January 2009, Volume 55

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.


Debbie Albright
Julie Alexander
Gary Avery
Marla Babauta
Linda Bartberger
Janet Carangelo
Doreathe Cole
Carol Diaz-Zubieta
Emily Donalson
Kathleen Donnelly
Angela Essig
Ann Flanagan
Maria Gifford

Alipia Gonzalez       
Rebecca Huffman
Paul Humphreys
Patti Kulhanek
Joyce Lancaster
Janet Ledesma
Brian McElhone
Jamie Metz
Delores Milton
Amy Minkin
Mary Moran
Teresa Mowbray

Kathleen Oropallo

Debra Pace
Paula Poupore
Debra Richards
Holly Saia
Kathleen Sanz
Elaine Shott
Cathy Starling
Kathleen Steiner
Robin Sweeting
Mary Jane Tappen
Sharon Tolson
Andrea Townsend
Rose Van Alstine
Carol Wright


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 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!


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


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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News Briefs


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 smoore@learning.com or 800.580.4640, ext. 403 for more information.


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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."


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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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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