December 2009, Volume 66

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



Johnny Nash



Alina Davis


Past President:

Shelia Windom



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2

Pat Melvin

Sharon Kochlany

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif


Region 5


Region 6

Angel Chaisson


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.


Barbara Barnes
Janet Carangelo
Adrian Cline
Glenice DeBique
Elizabeth Dunaway
Veronica Ferguson
Betty Green

Linda Hatley
Rebecca Huffman
Shelley Huff-Schultz
Darrell Huling
Michele La Bute
Gwen Lipscomb

Sean O'Dell
Debra Richards
Kathleen Sanz
Anthony Serrano
Estelle Strader
Donna Szpyrka
Janet Williams


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


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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

We are busy in the planning stages of our 2010 annual conference. Our 2010 Conference will take place in Orlando, September 24-25, 2010. We will begin our conference at the Renaissance Hotel Orlando Airport on the evening of September 24th. On September 25th, we will move to Lake Nona High School. We look forward to having Dr. Gene Carter, ASCD Executive Director as our evening speaker on Friday night and Jim Warford as our main speaker on Saturday. After our keynote on Saturday we have some great breakout sessions scheduled. Stay tuned for more details in next months Dimensions!


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Grants & Awards


Best Approaches in Digital Learning-STEM
A $2 million grant competition is looking for the best new ideas in digital learning. Sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the contest is calling on educators, experts, designers and researchers to create 21st-century learning labs to help students learn through digital collaboration. "This competition will help ensure that the new and highly engaging approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math find their way into schools, libraries, museums, and other spaces for learning," the foundation's education director said. eSchool News  Applications will be accepted starting Dec 7, 2009. For more information please visit: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2009/11/23/competition-seeks-ways-to-transform-learning/


Toyota International Teacher Program Grants
The 2010 Toyota International Teacher Program allows participants to explore Costa Rica's education, culture, and environment, examining how these affect industry and society in the country today. Maximum award: a fully funded 12-day study tour of Costa Rica. Eligibility: U.S. teachers grades 6-12 in all disciplines, with three consecutive years teaching experience. Deadline: January 6, 2010. For more information, please visit: http://www.toyota4education.com/

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
Now in its 18th year, ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. That's what ExploraVision is all about. Entry due by Feb 2, 2010. http://exploravision.org/entry-process/entry-steps.php

The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading to the center of American culture by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, and an extensive website providing comprehensive information on authors and their works. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: literary organizations, libraries, and community organizations across the country. Deadline: February 2, 2010.

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News Briefs

What should be the focus of a high-school education?
A national survey shows that teachers, students and parents differ in their beliefs about what a high-school curriculum should provide. While 48% of students and 42% of parents said the main purpose of high school is to get students ready for college, just 9% of educators agreed. One educator said the results may be misleading, however. "Teachers see mastery of the subject as a form of college preparation," she said. "The academic content standards are very, very high, and the rigor provides the foundation for college." The Orange County Register (Calif.) (12/1) http://www.ocregister.com/news/high-221907-school-students.html

School provides community supports for students, families
Once the lowest-achieving school in a city near Boston, the Robert L. Ford School has become an example of a successful community school that works to provide support services for its families. Partnerships with outside agencies, grants and government funding help provide enrichment programs including after-school literacy and math help, free night classes for adults, Saturday school for struggling students and dinner every night in the school gym. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (12/2) http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/78285082.html

Hybrid e-readers may be next step in digital textbooks
New dual-screen e-readers -- which feature traditional text on one screen and displays of color graphics on the other -- that are coming to the market may prove to be a better choice for digital textbooks than single-screen devices, analysts say. "Electronic book readers are great for reading novels, but they aren't right for textbooks," an analyst said. The New York Times (free registration) (12/5) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/business/06novel.html?_r=1

Internet grade book facilitates parent-teacher communication
Parents in a Florida county can track their children's progress in school with a Web-based grade book that gives them access to information about attendance, grades and assignments. The up-to-date information will give parents an early warning about problems at school. "Now, parents can be on it right now, and they can intervene. It's not going to be four weeks from now when progress reports go out," one educator said. WWSB-TV (Sarasota, Fla.) (12/8) http://www.mysuncoast.com/Global/story.asp?S=11643671

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ASCD Connections


Whole Child Conversation on Rural Education
Did you know that nearly one-fifth of the U.S. student population is enrolled in rural public schools? Rural schools are ethnically, socioeconomically and geographically diverse and often face an intricate set of challenges. Tomorrow, ASCD will post this month's free Whole Child Podcast: Changing the Conversation About Education, which will delve into how educators can use a whole-child approach to meet the challenges and opportunities that poverty and other geo-cultural characteristics present to our schools and students in rural areas. http://www.wholechildeducation.org/podcasts/

Vote on Proposed Changes to ASCD's Constitution
A vote on proposed changes to ASCD's Constitution opened Dec. 1. Eligible ASCD members may vote on the changes by going to my.ascd.org and entering their Member ID and password or by returning a paper ballot by Jan. 15. Contact ASCD governance director Becky DeRigge with any questions. https://my.ascd.org/index.cfm

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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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