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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 region 5, which is the Broward area. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Florida ASCD Events
Creating Innovative and Technology Enriched Classrooms in 21st Century Schools, is the theme of this year’s outstanding program that will take place Friday Evening September 24 at The Renaissance Orlando Airport and Saturday September 25 at Lake Nona High School in Orlando. We have scheduled two keynote speakers. Friday evening we will have Dr. Gene Carter, Executive Director International ASCD and Saturday morning we will have Jim Warford, Executive Director FASA. Jim was given FASCD’s annual Excellence in Education in 2009. Saturday meetings will take place at the brand new Lake Nona High School - already known as a World Class High School for the use and advancement of Technology in Schools. A tour of this special school will take place Saturday afternoon following the last session. Two One-hour special breakout sessions will feature topics on technology in use and planned for today’s schools. If you have a topic that fits the theme of technology and enriched classrooms and would like to present it to others, please send e-mail to Kim Pearson at email@example.com. For more information, please visit our conference site.
Excellence in Education Award
FASCD would like to congratulate, Jim Warford, Executive Director of FASA, who recieved the 2009 FASCD Excellence in Education Award for his contributions to education! He is pictured below with former FASCD President, Shelia Windom (left) and FASCD Vice President, Johnny Nash (right). Warford will be recognized again at our 2010 conference where he will also conduct a keynote on Saturday, September 25th.
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Grants & Awards
Motorola Foundation Grants
The Motorola Foundation Innovation Generation Grants will support targeted STEM education programs for U.S. pre-school through 12th grade students and teachers. Funding priority will be placed on programs that engage students and teachers in innovative hands-on activities, teach STEM as well as develop innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills, focus on girls and minorities that are currently underrepresented in the STEM disciplines, and take place in communities with Motorola employees. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: U.S. non-profit organizations, schools, or school districts. Deadline: March 1, 2010. http://www.motorola.com/staticfiles/Business/Corporate/US-EN/corporate-responsibility/society/community-investment-education-more-about-innovation-generation-grants.html
2010 Summer Opportunities for Study Abroad
American educators are encouraged to apply now for 2010 summer study opportunities in the humanities. Each summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports national residential seminars, institutes, and workshops located in the U.S. and abroad. Program participants receive stipends to help defray travel and living expenses. The application deadline for 2010 summer programs is March 2, 2010. Educators may apply for up to three projects in any given year but may participate in only one. For more information, please visit: http://www.neh.gov/projects/summer10.html.
National School Change Awards
Applications are available for the National Principals Leadership Institute's National School Change Awards. The annual awards, co-sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators, go to six schools across the country that have "significantly changed." Schools are asked to measure themselves against criteria and consider the degree to which they have improved and grown. Schools may nominate themselves. Winners will receive a $5,000 grant and will be honored with a ceremony at their individual schools. An awards presentation by the U.S. Department of Education in July will also recognize the winners. The deadline is March 4 for nominations. For more information and applications, visit http://npli.org/nsca.
American Historical Association Awards for Teaching of History
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 15, 2010. http://www.historians.org/teaching/Beveridge.htm
Jenzabar Foundation Student Leadership Awards
The Jenzabar Foundation Student Leadership Awards will honor 10 student-led campus groups or activities that have made a significant impact serving others through service and philanthropic activities beyond their own higher education institutions. This year, the awards will include a new Social Entrepreneur of the Year category, which will recognize one outstanding leader or organization committed to tackling social issues and promoting social entrepreneurship.
Deadline: March 31, 2010. http://www.thejenzabarfoundation.org/ics
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Some Florida teachers are leery of merit-pay plan
Some Florida teachers are fearful of the state's plans to adopt merit pay for teachers based in part on test scores. Florida officials made teacher merit pay a component of the state's application for federal Race to the Top money, aiming to boost student achievement by rewarding the most effective teachers and weeding out the weak ones. The state's largest teachers union opposes the state's merit-pay plan and urged local unions to withhold their support as well. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/23) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-merit-pay-teachers-fl-01-12-2010-20100123,0,2157649.story
Obama to announce $4 billion in new federal education spending
President Barack Obama is expected to announce $4 billion in new federal spending for education as part of his State of the Union address tonight. Included in that amount is a $1.35 billion expansion of the Race to the Top grant program and $1 billion to revise No Child Left Behind -- all part of a 6.2% increase in the Department of Education's budget to help fund K-12 school reform. The budget proposal will include expenditures to "improve outcomes for students at every point along the educational pipeline," a senior White House official said. CNN (1/27) http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/01/27/obama.education/index.html
School board approves agreement in Florida desegregation case
School board members in Florida's Orange County voted unanimously to approve a settlement in a desegregation case that has caused the district to be subject to federal oversight since 1962. Among the provisions of the agreement: The district will fast-track renovations to 17 schools in low-income, predominantly black neighborhoods, set new goals for recruiting minority teachers, and ensure equal access for students to extracurricular activities. The district also must hire consultants to monitor compliance with the agreement, which a federal judge must also sign off on. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/26) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-new-orange-deseg-details-01262010,0,3118240.story
