Florida ASCD Announcements
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
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Florida ASCD Events
Our 49th Annual Conference held December
5-6, 2008 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando was a fabulous educational opportunity! Check out some of the pictures below from the event.
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!
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
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
More information, including registration, avaiable here.
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Grants & Awards
K-12 Character Education Grant
The Sprint Foundation is offering grants through the Sprint Character Education Grant Program for K-12 public schools and school districts. The grant funds character education curriculum and teacher training as well as projects for service learning and leadership/mentor training. This opportunity fits perfectly with CHARACTER COUNTS! and is an excellent opportunity to begin or enhance your CC! initiative. Individual schools may apply for grants up to $5,000, and school districts may apply for grants up to $25,000. Again, the grant is limited to public schools and school districts, which does include public charter schools, for projects and activities in the 2009-2010 school year. You may apply online between February 2 and February 27, 2009. The application is available online now at: www.sprint.com. Specific questions about the grant can be directed to the Sprint Foundation at: education@sprin t.com. We offer consultative support on constructing your CC! implementation plan to meet the priorities of the grant.
RWJF: Communities Creating Healthy Environments
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Communities Creating Healthy Environments program aims to prevent childhood obesity by increasing access to healthy foods and safe places to play in communities of color. The program will advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by supporting diverse, community-based organizations and federally chartered tribal nations in the development and implementation of effective, culturally competent policy initiatives to address childhood obesity at the local level. Maximum award: $250,000. Eligibility: individuals and organizations with a track record of at least two years of successful community organizing and policy advocacy to address health-related problems in communities of color; leadership and membership of any applicant organization should reflect the communities they seek to serve, and youth-led organizing groups and community-based groups with youth-organizing components are encouraged to apply. For further eligibility guidelines, see website. Deadline: February 26, 2009. www.rwjf.org/
United States-Japan Foundation: Elgin Heinz Award
The United States-Japan Foundation Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language. Maximum award: $7,500 ($2,500 monetary award, $5,000 in project funds). Eligibility: current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States who have been teaching for at least five years. Deadline: February 2, 2009. http://www.us-jf.org/elginHeinz.html
Educational Resources: Essay Contest
The Educational Resources Essay Contest rewards schools that can show us how they are best at implementing technology for the advancement of student learning. Applicants must submit an essay detailing the technology used, how it is utilized and how it impacted student achievement. Maximum award: $2,500 technology voucher. Eligibility: legal residents of the United States at least 18 years of age. Deadline: April 1, 2009. http://ideas.edresources.com/Ideas/IdeasHome.aspx
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National Campaign Urges New Administration to Improve Public Education
Two weeks before President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, the Forum for Education and Democracy is launching a national web-based campaign that challenges all Americans to transform the optimism of the election season into the promise of collective action to improve public education. A short web film, an homage to the "Yes We Can" campaign film, sets in motion a national petition drive in which all signers commit to work with President Obama to honor four promises that must be fulfilled if we are serious about supporting young people and public schools: 1) Every child deserves a 21st Century education; 2) Every community deserves an equal chance; 3) Every child deserves a well-supported teacher; and 4) Every child deserves high-quality health care. To encourage action on the local level, the Forum provides a list of easy steps people can undertake individually and at the community level in support of each promise. Read more, view the petition and film: http://www.willwereally.com/
NCLB Architect has Second Thoughts
In an article in The National Review, Michael J. Petrilli, former associate assistant deputy secretary in the Office of Innovation and Improvement in the Bush Department of Education and co-author of "No Child Left Behind: A Primer," writes that he's "gradually and reluctantly come to the conclusion that NCLB as enacted is fundamentally flawed and probably beyond repair." A self-professed "True Believer" in the law during his years in the Bush administration, Petrilli now concedes problems that he had foreseen -- that the "highly qualified teacher" mandate was a "huge overreach," and that requiring all states to reach proficiency by 2014 but allowing them to define proficiency would spur a "race to the bottom" -- but he also admits other problems that took him longer to recognize. These include the conversion of schools into "test-prep factories," and the fact that school- choice laws are meaningless when there are too few good schools for parents to choose. Petrilli says he remains a supporter of the ideas underlying the law, which he enumerates, but no longer believes in "the machinery of the law itself." "The way forward," he writes, "starts with a more realistic assessment of what the federal government can reasonably hope to achieve in education," and includes weighted student funding and nationalization of standards. Read more: http://article.nationalreview.com/? q=ZGNiNTJhZjM5NmE5MDQ1NmViMjNjN2MxYWU5Mz AyNjg
Save the Date Striving for Excellence in Student Wellness
Training for all school staff involved in meeting school wellness policy requirements Topics: Evaluating school wellness: Easier than you think!, Grant opportunities for student wellness initiatives, Success stories from Illinois schools that excel at student wellness Wednesday, March 18, 2009-NIU Outreach Center (Naperville) Thursday, March 19, 2009-Holiday Inn Champaign/Urbana (Urbana) Friday, March 20, 2009-Rend Lake Resort (Whittington) Conference and registration details coming in January 2009 at www.KidsEatWell.org.
Provide Workplace Readiness for Your Students with Technology Literacy from Learning.com
EasyTech, the award-winning technology literacy curriculum for grades K-8, helps students acquire and apply critical technology skills to solve core curriculum and real-world problems. TechLiteracy Assessment is designed to accurately assess the technology proficiency of elementary and middle- school students. This comprehensive authentic assessment tool enables districts to effectively plan technology instruction to meet key goals. View curriculum and assesment item samples or contact Sandy Moore at email@example.com or 800.580.4640, ext. 403 for more information.
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Registration is still open for ASCD's annual conference in Orlando, March
14-16, 2009. The conference theme is "Learning
New ASCD Book Gives Educators Practical Principles for Mastering Classroom Instruction
ASCD is offering extra savings on the purchase of ASCD books during the month of January. When someone purchases 10 or more copies of the same book, they will receive a 20% discount. And if 50 or more copies of the same book are purchased, they will receive a 25% discount. For detailed info: http://www.ascd.org
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Florida ASCD, publishing announcements, coming events, awards,
short articles and items of interest for and about Florida ASCD
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