News Slices:
State Board of Education Selects Gerard Robinson as Florida's Commissioner of Education
Summer Literacy Adventure Continues in Florida's State Parks
Teacher Talk Focuses on Parental Involvement

Seeds of Success:
Youth Exchange Program Sends Two Florida Students to Germany
Polk Student Participates in U.S. Naval Academy Summer Program
Lee County School Garners Donation to Support Students
Florida Schools Recognized for Fighting Childhood Obesity

Branching Out:
Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Summer Symposium
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium/FloridaLearns Foundation 44th Annual Leadership Conference

 


June 24, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 13


News Slices


State Board of Education Selects Gerard Robinson as Florida's Commissioner of Education
On June 21, 2011, Florida's State Board of Education unanimously voted to select Gerard Robinson as the state's next Education Commissioner. Mr. Robinson currently serves as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia and was chosen from among a pool of 26 candidates vying for Florida's top education position. He is the former President of the Black Alliance for Education Options and has also served as the Program Director and Principal Investigator. He taught fifth grade in Los Angeles, California, and was a graduate Instructor at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Robinson is a graduate of Howard University and earned his Master's degree from Harvard University.



Summer Literacy Adventure Continues in Florida's State Parks
Using nature's spectacular backdrop of the sparkling waters of Wakulla Springs and the serene caverns of Florida Caverns State Park, Florida First Lady Ann Scott continued taking the Summer Literacy Adventure on the road to encourage students to take the pledge to read books about nature, parks and Florida history. To participate, students can visit the Just Read, Florida! website at www.justreadflorida.com to take the pledge to read this summer. They can also utilize the free online tool "Find a Book, Florida" at http://florida.lexile.com to search for books based on their reading ability and interests. A select school with the most students participating in the Summer Literacy Adventure will be recognized during the 2011-12 school year with all of its students winning a one-day pass to any Florida State Park. For more information on Florida's State Parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.



Teacher Talk Focuses on Parental Involvement
Parents looking for additional opportunities to help their child succeed in and out of the classroom this summer are encouraged to tune in to the latest Florida Department of Education (DOE) Teacher Talk show. This month's episode, hosted by DOE's Teacher Liaison Kelly Seay, focuses on unique ways parents can get involved in their child's education, and includes a collection of resources, strategies and ideas to improve the home, school and teacher relationship. To view the latest Teacher Talk show or to learn of the many resources available for parents, visit www.fldoe.org/justforteachers.


Seeds of Success


Youth Exchange Program Sends Two Florida Students to Germany
Hannah Hollander from Pasco High School in Pasco County and Haley Seberger from Merritt Island High School in Brevard County will get the opportunity to live in Germany in the coming year as part of the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship. The two graduating seniors are among 25 finalists selected from 103 applications across the nation, 12 of which were from Florida. They will attend school and learn the German language, discover the everyday culture, and gain professional experience while participating in an internship with a German company. For more information about the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship, visit www.fldoe.org/workforce/programs/cp_bundestag.asp.



Polk Student Participates in U.S. Naval Academy Summer Program
Nicholas Sweat, a rising senior at Ridge Community High School in Polk County, was among nearly 2,300 students selected to participate in the U.S. Naval Academy's (USNA) Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Md. Nicholas, who is a member of his school's Army JROTC, lived with other seminar attendees in a midshipman dormitory on the USNA campus. His six-day experience of Academy life included academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, and professional and leadership training.



Lee County School Garners Donation to Support Students
The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Lee County High Tech Center Central to support the school's mission of preparing students for careers in a positive learning environment. The donation will provide scholarships to students who are pursuing their education goals so they can have a fulfilling career. As a result of the nearly 30 career and technical programs offered, Tech Center graduates have become successful business owners, entrepreneurs and skilled professionals in the local economy.



Florida Schools Recognized for Fighting Childhood Obesity
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG), founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, recently recognized 46 Florida schools for transforming their campuses into healthier places for students and staff. To earn the award, schools revamped their meal services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the AHG's Healthy Schools Program. Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum National Recognition Awards based on their level of achievement. The 46 Florida schools (30 Bronze and 16 Silver) join 229 other schools nationwide for their healthy achievements. For a list of schools, visit www.fldoe.org/successstories.


Branching Out


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, Fla. 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/.


 
 
 
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