DECEMBER 2007, Volume 42

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards


News Briefs



ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Shelia Windom



Paul M. Terry



Lenford Sutton


Past President:

Ralph Barrett



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2

Pat Melvin


Region 3

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki

John Nash


Region 4

Tessie Dickson

Allan Dornseif


Region 5

Jaime Castellano

May Gamble

Simone Hebert

Catherine J. Weitman


Florida ASCD Mission

Providing educational direction for all who impact teaching and learning.

   Florida ASCD Purpose

The purpose of this association shall be the general improvement of instruction and supervision and the encouragement of professional growth.

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
On behalf of the Florida ASCD Board of Directors I would like to wish all of you and your family a safe and healthy Holiday. At this time of year, it is important that we all take the time to relax and re-energize ourselves for the rush that always comes after the Holidays.


After the Holidays, Florida ASCD will be right back in action with an energized boost to start the year off with a bang! We have many plans in place for an exciting year full of opportunities for us to serve you! 


Dr. Shelia Windom

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.


Alison Adler
Jason Ampel
Susan Archer
Yoany Beldarrain
Suzanne J. Belisle
Rita Brown
Mary Bruck
Carl Burnside
Elizabeth Bush
Judy Carr
Jo Anna Cochlin
Charles K. Colman
Sarah Concepcion
Michele Crosby
David Cunningham
Lori Davis
Dru Dehart
Rene Desjardins
Diane DiSpagna
Kris L. Dittmar
Alfred Dobronz
Dwana Dye
Tonya Edwards
Jacky Egli
Michael P. Engle
Mike Fisher
Jane M. Forbus
Beth Ford
Shirley N. Fox

Carla Frazier
May D. Gamble
Angela M. Gentry
Beverly Gilbert
Mary Lou Goldberg
Maria Gonzalez
Carmen Gonzalez
Beth A. Gopman
Angela Gordon
Jane Govoni

Jana F. Grenier
Kathleen Halbig
Denise Hall
Robert A. Hanna
Edward M. Harris
Saman Hassan
Denise Haymes
Constance Helton
Alicia Hidalgo
Tami Hocker
Shelley Huff-Schultz
Darrell Huling
David Jeselnik
Denise M. Joop
Carlene Judge
Mary Kemp
Cynthia Kiffer
Charlene M. Kincaid
Jennifer Kincaid

Deborah Kindel
Anne Marie Krejcarek
Patricia Kujawski
Marcella L. Kysilka
Michele Lambert
William R. Latson
Janet Ledesma
Nikki Letts
David Lewis
Kyle Lundquist
Ronald F. Malone
Kenny McCay
Thomas L. McGreal
Christina McKinney
Lynne McKnight
Lori Meier
Golda R. Messianu
Mary Mimbs
Darrin Minns
Sharon R. Moffitt

Michael Monroe
Bernardo Montero
Jeff Morgenstein
Brenda W. Morris
Mary Mosley
Michelle Nadeau
Rita H. Oates
Tomasita Ortiz
Wynette B. Peacock

Margaret A. Penn

Kaethe S. Perez
Patricia Jean Perez-Glen
Shundra Powers
Addie Prezant
Loretta Reddick Hines
Debra Richards
Lisa Rogers
Gail A. Rossier
Hope Schooler
Constance Scotchel-Gross
Jennifer Smith
Chris Steinwachs
Martha Lue Stewart
Angie Su
C. Gordon Swaggerty, Jr.
Nixie Swift
Barbara A. Terembes
Alison S. Thabit
Carla W. Thompson
Debbie D. Valcarcel
Ellen V. Van Arsdale
Debi Vermette
John P. Verner
Monica Weddle
Toni Wiersma
James Wilbour
Nan P. Williams
Lendy Willis
Isabelle Zoerner


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

Florida ASCD's Annual Conference was fantastic! An extensive review of our conference will be shared in our next online dimensions. Look forward to seeing the pictures from this great event also! Make plans now to attend our 49th Annual Conference at NOVA Southeastern University, Orlando Campus on December 5-6, 2008. More information coming soon!


Professional Development Institute-Fort Walton Beach

Join us for a Professional Development Institute in beautiful Fort Walton Beach! Our PDI is geared for secondary reading teachers who are interested in learning the secrets of teaching reading instruction in any subject! The title of this workshop is: Weaving Thinking and Reading Strategies into Content Instructional Plans. The cost is only $100! This is a great deal. If you would like more information or would like to register, please visit http://fascd.org/07PDI-FWB.htm.


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Grants & Awards


GenevaLogic Foundation Initiatives
The GenevaLogic Foundation supports initiatives that further the innovative use of technology to improve teaching and learning, and provides programs and grants to provide educators with resources and technology products to advance education. The maximum award is a  $10,000 value. Eligible participants include: accredited, not-for-profit K-12 schools and community colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The deadline is December 28, 2007. For more information see http://www.genevalogicfoundation.org/.


General Mills Foundation Champions for Healthy Kids
The General Mills Foundation Champions for Healthy Kids grant program awards 50 grants to community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. The maximum award is $10,000. Eligibility is open to: 501(c)3 organizations that target youth ages 2-18. The deadline for submission is: January 15, 2008. For more information please see http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/commitment/champions.aspx.


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News Briefs


Why Do We Have a Knowledge Deficit?
Why are reading scores low? Because educators have been emphasizing comprehension strategies instead of teaching the broad general knowledge that is chiefly needed for reading comprehension, according to E. D. Hirsch, Jr., in a new WestEd Policy Perspectives paper. Read more at http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/847

From Good Schools to Great Schools: What Their Principals Do Well
This comprehensive resource that just came out in November 2007 examines how to apply lessons from the private sector to the academic arena and helps school leaders discover nine essential characteristics of high-performing "Level 5" leadership. Susan Penny Gray and Willam A. Streshly, the authors, provide case studies of "star" principals and reflection questions for more effective application of leadership principles, plus templates, implementation tips, and additional resources. Visit http://www.corwinpress.com/corwinSearch.nav? _requestid=94083.

Doing What Works
First, the Department of Education created the What Works Clearinghouse, an online source that educators and policymakers could turn to for the lowdown on what research has to say on the effectiveness of particular educational programs and practices. How comes Doing What Works. Launched by DOE on November 2nd, Doing What Works aims to help educators and administrators put into practice research-based educational techniques. Practitioners can read about the studies undergirding recommended educational strategies; access video, slides, or audio recordings of practitioners using those practices in schools; or see examples of tools for implementing such strategies in their own schools. Visit Doing What Works online at http://dww.ed.gov.


Commissioner Blomberg Announces Release of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests
Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg recently announced the release of five 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment TestsŪ (FCAT). The reading and mathematics tests for grades five and six and the science test for grade eight are actual tests taken by students and are no longer in use. In addition to the tests, the Department of Education released test answer keys, a fact sheet explaining uses for the test, a document explaining how to score the released tests, and Frequently Asked Questions. For more details, visit www.fldoe.org/news/2007/2007_11_06.asp.


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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

Make plans now to attend  ASCD's annual conference in New Orleans, March 15-17, 2008. The conference theme is "Reinventing Schools: Courageous Leadership for Positive Change." Pre-conference institutes are available for registration now.


ASCD Online Membership to Reach Gen X, Global Educators
Technology is rapidly changing how people access information and educators are no exception. Teachers and administrators throughout the world are increasing their use of electronic media not only to deliver the most effective learning for their students but also for their own professional development. To respond to these needs, ASCD has launched ASCD Express, a new pilot membership category that delivers all ASCD benefits electronically. Find out more at http://www.ascd.org/


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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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