February 2008, Volume 44

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards



News Briefs



ASCD Connections


Professional Development

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

Peter Ulrich


Region 2

Pat Melvin

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki

John Nash


Region 4

Tessie Dickson

Allan Dornseif


Region 5

May Gamble

Simone Hebert


Region 6

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

Greetings! The school year is almost half way over and we are all getting ready for the FCAT.
One activity we all do at this time of year is continue to look for education/staff development offerings so that we can continue to lead our school district in student achievement.

Don’t forget this time of the year the Annual ASCD conference happens and it one of the largest conferences nationally. We can gain all types of knowledge to carry us through the year and help us plan for the upcoming year, so you do not want to miss this in New Orleans on March 14-17, 2008. ASCD will have concurrent sessions that will be presented by practitioners and world renowned speakers from across the USA.

I wish everyone luck on the FCAT and hope to see you in March at the Annual Conference. Good Luck!


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.


Jessica Barlow
Jeffrey Bauer
Betty Bernard
Amalia Beunza
Katherine Boice
Ron Booker
Tammy H. Boyd
Anne L. Brown
Christine M. Burk
Marie Byrd-Blake
Walter L. Christy
John Davies
Cindy Dempsey
Carol Lynn Diaz-Zubieta
Cindie Donahue
Allan Dornseif
Denise E. Doyle
Angela A. Essig
Dejah Fields
Jeffery Fifield
Ann Flanagan
Alipia Gonzalez
Lois Gracey
Nancy J. Graham
Betty Green

Steve Grnya
Eloise Hayes
Jennifer Hichez
Rebecca Huffman
Cassandra Jolliff
Lorna Kitson
Judy Klem
Michele LaBute
James F. Lane, Jr.
Eyka Luby
Janet G. Lukas
David Magee
Gary McDaniel
Selena Menchan
Gywn Mercer
Linda Nelson
Kathleen Oropallo
Paul Ott
Sally Oyler
James Perry
Gita Wijesinghe Pitter
Bonnie A. Plucinski
Mary Pollock
Carla Radke

Kathy Ramsey

Kim C. Richards
Helen Roberts
Nancy Roberts
Gail A. Rossier
Victoria J. Sartorio
Marilyn Schaeffer
Gerald Schlereth
Karin Schmidt
Stephen Schradek
Elaine Scott
Weslety L. Scott
Robert Sheffield
B. E. Shields
Cathy Starling
Leah Stephens
Kevin Storch
Mary Jane Tappen
Mia Tardugno
Cedric Thompson
Mirta Silvia Torres
Thomas Valesky
Jacquelyn West
Christina Williams
Yvonne Williams
Robert J. Ziegler
Jennifer Zotter


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 University in Orlando. We will be finalizing our plans for this conference at our next board meeting on February 22, 2008. Information will be posted on our site after this meeting. We are booking nationally acclaimed speakers including: Dr. Steven Layne. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend!


Professional Development Institute-Fort Walton Beach

Our Professional Development Institute (PDI) was a hit in beautiful Fort Walton Beach. Alina Davis and Pat Melvin were the presenters for the PDI and have plans to take the training on secondary reading throughout the state. If you would like to see the PDI come to your area, please let us know at fascd@fascd.org and we will see what we can do!



Professional Development Institutes-What Do You Want?

As a member, we are asking for your help! We need to know if there is a need for a specific type of professional development in your area. Please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org and let us know what types of training is needed in your area and we will see if we can make it happen!


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Grants & Awards


Littlest Volunteers Contest
Wondertime Magazine and The Walt Disney Company are looking for stories about teaching young children the joys of volunteering. They are asking that volunteers share their story of what they and their little one have learned from an experience. The Maximum Award: $5,000 to winner’s favorite charity. Eligible participants include:: adults (parent, caregiver, or early childhood educator) volunteering with a child aged eight and younger. The deadline for submission is: February 29, 2008. For more information please see http://wondertime.go.com/contest/littlest-volunteers/index.html.


Motorola Innovation Generation Grants
The Motorola Innovation Generation Grants provide funds for initiatives that creatively foster a love of science early in life and show a new generation of inventors that careers involving science and math are important, challenging and possible. Priority will be given to programs that incorporate Motorola employees as volunteers. The Maximum Award is  $250,000. Eligible participants include any 501(c)3 organizations. The deadline for submission is Deadline: March 1, 2008. For more information please see http://www.motorola.com/content.jsp?globalObjectId=8153.


