Florida's Reading Proficiency Standards Among the Best in the Nation
A new report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that Florida has some of the strongest reading standards in the country. The Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto the NAEP Scales report compares each state's reading and mathematics proficiency standards against national proficiency standards to see how closely they match up. To view the report, visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/studies/statemapping/.
Department of Education Names Healthy School Districts
The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids recently recognized 18 school districts as Florida Healthy School Districts. The recognition was based on the districts' submission of the Florida Healthy District Self Assessment and their efforts to create healthy teaching and learning environments that support healthy habits for students and staff. Visit http://www.fldoe.org/BII/CSHP/h-districts.asp for the list of districts and more information.
Send in Zora and Me Literacy League Questions
The Florida Department of Education's Literacy League is a podcast project that gives students an opportunity to connect with their favorite authors. Students read a pre-selected book, submit questions about the book to the author and the author answers them via video. Each video is shared on the Department's YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/educationfl. The club is open to all students in grades 6-8 as a way to support and encourage a love of reading by giving students an opportunity to connect with their favorite authors.
Student questions for the latest book choice, Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon, are due by Oct. 31, 2011. For details and information about Literacy League and upcoming book selections, visit http://www.fldoe.org/literacyleague.
Financial Aid Applications Due
The deadline for students who graduated last spring to submit their Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application is Aug. 31, 2011. By this date, all school districts have completed graduation, including summer session, for the prior academic year. The application is required for all state scholarships and grants. For more information or to submit the application, visit https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/ua/sawstua_uaform.asp.
Schedule Navigating Your Financial Future Workshops
Now is the time to schedule the Navigating your Financial Future workshops and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) labs for the 2011-12 school year. Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance staff are available to conduct the workshops at your school or you can download financial aid literacy materials to share with your students and families. Visit http://www.navigatingyourfinancialfuture.org/ for more information or to contact an Outreach Representative. If you have questions, contact Lori Auxier, Director of Outreach Services, at (561) 292-6002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOE Again Teams Up With NFL Teams for 2011
Attention all football fans! The Florida NFL teams have partnered again with the Florida Department of Education to offer discounted tickets to teachers this coming fall. Now, all three Florida teams - the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins - will offer these specially-priced tickets to key games. Discounted ticket forms are now available through the Just for Teachers website at http://www.fldoe.org/justforteachers/.
Henkel Helps Kids Get Fit Contest
Henkel, the name behind some of America's favorite brands, in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, invites all schools across the nation to submit a nomination for an opportunity to win a $10,000 prize to support youth health and fitness. Based on the relevance, originality and inspiration of the nominations submitted, Henkel will select 15 schools - five elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools - as finalists. The three winning schools, one at each level, will be determined by public vote and be rewarded with the prize to turn the health and fitness program they outlined in their application into reality. For more information and to nominate your school, visit http://www.henkelhelps.com. The deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 30, 2011.
Don't Forget to Sign Up for the Virtual Open House!
Sign up today for the Florida Virtual School's Momentum 2011 Virtual Open House on Aug. 24 - 25, 2011. Participants will step into a virtual world featuring exciting technology, avatars, presentations and information sessions by FLVS teachers, counselors and students - all from the comfort of their own home. The open house is available at no cost to all interested individuals. Visit http://www.FLVS.net to get more information and to register.
Nominations Sought for the National Assessment of Educational Progress Governing Board
The National Assessment Governing Board invites nominations of qualified individuals to serve as members of the Governing Board for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation's Report Card. The broadest representation possible is sought to fill positions in five categories: Testing and Measurement Expert; Local Board of Education Member; State Legislator (Republican); Non-Public School Administrator; and General Public Representative. The deadline for receiving nominations is Sept. 30, 2011.
The U.S. Secretary of Education will appoint members from a list of finalists submitted by the Board. The term for each of the five positions is Oct. 1, 2012 - Sept. 30, 2016. For further information, visit http://www.nagb.org/nominations2012/.
Nominations may be submitted via mail, email, or fax to:
Dr. Mary Crovo
New Indian River State College STEM Center to Provide Employment Opportunities
With Indian River State College experiencing a 20 percent enrollment growth in the sciences, the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Center under construction at the St. Lucie West campus will give local students more opportunity to train for jobs with nearby research institutes. The three-story facility will provide much needed classroom space and sophisticated teaching laboratories in genetics, chemistry, ecology, molecular science, botany and microbiology with a focus on linking math and science concepts to real-world applications. The STEM Center is scheduled for completion in late 2012.
Division of Blind Services Offers Program for High School Students
The goal of the School to Work program offered by the Florida Department of Education's (DOE) Division of Blind Services (DBS) is to assist blind or visually-impaired high school students from age 14 through 22 in meeting their future employment goals as they transition from school to work or postsecondary education. Provided jointly by local school districts, community providers and DBS, the program includes 130 hours of concentrated services that can include career exploration, training in activities of daily living, compensatory skills training, job shadowing and work experiences. Assistive technology, adaptive technology, and low vision aids are also available. Eligible students must have a visual impairment in both eyes and require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for future employment and postsecondary education. Interested individuals are invited to contact the DOE's Division of Blind Services at http://dbs.myflorida.com or call toll-free (800) 342-1828.
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