August 2008, Volume 50

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






John Nash


Past President:

Shelia Windom



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2

Pat Melvin

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif


Region 5

Catherine J. Weitman


Florida ASCD Mission

Providing educational direction for all who impact teaching and learning.

   Florida ASCD Vision

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

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


Message from the President
Welcome to the 2008-2009 academic school year! We at Florida ASCD hope that all Florida educators have an outstanding school year. Most importantly, please know that Florida ASCD is your ‘partner in education’ and supports you. Join us for our 49th Florida ASCD Annual Conference, which will be on December 5th & 6th at NOVA Southeastern University's Orlando Campus. The Conference theme is “Educating and Learning Beyond Boundaries.” Please consider submitting a proposal to present on any educational program or initiative in your school or district. Our second round of proposals are due by September 1, 2008. Sharing with other Florida educators is a great vehicle for increasing our knowledge base and learning about the newest research and programs to enhance the education of all K-12 students. Access our Call for Proposals and Register for the Conference at http://www.fascd.org/2008_conference.htm

Our keynote presenter, Dr. Steve Layne, is outstanding! Dr. Layne’s presentation is suitable for all K-12 educators, i.e., teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, central office administrators. Do not miss the opportunity to hear this dynamic presenter on Saturday, December  5.

Florida ASCD is strongly committed to working with ASCD on the new compact to “Educating “Whole Child.” To obtain more information regarding this, please visit ASCD’s Whole Child website at http://www.wholechildeducation.org. Take a few minutes to complete the “Grade Your School & Community Survey” to ascertain how well your school is focusing toward “Educating the Whole Child.” Please consider joining both ASCD and Florida ASCD to enhance your educational opportunities in 2008-2009. You will be glad you did!

Dr. Paul M. Terry

President, FASCD


New Members

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


Helen Abernathy
Kelly Aeppli Campbell
Tom Albano
Bernadette Alonso
Joy Baldree
Carol Borders
Claudia Bostwick
Wendy Bryan
Claudia Buck
Sandi Busta
Cari Canino
Karyn Carlson
Lois Christensen
John Clark
Karen D'Avignon
James DePiro
Jason Driver
Laurie Flynn
Joanne Gartner
David Gilmore
Angela Howard
Roy Johnson
Carlene Judge
Kathy Kaiser
Maureen Kane
Gwendolyn King
Rae Konjoian
James Lawless
Jan Lessard
Thomas Maher
Jodi Marshall
Erika McLaren
Barbara McLean-Smith
Idali Medina
Johnny Nash
Twila Patten
Julie Pearl
Kaethe Perez
Jon Peterson
Judy Poppell
Carol Pressey
Kathy Rossi
Joyce Skaff
Pamela Smith
Myra Stafford
Chris Steinwachs
Cynara Suarez
Beth Thompson
Jeffrey Whittaker


Members in the News

Dr. Shelia Windom, a Florida ASCD board member, is the proud principal of a B school.  Richmond Heights Elementary staff, students, and the entire community took the school from an F grade to a B grade being only 7 points from an A.  Their hard work has paid off and now they will continue to Bridge the Gap from Good to Great, as we Aim for an A.  Go Tigers!


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

Our 49th Annual Conference will be held December 5-6, 2008 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando. The call for presenters is ready and posted on our website. Consider being a speaker at our conference. We have already booked nationally acclaimed speaker: Dr. Steven Layne. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend! Visit the conference site for more information!


Professional Development Institute-Exercising the Brain

Florida ASCD will be sponsoring a PDI in Orlando on Exercising the Brain. The PDI will take place on September 20, 2008.

You will receive an implementation manual for SMILE Lab, as well as the opportunity to work together with other participants to create a sample lab. You will be amazed at how easy it is to do with equipment already in your school! You will also be able to view some very powerful videos of students with various disabilities that have been able to make remarkable gains -- both physically and mentally -- from participating in the SMILE Lab. You will learn a scientifically-based, research driven method to implement 30 minutes of daily physical education, which will not only help kids lose weight, but will help student FCAT scores go up as well! When you leave, you will have the knowledge to implement a specific system to handle the 30 minute PE mandate for elementary schools. For more information, please go to http://fascd.org/08_PDI_Orlando_RB.htm.


