April 2010, Volume 70

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards



Noteworthy News


Curriculum Corner

Technology Bytes

ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Paul M. Terry



Johnny Nash



Alina Davis


Past President:

Shelia Windom



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1

Jason Driver


Region 2

Pat Melvin

Sharon Kochlany

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif


Region 5


Region 6

Angel Chaisson


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.


Alice Bamberger
Tammy Boyd
Beckie Cothern
Ofelia Desposito
Denise Doyle

Thomas Fisher
Carlos Flores
James Lawless
Lee Ann Mann
Paxton McCaghren

Jamie Metz
Cathy Novokowsky
Deaeana O'Keefe
Holly Saia
Sharon Tolson


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



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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference-Creating Innovative & Technology Enriched Classrooms in 21st Century Schools

The 50th Annual conference will be held in Orlando at the Renaissance Hotel (airport) and Lake Nona High School on September 24-25, 2010. Our keynote speakers include: Dr. Gene Carter, ASCD's Executive Director and Dr. Jim Warford, FASA's Executive Directory. Registration is open and in full swing. There is currently a BOGO sale. Please see the conference site for more detials. https://fascd.org//10conference.html


Florida ASCD Professional Development Institutes

Florida ASCD is currently scheduling PDI's around the state of Florida. Take a look each month to see if any of them peek your interest!


From Text to Cortex: Making Thinking Visible


Reading is not a subject area course; it’s a process that responds to a variety of methodologies. This seminar elaborates on a practical working definition of the reading process and offers multiple intervention strategies. Knowing when to use a specific strategy is as important for the student to understand as knowing how to do the strategy. When we recognize that reading takes place 'beyond the eyes' and weave these strategies into our content area lessons, the magic of comprehension will occur. Visit https://fascd.org//makingthinkingvisible.html for more information.



Saturday, April 24, 2010


Barry University
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161

Time:  8:00-3:30 (Lunch on Your Own)
Facilitator:  Pat Melvin   Director - Florida ASCD
Cost:  $40.00


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Grants & Awards


National Assoc Biology Teachers Teaching Award
The National Association of Biology Teachers Vernier Software & Technology Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community. Maximum award: $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. Eligibility: secondary school teachers. Deadline: May 7, 2010.


American Honda Foundation: Grants for Youth Science Education
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and other youth-focused nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit youth and scientific education. Maximum award: $60,000. Eligibility: schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Deadline: May 1, 2010.

Dominion Foundation: Education Partnerships
The Dominion Foundation is currently accepting applications for Education Partnership grants to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen math and science education in kindergarten through grade 12. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: accredited public and private elementary and secondary schools and public school divisions in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. Deadline: May 1, 2010.


NCSS: Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award
The National Council for the Social Studies Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award aims to help a social studies educator make his or her dream of innovative social studies a reality. Grants will be given to assist classroom teachers in: 1) developing and implementing imaginative, innovative, and illustrative social studies teaching strategies; and 2) supporting student implementation of innovative social studies, citizenship projects, field experiences, and community connections. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: full-time social studies teachers or social studies teacher educators currently engaged with K-12 students; NCSS membership required. Deadline: May 1, 2010.


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Noteworthy News


Dallas textbook-selection process is under scrutiny
Dallas school officials plan to buy 500,000 new reading and literature books, but some are concerned about irregularities in the district's process for textbook purchases. An internal probe and documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News found several areas of concern, including: Two publishers were missing from voting ballots; teachers voted for one company but were overridden by the textbook-selection committee; and that the committee's recommended publisher could have been disqualified for breaking selection rules. The Dallas Morning News (3/23) http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/DN-textbooks_23met.ART.State.Edition1.4c93f92.html


Florida lawmakers are moving forward on school-reform bills
Republican lawmakers in Florida are moving forward on education-reform measures that would link students' test scores to teacher salaries, eliminate teacher tenure, offer more funding for private schools and require students to pass end-of-course tests. The bills would create some of the most sweeping changes to Florida's education system in a decade and are meeting with stiff opposition from Democrats and teachers unions. The Miami Herald/Times Herald Tallahassee Bureau (free registration) (3/24) http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/24/1544269/floridas-gop-led-senate-seeks.html


The brain also gets exercise in school's gym class
A Brain Gym Lab in a Florida elementary school aims to get students in kindergarten through second-grade learning while they exercise. Students rotate among activities that teach skills such as cooperation and balancing but also emphasize reading the alphabet, recognizing numbers and learning poems. Florida Today (Melbourne) (3/24) http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100324/NEWS0305/3240302/Total+child+gets+exercise+at+brain+gym


