Award for its various voluntary contributions that help improve the health and welfare of the South Florida community.
24th Annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards and Tribute to Commissioner Smith
June 9, 2011
Grand Hyatt Hotel
The annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards program celebrates private sector involvement in Florida public education. This year, more than 80 businesses and organizations from across the state will be recognized for their unwavering commitment and creative partnership with the state’s public schools. In addition, the Florida Education Foundation will pay tribute to Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith for his years of service and bold leadership in improving public education in Florida. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.floridaeducationfoundation.org/, or contact Deb Schroeder at (850) 245-9692 or Deb.Schroeder@fldoe.org.
Engineering Technology Summer Institute
June 13 – 15, 2011
St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus
The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence for high-tech manufacturing, is hosting an Engineering Technology Summer Institute for educators June 15 – 17, 2011, at the Clearwater Campus of St. Petersburg College. The two-day professional development opportunity will focus on additive manufacturing (3-D printing) and 3-D 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 www.fl-ate.org or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 259-6578 or Brad Jenkins at email@example.com.
Digital Media Festival
June 16, 2011
Center for Research on Education, the Arts, Technology and Entertainment
University of Central Florida
Teachers, administrators, students and parents are invited to participate in the Digital Media Festival on June 16, 2011, at the University of Central Florida. The one-day workshop will enable participants to work with industry professionals to learn how to use software programs in more artistic ways, find out about careers in technology and the arts, and learn how to integrate technology into art and other curricular areas. For more information or to register online, visit www.faae.org/digital.cfm. If you have questions, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (407) 488-8868.
Florida Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Summit
June 16 – 18, 2011
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education will host its annual Leadership Summit in Orlando on June 16 – 18, 2011, 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 www.faae.org or contact Susan Burke, Executive Director of FAAE, at (407) 488-9951 or email@example.com.
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
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 www.faptflorida.org/FAPT%20Summer%20Symposium.htm.
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium/FloridaLearns Foundation 44th Annual Leadership Conference
July 13 – 14, 2011
Bay Point Marriott Resort
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Educators from across the state are invited to the 2011 Panhandle Area Educational Consortium/FloridaLearns Foundation Leadership Conference July 13 – 14, 2011, in Panama City Beach, Fla. Participants will hear what education experts have to say, discover fresh approaches and find solutions to challenges facing schools and districts, connect with peers to discover best practices, and become motivated to begin another academic year with renewed enthusiasm. For more information, call (877) 873-7232 ext. 2260 or ext. 2320, or visit http://www.paec.org/leadershipconference/.
Florida Distance Learning Association Annual Conference
Sept. 23 – 24, 2011
Nova Southeastern University Orlando Campus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.