Board Meeting News

At the June retreat the board developed a strategic plan to guide its actions for the coming year and beyond. Before tackling the specifics of the strategic plan, the board reviewed our belief statements and made minor changes in the wording and reaffirmed them to provide direction for the future. In other business the board revised travel reimbursement to be more fair to those who have to travel a distance to attend board meetings. A tentative budget of for the coming fiscal year was presented and the board approved a contract with Kim Pearson as Executive Director. Shelia Windom was thanked and presented with a handsome plaque for her work as president in the last fiscal year. Paul Terry was then installed as president for 2008-2009. Out next Board Meeting is September 27, 2008 at NOVA Southeastern University.


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Grants & Awards

School Counselor of the Year Award
The American School Counselor Association's School Counselor of the Year program honors "the best of the best" school counselors. The award is granted to school counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school-counseling program at either the elementary, middle, or high school level. Maximum award includes expenses for award ceremony. Those eligible for the award include U.S.based practicing school counselors as of February 2008. The nominations deadline is September 5, 2008. For more information visit http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content2.asp?contentid=544.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy's grant making program for 2009 seeks to develop or expand projects supporting development of literacy skills for adult primary caregivers and their children. Maximum award: $65,000. Eligibility: organizations with current nonprofit or public status that have been in existence for at least two years on the date of the application. Deadline for submission is September 5, 2008. For more information please click on http://www.barbarabushfoundation.com/nga.html.

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News Briefs

Promoting High Achievement for African-American Students
After reading "Young, Gifted, and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African-American Students" (2003), three essays by leading thinkers in African- American education, Mary Tedrow writes in Teacher Magazine, she realized that "the ideas and potential solutions embedded in this book have gone on largely unacknowledged." Tedrow, a white high school teacher in Virginia, acknowledges that her "own experience with arguments for an inherent bias in the system of schooling have been filtered through the popular media, where issues like Ebonics, test and IQ bias, the stigmatization of stereotyping, 'acting white,' and urban schooling are treated superficially." She says the book by Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and the late Asa Hilliard III brought her to considerations like the fact that, historically, education for black Americans has had no predictable tie to economic advancement, no matter what level of schooling a student achieves. "In order to succeed," she maintains, "black Americans must answer for themselves: Why sacrifice yourself to the pursuit of an education when the color of your skin is likely to close as many doors as your studies promise to open?" She recommends that "Young, Gifted, and Black" be included in the professional libraries of teachers and schools, and in the pre-service education of all teaching professionals. Read more at
http://www.teachermagazine.org/tm/articles/2008/0 7/16/41tln_tedrow.h19.html.

Study Calls for Increasing Learning Time
Upon concluding a study of 300 Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiatives, the Center for American Progress is recommending that high-poverty schools nationwide undertake a 30 percent increase in learning time - about two hours per day or 360 hours per year - in order to bolster student achievement. In line with this recommendation, Senator Kennedy introduced the Time for Innovation Matters in Education Act for extended learning time, S. 3431 last week. It calls for extending the school year according to the Center's recommendation, but allows districts the flexibility to meet the goal through extending the school year, week and/or day. With this extra time, students would receive both academic help, as well as be exposed to an array of extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning. It is during this additional time that school and community partnerships become integral in improving student outcomes. For more information go to,
http://www.communityschools.org/CCSDocuments/ext ended_learning_time.pdf.

America 's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2008
The 2008 edition of "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being," compiled by the 22-member Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, presents indicators in seven sections: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This range of indicators stresses the importance of partnerships that schools must establish across these sectors in order to improve all of these student outcomes. For more details go to

Florida's Online Advising System Retooled
FACTS.org, Florida’s online advising system for students, has recently been retooled and re-released. The site features straightforward navigation, new content, simplified language, updated graphics, and enhanced tools. For more information visit www.facts.org.

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

Make plans now to attend  ASCD's annual conference in Orlando, March 14-16, 2009. The conference theme is "Learning Beyond Boundaries."


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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

11225 Kapok Grand Circle

Madeira Beach, FL 33708






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