News Slices:
Governor Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, Honor Student and Teacher Contest Winners
Florida First Lady Announces Top Summer Literacy Adventure School
Green School Award Finalists Announced
Florida Virtual School Enhances Offerings with New Fall Courses
Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest
Lights On After School

Seeds of Success:
Indian River State College Named One of the South's Top Public Colleges
Hillsborough Community College Awarded Federal Grant
Brevard Student Gets Grant to Make Documentary Film

Branching Out:
White Cane Safety Day
Florida Disability Mentoring Day
Florida Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference
Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 Professional Development Conference
National Association of Charter School Authorizers Annual Leadership Conference
Disability Employment Awareness Celebrations
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
15th Annual Florida Charter School Conference
School Choice Expo
Florida Rehabilitation Council Quarterly Meeting
FCR-STEM Conference

 


October 14, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 21


News Slices


Governor Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, Honor Student and Teacher Contest Winners
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott celebrated the contributions of Hispanic community leaders, educators, and students on Oct. 11 by announcing the winners of the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month contests, including the Excellence in Education Award. During the reception at the Governor's Mansion, Miami artist Damien Cruz was also featured.

Three outstanding Hispanic educators were recognized with the Excellence in Education Award. These individuals were nominated by students and peers, and each received $1,500. Three student essay-contest winners - one elementary, one middle-school, and one high school student were also honored. Winners received a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Two art-contest winners were recognized, with each winner receiving $250.

For a full list of winners and to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month, visit www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com.





Florida First Lady Announces Top Summer Literacy Adventure School
On Oct. 5, 2011, Florida First Lady Ann Scott announced that Reedy Creek Elementary School in Osceola County had the highest number of participating students in the Summer Literacy Adventure with 478 children pledging to read 7,124 books. Throughout the summer, Mrs. Scott visited and read to students in 17 locations, including state parks, local public libraries, and the Governor's Mansion to encourage students to read and visit their public libraries. Overall, more than 8,000 students statewide pledged to read a total of 101,261 books as part of the Adventure. For more information about the Summer Literacy Adventure or to learn about literacy resources available through the Department of Education, visit the Just Read, Florida! website at www.justreadflorida.com. Public libraries throughout the state can also serve as a valuable tool during the school year, and locations for libraries may be found at www.fllibraries.org. In addition, the Florida State Parks can enhance the learning experience through exploration and discovery all year long. Learn more at www.dep.state.fl.us.



Green School Award Finalists Announced
Sixteen Florida schools are finalists in the 2011 Florida Green School Awards. The awards program is sponsored by the Florida Departments of Environmental Protection and Education, Florida's Foundation and the Sustainable Florida program. The awards are based on green school initiatives that took place during the 2010-11 school year, and include green service learning projects, exemplary environmental education and teacher professional development projects, recycling programs, and efforts to make school buildings and facilities more sustainable. Three finalists were selected in each of five categories - students, classrooms, teachers, schools, and school districts - and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony sponsored by Florida Power & Light on Nov. 10, 2011. For a list of finalist schools, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/schools/finalists.htm.



Florida Virtual School Enhances Offerings with New Fall Courses
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) announced seven new course offerings this fall, adding to its catalog of more than 110 free online courses for Florida students. Geared toward high-school aged students, the new courses include Guitar 1, AP® Art History, AP Human Geography, French 1, Sociology, Journalism, and Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications.

In addition to offering new courses this fall, FLVS has also developed Algebra 1, Geometry and Biology to help students prepare for the End of Course Assessments.

For more information, please visit www.flvs.net/coursecatalog.




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.



Lights On After School
Children, parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, policy makers, celebrities and others across the country will come together at schools, community centers, parks, malls, state capitols and elsewhere on October 20 to participate in the 12th annual nationwide rally for afterschool. Since the Afterschool Alliance organized the first Lights On Afterschool in 2000, it has grown to include more than 7,500 events across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. In Florida, more than 600 afterschool programs are expected to participate with many creative events, including craft shows, parades, and musical performances, to show their communities the importance of afterschool programs. For more information on this event and to view participating Florida afterschool programs and landmarks, please visit http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/index.cfm.


Seeds of Success


Indian River State College Named One of the South's Top Public Colleges
Indian River State College (IRSC) is ranked as the 12th top public regional college in the Southern United States by the U.S. News & World Report's 2012 rankings of Best Colleges. With more than 150 instructional programs, IRSC was rated on 16 measures of quality, including student/faculty ratio, average class size, faculty credentials and student success. The college operates full-service campuses in Ft. Pierce, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach and Okeechobee. For more information, visit www.irsc.edu.



