News Slices:
Finalists Named for the 2012 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year
State Board of Education Elects New Leadership
Florida Virtual School Wins Learning Impact Award
Sunshine State Young Readers Award 2011-12 Book List Posted
Send in Nominations for District Data Leader
80th Anniversary of the Braille and Talking Book Library
Florida Abuse Hotline Developing New Reporting Tools

Seeds of Success:
Hillsborough County High School Places Fourth in the Nation
Florida Virtual School Students Shine at State Conference
Polk Social Worker Honored by Professional Organization
Three Miami-Dade Schools Receive Grant to Enhance Curriculum
Seminole County Educator Wins Award for Creativity in Teaching
Miami-Dade College Nursing Program and Faculty Recognized

Branching Out:
24th Annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards and Tribute to Commissioner Smith
Engineering Technology Summer Institute
Digital Media Festival
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
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium/FloridaLearns Foundation 44th Annual Leadership Conference
Florida Distance Learning Association Annual Conference

 


May 27, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 11


News Slices


Finalists Named for the 2012 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year
Five educators in the Sunshine State have been named as finalists for the 2012 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year. The announcements were made at each teacher’s school by education officials with the Florida Department of Education and representatives of Macy’s. Each finalist received a $5,000 check made possible by the Macy’s Foundation and a $500 Macy’s gift card. The winner will be announced on July 7, 2011, at a gala event at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios CityWalk in Orlando.

The 2012 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year finalists are:

  • Lora McCalister-Cruel, A. Crawford Mosley High School, Bay County
  • Alvin Davis, Miramar High School, Broward County
  • Belinda Nease, Southside Elementary School, Nassau County
  • Stephanie Thetford, Fort Walton Beach High School, Okaloosa County
  • Tracy Staley, Ponce de Leon Elementary School, Pinellas County





Board of Education Elects New Leadership
At its May 17 meeting, the Florida State Board of Education named Kathleen Shanahan and Roberto Martinez as their new Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. These long-term education advocates have been at the forefront of education reform in the Sunshine State for many years. Their efforts to improve Florida’s education system are based on a fundamental commitment of advocating for the needs of all children and shines through in every decision they make. For more information about the Florida State Board of Education, visit http://www.fldoe.org/board/.



Florida Virtual School Wins Learning Impact Award
The Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and Ucompass.com, Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions for education and learning, are joint recipients of the IMS Platinum Learning Impact Award from the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The two organizations were honored in the New and Research Entries category for their innovative implementation of Octane, a revolutionary system to enrich legacy learning content with interactive tools and functionality. For more information about Octane, visit http://www.Ucompass.com/. For more information about FLVS, visit http://flvs.net.



Sunshine State Young Readers Award 2011-12 Book List Posted
The Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program (SSYRA) is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. As a way to entice children to read high-interest, contemporary literature for personal enjoyment, students are encouraged to read at least three books on the SSYRA list and vote for their favorites. The 2011-12 book list is now available on the SSYRA website at http://myssyra.org/, and activities and resources for librarians and classroom teachers will be available soon. Florida public, private and home schools interested in participating in the program should register at the SSYRA website at http://myssyra.org/.



Send in Nominations for District Data Leader
Nominations are currently being accepted for the Florida Department of Education District Data Leader of the Year Program. This program recognizes Florida school district superintendents who are leading the way in using education data to drive student improvement. Participating districts must nominate their district superintendent prior to Aug. 1, 2011. Only district superintendents are eligible to be nominated. If you have any questions about the 2011 District Data Leader of the Year Program, please contact the Office of Communications and External Affairs at (850) 245-0413 or email Damonica.Rivas@fldoe.org. The nomination form is available at www.fldoe.org/districtdataleader.



80th Anniversary of the Braille and Talking Book Library
The Braille and Talking Book Library program of the National Library service will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year. The Florida Department of Education’s Division of Blind Services’ Braille and Talking Book Library in Daytona Beach makes reading possible for more than 30,000 visually-impaired and physically-handicapped Floridians annually. It is a free library program that brings reading materials in digital audio and Braille formats straight to the homes of its clients and offers nearly two million titles. For more information about the Braille and Talking Book Library, visit http://dbs.myflorida.com/library/.



Florida Abuse Hotline Developing New Reporting Tools
Educators play a vital role in helping identify and prevent child abuse in Florida. They are considered by law, along with certain other professionals, to be specially equipped to fulfill a critical role as a mandated reporter of child abuse, neglect or maltreatment. To aid educators, the Florida Abuse Hotline with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is developing training about abuse reporting for all school personnel to be available this fall. They are also working to implement an online reporting tool designed to allow school personnel and other mandatory reporters to report abuse, neglect, or maltreatment. This tool will also allow the submission of additional information as needed, and confirm whether the report was accepted for investigation. For more information, visit the DCF website at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/. To find out more about the mandatory reporting law, visit http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0000-0099/0039/Sections/0039.201.html.


Seeds of Success


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.


Branching Out


24th Annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards and Tribute to Commissioner Smith
June 9, 2011
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Tampa, Fla.

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
Clearwater, Fla.

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 barger@fl-ate.org or (813) 259-6578 or Brad Jenkins at jenkinsb@spcollege.edu.



Digital Media Festival
June 16, 2011
Center for Research on Education, the Arts, Technology and Entertainment
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Fla.

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 info@faae.org or call (407) 488-8868.



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 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 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 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
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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