May, 2006 #25   


Welcome to Dimensions On-Line, the electronic edition of Dimensions.   E-mailed to all members it contains news of interest to FASCD members and Florida educators.  This newsletter is a benefit of your membership in FASCD.




ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago

More 350 Floridians braved the late winter cold to travel to Chicago for the annual ASCD Conference.  The speaker at the first general session, Dr. Mel Levine, gave an overview of recent discoveries about how kid’s minds are “wired” which is leading to new understanding about how they might best learn.  One item of interest to parents and high school teachers was the finding that high school age students absolutely require a minimum of 9 hours sleep.  He said that the division of a teen’s day should be centered on getting those 9 hours of sleep. 


Many sessions were held throughout the 3 days of the conference.  Florida members were able to meet fellow educators from around the country and around the world as ASCD becomes more and more an international conference.  Next year, the conference will be held in Anaheim, California.   


2006  Conference


The FASCD annual conference was a major topic of discussion at a recent board meeting.  With the hurricane season intensifying in the fall and conflict with many other meetings, the board decided to begin holding the annual conference in the Spring after the FCAT ordeal has passed the schools.  It was felt that more educators would be able to focus on topics other than the FCAT when it is over. In addition, the board decided to move back to a two-day conference.  It was also determined that Orlando, being the most central destination in the state would be the place to hold the annual conference on a regular basis.   Right now the FASCD board is looking for members from all over the state to serve on a conference committee to help get the conference organized, determine an appropriate meeting facility, identify speakers and presenters, and help organize the event.  If you are interested please send an e-mail to 



Board Meeting


In a year of uncertainty – except for the certainty of hurricanes – the board held a twice rescheduled meeting in Miami on February 23.   A meeting of the ASCD South East Regional Affiliates on February 24 and 25 made it convenient to have a board meeting the day before since the officers and board are all eligible to attend that meeting.  President Carlos Viera took the board through the agenda.  An important item was discussed by Jaime Castellano on the award of our grant from ASCD to develop an Urban Outreach Program.  Jaime indicated that the program will develop a four-part professional development series in South Florida beginning this June and running through next year.  Details will be provided to all members and interested educators in the coming months.


The FASCD White Paper on High School Reform has been completed by Nancy Terrel and Marcy Kysilka who are scheduled to present and discuss it at the March 17 conference.  As a follow up, FASCD will publish it and issues raised during its presentation at the conference.  Three new board members were appointed to the board and will take their seats at the annual board planning retreat on June 24/25.   The board is expected to have several resignations at the June meeting and will need to find replacements.  Members interested in serving on the board are encouraged to contact Allan Dornseif at for more information. 


The next meeting of the board will be in Orlando on May 6.  The primary purpose will be to interview candidates for executive director.  



FASCD Hosts ASCD Regional Meeting


Each year ASCD affiliates around the country meet in five regions to learn the latest news from ASCD and to discuss ways that affiliates can improve programs for the benefit of members.  Florida was host to this year’s meeting at the Park Central Hotel in Miami Beach.  In addition to 3 ASCD staff, 25 members from the 14 Southeast affiliates attended the event which included a focus on influencing legislation at both the state and national level.  



Get Involved with FASCD


FASCD is always looking for folks who want to get more involved in the activities of FASCD.  In order to move forward we need more members who will take a little bit of their time to get involved with their organization.  A few recent resignations from the board have created openings for replacements.  If you have four Saturdays a year to help direct our organization, you might consider applying for a board position.  If interested, please send a two-page (no more) resume to  The board will review applications and you will be invited to join the board at their next meeting. 


We, like most affiliates group our work around five major areas: 

1 – Diverse Active Membership,

2 – Communication/Publications,

3 – Programs, Products, and Services, 

4 – Influence/Policy, 

5 – Leadership and Governance.  


If you are interested in getting involved in activities such as the development of our annual conference, professional development institutes, membership recruitment, influence activities and/or any other areas please send an e-mail to indicating your interest.  We will get back to you with ways that you might get involved. 



Members in the News


On March 31, 2006, Ada Burnett was inducted into the Florida A&M University College of Education Gallery of Distinction for exemplary service to the University and the profession. This was the first time that a dinner was held for this event and no one has been inducted for a few years.


Shelia Windom was honored by the Orange County Phi Delta Kappa educator of the year.  She received the award at a banquet on April 17. 


Carol A. Mullen, professor of mentorship, leadership, and curriculum studies at the University of South Florida, is recipient of the 2006 Women's Leadership Award from the USF Women's Status Committee.


Have you had a recent event to share with others in FASCD (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:



Districts and Schools in the News


Publicize Your Good Work

Is your school or school district doing any unique curriculum, instruction, assessment, or staff development programs, projects, or material development you are willing to share with others? Here is an opportunity for sharing the good work your schools and/or district is doing. Please contact Allan Dornseif at  with information. 


ASCD Education Advocacy Center


If you want to make a difference with laws and regulations affecting all aspects of education, check out the ASCD Education Advocacy Center at:


Positions Available






Web Walk


TELL CONGRESS HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND The bipartisan Commission on No Child Left Behind hopes to influence the upcoming 2007 reauthorization of the massive federal education law. Take action now to let the Commission know your views on NCLB and its impact in classrooms around the country. Click on "Go," compose your message, and send it to the Commission. Submit your stories to the bipartisan NCLB Commission about the law's effects on classrooms in your community. You may help influence positive changes to the law.


MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS Contrary to the popular notion that high school dropouts are unmotivated and do not value education, a new report from Jobs for the Future (JFF) finds that most dropouts are remarkably persistent in their drive to complete their education. Nearly 60 percent of dropouts eventually earn a high school credential - in most cases a GED -- according to "Making Good on a Promise: What Policymakers Can Do to Support the Educational Persistence of Dropouts." In addition, almost half of those that earn secondary credentials later enroll in two- or four-year colleges. Yet for all their effort, less than 10 percent of those dropouts who enroll in postsecondary education earn a degree, a critical factor in securing a good paying job in today's economy.



"A Funny Thing Happened Leaving No Child Behind" is the latest offering from the comedy troupe Wavelength, which specializes in humorous professional development sketches. Our friend, John Norton, over at the Teacher Leaders Network ( has seen several of their performances over the years, and says Wavelength produces funny, meaningful stuff. You can sample the latest offering at the Wavelength website (Dr. Phil stages a showdown between the government's NCLB representative and his teacher wife) and learn more about some of their "classics" -- like "The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Teachers" and the perennial favorite, "Teachers' Lounge." In a recent brochure, Wavelength's founders quote from a survey of students who were asked, "What top qualities would you want in your school?" The answer? "Quality teachers with a sense of humor." So start laughing!


PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP, SCHOOL CLIMATE CRITICAL TO RETAINING BEGINNING TEACHERS Beginning teachers are more likely to remain in the profession if they are satisfied with the principal's leadership and school climate, according to a new Duke University study. Many school districts focus on mentoring programs and salary hikes to keep teachers. While those should be part of a comprehensive effort to retain well-qualified teachers, this new study by Susan Wynn shows that principal leadership and school climate deserve more attention in local school district efforts.



Researchers have generally believed that teachers are better than parents at evaluating the behavior of school children, because teachers have a bigger group of children for comparison. A University of Virginia study, however, shows that parents are better at assessing their child's emotional states, while teachers are better at rating bad behaviors. The results emphasize the importance of teachers and parents working together in the child's best interest.



Grant Opportunities for Schools and Teachers


Attention:  Please let us know if you have ever applied for a grant opportunity reported in Dimensions OnLine - and the outcome.


The National Council for the Social Studies Programs of Excellence Award

This award identifies and provides recognition for outstanding social studies programs currently being implemented in the United States and to encourage the growth and development of innovative and effective programs in the social studies. Maximum Award: Commemorative Gift for institution; certificates for teachers. Eligibility: A social studies currently being implemented in the United States. Deadline: June 30, 2006.


Freedom Alliance Scholarships

Freedom Alliance Scholarships provide financial assistance to sons and daughters of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Guardsman who have been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA disability rating) in the line of duty, or who are currently classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). Maximum Award: one year scholarships to undergraduates. Eligibility: high school seniors, high school graduates or registered undergraduate students at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical institution who are dependent sons or daughters of a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Guardsman who was killed or permanently disabled (100% VA disability rating) in the line of duty or currently classified as a POW or MIA.  Deadline: July 31, 2006.


2007 Broad Superintendents Academy

The Broad Center is now accepting resumes for application consideration for the 2007 Broad Superintendents Academy. 18 business executives, military leaders and career educators will attend a 10-month executive management program to train working CEOs and other top executives to lead urban public school systems. The center is looking for dynamic leaders who share a passion for improving education opportunities for all children.  Deadline: September15, 2006.


Target Store Grants for Arts, Reading, and Family Violence Prevention

Target Store Grants support local giving in the categories of Arts, Reading, and Family Violence Prevention. The program awards Reading grants to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations, supporting programs such as weekend book clubs, after-school reading programs, and events encouraging family reading time. Arts grants are given to programs that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for families to participate in cultural experiences, such as school touring programs, field trips to the theater or symphony, or artist residencies and workshops in schools. Family Violence Prevention grants support groups working to make individual homes and entire communities safer, such as child abuse counseling programs and shelters. Maximum Award: $3000. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, schools, or units of government. Deadline: May 31, 2006.


Hope for Education Essay Contest 2006

In the Samsung and Microsoft "Hope for Education Essay Contest 2006,” entrants can win Samsung Electronics and Microsoft Educational Software for their school. Maximum Award: $200,000 of Samsung electronics and Microsoft educational software. Eligibility: legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. Minors must obtain parental or guardian’s consent. Deadline: June 30, 2006.



Research of Note




ASCD Education Search Service


Let ASCD’s staff do the research for you. Use the fast and free ASCD Education Search Service to get the latest education facts and information. The ASCD Reference Librarian will scan their extensive archives as well as major education-related databases and the Internet. ASCD will then get back to you with a complete search report in as little as 24 hours, depending on the extent of the search. Visit"


 FASCD Electronic Dimensions is published monthly as the newsletter of FASCD, publishing announcements, coming events, awards, short articles and items of interest for and about FASCD members.  Items for publication should be sent to FASCD headquarters at the address below.  Views expressed are not necessarily the official position of FASCD.  Any product announcements appearing in FASCD Electronic Dimensions are paid advertisements. They do not reflect an endorsement by FASCD.

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