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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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