News Slices:
Florida Education Foundation Honored for Sunshine State Scholars Program
Input Sought for Florida Principal Leadership Standards
Teen Trendsetters™ Looking for Reading Mentors
Deadline for District Data Leader Awards Approaches

Seeds of Success:
Four Schools Achieve Success Through Florida's School Improvement Program
Mary Brogan Award Presented to Brevard Teacher
Pinellas Educator Recipient of Adele Graham Award
Hillsborough Teacher Participates in Shoah Foundation Institute
Pensacola State College Garners Federal Grant

Branching Out:
Florida Virtual School's 2011 Open House

 


July 22, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 15


News Slices


Florida Education Foundation Honored for Sunshine State Scholars Program
The Florida Education Foundation (FEF) recently received the "Best Effort Honoring Florida's Top STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholars and Targeting Retention of Scholars into Florida's Educational Pipeline" award for its newly revamped Sunshine State Scholars Program. The award was bestowed by STEMflorida, Inc., a statewide council to strengthen the STEM skills of Florida's students as a way to address the increasing demand for jobs requiring strong foundations in these areas. The FEF's Sunshine State Scholars Program recognizes the top-performing STEM-focused students from each Florida school district by showcasing their achievements and treating them to a specialized college recruitment fair where they are treated like Blue Chip scholars. Next year, the Sunshine State Scholars program is slated to take place Feb. 16-17. For more information about the FEF and its programs, visit http://www.floridaeducationfoundation.org/.



Input Sought for Florida Principal Leadership Standards
The Race to the Top Teacher and Leader Preparation Implementation Committee is in the process of revising the Florida Principal Leadership Standards, which form the basis for all Florida's leadership preparation programs. Stakeholders interested in reviewing and submitting their input on these revised standards are encouraged to provide input by Aug. 12, 2011. The DOE home page has a direct link to the submission form, or you may visit the link directly at http://data.fldoe.org/cs/default.cfm?officeID=103 to provide feedback on these essential standards.



Teen Trendsetters™ Looking for Reading Mentors
The Volunteer USA Foundation invites all high school students to become reading mentors in the Teen Trendsetters™ program. The award-winning program provides training to students to serve as volunteers to mentor 2nd and 3rd graders with their reading skills once a week. If you are interested in joining this exciting program, visit www.volunteerusafoundation.org or contact Tracey Gallagher at tracey.gallagher@volunteerusafund.org.



Deadline for District Data Leader Awards Approaches
Time is running out to submit a nomination for the Florida Department of Education's District Data Leader of the Year Awards 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. Any questions about the program should be directed to 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.


Seeds of Success


Four Schools Achieve Success Through Florida's School Improvement Program
Working in partnership with school improvement experts, principals, teachers, parents and community partners, four of Florida's lowest performing schools significantly increased their standing this year, exiting the most critical status within the state's Differentiated Accountability School Improvement Program. Students at Larkdale Elementary and Martin Luther King Elementary in Broward County, along with students at Frederick R. Douglass Elementary in Miami-Dade County and Frank Nims Middle in Leon County, significantly improved their performance in the core subjects of reading and mathematics, lifting the schools out of "Intervene" status. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their outstanding work!

To view the 2010-11 Differentiated Accountability list of schools or to learn more about the Differentiated Accountability program, visit http://flbsi.org/DA/index.htm.





Mary Brogan Award Presented to Brevard Teacher
Diane Phillips, Brevard County's 2012 Teacher of the Year, was presented with the Mary J. Brogan Excellence in Teaching Award at the Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year Roundtable held July 8, 2011, in Orlando. This award is given annually to one of the district teacher of the year winners to recognize a passion for teaching and compassion for their students that serves as an inspiration to other educators. Ms. Phillips is an English teacher at Cocoa High School.



Pinellas Educator Recipient of Adele Graham Award
Doretha Jackson, the Faith Based/Family Involvement Coordinator for the Florida Parent Information and Resource Center of the Family Network on Disabilities in Pinellas County, was the recipient of the Adele Graham Award from the Florida Association of Partners in Education. The award, which recognized Ms. Jackson for her sustained support for the organized school volunteer program, was presented during the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Fall Leadership Conference on July 12, 2011. She was presented with a $500 cash award and a crystal vase. For more information about the award and to view past recipients, visit www.flpie.net.



Hillsborough Teacher Participates in Shoah Foundation Institute
Brandon Haas, a History teacher at Freedom High School in Tampa, recently participated in the University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation Institute's Teaching with Testimony workshop as a candidate of its Master Teacher Program. Haas, who teaches Holocaust History and Honors American History, was one of 17 middle and high school educators chosen to participate in the workshop. The Shoah Foundation Institute maintains an archive of nearly 52,000 video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, which is used by educators to develop testimony-based classroom instruction. For more information about the Shoah Foundation Institute, visit http://dornsife.usc.edu/vhi/.



Pensacola State College Garners Federal Grant
A federal grant was recently awarded to Pensacola State College by the U.S. Dept. of Education to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The nearly $319,000 grant will boost the college's Educational Talent Search Program's ability to provide academic, career and financial counseling to potential participants to encourage them to graduate from high school and continue on to a postsecondary education. For more information about the program at PSC, contact Linda Sheppard, Director of the Educational Talent Search Program, at (850) 484-1620 or lsheppard@pensacolastate.edu.


Branching Out


Florida Virtual School's 2011 Open House
August 24 and 25, 2011

Save the date for the Florida Virtual School's (FLVS) Momentum 2011 Virtual Open House. Learn about the benefits of virtual education from current students and families, find out about the variety of clubs and activities, and get answers to all your questions about the Florida Virtual School. For more information about the open house, visit www.FLVS.net.


 
 
 
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