august 2010, Volume 74

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


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

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

Angel Chaisson

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.


Terri Bechtold
Tammy Brock
John Clark
Ann-Marie Clarke
Glen Dallman
Karen D'Avignon
Robin Dehlinger
Dania Diaz-Silveira
Tracey Dickey
Cindy Fisher
Denise Hall
Richard Hellbaum
Debbie Krebsbach

Michele Lambert
Paula Leftwich
Judith Luman
Lourdes Marrero
Marti Meacher
Patricia Melvin
Angela Milita
Mary Mosley
Johnny Nash
Kaethe Perez
Sandra Pipkin
Judy Poppell
Lucy Puello-Capone

Sharon Richert
Nancy Roberts
Michele Sanders
Gerald Schlereth
Kristen Schroeder
Angela Stevens
Spenece Taintor
Maria Torrey
Anna Tsambis
Cyndi Van Meter
Kent Vermeer
Michael Walker
Dianna Weinbaum
Matthew Welker


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.


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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

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. Please see the conference site for more details. https://fascd.org//10conference.html


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Grants & Awards


NASA Invites Students to Compete in Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge
High school students interested in robotics, space, technology and engineering are invited to participate in the 2010 Zero Robotics competition that opens the world-class research facilities on the International Space Station to students. Each session begins with the unveiling of a game motivated by a challenging problem of interest to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Teams compete by programming a SPHERES satellite to achieve the game objectives while avoiding or interacting with other contestants. The competition is hosted by NASA and students actually write programs at their high school that will control the satellite in space. Teams must submit a Notice of Intent to participate by Sept. 10, 2010, and complete their full application by Sept. 14, 2010. For more information, visit http://zerorobotics.mit.edu.

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrants
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Minigrants to public and school libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: public and school libraries. Deadline: September 15, 2010. http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org 

TASH Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Awards
The TASH Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Awards honor important contributions of individuals and school districts in advancing inclusive education and equitable opportunities for students grades K-12, particularly those with the most significant disabilities and support needs. Awardees will be selected from these categories: Inclusive Education Administrator of the Year; Inclusive Education Teacher of the Year; Inclusive Education Advocate of the Year; Most Promising Inclusive School; Most Promising Inclusive School District. Maximum award: All awardees will be recognized at the TASH 2010 Conference in Denver, Co., December 8-10, 2010, in the conference program, on the TASH website and at the general session. Attendees will receive a commemorative plaque, and TASH will promote awardees' accomplishments to the trade media and local press. Eligibility: school districts and education professionals that work inclusively with students K-12 with disabilities. Deadline: October 1, 2010.  http://www.tash.org/awards_breakthroughs.html

Verizon Foundation: Literacy Grants
Verizon Foundation Literacy Grants are available to organizations committed to basic literacy skills in the United States. Verizon has invested in a network of collaborative literacy partners, offering a wide variety of programs with a focus on e-learning. Verizon's leadership in technology and communications provides the distribution network. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: October 31, 2010.http://foundation.verizon.com/grant/guidelines.shtml

Carnegie/New York Times: I Love My Librarian Award
The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Maximum award: $5,000, a plaque, and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by The New York Times. Eligibility: school, public, college, or university librarians. Deadline: September 20, 2010.http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.cfm

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Noteworthy News


Florida endorses Common Core standards
Florida became the 30th state to adopt national academic standards in English and math for its students in grades K-12. State education chief Eric Smith said the Common Core curriculum would help raise the academic bar for the state's students. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (7/27) http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-07-27/news/os-national-education-standards-07-2720100727_1_common-core-education-standards-adopted


D.C. fires 241 teachers and puts 737 educators on notice
Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee ordered the dismissal Friday of 241 teachers -- including 165 who received poor ratings under the district's newly implemented IMPACT evaluation system. Seventy-six were let go for not being properly licensed. Rhee also gave warning notices to 737 teachers who received "minimally effective" ratings and must improve their showing or face dismissal next year. Some teachers said the evaluation system is unfair, and the teachers union said it will contest the firings. The Washington Post (7/24) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/23/AR2010072303093.html?hpid=dynamiclead