Florida schools struggle to meet class-size requirement
A Florida law may force cash-strapped school districts to hire more teachers to reduce the size of core classes. More than $350 million is needed to implement the new class size law, but state lawmakers haven't included funding for it in their budgets. Instead, districts are moving to cut elective classes to free teachers for core classes or lay off nonclassroom employees, while lawmakers are looking at ways to sidestep or delay the class-size mandate. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/23) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-school-budgets-tight-032410-20100323,0,7912477.story


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Curriculum Corner

Bill to toughen Florida high-school curriculum clears key hurdle
Florida high-school students would be required to take geometry, biology, algebra II, chemistry or physics classes by the 2013-14 school year under a bill that passed a state Senate panel. The legislation also would require that students take one online class and that high schools offer college-level courses. The new year-end exams, which would be phased in starting in the 2014-15 school year, would replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The measure now goes to the full Senate. The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) (3/17) http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2010-03-17/story/florida_senate_panel_oks_changes_for_high_school_students

Florida school allows teachers to create their own curriculum
Teachers at St. Mary's Episcopal Day School in Tampa, Fla., say support from administrators combined with students' willingness to learn makes the school a top place to work. St. Mary's teachers can't earn tenure, but they also aren't forced to give statewide assessment tests, allowing them to create their own curricula. They're encouraged to submit requests for needed supplies and given $100 each school year to decorate their rooms. St. Mary's also pays 90% of tuition and book costs for teachers seeking post-graduate degrees. St. Petersburg Times (Fla.) http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/teachers-at-tampas-st-marys-episcopal-flourish-in-supportive-trusting/1080871

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Technology Tidbits


Software program engages students in math learning
Students at a Minnesota elementary school are among the first in the country to use a software program called Planet Turtle to learn math. The program allows students to interact -- in a way similar to social networking -- as they play and learn. Educators say the trend of using social-networking sites in school is spreading, as the sites become viewed as learning tools instead of distractions. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/26) http://www.startribune.com/local/west/89309092.html

Students hone math, science skills with whiteboard games
Teachers at Ohio's largest elementary school say students are excited to use digital whiteboards, which are expected to be installed in all of the school's second- and third-grade classrooms by the end of April. Teachers have students play games on the interactive whiteboards to sharpen their science and math skills and prepare for state assessments. "The kids love these games," one teacher said. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (3/28) http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/interactive-digital-whiteboards-gaining-popularity-with-students-teachers-625370.html?showComments=true

Students learn broadcasting, video production
A growing number of high schools in the Pittsburgh area have television studios where students write, record, anchor and produce sophisticated news shows for their schools and local cable broadcasts, doing so under the same deadline pressure as their adult counterparts. Some participate as part of class assignments; for others, it's an extracurricular activity. "It is a culminating assessment of many of the skills that we teach in the classroom and a real-life way of showing what you've learned," one superintendent said. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/1) http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10091/1046945-55.stm

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ASCD Connections

ASCD Unveils 2010 Legislative Agenda
Earlier this month, ASCD released its 2010 Legislative Agenda, which is intended to help educators shape federal education policy and corresponding education reforms at the state and local levels. ASCD has long advocated for a more comprehensive and coordinated approach to education that promotes the development of the whole child. The education leaders from across the country who developed this year's legislative agenda believe that it's time for federal education policy to support this whole-child approach, helping to ensure that all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Sign up for Educator Advocates to help Congress make decisions that affect you .

2010 Outstanding Young Educators
At ASCD's Annual Conference this weekend, the association honored Brian Nichols, principal of Hidenwood Elementary School in Newport News, Va., and Michael Powell, assistant principal at Patuxent Elementary School in Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland. The two are winners of ASCD's 2010 Outstanding Young Educator Award. At the awards ceremony, ASCD Executive Director Gene Carter said, "Both strive to not only provide their students with top-notch academic programs, but also prepare them to become caring, successful, active citizens who contribute to their communities." Read more about the winners.

ASCD's Summer Conference June 22-24, Orlando
ASCD's Summer Conference is the one opportunity educators have all year to focus on the four proven approaches to improving your schools: differentiated instruction, Understanding by Design, What Works in Schools and curriculum mapping. Experts in each approach -- including Grant Wiggins, Jay McTighe, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Carol Ann Tomlinson, and Robert Marzano -- will be on hand to share their perspectives and answer questions. Join ASCD from June 22 to 24 in Orlando, Fla., for a definitive professional-development experience.  Learn more about Summer Conference.

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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

11511 Pine Street

Seminole, FL 33772






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