News Slices:
2011 Literacy Award Winners Announced
District Data Leader of the Year Finalists Named
College and Career Day Gets Local Students Revved-Up About Their Futures
Commissioner Robinson Names New K-12 Chancellor and Director of Vocational Rehabilitation
Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest
Green School Awards Program
Does Your School Need a Place in the Shade?
Jan La Belle Scholarship Program
Read for the Record!

Seeds of Success:
Florida Virtual School Director Honored With McGraw Prize in Education Award
Seminole County Educator Wins National Honor
Edison Collegiate Teacher Recognized by Gulfshore Business
Pensacola State College Awarded Federal Grant

Branching Out:
National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference
Florida Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference and Professional Development Institute
Florida Foreign Language Association 42nd Annual Conference
White Cane Safety Day
Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 Professional Development Conference
National Association of Charter School Authorizers Annual Leadership Conference
Florida Dance Education Organization Annual Conference
Florida Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference
Florida School Counselor Association 2011 Convention
Florida Art Education Association 59th Annual Conference
2011 Educational Strategies and Student Engagement Institute
2011 Learn Green: A Green Schools Conference and Expo
FCR-STEM Conference

 


September 30, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 20


News Slices


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:

  • Supt. MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County
  • Supt. Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County
  • Supt. Alex Tibbets, Okaloosa County
  • Supt. Joseph Joyner, St. Johns County
  • Supt. Michael Lannon, St. Lucie County

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 shadestructure@aad.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.


Seeds of Success


Florida Virtual School Director Honored With McGraw Prize in Education Award
Julie Young, President and Chief Executive officer of the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), is one of three recipients of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education for the pioneering learning approaches the FLVS takes with students. This year's award focuses on the transformative impact of technology on improving education and how the award recipients are enabling students to learn at their own pace. As part of the award, Young is collaborating with the other two award winners on a white paper which focuses on enhancing and strengthening the human connections that facilitate learning; specifically how online courses allow students to benefit from connected learning environments despite geographic distance. Congratulations!



Seminole County Educator Wins National Honor
Teri Fuentez, a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Lyman High School in Seminole County, was named the 2011 Florida Teacher of the Year at the Annual American Association of Family and Consumer Services Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., this past summer. Teri's creativity caught the judges' eye for her entry's numerous hands-on learning activities that spanned a variety of curriculum standards. Kudos!



Edison Collegiate Teacher Recognized by Gulfshore Business
Edison Collegiate High School (ECHS) math teacher Dawn Nolan was selected for Gulfshore Business' annual "40 Under Forty" feature that highlights prominent individuals throughout Southwest Florida. Nolan was recognized for helping her students achieve high scores on the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test. The article is available at http://www.gulfshorebusiness.com.



Pensacola State College Awarded Federal Grant
The U.S. Dept. of Education has awarded $1.96 million to Pensacola State College for its Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). The EOC program serves first-generation adults whose parents did not graduate with a four-year college degree and/or individuals and families who meet certain economic guidelines. The program is designed to assist adults with enrolling for college or returning to school.


Branching Out


National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference
Oct. 12 - 14, 2011
Orlando Marriott World Center
Orlando, Fla.

The National Career Pathways Network conference provides opportunities for administrators, teachers, counselors and business partners to learn and network with the goal of creating and sustaining partnerships to reduce dropouts, increase transitions to college, and create high-wage, high-tech careers. For more information about the conference, visit https://www.ncpn.info/2011-ncpn-conf.php.



Florida Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference and Professional Development Institute
Oct. 13 - 15, 2011
Renaissance Orlando Hotel Airport
Orlando, Fla.

English teachers are invited to attend the Florida Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference and Professional Development Institute Oct. 13 -15, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. The conference is packed with authors and educators who will engage participants in sessions designed to inspire and motivate. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.fcte.org/.



Florida Foreign Language Association 42nd Annual Conference
Oct. 13 - 15, 2011
Radisson Resort
Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The Florida Foreign Language Association Annual Conference will bring together educators, administrators, legislators and business leaders from around the state for collaborative professional development and panel discussions that highlight the importance of language and intercultural knowledge in a global society. For more information, visit http://ffla.us/page.php?page_id=15.



White Cane Safety Day
Oct. 15, 2011

Each year, October 15 is celebrated nationally as White Cane Safety Day. The date is set aside by presidential proclamation to recognize the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and independence - the white cane. Since 1964, when a joint resolution was passed by Congress, the nation has observed White Cane Safety Day to bring awareness to the meaning of this assistive device.



Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 Professional Development Conference
Oct. 20 - 22, 2011
International Palms Resort and Conference Center
Orlando, Fla.

