February 2011, Volume 80

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.


Linda Bartberger
Brian Binggeli
Cheryl Bodenschatz
Julianne Boretsky
Doreathe Cole
Beckie Cothern
Cassandra Etgeton
Carolyn Fitzpatrick

Sean Gallagan
Carol Grosshans
Rebecca Huffman
Michele La Bute
David Langenmayr
David Lewis
Brian McElhone
Linda Nelson
Cathy Novokowsky

Keith Philipson
Nelsha Powell
Debra Richards
Margaret Schwartz
Beverly Shields
Sharon Tolson
Bettye Woodson


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 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. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


New Format for Florida Educational Leadership
Be sure to watch your e-mail for a notice in the next few days about getting the first electronic issue of Florida Educational Leadership. It promises to be an interesting issue with an easy-to-read electronic format that is almost like having the printed publication in your hands. When you get the notice it will also be on our website: www.fascd.org. You will be able to share it with your friends and colleagues. Hopefully, it will encourage them to become members of our organization designed "For all who teach and learn". 

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Florida ASCD Events


Habits of Mind - Professional Development Institute - Presented by Art Costa

Florida ASCD would like you to mark your calendar now! Art Costa will be joining us, October 22, 2011 for a full day PDI on Habits of Mind at NOVA Southeastern University Tampa Campus. He will discuss his Habits of Mind and help teachers, administrators and district staff find ways to infuse these habits into their curriculum, instruction and school structure. Look for more to come as we finalize our plans!


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Grants & Awards


Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Award
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams foster inventiveness in high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: High school science, mathematics, and technology teachers -- or teams of teachers -- at public, private, and vocational schools; intra- and inter-school collaborations are welcome. Deadline: April 22, 2011. http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/about.html.


ING: Unsung Heroes Awards
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education through monetary awards. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff members with effective projects that improve student learning at an accredited K-12 public or private school. Deadline: April 30, 2011. http://ing.us/about-ing/citizenship/childrens-education/ing-unsung-heroes

Pathways Within Roads to Reading Donates Books
The Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative donates books to literacy programs in small and rural low-income communities. Maximum award: 200 books appropriate for readers age 0 to young adult; English only. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations that run school, after-school, summer, community, day-care, and library reading and literacy programs; must have an annual operating budget of less than $95,000 (schools and libraries are exempt from this budget requirement) be located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000. Deadline: March 30, 2011www.pwirtr.org/annual_donation_prog.html.

National Association of Biology Teachers: Evolution Education Award
The NABT Evolution Education Award, sponsored by The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), recognizes innovative classroom teaching and community education efforts to promote the accurate understanding of biological evolution. Maximum award: $1,000, a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. Eligibility: biology and life science teachers. Deadline: March 15, 2011.http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2

Civic Ventures: Purpose Prize
The Civic Ventures Purpose Prize awards Americans over 60 whose creativity, talent and experience is transforming the way our nation addresses critical social problems. Maximum award: $100,000. Eligibility: Americans 60 years old by March 1, 2011 and currently working in a leadership capacity in an organization or institution (public, private, nonprofit, or for-profit) to address a major social problem. Deadline: March 10, 2011.http://www.encore.org/prize


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Noteworthy News

Treasure Coast educator among finalists for National Teacher of the Year
Join Florida ASCD in recognizing, Cheryl Conley, for being named as a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year award. Cheryl is an innovative leader who teaches with passion and works tirelessly to help every one of her students find success. She is a true professional who understands the powerful role of collaboration and how it can be used to produce bold new ideas that benefit our students in countless ways. For the past 11 years, Cheryl has brought a spark into her classroom. She has inspired hundreds of young minds while pushing all of her students to reach their full potential and follow their dreams. I am very proud of her efforts and wish her all the best with this high honor. http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/jan/12/vero-beach-teacher-named-finalist-for-national/?print=1  

More states move to eliminate teacher tenure
Legislation that would alter teacher tenure is expected be considered in Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey and other states where governors have called for its elimination or reform. Budget woes also are spurring the calls for reform, as many states seek to allow potential layoffs to be done by job performance, not seniority. Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, said the focus should be on improving the quality of incoming teachers, not making it easier to fire teachers. The New York Times (free registration) (1/31) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/us/01tenure.html?_r=2&ref=education

