december 2010, Volume 78

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements


Florida ASCD Events


Grants & Awards


Noteworthy News

Curriculum Corner

Technology Bytes

Professional Development Opportunties

ASCD Connections

Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


John Nash



Alina Davis



Pat Melvin


Past President:

Paul M Terry



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

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.


Elaine Adderly
Elizabeth Seabrook Bailey
Kenneth Barbour
Elizabeth Blanton
Leona Campos
Caridad Canino
Minnie Cardona
Cindy Gates
Linda Hatley
Shelley Huff-Schultz
Denise Joop

Irwin Kellen
Sharon Kochlany
Marcella Kysilka
Annika Labadie
Jenny Lambdin
Maribel Marin
Idali Medina
Michael Mizwicki
Kathleen Moore
Kimberlee Oakes

Maria Paradela
Cassie Patt
Sallie Payne
Gary Peirce
Mary Ratliff
Rhonda Rose
Michelle Thomas
Debbie Valcarcel
Toni Wiersma
Libby Willis
Peter Yates


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 of 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

Our annual conference at Lake Nona High School on January 29, 2011 is quickly approaching! Check out our conference website for more information and to register for this amazing conference! Our theme is Creating Innovative & Technology Enriched Classrooms in 21st Century Schools. We have great break out sessions planned that will wow you with technology tips to improve the learning students in your school! Make plans to attend today...you do not want to miss out on seeing one of Orange Counties premeir schools for teaching and technology.

Florida ASCD is on Facebook! Be sure to "like" us so you can continue to get updates regarding upcoming conferences, PDI's, etc. If you are on Facebook, visit us at Florida ASCD.

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Grants & Awards


Astronauts Memorial Foundation: Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award rewards excellence in the development and delivery of technology programs in the classroom with students, or in the professional development of teachers in the school or district. Maximum award: $1,000, recognition at the awards ceremony at the 27th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eligibility: K-12 educators and district-level personnel in the field of Educational Technology. Deadline: January 15, 2011.http://www.amfcse.org/Alan%20Shepard%20Award/alan_shepard_award.htm


Earthwatch: Education Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects. Earthwatch's Education Fellowships are national in scope, and supported by a wide range of businesses, foundations, and individuals. Maximum award: full cost of expedition, including all research costs, meals, housing, on-site travel, etc. Eligibility: K-12 classroom educators of any subject(s) from public or private schools nationwide. Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the spring.


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Noteworthy News


Many Florida 12th-graders are unprepared for college
Even though Florida high-school graduation rates have hit record highs, many of the graduates aren't prepared for college-level work, two studies found. Florida's 12th-graders are scoring below the national average in reading and math, and more than 53% of those who attended community college had to take remedial English, math or reading courses. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) http://www.sun-sentinel.com/os-florida-grads-scores-20101125,0,5333644.story


Education leaders from 5 states form group to push for reforms
Five state-education chiefs have formed a group to promote their visions of school reform. The "Chiefs for Change" is comprised of the education leaders from Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Virginia. The leaders, who also are members of the Council of Chief State School Officers, said they will promote a subset of policies that include "value-added" evaluations for educators and a "cutting-edge, pushing-the-envelope way of putting children at the top of all of our decisions." Education Week/State EdWatch blog http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2010/11/five_ed_chiefs_undertake_aggressive_reforms_in_new_group.html


More than half of Fla. districts fail to meet class-size limits
Education officials in Florida reported that 35 of the state's 67 school districts are out of compliance with the state's class-size limits, and some districts could face millions of dollars in fines. School districts have until Dec. 17 to appeal the class-size calculations used by state officials. The limits were approved by a 2002 referendum and have been gradually implemented. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-12-01/news/os-class-size-florida-compliance-20101130_1_class-size-law-class-size-rules-class-size-compliance


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Curriculum Corner

Students in project-based gifted program study bridge design
Students who are gifted at a Georgia elementary school with a project-based curriculum participated in the school's Bridge Day, where they experimented with models of their own creation. The students researched bridge history and design to prepare for the project, and also participated in a quiz bowl and other events to test their knowledge. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/nov/23/bridges-build-teamwork/

Colo. schools work to engage parents in children's education
A Denver high school is hoping to develop a college-going culture by enabling parents to become involved in their children's education. Abraham Lincoln High School is working with its three feeder schools to implement the program, which encourages parents to volunteer in classrooms and attend parent-teacher conferences. "The end goal is to really prepare kids for college when they graduate from Lincoln, beginning at preschool and kindergarten," the high school's principal said. The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16730573

Using scientific process to improve professional development
At a time when there is increased focus on teacher training, the amount of time that districts allow for professional development is decreasing, writes Angelo Collins, executive director of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Studies show that, to be effective, districts should allow for 50 to 100 hours of training in specified areas and that training should be treated as a scientific process, Collins says. He suggests that teachers share, test and revise their teaching methods in the same way that scientists experiment. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org)

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Technology Tidbits

National Education Technology Plan
Education Secretary Arne Duncan released the final version of the National Education Technology Plan. The plan, which emphasizes the role of the department as a facilitator, is focused on enhancing academic instruction through Internet-based learning, a decreased emphasis on "seat time" and a preference for more flexibility. The document also includes plans to fund the creation of open-source resources for schools and online professional learning communities for teachers, among other initiatives. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/9) , T.H.E. Journal

Grants available to fund education-technology conferences
Twenty-five school districts each will receive $3,500 through a grant program launched by education technology and services provider eInstruction. The grants can be used to organize regional training and professional development for educators on using new technology in the classroom. T.H.E. Journal http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/11/30/einstruction-launches-professional-development-grant-program.aspx

Program encourages parental involvement in students' online worlds
A New Jersey high school was the site of a social-media workshop aimed at encouraging parents to become more involved in their children's online activities. The session, which was part of an anti-bullying effort, detailed how social-media sites such as Facebook and Formspring can be used for cyberbullying and how parents can be aware of their children's activities online. Patch.com/Westfield, N.J. http://westfield.patch.com/articles/parents-stressed-to-take-active-role-in-kids-social-media-lives

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Professional Development Opportunities

ASCD 2011 Annual Conference, March 26-29, 2011 San Francisco
The 2011 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show "Bold Actions for Complex Challenges" from March 26 to 28, 2011, will be held in San Francisco. Registration and accommodation reservation forms are also included, as well as the specifics of pre-conference institutes. Download the PDF preview.  Find out more on the ASCD site.

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ASCD Connections


ASCD's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) Jan 23-25, 2011
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.  Register today for ASCD's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA)!   EJ Dionne, journalist, political commentator, and Washington Post columnist, will be the opening speaker at the kickoff session of the Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) on Sunday evening January 23, 2011. Find out more about our keynote speaker. 

ASCD Edge Most-Viewed Videos
ASCD EDge isn't just a free professional network for blogging and group discussion, it's also a platform for sharing audio and video with others interested in various education topics. From perspectives on cell-phone usage in schools to author discussions, the ASCD EDge most-viewed video section features highly rated, popular videos submitted by users. Watch the most-viewed videos

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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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