News Slices:
Florida College System Presents Best Practices Awards
2011 District Data Leader Announced
Florida Grown School Lunch Week Debuts
Florida Virtual School Unveils New Mobile App
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Offers "Lesson Study" Training
KidCare Act Out for Health Contest Accepting Entries
Florida Students Encouraged to Pledge to Recycle
"Teens Only" Town Hall Meeting Seeking Nominations

Seeds of Success:
Chipola Brain Bowl Team Finishes Second in Valencia Tournament
Lake-Sumter Community College Named in Top Digital-Savvy Survey
Seminole State Students Going to NASA
Polk County Teacher Named Runner-Up Beginning Teacher of the Year
Brevard County School Named a Finalist in Recycling Contest

Branching Out:
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
Technical Assistance Meeting to Become a Supplemental Educational Services Provider

 


October 28, 2011

Vol. 5, Issue 22


News Slices


Florida College System Presents Best Practices Awards
From new technology to increased retention and progression rates, several Florida colleges were recently honored with Best Practices Awards from the Florida College System (FCS). Dr. Will Holcombe, FCS Chancellor, presented the awards during the 62nd Annual Association of Florida Colleges Convention in Naples, honoring Florida State College at Jacksonville, Sante Fe College, Pasco-Hernando Community College and Seminole State College for their outstanding programs that have helped to develop business partnerships and promote cutting-edge technology. College program directors submitted detailed descriptions of their programs to the Division of Florida Colleges during a rigorous nomination process earlier this year. The nominees were evaluated and ranked based on academic affairs, student affairs, workforce education and business affairs.

The award winners are:

  • Academic Affairs
    Academic Success Centers for Developmental Mathematics
    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Business Affairs
    Renewable Energy Initiative
    Santa Fe College
  • Student Affairs
    Making Achievement Possible
    Pasco-Hernando Community College
  • Workforce Education
    The Practicum Culminating Simulation Experience
    Seminole State College of Florida

For more information about the FCS Best Practices Awards, including information to assist college leaders in developing and implementing solutions to challenges faced by their institution, visit http://www.fldoe.org/cc/retention.





2011 District Data Leader Announced
Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia was named the 2011 District Data Leader during a special awards ceremony on Oct. 19 in Tallahassee. The award recognizes school leaders who support and encourage the use of data among their staff to change classroom culture, and identifies districts that communicate the relevance of student data to teachers, administrators, parents and other education stakeholders. Superintendent Elia was selected from among five finalists based on her leadership in gathering stakeholder input to create customized school- and district-level performance scorecards, as well as building a comprehensive, secure, user-friendly dashboard that combines a variety of data for her district. For more information about the District Data Leader of the Year Award, visit http://www.fldoe.org/districtdataleader.



Florida Grown School Lunch Week Debuts
The first-ever Florida Grown School Lunch Week kicked off on Oct. 24, 2011, with a celebration event in Tallahassee. Florida Grown School Lunch Week was established to commemorate National Farm to School Month, a nationwide observance that ensures children obtain the highest quality food at school, fosters local farm job growth, and creates local economic development. Farm to School programs are widely recognized as an effective way to encourage healthy eating and boost local agricultural sales by bringing local vegetables, fruits and other products into schools. For more information on Florida's Farm to School programs, visit http://www.fldoe.org/FNM/ffs.asp or http://www.florida-agriculture.com/farmtoschool/.



Florida Virtual School Unveils New Mobile App
Students and parents can connect with the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) no matter where they are thanks to a new mobile app. The new app - goFLVS - is available for free from the iTunes App Store and Android Market, and allows students and parents to peruse the course catalog, set call and assignment reminders, check out the FLVS events calendar, browse FLVS mobile learning apps, and connect with FLVS through social media, over the phone or by email. Additional features including notifications about new courses and school announcements, the ability to register for an FLVS course or buy FLVS gear from the school store will be available in the near future.



Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
The Florida State University (FSU) College of Motion Picture Arts is now accepting applications for admission to a new landmark animation and visual arts program. The new program will fill 100 freshman and 100 sophomore slots for the 2012-13 academic year for students interested in visual effects and digital arts. The University has partnered with the Digital Domain Media Group, parent company of the award-winning visual effects pioneer Digital Domain, which has created innovative visuals for more than 80 movies. Completers of the Animation and Digital Arts program will graduate with not only a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, but they will also receive professional training and certification in sub-specialties of their choice. To watch Dean of the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts Frank Patterson speak about the program, visit http://media.film.fsu.edu/DDI/; password: digital2011. For more information, visit http://film.fsu.edu.



Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Offers "Lesson Study" Training
The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) has recently added professional development in Lesson Study to its inventory. The new Tuesday Teacher Training course follows the Lesson Study process from beginning to end and features Stuart Greenberg, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Education's Just Read, Florida! Office. The new course joins hundreds of hours of educational professional development that meets or exceeds Florida's protocol standards housed by PAEC's electronic Professional Development Connections (ePDC). To access the video library and enroll in the online Lesson Study course, go to http://www.paec.org, click on the ePDC tab, and search for "Tuesday Teacher Training: Lesson Study-Data Charts the Course."