New plan proposed for teacher merit pay in Florida
The chairman of Florida's senate education committee proposed a teacher merit-pay plan Monday that would tie teacher evaluations to student growth on standardized tests. Pay for teachers hired after July 2014 also would be tied to achievement and raises no longer would be offered for new teachers who earn advanced degrees, unless the degrees are in their area of certification. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/31) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-merit-pay-filed-20110131,0,5562609.story


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Curriculum Corner

Kindergarten students learn basic math playing Wii games
Kindergarten students at an Alabama elementary school recently learned basic math concepts using Nintendo's Wii gaming system. The lessons, part of the school's technology day, included using games such as "Big Brain Academy" and "Perfect 10" to count and add. "They play games at home, so they're incorporating that into learning," the principal said. The Gadsden Times (Ala.) (1/21) http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20110121/NEWS/110129936/-1/sports02?Title=Floyd-kindergarten-students-use-Wii-games-to-learn-math

New Orleans teacher uses quirky methods to engage students in math
New Orleans charter-school teacher Jerome White is known for his dedication to teaching and his quirky methods for engaging students in learning math. White, a former engineer, self-produces math videos set to popular songs and has encouraged more than half of this year's seniors to participate in a national math contest. "He has a really rigorous curriculum and also raises the spirits of the kids," the school's principal said. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (1/31) http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2011/01/offbeat_lusher_charter_school.html

Would students benefit from more unstructured time?
Former teacher and author Diana Senechal argues in this blog post that students do not need to be kept busy during each moment of the school day to learn as Doug Lemov suggests in his book, "Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College." Instead, she writes, students may benefit from being given time to think, observe or refresh their memory. "If students expect to be told what to do at each moment, they will not learn how to handle moments when they don't know exactly what to do," Senechal writes. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (1/31) http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/guest-bloggers/the-thinking-gap-and-why-teach.html

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Technology Tidbits

University opens online college-prep high school
A new all-online college-prep high school associated with George Washington University is among the first U.S. virtual schools to be linked to a major research university. The school, which will allow students to work at their own pace, may be a good fit for "highly motivated" students, an expert said. Yearly tuition will be about $10,000, and instruction will be provided by the online-learning company K12. The Washington Post (1/22) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/22/AR2011012203454.html?hpid=sec-education

How technology is changing education in Idaho schools
Some teachers in Idaho say they are incorporating more technology into lessons to reach a new generation of students. Teachers are using interactive whiteboards, online games, laptops, Nintendo Wii and other interactive tools. "It allows you to be creative in a whole new way. There is so much you can do," one veteran teacher said. "Their whole world is interactive so this initiates a response." The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (1/31) http://www.magicvalley.com/news/local/twin-falls/article_780c21b2-2c35-11e0-a3e3-001cc4c03286.html

Indiana schools begin implementing state testing online
Indiana's requirement that schools begin giving the multiple-choice portion of state tests online in some grades is drawing mixed reactions from educators. Officials in one district say the requirement necessitates the use of all available computers and interferes with the school's computer classes, while others are concerned about technological and security glitches. However, some educators who already are using online testing say students are more comfortable with the format. The Indianapolis Star (1/31) http://www.indystar.com/article/20110131/LOCAL/101310341/1013/news04/Taking-ISTEP-online-Some-schools-like-some-don-t

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Professional Development Opportunities

The UCF College of Education 13th Annual Literacy Symposium
On April 1, 2011 (from 8 AM-3:30 PM), the UCF College of Education will be holding its 13th Annual College of Education Literacy Symposium! Located in the UCF College of Education (Gymnasium), this event attracts an average of 500 educators from across the state. We hope that you mark that date on your calendar and also share it with fellow educators. This is a free professional day for all elementary and secondary educators, including literacy coaches, library media specialists, reading specialists, and administrators. As noted, admission is free but we require that attendees register. We advise participants to place an event flyer on their dashboard to receive free parking. Our theme this year is:  Response to Instruction/Invention (K-12). Event Website: http://education.ucf.edu/litsymposium/details.cfm

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ASCD Connections


Plan and manage the 2011 Annual Conference experience with a new online tool
Attendees of ASCD's 2011 Annual Conference in San Francisco have a new, intuitively designed resource to help plan and manage their experience. A recently launched online platform -- easily accessible by computer, smartphone or on-site terminal at the conference venue -- allows users to develop personalized session schedules, preview an interactive exhibitor hall and juggle meetings and networking opportunities in a private agenda. Start planning your experience.


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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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