April 2011, Volume 82

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements


Florida ASCD Events


Grants & Awards


Noteworthy News

Curriculum Corner

Technology Bytes

Professional Development Oppotunties

ASCD Connections

Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


John Nash



Alina Davis



Pat Melvin


Past President:

Paul M Terry



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1

Sallie Payne


Region 2

Pat Melvin

Sharon Kochlany

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif

Ana Tsambis


Region 5

Julie Williams

Region 6

Dona Depriest

Carlos Viera


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.


Susan Alexander
Dana Archibald
Tammy Caraker
Carolyn Carbonell
Terrell Davis
F. Hanlon
Laura Hill

Kevin Kjellerup
Kimberley Kraft
Linda Kyees
Lee Ann Mann
Cyndia Marrero
Robert McCue
Judy Miller

Sharon Moffitt
Jill Nielsen
Kelly Orzel
Angela Stone
Lisa Tromley
John Verner
Debra West


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. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


Florida ASCD is now on Facebook, Twitter & ASCD Edge!  Check us out!



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Florida ASCD Events



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.


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Grants & Awards

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


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Noteworthy News


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

Student news programs aim to foster skills, communities
Several schools are using Flip cameras and video-production technology to create school news programs they say are teaching students 21st-century skills, as well as helping fortify their school communities. News and feature segments incorporate cross-curricular skills. T.H.E. Journal (3/8)


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Curriculum Corner

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

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Technology Tidbits

iPads Invade the Computer Lab
A private school on the Big Island of Hawaii not only adopted Apple's iPad for student learning; the school designed a whole facility around it. The Journal (3/9) http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/03/09/ipads-invade-the-computer-lab.aspx

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

Using iPods To Increase Reading Comprehension
As a middle school reading specialist in Oregon's Eugene School District 4j, Marilyn Williams found that many of her middle school students weren't finishing their reading or remembering what they read. So she decided to tackle the problem with the help of iPod touch devices. THE Journal 3/14 http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/03/14/using-ipods-to-increase-reading-comprehension.aspx

Report: Young children are increasingly drawn to digital media
A report found 80% of U.S. children age 5 and younger and 70% of children ages 6 to 9 use the Internet at least weekly. Television is still the most popular medium, with about 90% of children older than 5 spending at least three hours daily watching TV, according to the report by Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. The Independent (London)/Relaxnews (France) (3/16) http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/eighty-percent-of-us-children-under-five-years-old-using-the-internet-new-study-2243148.html

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/

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Professional Development Opportunities

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 susan@faae.org

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ASCD Connections


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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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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Seminole, FL 33772






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