Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Student and Educator Contests
As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, 2011, Florida students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in student contests centered around the theme, "Celebrating Hispanic Leaders in Business - Past, Present and Future." Students, parents, teachers and principals are also invited to nominate full-time Hispanic educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. All contest entries and nomination forms must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Sept. 23, 2011.
Excellence in Education AwardStudents, parents, teachers and principals can nominate any Hispanic full-time educators at an elementary, middle or high school in Florida for the Excellence in Education Award. Three winners will be selected - one each from each level - and will receive a check for $1,500.
For full information about the Hispanic Heritage Month student and teacher contests, including complete guidelines and entry forms, please visit http://www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com.
2011-2012 Florida KidCare Act Out for Health Contest
It's time for the 2011-2012 Florida KidCare Act Out for Health Contest! This year, the contest features lesson plans for teachers to help their students submit their entries in the essay, TV Public Service Announcement, and Billboard categories. The contest offers tons of prizes for students and schools. The Act Out for Health Contest kicked off Sept. 2, 2011, and runs through Jan. 6, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.actoutforhealth.org.
School Districts Participate in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The United States Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides funding to schools so they can offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to students three to five days per week outside the regular breakfast and lunch service. The program seeks to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, increasing children's fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impacting children's present and future health by introducing healthy fruits and vegetables into their diet.
For the 2011-12 school year, 32 school districts received funding to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. For further information and to view the list of schools and districts, visit http://www.fldoe.org/FNM/ffvp/.
Statewide K-12 Library Resources Now Available Online
Teachers, students and parents now have access to K-12 public school library holdings through http://k12.floridalibraries.org. Searches can be done at the school district or state levels and tailored by school, genre, format, topic and language. Citations in Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago styles are available. For more information, contact Katrina Figgett in the Florida Department of Education's Office of Library Media at Katrina.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Financial Aid Training Offered
The Florida Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) is offering the 2012-13 National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM) during the last three months of 2011. The NT4CM program provides free training and support for counselors and mentors who assist students and their families in preparing financially for college. Professional trainers will present up-to-date information on federal and state student aid programs, scholarship searches, avoiding financial aid fraud, and other relevant topics. For a complete list of workshop dates and locations or to register, visit https://ffelpreports.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/osfatraining/WorkShopRegister.aspx. For more information, contact an OSFA Outreach Team Member at http://www.navigatingyourfinancialfuture.org/ContactUs/School_Rep.aspx.
NBC News to Host Teacher Town Hall
A Teacher Town Hall hosted by NBC News will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, and educators are invited to join in the conversation. The live event will be held at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City beginning at noon Eastern Time and broadcast on MSNBC. Simultaneously, EducationNation.com will host a live teachers-only chat titled, "Teachers' Lounge." The Teachers' Lounge will open for questions in early September so any teacher can join the live conversation. For more information or to register visit http://www.educationnation.com/index.cfm?objectid=4A366CA0-C804-11E0-A1C9000C296BA163.
Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Grants Available
Certified Florida K-12 teachers wishing to integrate agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula have until Oct. 1, 2011, to apply for a Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. Teacher Grant. The program funds classroom projects that teach Florida students about the importance of agriculture and introduces them to agricultural producers and representatives in their area. For more information and to download an application packet, visit http://www.flagintheclassroom.com/grants.html.
Project WILD Emphasizes Conservation and Environmental Education
Educators of K-12 students looking to capitalize on children's natural interest in wildlife can take advantage of free Project WILD instructional materials. Project WILD educational materials, which are classroom tested and aligned with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, are available at no charge for all educators who attend instructional 6-hour workshops offered by certified leaders and supported by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For more information and a schedule of upcoming workshops, visit http://myfwc.com/education/educators/project-wild/.
Clorox "Power A Bright Future" Grants
Clorox is seeking nominations for a chance to win a $50,000 grand-prize grant or one of four $25,000 grants to help provide resources to school programs that give kids the opportunity to grow and transform. Send in a nomination by Oct. 17, 2011, and tell how your school would use the grant to make a difference. Voting begins Oct. 24, 2011, and the winners will be announced in January 2012. Visit http://www.clorox.com/classrooms/grants/ for more information and to nominate your school. Don't forget to vote!
Free Student-Focused Financial Education Program Available for Elementary Teachers
A free student financial literacy program from the Volunteer USA Foundation is available for a limited time this year for elementary teachers. What's on the Menu? Financial Education for Families focuses on assisting educators in teaching financial education skills through fundamental math skills and an interactive approach. The fun, menu-based training helps parents teach their children how math applies to everything from opening checking and savings accounts to calculating restaurant tips. In addition to a professional trainer to host a free family workshop, the program provides the participating teacher with detailed lesson plans, worksheets and materials focused on teaching students about banking, budgeting and saving. What's on the Menu? is available on a first-come, first-served basis to elementary schools; Title I schools are encouraged to apply early. To sign up, contact Teecy Matthews with the Volunteer USA Foundation at Teecy.Matthews@volunteerusafund.org. For more information about the program, visit http://www.volunteerusafoundation.org/.
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