january 2008, Volume 43

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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Florida ASCD Announcements


Message from the President
Happy New Year! We at Florida ASCD have been excitedly planning our upcoming PDI’s across different regions. We are energized about this year’s new concept, both because of the nature of the topics, and because of the quality and knowledge of the presenters. The topics for the PDI’s all surround around reading. Please see the website to find the locations of the upcoming Professional Development Institutes.

As we approach the New Year I want to ask you to collectively ponder over some questions. The Nova Student chapter is looking to host an open forum with a question answer session. During the question answer session, the audience is invited to ask questions of each or all of the panel members. These are some questions that we all can ask ourselves and if you would like to provide feedback to the student chapter please send your answers to orlandoascd@nova.edu. Here are the questions to consider:

• What is the role of standardized testing in promoting student learning?

• What is being done to ensure the public is educated and can accurately interpret the data?

We anticipate the forum will be entertaining and informative. Please keep a look out for future advertising for upcoming events. As always, we enjoy hearing from you and hope to have a great new year in providing educational services to our members. Please contact me anytime at windoms@ocps.net.

Member Discussion….Let’s see what you are thinking?

Research supports what we know instinctively to be true: avid readers are better readers. Unfortunately the breakdown begins in 5th grade and above, where you find that many children do no real reading outside of school. These children are at the mall or are engaged in hobbies or sports, but they do not sit down to read just to read. The downfall is that the reading level of these students does not increase, and they will have difficulty comprehending grade-level textbooks.

I am convinced that the only way to prevent the reading level gap is to make sure students read for pleasure in class, for at least 15 minutes each day. What do you say about having every single school, at every single grade level having sustained silent reading (SSR or DEAR) because reading for fun helps kids become habitual readers—and they will then become good readers.

Share your thoughts with us! Please respond to the following questions and email them to fascd@fascd.org and I will work on posting the responses in our next Dimensions!

Q. How early can you begin to do SSR?

Q. What should students read?

Q. Comic books? What do you tell parents who say, "I don't want my child reading comic books during class time"?


Wishing everyone a Happy 2008 and much success in their schools or university…

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.


Patrick Adams
Oscar Aguirre
Diane Archer-Banks
Jimmie Atwill
Jacqueline Basallo
Charla Bauer
Eric Bibeau
James Brown
Toddra Bunyan
Veronica Camacho
Minnie Cardona
Vanessa Chamorro
Joseph Ciccone
Susan J. Cooper
Bobbie J. Cromartie
Diane Curcio-Greaves
Mary Delasin
Cecille Diez
Linda Dove
Elise Ecoff
Richard Elliott
Paul J. Fenning
Sheridan B. Fiskum
Rebecca Fleck
Lorri Fletcher
Kathleen Frances
Myrtice Frederick
Natalie Gavarrette
Catherine Glass
Heidi P. Gooch
Alicia Gray
Ricky Grimaldo
Timothy Guelzow
Mallissa Hamilton

Ruth E. Haniff
F. Elizabeth Hanlon
Judy Harris-Looby
Linda A. Hatley
Micaela Hawn
Dina Heffernan
Thomas Himebaugh
Benny Hunton
Gayle Iacono
Stephanie Ickes
Harriett Issertell
Joseph Jackson
Patricia Jones
Jeff Kaplan
Arlene Kaszovitz
Ginny Kennerly
Mattie King
Dawn Lamb
Lindsay Layendecker
Patti Lucas
Martha Scott Lue
Sophie Maxis
Russell O. Mays
Barbara McClamma
Christina McKinney
Nancy McNamee
Jennifer Melendez
Walter A. Mercer
Keith D. Miller
Judy Miller
Napoleon Mills
Jecky Misieng
Michael Mongelli

Teresa Mowbray

Kimberlee Oakes
Bernard Oliver
Kathleen Oropallo
James Parker
MaryAnne Primack
Patricia Ramsey-Baney
Judith Rarden
Laura C. Rhinehart
Linda Rourke
Barbie W. Russell
Glenn Rustay
Magda Salazar
Kathleen D. Sanz
Joy Scott
Bethany L. Scullin
Linda Shayman
Shawna Sherry
Martha Smith
Rachel St. Pierre
Patricia B. Suggs
Mary Eileen Sullivan
Sonia Sutherland
James Taintor
Heidi Taylor
Caridad H. Unzueta
Ann-Marie Wellington-Greenlee
Karl E. Wendell
Angela Whitford-Narine
Sue Wilder
Carolyn Wilkins
Libby Willis
Lynn Wilson
Peter Yates


