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Habits of Mind - Professional Development Institute - Presented by Art Costa
Florida ASCD would like you to mark your calendar now! Art Costa will be joining us, October 22, 2011 for a full day PDI on Habits of Mind at NOVA Southeastern University Tampa Campus. He will discuss his Habits of Mind and help teachers, administrators and district staff find ways to infuse these habits into their curriculum, instruction and school structure. For more information, please click here.We have a new student and group rate! Prices range from $69-159.
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Award Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams foster inventiveness in high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: High school science, mathematics, and technology teachers -- or teams of teachers -- at public, private, and vocational schools; intra- and inter-school collaborations are welcome. Deadline: April 22, 2011. For more information, click here.
BestBuy Teach@15 Award
The Teach@15 Award program improves classroom learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18) who is a registered member on www.at15.com can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award. Maximum award: $1,500 in the form of Best Buy Gift Cards. Eligibility: accredited, nonprofit junior or senior public, private, parochial, magnet, and charter high schools in the U.S. serving any grades 7-12. Deadline: ongoing.www.bestbuy-communityrelations.com/ teach_ awards.htm.
American Honda Foundation: Grants for 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, 2011. http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf
Dominion Foundation: Education Partnership Grants
The Dominion Foundation is currently accepting applications for 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, 2011. http://www.dom.com/about/education/grants/index.jsp
EPA: Office of Environmental Education Grants
EPA Office of Environmental Education Grants support environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. EPA awards grants each year based on funding appropriated by Congress. Maximum award: $100,000. Eligibility: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, non-profit organization as described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or noncommercial educational broadcasting entities as defined and licensed by Federal Communications Commission may submit a proposal. Deadline: May 2, 2011. http://www.epa.gov/education/grants.html
Can Florida afford to implement teacher merit pay? Plans to implement a merit-pay system for teachers are moving forward in Florida, but lawmakers have yet to specify how the state will pay for the plan. In addition to funding the merit-pay bonuses, the state faces the costs of developing new evaluation systems and training employees at a time of reduced funding for schools. Legislators in the state House were poised today to approve the merit-pay plan, which has already cleared the state Senate. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/15) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-merit-pay-show-the-money-20110315,0,5597038.story
Florida preschool program shows signs of success Students who attended a voluntary state preschool program in Florida were better prepared for kindergarten and had better third-grade state test scores than students who did not attend the program, state data show. Supporters say the data indicate that the program, which has been the subject of budget cuts, should be continued. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/21) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-prek-ready-kindergarten-20110321,0,4578485.story
School bullying is the focus of presidential conference President Barack Obama discussed his own experiences being teased in school when he was young, as he and first lady Michelle Obama convened a conference on bullying Thursday to raise awareness about an issue said to affect one-third of students in U.S schools. They called on parents and teachers to consider how they can offer more support to students and create safer school environments. The summit also included a live chat on Facebook. Yahoo!/The Associated Press (3/10) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110310/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_bullying_6
Environmental education becomes more relevant on nature preserve Middle-school students in one Florida county visit a local nature preserve to help reinforce classroom lessons in environmental education. Educators say such concepts as native habitats, ecosystems and conservation are made more relevant for the students as they spend the day hiking and exploring the outdoor venue. "It's hard to do in a classroom," teacher Kim Rex said. "This exposes them to real-world concepts." The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (3/7) http://www.theledger.com/article/20110307/NEWS/103075032?Title=Real-World-Learning
The national curriculum: How detailed should it be? Determining how national education standards will influence classroom lessons is drawing opinions from all sides, with some debating how to define "curriculum." Some say a curriculum is a set of larger ideas that guide instruction, while others say it is the actual lesson plan. At issue is whether states and districts want their individual lessons dictated to them, with some saying they are concerned about a lack of local input in those decisions. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/23) http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/23/26curriculum.h30.html?tkn=ZPYFRlQGbAPA9gLD4sVXSbi%2F%2BRE9ufNe5sml&cmp=clp-sb-ascd