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News Briefs

To be a Good Teacher, Learn to be a Good Motivator
The Association for Childhood Education International (ACE) has released a new research brief, Beyond Benchmarks and Scores: Reasserting the Role of Motivation and Interest in Children's Academic Achievement, that focuses on the complex nature of learning. The paper asserts that learning as a process must be redefined and that today's educational practices require superior understanding of the role motivation plays in learning. The paper addresses the challenges educators face when working with students who are disinterested, reluctant or particularly resistant to certain tasks. The brief provides research-based recommendations to help teachers improve their ability to reach students and help them learn. Download a copy of the report at http://www.acei.org.

FREE Teaching Resource Links to Key Teaching Aids
Recently, the US DOE launched a new and improved version of its Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE). The new site makes it easier for users to find teaching and learning resources by offering, for the first time, a list of 500 educational topics and a redesigned home page. FREE provides educators with lesson plans, primary documents, science visualizations, math challenges, literary works, paintings, music manuscripts and many other classroom resources. The tool also provides comprehensive lesson plans by integrating important educational elements culled from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, National Science Foundation, NASA, National Archives and other federal agencies. Visit http://www.free.ed.gov/.

Using Music to Teach English as a Second Language
Several web sites advocate using music to teach English as a second language (ESL). A site called ESL through Music as a trove of lesson plans that include song exercises and links to more ESL resources. For ESL through Music, visit http://www.forefrontpublishers.com. Click on lesson plans at left. Also check out Teaching Language with Music at http://gs.fansha wec.on.ca/tlwm.

Competitive College Admissions Drive Middle-School Preparation
Having scored a 35 out of 36 on the ACT, earned a near-perfect GPA in college-level classes, and founded an organization dedicated to peace, Arianna Pattek at one time would have had her pick of Ivy League schools -- but no more: Increasingly intense competition means that getting into one's school of choice is no longer a sure thing, even for students with stellar qualifications, which has the parents of some middle-school children already mapping out college plans. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/accent/content/accent/epaper/2008/01/31/a1e_collegemain_0131.html

Central Florida Districts Mull Possible Influx of Puerto Rican Students
After two years of fruitless negotiations with Puerto Rico's government, the teachers union there is prepping for a February strike that could shut down 1,400 schools, raising questions about whether there will be a mass exodus of students from the island to Central Florida; such a move would result in a sudden and major influx of new students into area schools, which officials there are concerned would overburden their resources. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-teachers0108feb01,0,6860780.story

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

It is not to late...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. Volunteers still needed...cheaper rates are available if you volunteer!


ASCD Announces BOOKS BASH to Kick Off 2008 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show
The 2008 ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show will kick off with The Next Chapter: Books Bash and Beyond, the association's annual book bash and celebration, Friday, March 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. The ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show goes from March 15 to 17, 2008, and focuses on the theme Reinventing Schools: Courageous Leadership for Positive Change. Find out more at http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.1805ef 8d57c58379a5ea4510e3108a0c/template.article? articleMgmtId=6e98193fd9824110VgnVCM1000003d0 1a8c0RCRD#Bash

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Professional Development


Growing Gifted in the Sunshine State

National Association for Gifted Children is hosting a convention in Tampa, October 29-November 2, 2008. Their theme is Growing Gifted in the Sunshine State. Be sure to hold the dates if this sounds like something you are interested in attending! Visit their website for more information at www.nagc.org.


Holocaust and Human Behavior

Facing History and Ourselves is pleased to announce that we will be offering our online seminar, "Holocaust and Human Behavior," again this winter/spring. By using the Holocaust as a case study, we raise profound moral questions about the consequences of our actions and our beliefs, and we help our students make connections between history and the moral choices they make every day. While the Holocaust was a unique event in human history, the questions remain universal.

Seminar Dates:
--February 21, 2008 - April 16, 2008 or March 27, 2008 - May 21, 2008.

Information and application: http://www.facinghistory.org/OnlineSeminar


Failure Is Not an Option Institute

This Institute, sponsored by the HOPE Foundation, will focus on creating and sustaining learning communities based on the Failure Is Not an Option® process, outlined in the book Failure Is Not an Option®. Attendees should read the book, Failure Is Not an Option®, to maximize their experience. Special attention will be spent on creating instructional leadership - within and across schools - to engage students and accomplish long-term goals. Leading educational experts will review how high-performing schools effectively promote and utilize collaborative teaming to sustain student achievement.  This institute will be held in Orlando, February 5th – 8th.

For more information and/or registration please visit: http://hopefoundation.org/hope/index.php?option=com_eventlist&Itemid=9&func=details&did=14

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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

11225 Kapok Grand Circle

Madeira Beach, FL 33708






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