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 48th Annual conference was a huge success! We had two nationally acclaimed speakers who were keynotes for us. Dr. Judy Carr shared with us her knowledge on how to reinvent education and how to make our schools be the best they can be! We also had a keynote by Dr. John Draper who shared with us how we can work to give every child a chance. In addition to our keynote speakers we had many breakout sessions where educators from around the country shared their expertise with us. Please make sure to plan to attend next year's event! Our 49th Annual Conference will be held December 4-5, 2008 at NOVA University. Information will be posted on our site soon.


Board Meeting-November 30, 2007

Following the first day of our annual conference. The Board of Directors met for their annual meeting. In the board meeting the directors discussed new board members who showed interest in joining the board. We approved Peter Ulrich who is filling a position in Region 1 as well as Kelley Ranch who is filling a position in Region 2. During the meeting we also accepted the resignation of Carlos Viera, a long time board member from Region 6-Miami-Dade. At the board meeting, we discussed the progress of all of our upcoming professional development institutes as well as the first day of the conference. The board felt that the start to our annual conference was great! The board is pleased with the direction they have taken in providing professional development institutes around the state. In addition, the board briefly discussed the work that had been done in their committees since their last meeting. Our board meeting wrapped up just in time for our Board Dinner sponsored by Pearson Digital Learning.


Professional Development Institute-Fort Walton Beach

Time is running out...Make plans to join us for a Professional Development Institute in beautiful Fort Walton Beach! Our PDI is geared for secondary reading teachers who are interested in learning the secrets of teaching reading instruction in any subject! The title of this workshop is: Weaving Thinking and Reading Strategies into Content Instructional Plans. The cost is only $100! This is a great deal. If you would like more information or would like to register, please visit http://fascd.org/07PDI-FWB.htm.


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Grants & Awards


Barnes and Noble Grants
Barnes and Noble booksellers is considering requests for grants from nonprofit organizations that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12). Applicants must have a plan for promoting the grants program with Barnes and Noble and must be willing to work with the local stores on in-store programming. The Maximum Award varies based on the projects submitted. Eligible participants include nonprofits that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12). There is a rolling deadline for this grant. For more information please see http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/our_company/sponsorship/Sponsorship_main.html.

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News Briefs


What Data Do We Have That Shows Student Learning is Occurring?
Data related to student achievement can be derived from a number of sources. Many schools disaggregate data from the previous years standardized tests and establish instructional initiatives that will improve the scores during the next administration of the tests. Other districts require students to take periodic tests (often quarterly) throughout the year in order to measure student progress. With the advent of the professional learning community initiative, some teachers create and administer common assessments, analyze the results, and determine which instructional approaches have the greatest impact on student learning. A common approach to measuring student achievement is the individual assessments each teacher creates and uses in his or her classroom. Read more at http://www.askeducation.com.


Digital Textbooks Expand Into K-12 Classrooms
Teachers may be driving growth in digital texts as they experiment with tweaking material for different learning styles or to aid English-language learners. "Essentially what you're doing is you're able to reach all types of learners," said Jim Blackwell, whose central California district participated in a pilot program for a digital text in 2005. "Reaching them verbally and visually, you're letting them control the material and go at their own pace. They stay engaged at all times." http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-12-17-textbooks_N.htm


Pressure Grows to Consider More Than Math, Reading Scores
Lawmakers and other policymakers increasingly are advocating for using science tests, graduation rates, college admission rates, AP scores and even physical-education achievements as criteria for holding schools accountable. Some fear using such benchmarks would dilute NCLB, while others welcome broadening its scope. "There ought to be more in determining students' success than just one test score," said Reg Weaver, National Education Association president. "Preparing a child for the 21st century means reading and math. But it also means science; it means civics; it means art." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/15/AR2007121501747.html


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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

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. Early registration rates end February 14, 2008...so take advantage of the early rates today!


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


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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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