April 2009, Volume 58

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards



News Briefs



ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Paul M. Terry



Kelley Ranch



Johnny Nash


Past President:

Shelia Windom



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2

Pat Melvin


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif


Region 5

Catherine J. Weitman

Region 6



Florida ASCD Mission

To provide a venue that attracts a diverse membership committed to the improvement of teaching, learning, and leadership.


Florida ASCD Goals

  • Provide a forum for collaboration to improve education.

  • Deliver programs in a variety of formats, which meet the needs of Florida educators.

  • Provide a communication network that links Florida educators.

  • Support and encourage research and development activities designed to enhance educational practice.

Florida ASCD Beliefs

We Believe that...

  • collaboration fosters a quality educational system.
  • an ever-changing world necessitates life long learning
  • dialog among people promotes understanding and vision for a common purpose.
  • sound decision making in democracy is founded on an informed society.
  • diversity strengthens society.
  • learning occurs in an environment that fosters safety, love and trust.

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Welcome to Dimensions On-Line, the electronic edition of Dimensions. Dimensions On-Line is e-mailed to all members. It contains news of interest to Florida ASCD members and Florida educators. This newsletter is a benefit of your membership in Florida ASCD.

Florida ASCD Announcements



New Members

Florida ASCD would like to recognize and welcome all of the new members who have recently joined Florida ASCD as well as those members who renewed their membership with our organization.


Ofelia Alvarez
Dana Archibald
Patricia Booth
Teresa Bruno
Charles Colman
John Davies
Ofelia Desposito
Sharyn Disabato
Judith Evans
Angela Gates
Sally Gentili
Andrea Guogas

Laurie Hamilton
Dorothy Hammer
Laura Hill
Bradley Johnson
Fredda Johnson
April Khorran
Lee Kolbert
Lee Ann Mann
Cory Miller
Martha Milton
Nicole Nearor
Catherine Orlando

Kathleen Orloff
Nelsha Powell
Jonathan Prince
Kelley Ranch
Karin Schmidt
B. E. Shields
Jeff Silverman
Patricia Suggs
Mia Thomas
Marlen Veliz
James Virtue
Susan Wilkinson
Debbie Williams
Sandra Zampino


Members in the News

Have you had a recent event to share with others in Florida ASCD (like a job change, promotion, retirement, award or recognition received, unique travel experience, etc.)?  We would like to include your information in the next Electronic Dimensions. Send it to us: fascd@fascd.org


Board or Directors Needed

Looking for a way to enhance and broaden your educational experiences? If so, we have the position for you! We are looking for interested educators to join our board of directors. We are specifically looking for board members from the panhandle and the Miami-Dade area. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

Be sure to make plans to attend this year's conference! The conference is scheduled for September 26, 2009 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando. This will be our 50th Annual Conference! Please visit our annual conference site at: http://www.fascd.org/09conference.htm for more information. The application for presenting is located on the site. Be sure to apply to be a speaker at the conference!


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Grants & Awards


Project Learning Tree: Green Works!
Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! gives grants for community action and service-learning projects. GreenWorks! projects should address an environmental issue, and can involve students from preschool to high school in hands-on community action. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: applicant must have received training in PLT; youth must implement the project; project must integrate student learning and community service; project must include at least one community partner, such as a local organization or business; project must acquire 50 percent matching funds. Deadline: April 30, 2009. www.plt.org

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are among the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science and recognize highly qualified teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: teachers 7-12 with five years experience teaching math or science. Deadline: May 1, 2009. www.paemst.org/

Student Awards for Creative Nonfiction
The Norman Mailer Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English is sponsoring the Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards, which in 2009 will be given for creative nonfiction. Maximum award: $5,000; travel and lodging to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony's National Awards Ceremony. College winner will also receive a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony for 2010. Eligibility: high school students who will be seniors in fall 2009; college students who will be seniors, juniors, or sophomores in fall 2009. Deadline: May 1, 2009. www .ncte.org

Rosetta Stone: Communicate and Connect
The Rosetta Stone Communicate and Connect Scholarship invites high school seniors that have learned English as a Second Language to write about discovering the world of possibilities that learning the English language opened up to them. Sample essay topics include how learning English enabled excellence in other courses, such as mathematics or science; a personal memoir about how getting cast in a play because of English-speaking abilities awakened a desire to perform and to create; and an examination of how learning English transformed your perspective of life in the United States. Maximum award: $3,000 scholarship for continuing education purposes. Eligibility: high school seniors graduating in spring of 2009 that learned English as a second language. Deadline: May 15, 2009. www. rosettastone.com/scholarship