KidCare Act Out for Health Contest Accepting Entries
The annual KidCare Act-Out for Health Contest is now accepting student entries for television public service announcements, billboards and essays. Students in grades 4-12 are eligible to design a billboard, write an essay or create a 30-second commercial that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Lesson plans for teachers are also available. The deadline to submit an entry is Jan. 6, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.actoutforhealth.org.



Florida Students Encouraged to Pledge to Recycle
In recognition of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2011, Florida students can pledge to protect the Sunshine State's environment by committing to recycle as part of the 8th Annual Florida K-12 Schools Recycling Pledge Card Contest. The contest, sponsored by the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, Recycle Florida Today, Publix Supermarkets and Creative Recycling Systems, will reward the top three Florida schools that submit the greatest number of pledges per capita. By participating in the contest, schools are encouraging recycling and are competing for a chance to win a refurbished computer. In addition, every individual who fills out a pledge card will be entered in a statewide drawing for gift cards courtesy of Recycle Florida Today and Publix. For more information, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling/AR/2011/ar11.htm.



"Teens Only" Town Hall Meeting Seeking Nominations
The "Teens Only" Town Hall Meeting and Youth Commission is seeking nominations for students to participate in the "Teens Only" Town Hall Meeting next January in conjunction with Children's Week. Middle or high school students interested in participating should submit an application by Nov. 18, 2011, to be considered. Selected students will attend the meeting and serve a one-year term as members of the Youth Commission to address issues related to children's services. For more information about the "Teens Only" Town Hall Meeting and Youth Commission, including the student nomination form, visit http://www.childrensweek.org/index.php?page=events&menu=kidsonlytownhallmeeting or contact Jason Zaborske at (850) 251-7274 or by email at info@childrensweek.org.


Seeds of Success


Chipola Brain Bowl Team Finishes Second in Valencia Tournament
The Chipola College Brain Bowl team finished second behind the University of Florida (UF) at the MAGNI Mirror Tournament held on Oct. 15, 2011, at Valencia College. What is especially interesting is that Chipola Team A was led by Paul Kelson, and the UF team was led by former Chipola Brain Bowl MVP and Paul's older brother Dallin Kelson. The brother duo also finished first and second in individual scoring for the entire tournament.



Lake-Sumter Community College Named in Top Digital-Savvy Survey
Lake-Sumter Community College was recently ranked number five among the top 10 schools in its category as a Digital Community College Survey winner. The annual survey documents advances made by community colleges in utilizing technology and recognizes schools that are providing a high level of service to their faculty, students and communities. Lake-Sumter is the only Florida college to earn the 2011 award.



Seminole State Students Going to NASA
Matthew Hopper and Brandon Carpenter, both honors students at Seminole State College of Florida, will travel to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in November to develop a prototype vehicle to roam Mars. The two students earned their place by completing web-based assignments that centered on STEM content, and will join 48 students from 25 states selected to participate in the three-day experience through the National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program.



Polk County Teacher Named Runner-Up Beginning Teacher of the Year
English and Pre-IB teacher Karen Murray of Haines City High School in Polk County has been recognized as the state's Beginning Teacher of the Year Runner Up from the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FTCE). Murray was presented with the award during the FCTE's annual meeting in Orlando earlier this month.



Brevard County School Named a Finalist in Recycling Contest
Lockmar Elementary School in Brevard County is one of 10 finalists in the nationwide Box that Rocks Design Contest sponsored by TerraCycle, a national recycling system program for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. The school's "Energy Action Patrol" created Terracycle Rex - a recycling box decorated to look like a dinosaur and covered with items from the recycle bin - to help educate students about the importance of conserving energy, terracycling and what products can be recycled. You can help the school win the contest by casting your vote at http://www.terracycle.net/The-Box-that-Rocks-Design-Contest.


Branching Out


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 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.



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. 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 http://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 host its Quarterly Meeting Nov. 16-18, 2011, in Tampa. On 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 ask questions related to working 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 three to five 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (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.



Technical Assistance Meeting to Become a Supplemental Educational Services Provider
Dec. 9, 2011
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Fla.

The Florida Department of Education's Bureau of Federal Educational Programs will host the 2012-13 Request for Applications Technical Assistance Meeting Dec. 9, 2011, in Orlando. The meeting has been designed for potential applicants and current providers interested in becoming state-approved Supplemental Educational Services providers for the 2012-13 school year. For more information about the meeting or hotel accommodations, visit http://www.fldoe.org/flbpso/. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Samantha Love at (850) 245-9947 or via email at Samantha.Love@fldoe.org.



 
 
 
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