2011 Literacy Award Winners Announced
The 2011 Just Read, Florida! Literacy Award winners have been announced by the Florida Department of Education. Following a comprehensive selection process, statewide literacy leaders were chosen from among district nominations based on their commitment to literacy and their proven ability to promote and teach others about the fundamental skill of reading. For complete details of the 2011 Literacy Award winners, finalists and categories, visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/literacy-awards.asp.
District Data Leader of the Year Finalists Named
The Florida Department of Education has named five school district superintendents as finalists for the District Data Leader of the Year award based on their exemplary leadership in using data to increase student achievement within their school district. The award was established last year to recognize school district leaders for their critical role in supporting and encouraging the use of data, and in communicating data's relevance to teachers, administrators, parents, students and other education stakeholders. The statewide winner will be announced on Oct. 19, 2011, during a special celebration in Tallahassee.
This year's finalists are as follows:
For more information about the District Data Leader of the Year Award Program, visit http://www.fldoe.org/districtdataleader.
College and Career Day Gets Local Students Revved-Up About Their Futures
The second annual Florida Department of Education College & Career Day event, which encourages students to stay focused on their education and pursue their college goals, featured a variety of speakers, booths and activities showcasing information on curriculum, scholarships, financial aid, student advising as well as various Florida colleges and universities. More than 500 students in the surrounding Big Bend area participated in this college and career opportunity. Students looking to learn more about how to prepare for college and career should visit http://www.fldoe.org/students/.
Commissioner Robinson Names New K-12 Chancellor and Director of Vocational Rehabilitation
Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson has named Pamela Stewart as Florida's new Public Schools Chancellor and Aleisa McKinlay as the new Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Stewart brings a wealth of experience to Florida's public schools, beginning her educational career in Marion County. She previously served as the Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality at the Department of Education, and Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services in St. Johns County. McKinlay has served VR for nearly three years as Chief of the Bureau of Partnerships and Communication, overseeing the Ombudsman Program, Centers for Independent Living, Division communications and legislative affairs. Stewart's appointment is effective Oct. 17, 2011, and McKinlay will assume her duties on Nov. 1, 2011.
Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest
The 2012 Just Read, Florida! Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest is underway! The theme for this year's contest is "Take the Lead and Read," and all students from elementary, middle and high schools are eligible to participate. The PSAs should be no longer than 26 seconds and must be postmarked by Nov. 18, 2011. The winning schools will be announced during Celebrate Literacy Week in January 2012. For more information and contest details, visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/literacyweek.asp.
Green School Awards Program
The Florida Green Schools Awards program, in coordination with the business and environmental community, recognizes the environmental achievements of students, teachers, classrooms, schools and school district administrators. Grant applications should address one or more of the five green school themes - Green Learning Environments, Exemplary Programs in Curriculum and Teaching, Service Learning, Policy and Partnerships, and Recycling - and should create healthy, efficient and productive learning environments that enhance education and model cost saving practices and design. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/schools/about.htm.
Does Your School Need a Place in the Shade?
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), mindful of the harmful effects of too much sun exposure, is ready to give schools some shade aid. The AAD's Shade Structure program awards $8,000 grants to public schools and nonprofit organizations to buy a permanent shade structure that provides ultraviolet ray protection for outdoor areas. Grant applicants must be sponsored by an AAD member dermatologist and have a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application. Applications for the grant will be available beginning Oct. 17, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.aad.org/public/sun/grants.html or if you have questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan La Belle Scholarship Program
The Jan La Belle Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide financial resources to individuals with disabilities who wish to pursue their personal and career goals through a postsecondary institution. One or more scholarship winners will be selected annually for a total possible non-renewable award of up to $15,000. Award amounts are based on several factors, including available funds and number of eligible applicants. For more information about the scholarship, visit http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs076/1102546453320/archive/1107544895374.html. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15, 2011.
Read for the Record!
From now until Oct. 6, 2011, you can show your support of reading and literacy by signing up to read Llama, Llama Red Pajama and help donate books to needy children. Then, on Oct. 6, read the book online to help break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. We Give Books is hoping to donate 50,000 copies of the book as part of the fifth annual Jumpstart Read for the Record celebration. Visit http://www.wegivebooks.org/pf/rftr/ to learn more and to sign up.
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