Florida science educators are invited to attend the 2011 Professional Development Conference of the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) Oct. 20 - 22, 2011, in Orlando. In addition to hearing exciting keynote speakers and presenters, participants can take advantage of field trips, sessions and workshops during the three-day conference. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.fastscience.org/. If you have questions, contact FAST at FAST2011@embarqmail.com or call (850) 892-4888.



National Association of Charter School Authorizers Annual Leadership Conference
Oct. 24 - 27, 2011
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island, Fla.

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers will hold its annual Leadership Conference Oct. 24 - 27, 2011, in Amelia Island, Fla. The conference offers a mix of professional development and unique networking opportunities for all charter school authorizers. For more information and to view a video about the upcoming conference, visit http://www.qualitycharters.org/events/2011-annual-leadership-conference.



Florida Dance Education Organization Annual Conference
Oct. 27 - 29, 2011
New World School of the Arts
Miami, Fla.

The Florida Dance Education Organization will hold its 10th Annual Conference Oct. 27 - 29, 2011, in Miami with the theme "Dance Education: Legacy and Literacy." Florida-based dance authors, the American Dance Legacy Institute and other dance educators, administrators, and teaching artists will present aspects of dance literacy and legacy. In addition, Bill Evans, internationally renowned choreographer, performer, teacher, author and movement analyst is the keynote presenter. For more information, visit http://www.fdeo.org.



Florida Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference
Nov. 1 - 5, 2011
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
ChampionsGate, Fla.

Join with school professionals from around the state at the Florida Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference Nov. 1 - 5, 2011, in ChampionsGate, Fla. The conference features multiple sessions on current topics of professional interest including autism, bullying, prevention and intervention, working with memory deficits and more. For more information or to register, visit http://www.fasp.org/Conferences/Annual_Conference.html.



Florida School Counselor Association 2011 Convention
Nov. 3 - 5, 2011
Hyatt Regency Pier 66
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The Florida School Counselor Association will host the most focused program in school counseling in Florida at the 2011 Convention Nov. 3 - 5, in Ft. Lauderdale. The most relevant and up-to-the minute topics will be explored by leading industry advocates, state officials, counselor educators and professional school counselors. For more information, visit http://www.fla-schoolcounselor.org/convention2011/.



Florida Art Education Association 59th Annual Conference
Nov. 3 - 6, 2011
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Art educators are invited to attend the Florida Art Education Association's 59th Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 3 - 6, 2011. There's something for everyone, from a wide variety of half- and full-day studios and the Member Artist Bazaar to keynote speeches by Dr. Craig Roland and Ken Veith. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.faea.org/.



2011 Educational Strategies and Student Engagement Institute
Nov. 7 - 10, 2011
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Florida Department of Education, in conjunction with the National Dropout Prevention Center, is pleased to announce the 2011 Educational Strategies and Student Engagement Institute Nov. 7 - 10, 2011, in St. Petersburg. The Institute combines four previously separate conferences to provide professional development opportunities for individuals who are involved with students who are truant, at risk of not graduating from high school, and/or participating in Dept. of Juvenile Justice programs. The conference features more than 80 workshops on topics that include dropout intervention, prevention and retrieval; attendance and truancy prevention; teen parenting; behavior and discipline; community partnerships; and much more. To submit a proposal to present, or to register, visit http://www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2011-educational-strategies-student-engagement-institute.



2011 Learn Green: A Green Schools Conference and Expo
Nov. 11, 2011
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
West Palm Beach, Fla.

Teachers, administrators, students, community members and anyone interested in learning how to make schools "greener" are invited to attend the 2011 Learn Green: A Green Schools Conference and Expo on Nov. 11, 2011, at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sponsored by the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center at Florida Atlantic University and the School District of Palm Beach County, the exciting one-day conference provides a forum to share innovative and effective "green school" practices, facilitate professional development and encourage cooperative initiatives through a variety of sessions and exhibits. For more information visit http://www.ourgreenschools.com/learngreenconference or contact Natalia Arenas with Palm Beach County Schools at (561) 357-7662 or arenasm@palmbeach.k12.fl.us.



FCR-STEM Conference
Dec. 2 - 4, 2011
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Destin, Fla.

The Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) is hosting its second FCR-STEM Conference Dec. 2 - 4, 2011, in Destin, Fla. The conference is specially designed for K-12 educators who teach STEM subjects and will feature dozens of speakers and more than 75 workshop sessions focusing on STEM and lesson study. Also scheduled are keynote addresses from prominent experts in education, including higher education and faculty researchers, practicing educators, working scientists and lesson study professionals. For more information on speakers, registration, accommodations and other details, visit http://www.lsi.fsu.edu/centers/fcrstem/conference/index.html.



 
 
 
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