December 2008, Volume 54

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



Kelley Ranch



Johnny Nash


Past President:

Shelia Windom



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2

Pat Melvin


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif


Region 5

Catherine J. Weitman

Region 6



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.


J AdamsAlison Adler
Gloria Becker
Katherine Boice
Wanda Breithaupt
Joseph Ciccone
Deborah Coyle
Diane Curcio-Greaves
Glenice DeBique
Lois Delaney
Mary Delasin
Cecille Diez
Steven Edwards
Jane Forbus
Mimi FosterVicki Garner
Carole Goldberg
Dina Heffernan
Kathlene Jarvis-Cadet
Nikki Koski
Michele La Bute
Eric Lewis
Irene Lirakis
Patti Lucas
Magda Madkour
Susan Marohnic
Christina McKinney
Ellen Moceri
Tomasita Ortiz
Paul Ott
James Perry
Gita Pitter
Barbie Russell
Wesley Scott
Paula Shives
Victoria Thurston
Peggy Tucker
Debbie Valcarcel
Thomas Valesky
Michelle White
Robert Ziegler


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

Our 49th Annual Conference will be held December 5-6, 2008 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando. Come here nationally acclaimed speaker, Dr. Steven Layne. The schedule of presentations is up on the conference website and ready for you to view! Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend! Early registration rates available if you email us at fascd@fascd.org. Visit the conference site for more information!


Professional Development Institutes

Florida ASCD has finalized plans for two PDI's that will take place in April. Please see below for more information.


Fundatmentals of Instructional Leadership

Topic: Four Key Components Essential to an Effective Instructional Leader

Presenter: Dr. Gordon Cawelti

Recommended Audience: Administrators K-12

Where: Barry University, Miami Shores

When: April 18, 2009, 8:00-3:00

Cost: $69

More information, inclulding registration, available here.


We Read to Organize, NOT to Memorize

Topic: New Reading Strategies that Engage Secondary Students

Presenter: Pat Melvin

Where: Terry Parker High School, Jacksonville

When: April 18, 2009, 8:00-3:00

Cost: $49

More information, including registration, avaiable here.


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Grants & Awards


Reader's Digest Foundation: 'Make it Matter' Grants
Reader's Digest Foundation "Make It Matter" Grants will identify people whose stories of giving back inspire others. The foundation will donate funds to a nonprofit organization that is associated either with a particular story or cause. Selected stories will appear every month in a new "Make It Matter" column in Reader's Digest and at www.rd.com, beginning in April 2009. The maximum award is $100,000. Anyone is eligible to submit a story. Grant recipients must be 501(c)(3) organizations. The deadline for submission is January 1, 2009. For more information visit: http://www.efundraising.com/Rea ders-Digest-Foundation.aspx?partner=grantsalert.


National Center for Summer Learning: Excellence in Summer Learning Award
The Excellence in Summer Learning Award recognizes an outstanding summer program that demonstrates excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting positive development for young people between kindergarten and 12th grade. The award includes: national recognition, increased press opportunities, conference presentations and complimentary registrations, professional development opportunities for staff, and increased publishing opportunities. Eligibile organizations include: public or private organizations or agencies (schools, community- based organizations, libraries, universities, faith- based organizations, etc.) serving young people between the ages of kindergarten and 12th grade over the summer months. Deadline for submission is January 21, 2009. For more information please visit: http://www.summerlearning.org.

Intel Foundation: Schools of Distinction
The Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education. In order to be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curriculum that represents the intersection of benchmarks laid out by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in their ICT literacy maps for math and science and national content standards for that content area. The maximum award is $25,000 cash grant and $100,000 in products and services from sponsors. Eligibile organization include: K-12 public, private, charter, parochial schools in the United States, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The deadline for submission is February 17, 2009. For more informaiton please visit: http://www.intel.com/education/schoolsofdistinction/ap plication.htm#Categories.

NCFL/ Verizon: Tech Savvy Awards
The National Center for Family Literacy Verizon Tech Savvy Awards recognizes exemplary programs that demystify technology for parents and enable them to better guide their children in the use of new media. The maximum award is $25,000. Eligibile organizations include: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including community-based nonprofits, libraries and schools. The deadline is: January 12, 2009. For more inforamtion, please visit: www.famlit.org/techsavvyawards.

General Mills Foundation: Champions for Healthy Kids
The General Mills Foundation Champions for Healthy Kids Program awards 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. Eligibile organizations include: 501c(3) and 509 (a) organizations; health departments; government agencies; schools and school districts; Native American tribes. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2009. For more information please visit, www.generalmills.com.


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News Briefs


Poverty dramatically affects children's brains, as in stroke, study finds
Certain brain functions in some low-income nine- and ten-year-olds show patterns equivalent to the damage from a stroke, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, USA TODAY reports. The study adds to a growing body of evidence that poverty afflicts children's brains through malnutrition, stress, illiteracy, and toxic environments. Research shows that the neural systems of poor children develop differently from those of middle-class children, affecting language development and "executive function," or the ability to plan, remember details, and pay attention in school. For the new study, researchers used an electroencephalograph to measure brain function of 26 children while they watched images flashing on a computer. The children pressed a button when a tilted triangle appeared. "It is a similar pattern to what's seen in patients with strokes that have led to lesions in their prefrontal cortex," which controls higher-order thinking and problem solving, says lead researcher Mark Kishiyama, a cognitive psychologist at the University of California-Berkeley. "It suggests that in these kids, prefrontal function is reduced or disrupted in some way." Research also suggests that these effects are reversible through intensive intervention such as focused lessons and games that encourage children to think out loud or use executive function. Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/ 2008-12-07-childrens-brainsN.htm

Reinventing the Pen Pal for the digital age
What if you could enable 200,000 American kids to work with 2 million of their peers abroad -- online, real time -- on projects that teach them what global trade is all about? Today those subjects and many more are being pursued jointly through a remarkable network that is bringing today's technology to the old-fashioned "pen pal" concept. It's exposing kids from third grade through high school to an eye-opening, firsthand look at foreign commerce and foreign cultures. For the entire article go to: http://www.studentsfirst.us

Report profiles the state of online learning nationally
The North American Council for Online Learning has released the third in a series of annual reports on the status of online learning nationally, writes eSchool News. "Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning" looks at two areas of virtual schooling: state-led online programs and state-level policies governing online education, and the ways that the two intersect. The report states that online learning continued to grow in school year 2007-2008, both in the number of new programs and the improvement of existing programs, and many states have passed new legislation to promote further growth. Given this expansion of online learning opportunities, the study issues a number of policy recommendations, which include the creation of national content standards; the inclusion of online instruction practices in teacher college curricula; the revision of district accounting measures that take into account the particulars of virtual schooling; and the establishing of standard metrics for basic quality assurance, such as consistent measures for course completions. As of this fall, 44 states offer significant online learning opportunities for students. Read more at www.eschoolnews.comSee the report at www.nacol.org

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

Registration is still open for  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

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Madeira Beach, FL 33708






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