Hillsborough Community College Awarded Federal Grant
The U.S. Dept. of Education has awarded the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College a five year, $4.3 million grant, the largest in the college's history. The Title III, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM and Articulations Program Grant will allow the college to increase the number of STEM courses offered in distance learning formats, improve the effectiveness and instruction in key classroom and existing distance learning courses, and develop effective STEM planning, advising and transfer support services. The grant compliments an earlier HSI Title V grant to enhance the campus and the college's ability to increase the degree and certificate completion rates of Hispanic and at-risk students.



Brevard Student Gets Grant to Make Documentary Film
Viera High School student Sergio Ortiz is one of 22 young filmmakers to receive a grant from Project VoiceScape, a program that encourages middle and high school students to use digital media tools to create compelling stories about issues and concerns important to them. Ortiz received $2,000 to complete his film, "PWNING @ Life," a story about the effects of video games on human behavior. The award also included mentoring from award-winning documentary filmmakers.


Branching Out


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 Disability Mentoring Day
Oct. 19, 2011

Florida Disability Mentoring Day is a unique one-day job-shadowing opportunity that provides individuals with disabilities the chance to learn hands-on skills, observe day-to-day job responsibilities, and get a better understanding of the workplace environment. If you are interested in becoming a mentor and sharing their experiences, contact your local liaison through The Able Trust at (850) 224-4493 or visit www.floridadmd.org.



Florida Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference
Oct. 20 - 22, 2011
Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront
Jacksonville, Fla.

The Florida Council for Exceptional Children will host its annual conference Oct. 20 - 22, 2011, in Jacksonville. The conference seeks to raise awareness of best practices in technologies in the classroom, early childhood, curriculum and instruction, behavior, Response to Intervention, secondary transition, and tips for new professionals, parents and families. For more information or to register, visit www.floridacec.com or contact Dr. Kimberly Pawling, Conference Program Chair, at fcecconference@gmail.com.



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.



Disability Employment Awareness Celebrations
Oct. 25 and 27, Nov. 10, 2011

Businesses that have committed to hiring individuals with disabilities will be recognized at events throughout the state during October and November. The following celebrations will honor businesses for being leaders in the employment of people with disabilities:

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park
  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Tallahassee City Commission Chambers, Tallahassee
  • Nov. 10, 2011, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. - The Faculty Club at Florida Atlantic University



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 www.ourgreenschools.com/learngreenconference or contact Natalia Arenas with Palm Beach County Schools at (561) 357-7662 or arenasm@palmbeach.k12.fl.us.



15th Annual Florida Charter School Conference
Nov. 14 - 16, 2011
DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
Orlando, Fla.

Anyone interested in the success of charter schools and the choice they give students in Florida should plan to attend the Florida Charter School Conference Nov. 14 - 16, 2011, in Orlando. Explore more than 100 exhibitors and attend 48 breakout sessions to discover what works for high-quality charter schools. Reduced conference registration is available until Oct. 21, 2011. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.charterschoolconference.com/.



School Choice Expo
Nov. 16, 2011
2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
Orlando, Fla.

The Florida School Choice Expo offers families an interactive "Carousel of Choice" by creating an informal atmosphere where parents can ask questions and communicate directly with state and district education leaders. Breakout sessions will highlight the wide array of school choice options available, such as career academies, charter schools, home education, magnet schools, scholarship programs, Military Family choice and virtual education. For more information, including how to participate or register as an exhibitor, visit www.floridaschoolchoiceexpo.com or contact Laurie Levine at lauriewlevine@gmail.com.



Florida Rehabilitation Council Quarterly Meeting
Nov. 16-18, 2011
Embassy Suites
Tampa, Fla.

The Florida Rehabilitation Council will be hosting a Quarterly Meeting Nov. 16-18, 2011, in Tampa. On Friday, Nov. 18, there will be a public forum for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) customers, staff, vendors and interested individuals to share their VR experiences, success stories and thoughts, as well as ask questions and indicate a desire to work in partnership with VR. For more information, contact the Florida Rehabilitation Council at (850) 245-3397 or FRCcustomers@vr.fldoe.org. For accommodations at the meeting please contact the Florida Rehabilitation Council 3 to 5 days before the meeting. Please check the website at www.rehabworks.org for updates including possible location changes.



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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