Florida students choose arts over gym class under waiver program
Some 15,000 middle-school students in Central Florida have submitted waivers to opt out of physical-education classes under a policy adopted by the state this past fall. Students who skip gym take other electives such as music and art -- which have been shown to improve their performance on state tests -- while some receive remedial courses in reading and math. But critics of the waiver program say it shortchanges students on physical activity and skills they need to lead healthy lifestyles. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/31) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/os-skip-gym-class-20100131,0,6889309.story
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Calif. district makes gains using RTI with English-language learners
California's Chula Vista Elementary School District has seen a dramatic increase in the reading and math test scores of English-language learners since it began using a response-to-intervention approach with those students. The RTI process involves three tiers of progressively intensive individualized instruction, with the third tier reserved for the students who are struggling the most. With ELL students in Chula Vista, third-tier instruction is aimed at ensuring a language barrier is not being mistaken for a learning disability, which would result in a special-education placement. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/25) http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/01/22/19rtiells_ep.h29.html?tkn=W[YCLqVUfF0pqicVwkwTVkZdlSyTBmx7rRRb
New lab excites intermediate students about science
A Florida elementary school is using simple, affordable supplies to offer hands-on science lessons to intermediate students. The weekly 45-minute lab courses were created this year to improve science teaching and boost test scores. "I think it would be better to have it more than once a week and a little longer time," one fifth-grade teacher said. "But they [students] are using more critical-thinking skills and it gets them enthused, so those are real pluses." St. Petersburg Times (Fla.) (2/3) http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/new-science-lab-at-mary-giella-elementary-brings-lessons-to-life/1070095
Individualized "prescriptions" help students improve reading skills
Students at a Connecticut middle school are improving their reading skills through a new program that takes an individualized, interdisciplinary approach to reading instruction. The Rx program features daily 45-minute sessions where students work on tasks according to personalized reading "prescriptions." In one activity, students discuss emotions contained in a reading selection with an art teacher, who has them draw depictions of an emotion from the book to reinforce their understanding. Norwich Bulletin (Conn.) (2/6) http://www.norwichbulletin.com/carousel/x1522834392/Putnam-Middle-School-students-show-progress-with-new-reading-program
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Video series teaches science of the Olympic Winter Games
A free video series from NBC and the National Science Foundation uses the Winter Olympics and athletes to explain scientific principles and could be used as a resource for teachers interested in incorporating the games in Vancouver, Canada -- broadcast from Feb. 12 to 28 -- into their lessons. The videos include a look at how angular momentum allows figure skaters to perform, the role of Newton's Three Laws of Motion in speedskating and other principles. eSchool News (free registration) (1/24) http://www.eschoolnews.com/2010/01/24/free-videos-explore-the-science-behind-the-olympics/
Is the iPad better than Kindle for education?
Apple's iPad may be a promising alternative to Amazon's Kindle DX as an electronic-textbook reader for students, according to this comparison of the two devices. The e-readers are similarly priced and have the same-sized screen, but the iPad has significantly more features -- such as games and Internet browsing that may be distracting for students -- and a color LED-backlit screen that can support images, diagrams and other sophisticated features of digital textbooks that the Kindle cannot. The Kindle, however, may be better suited for heavy readers. PC World/Today @ PC World blog (1/31) http://www.pcworld.com/article/188239/apple_ipad_vs_kindle_dx_which_is_better_for_education.html
School promotes student use of cell phones, iPods as learning tools
Officials are changing the technology policies at a Colorado high school to allow students to use cell phones and iPods as educational tools. The new policy helps mitigate the school's lack of computers while teaching students how to adapt the devices for learning. One science teacher has students using video features on their phones to record geology lessons for future review and use mobile Internet to find a photo of a type of rock. "They know how to use them as toys, but if we don't teach them how to use them as tools, who's going to?" the teacher said. KKTV-TV (Colorado Springs) (2/1) http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/83306172.html
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ASCD's 2010 Annual Conference Theme is "Critical Transformations"
In 2010, ASCD will provide annual conference sessions that advocate for powerful change in learning and teaching, demonstrate bold leadership efforts in professional practice and serve as catalysts to help educators better meet the complex needs of the whole child. The annual conference will also allow participants to choose from more than 550 sessions on such topics as No Child Left Behind, math and reading, differentiated instruction, school improvement, professional learning communities and closing achievement gaps. ASCD's Annual Conference & Exhibit Show will be held from March 6 to 8 in San Antonio. http://www.ascd.org/conferences/annual_conference/2010.aspx
Why Teachers Should Try Twitter
In his article in this month's Educational Leadership, educator Bill Ferriter confesses that, until recently, he wasn't convinced that differentiating learning opportunities for students really mattered. What changed his mind? His professional use of Twitter, believe it or not, where he has easy access to a stream of customized information and ideas that motivate him. Ferriter describes how the information and resources he's learned though Twitter have helped refine his practice and convinced him that digital tools can differentiate learning for students, too. http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/feb10/vol67/num05/Why_Teachers_Should_Try_Twitter.aspx
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