Youth Award for Outstanding Activism in Environmental and Social Justice
The Earth Island Institute Brower Youth Award recognizes young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Maximum award: $3,000, a trip to California for the awards ceremony, and a wilderness camping trip. Eligibility: youth ages 13-22. Deadline: May 15, 2009. www.broweryouthawards.org


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News Briefs


Raising a Digital Child: A Digital Citizenship
Handbook for Parents is a parent's guide to many of the newest and most popular technologies. Discover how to teach and model the types of behaviors that every child should learn in order to become a good citizen in this increasingly digital world. Make sure your children are both safe and responsible by educating them about how to appropriately use technology. For more information go to: www.iste.org

Florida district infuses teaching with technology
A program in 76 schools in Broward County, Fla., integrates technology into academic courses, a practice that teachers say makes students more involved in the lessons. One project for students in the program was to research an assigned topic, film short movies and edit them using iMovie software. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/fort_lauderdale/sfl-flbtechfair0321sbmar21,0,2284807.story

Florida principal helps parents get involved in school
After seeing too many parents reluctant to get involved with their children's education because of a language gap, Florida elementary-school Principal Karen Marler created a "parent university." As part of the program, parents learn about educational technology, reading resources and how to communicate with teachers. http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/article989668.ece

Study: Nearly 20% of young American children are obese
Almost one in five American 4-year-olds are obese, as well as some 31% of American Indian children and more than 20% of black and Hispanic children, a study found. Researchers said the high rate of obesity is a concern for such a young population. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/04/07/health/AP-MED-Obese-Preschoolers.html?_r=1

Survey: Recession forces 70% of students to reconsider college plans
Some 53% of prospective college students are eyeing cheaper institutions, 47% plan to work and go to school and 38% plan to borrow more money for tuition than they had planned, according to a survey of 1,030 families in all 50 states. Just 28% said the recession had not affected their college plans, according to this blog post reporting on the survey's findings. http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-education/2009/4/8/how-the-recession-is-changing-students-college-plans.html

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

The ASCD 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show "Learning Beyond Boundaries" brought together more than 8,000 educators looking to explore the big topics in education. The event also enabled attendees to drill down into a specific area of expertise. The event was host to more than 550 sessions that covered everything from educating the whole child, diversity in education, 21st-century skills, teaching/administrative strategies and worldwide education.

The conference also served as a launching ground for ASCD's rebranding initiative, "ASCD -- Learn. Teach. Lead." "We knew that the ASCD brand has strong recognition, but the words 'supervision' and 'curriculum' in the full spelling of our name no longer represent the whole of our work," ASCD Executive Director Gene R. Carter said. "We now provide expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building and educational leadership. This led to our decision to now be known simply as 'ASCD.' "

At the conference's closing general session, Linda Mariotti took office as the president of ASCD. Mariotti is the assistant superintendent for instructional services in the Granite school district in Salt Lake City.

The 2010 ASCD Annual Conference will be held March 6 to 8, 2010, in San Antonio.


Supporting Whole Child Education: Are You on the Record?
ASCD's whole child education Web site now includes a petition campaign targeted at your state boards of education. The petition asks the boards to go on the record in support of policies and practices that ensure all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. As an Educator Advocate, you can make a difference by signing the petition and forwarding it to others who support policies that ensure what is best for our kids. When your state reaches the goal of 1,000 signatures, ASCD will deliver the petition to your board of education. If you're ready to go on the record, www.wholechildeducation.org to sign the petition.


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Contact Us


Florida ASCD Electronic Dimensions is published as the newsletter of Florida ASCD, publishing announcements, coming events, awards, short articles and items of interest for and about Florida ASCD members.  Items for publication should be sent to Florida ASCD headquarters at the address below. Views expressed are not necessarily the official position of Florida ASCD. Any product announcements appearing in Florida ASCD Electronic Dimensions are paid advertisements. They do not reflect an endorsement by Florida ASCD.


Please send comments, articles, announcements, and suggestions for future topics to the Editor:


Kim Pearson, Executive Director, Florida ASCD

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Madeira Beach, FL 33708






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