How to sustain motivation for learning Middle-school literacy coach Cindi Rigsbee considers how and why so many students lose motivation for learning throughout the course of the school year. Rigsbee suggests ensuring that all students feel successful at some point, offering activities that support struggling or average students without asking them to "perform" before they are ready, and getting to know students in a safe classroom environment that fosters community.Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/16) http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2011/03/16/tln_rigsbee_dance.html?tkn=UNCCuZrksDcNlFyQl8u4xnY2sHTJMVsmvCvy&cmp=clp-sb-ascd
Interventions are aimed at closing achievement gap at Conn. school Educators at a Connecticut elementary school are using interventions in literacy, math and other subjects to help close a wide socioeconomic achievement gap that exists at schools across the state. Teachers say assessing students and collecting data is only part of the battle, and that targeted one-on-one interventions -- particularly in reading -- are needed to help raise achievement among disadvantaged students. The Hechinger Report (3/16) http://hechingerreport.org/content/performance-data-a-crucial-tool-in-bridging-achievement-gap_5445/
Why do U.S. students struggle with science? Lagging science performance by U.S. students is attributable to numerous complex factors, from inadequate teacher training to poverty and attitudes about learning, experts say. Students in affluent school districts often outperform their peers in poor areas, resulting in a race-based disparity in test scores and lower scores in large urban school districts. Experts say a common misconception that students' innate ability -- rather than hard work -- determines science performance also contributes to the problem. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (3/20) http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11079/1133328-84.stm
Students create anti-bullying videos in multimedia class
Students in a multimedia class are producing videos aimed at deterring bullying in their Pennsylvania high school. The students are using green-screen technology, computer software and other equipment to create the videos. Students choose music for the videos and aim to make them realistic and interesting to other students. The finished videos are reviewed by an anti-bullying committee to determine whether they may be useful to other students. The Daily American (Somerset, Pa.) (3/8) http://www.dailyamerican.com/lifestyle/home_family/da-ot-windber-students-make-antibullying-videos-20110307,0,6588602.story
Which Web tools are educators using?
More educators are using online tools to improve classroom management, enhance and reinforce lessons and provide students with multiple ways to express what they are learning. Web-based tools such as Weebly, Edmodo and Wikispaces allow teachers to create classroom websites for posting announcements, assignments and student work. Other tools such as Chatzy allow students to communicate in real time, while applications such as Vocaroo allow students to record voice messages and post them online. Harvard Education Letter (March/April 2011) http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/495
Videoconferencing expands the scope of the classroom
Videoconferencing is being used increasingly as a classroom tool to provide opportunities in distance learning, virtual field trips and to connect students with their peers around the world. An arts program called Global Writes uses videoconferencing to have students participate in slam-poetry contests, while the technology enables a group of New York sixth-graders to teach kindergarten students lessons in Mandarin Chinese. KQED.org (3/22) http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/03/video-chats-takes-students-to-other-worlds/
Florida Association for Staff Development Spring Forum May 2 – 3, 2011 Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Melbourne, Fla.
Education personnel are invited to attend the Florida Association for Staff Development Spring Forum May 2 – 3, 2011, in Melbourne, Fla. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences related to improved professional development that supports student achievement. For more information, visit www.fasdonline.org.
Florida Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Summit June 16 – 18, 2011 Sonesta Hotel Orlando, Fla.
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education will hold their annual Leadership Summit June 16 – 18, 2011, in Orlando with the theme, “Arts Education is 21st Century Education.” The summit features a roundtable discussion with Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith, breakout sessions by and for educators, administrators and advocates, the Arts Achieve! Model Schools Recognition, the Digital Media Festival Exhibit and much more. For more information, visit www.faae.org or contact Susan Burke, Executive Director of FAAE, at 407.488.9951 or email@example.com
Introducing ASCD EDge™ and Florida ASCD EDge
The new ASCD EDge™social-networking community creates an online forum where any educator can set up a free profile and network with other educators, sharing educational best practices via media, chat, discussion forums, interest groups and one-on-one interaction. Connect on important topics like student motivation, differentiated instruction and whole-child education. Sign up for ASCD EDge™ today. Then join Florida ASCD on Edge as well as the Florida Educator Advocates.
ASCD is searching for a new class of Emerging Leaders Keep your New Year's resolution to challenge yourself professionally by joining ASCD's 2011 class of Emerging Leaders. ASCD is now accepting applications from educators interested in influencing education policy and practice through unique ASCD leadership opportunities. Learn more about the program and hear from past Emerging Leader Peter Badalament on the ASCD.org website. Applications must be submitted by April 15. Learn more.
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