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Curriculum Corner

Program aims to improve literacy of Pittsburgh middle-schoolers
A district-sponsored summer program at six Pittsburgh schools is working to enhance creativity and literacy among middle-school students and prevent summer learning loss. The five-week Summer Dreamers Academy -- new this year and funded with federal stimulus money -- integrates reading instruction with other fun, hands-on activities that encourage students to think more critically. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8/2) http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10214/1076986-298.stm

Report: Dual-enrollment may benefit "a wide range of students"
Dual-enrollment programs that allow students to earn college credits while they are still in high school may benefit students who are at-risk, not just top students, according to a report commissioned by an independent group within the Blackboard education company. The researchers found that dual-enrollment courses helped a range of students make the transition from high school to college, especially when student supports such as academic tutoring and teacher guidance were offered, and recommended that policies be created to increase access to the programs. T.H.E. Journal (8/2) http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/08/02/dual-enrollment-programs-show-promise-for-non-high-achievers.aspx

Milwaukee reading program targets third- and fourth-graders
Former Milwaukee Superintendent Howard Fuller is hoping to improve reading scores among the district's black students through the Milwaukee Summer Reading Project -- a five-week program primarily for rising third- and fourth-graders. The summer program includes a pre-test and a post-test so that teachers can see what students have learned. One teacher said he plans to integrate the testing and other aspects of the summer curriculum into his lessons this fall. Fuller also formed a group to study the best methods to teach reading. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (8/1) http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/99734164.html

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Technology Tidbits

Top Web 2.0 tools for teachers and students
Three leading consultants in educational technology offer their opinions on the best Web 2.0 tools for encouraging collaboration in learning and teaching. Blogs, Google Docs, and Twitter are among the standouts -- for reasons including their ease of use and their ability to reach many users instantaneously -- that can be used by students and teachers in both online and traditional classrooms. T.H.E. Journal (7/28) http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/08/01/3-for-3.aspx

Videotaped lessons help students review material at home
Several South Dakota teachers are using vodcasting -- video podcasting -- to record their lessons and post them online where students can view and review them. "If we're going through new information, we're talking about a lecture for 50 minutes," one teacher said. "At the end, kids are writing furiously, not keeping up, and if they miss something, it's gone." Using vodcasting, teachers say students learn most new material at home -- where they can pause or hear it again. In class, teachers focus on helping students with assignments and practicing what they have learned. KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (7/26) http://www.keloland.com/News/NewsDetail6373.cfm?Id=102789

Educator: Technology can be used to manage assignments
A high-school teacher is using Google, wikispaces, blogs and other tools to help track the progress of his Advanced Placement English students as they read a novel, answer questions and keep a journal over the summer. In this blog post, Andrew Marcinek writes that he had his students create blogs on the wikispace, and he was able to post assignments onto the wiki using Google Calendar. Students respond to the assignments on their blogs. Edutopia.org/Andrew Marcinek's blog (7/26) http://www.edutopia.org/blogs/building-school-social-networks

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Professional Development Opportunities

Save Some Money: Register for LILA Now
Register by September 1, 2010, for ASCD's 2011 Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy, and you'll pay the discounted early bird rate! In addition to saving some money, you will have the opportunity to experience the nation's capital while gathering timely information about and important insights into current and future education policy issues and opportunities for reform.  This upcoming legislative institute will feature the public release of ASCD's 2011 Legislative Agenda, presentations by influential federal policymakers and national education leaders, and a program tailored to meet the information and engagement needs of Educator Advocates to increase their level of influence throughout the year.

New Name:  Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA)

New Time of Year:  January 23-25, 2011

New Location:  Washington, D.C., with ample opportunity for attendees to experience our nation's capital.  Register today for ASCD's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA)! 

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ASCD Connections


The clock is ticking to nominate educators for $10,000
Aug. 1 is the submission deadline for this year's Outstanding Young Educator Award, or OYEA. Nominators must be full-time PreK-20 educators and nominees may not be older than 40. The program recognizes creative leaders committed to a whole-child education approach, ensuring a positive impact on students' lives. Winners receive a check for $10,000, an all-expenses-paid trip to ASCD's Annual Conference and more. Browse the OYEA hall of fame or Nominate an educator by using the simple online form.

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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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