February 2009, Volume 56

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. A special thank you to Dr. Rebekah McCloud for getting a colleague to join our organization. She has received an extension of three months on her membership!


Josefa Alfonso
Kimberly Anderson
Kari Benefiel
Adrian Cline
Nate Collins
AnnMarie Courtney
Rebecca Dahl
Maribel Diaz
Rusty Dosh
Carlos Flores
Sandra Harwell
Diane Kamp
Elisabeth Keimer
Kevin Kjellerup

Felita Lott
David McKnight
Terrie Mitev
Loretta Moreau
Timothy Motala
Kathy Nobles
Kelly Orzel
Paul Ott
Bennie Peoples
Elizabeth Purcell
Linda Ray
Sheryll Reach

Kimberly Richards
Nancy Roberts
Robin Ruiz
Aida Saldivar
Shirley Sandusky
Dianne Singletary
Donna Snyder
Roy Sprinkle
Jeremy Tompkins
Sylvia Tricarico
Frances Vandiver
Donna Verali
Carrie Whitney
Susan  Zellers


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

Be sure to make plans to attend this year's conference! The conference is scheduled for September 26, 2009 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando. This will be our 50th Annual Conference! More information to come soon!


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


American Historical Association: Beveridge Family Teaching Prize
The American Historical Association Beveridge Family Teaching Prize recognizes excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. Maximum award: $1,500. Eligibility: K-12 teachers in groups. Deadline: March 16, 2009. http://www.historians.org/teaching/Beveridge.htm

US Department of Education: Teaching American History Grants
The Teaching American History Grant Program supports projects that raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. Awards help districts to develop, implement, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development, in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise (colleges and universities, history and humanities organizations, and libraries and museums). Eligibility: Local educational agencies (LEAs)--including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law and regulations--working in partnership with one or more of the following entities: institutions of higher education (IHEs); non-profit history or humanities organizations; and libraries and museums. Average award: $500,000. Deadline: March 9, 2009. http://www.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/

U.S. Government: Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program
The federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program supports the implementation and enhancement of comprehensive, community-wide plans that focus on multiple elements, including safe school environments, mental health treatment services, and early childhood learning programs. Successful applicants propose plans that address these issues with a well-coordinated strategy that links services in a systematic and effective manner. Maximum award: $2 million. Eligibility: school districts. Deadline: March 4, 2009. www.ed.gov

Questbridge: College Prep Program for High School Juniors
Questbridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving high-achieving low-income students resources during the college application process, is accepting applications for its College Prep Program for High School Juniors. Maximum award: full scholarship to summer program, college admissions counseling, and attendance at college preparatory conferences. Eligibility: qualified low-income high school juniors. Deadline: March 31, 2009. www.questbridge.org

Science education needs more than facts
Researchers testing 6,000 freshmen majoring in science and engineering at seven universities, four in the United States and three in China, found that while Chinese students know more science facts, neither group is particularly skilled in scientific reasoning, Science Daily reports. This suggests that educators in both countries must go beyond teaching science facts if they hope to boost students' reasoning ability. "Our study shows that, contrary to what many people would expect, even when students are rigorously taught the facts, they don't necessarily develop the reasoning skills they need to succeed," said Lei Bao, associate professor of physics at Ohio State University and lead author of the study. In the United States, only one third of students take a yearlong physics course before graduating from high school. The remainder study physics within general science courses. In China, every student takes five years of continuous physics from grades 8 through 12. Chinese students outperformed American students on factual knowledge of physics -- averaging 90 percent on one test, versus the Americans' 50 percent -- but in a test of science reasoning, both groups averaged around 75 percent. Read more: www.sciencedaily.com


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News Briefs


The National Council for Staff Development's Standards for Staff Development
To support their goal of ensuring that every educator engages in daily effective professional learning so every student achieves, the National Council for Staff Development (NCDS) researched and created standards that the organization believes should shape professional development. The standards are organized by context, process, and content, showing that how educators learn in professional development sessions is as important as what they learn. The process standards are listed below, and the complete list of standards can be found on the NSDC's Web site at www.nsdc.org/ standards


Education takes a hit in final stimulus bill
In order to win three crucial Republican votes in the Senate, senators pared away education and healthcare spending from the initial House bill. Despite intense lobbying by governors around the country, the final deal slashed $25 billion from a proposed state fiscal stabilization fund, which would provide fiscal relief to states to prevent cuts to education and other priorities, eliminated a $16 billion line item for school construction, and sharply curtailed spending that would give health insurance for the unemployed. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com Related: www.usnews.com


Colorado district will eliminate grade levels
A struggling Colorado school district has decided to eliminate grade levels, The Denver Post reports, and instead group students based on what they know. The standards-based model, which allows students to advance when they have proved proficiency, is currently in use in some districts in Alaska but has yet to be tested in the lower 48 and in a district of this size and with this profile. The Adams 50 district has 10,000 students and 21 schools, serving a working-class suburb north of Denver. Seventy-two percent of its students qualify for federal meal benefits, two-thirds are Latino, and 38 percent are learning English. Two years ago the district was put on academic watch because of achievement troubles, and fewer than 60 percent of its students graduate on time. Superintendent Roberta Selleck, who was hired in 2006 to reform the district, says that current practice isn't working, but "in a standards-based system, time becomes the variable and learning is the constant. Learning becomes much more 24-7." The district has spent the year defining the standards for each level, training teachers, and working with state officials to create assessments, and students will take the Colorado Student Assessment Program annually to monitor individual and school-wide progress. Read more: www.denverpost.com

Top educator uses Wii to teach music
Children in a South Carolina elementary school music class are playing simulated instruments using the Wii video gaming system as part of a pilot program in place in 70 schools nationwide. "It is highly motivating and has a high interest value. The students are able to interact immediately with a system that encapsulates visual, aural, physical -- fine and gross motor skills -- and emotional reactions and responses," said Helen Krofchick, who is a National Board Certified music teacher. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/oupkeSriBpAmlqPyQN


Teachers union sues district over schedule
After the superintendent of Florida's Pinellas County schools ignored an arbitrator's Nov. 26 order to halt a seven-period school day that the local teachers union says violates its contract, the union on Tuesday sued the district in an attempt to return to the former six-period day, which is 14 minutes shorter. District leaders said the change would be too disruptive to students. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/onyweSriBpzzrtEUsR


Principals offer to forgo possible raises to retain staff
At least 16 principals and other administrators in Florida's Hernando County schools want to forgo planned raises and instead apply the proposed funds to prevent the layoffs of teachers and other school staff. "It was a nice gesture," said superintendent Wayne Alexander. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/onyweSriBpzzrkUlGx


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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."


ASCD Selects Themes for Educational Leadership for 2009-2010
In December 2008, constituent group leaders were asked to help choose the 2009¡V10 themes for ASCD's Educational Leadership magazine. Your local experiences with educators was very helpful in ASCD ¡§hearing¡¨ what educators want and need to know. Out of 12 potential themes, your top picks were chosen for the coming publishing year: Teaching for the 21st (September 2009), Reconfiguring "School" (April 2010), Meeting Students Where They Are (February 2010),How the Teaching Profession is Changing (May 2010), Multiple Measures: But What KInds? (November 2009). View the full listing of themes, including abstracts and deadlines for article submissions, and think about writing for the magazine.


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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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