january 2010, Volume 67

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards



Noteworthy News


Curriculum Corner

Technology Tidbits

ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Paul M. Terry



Johnny Nash



Alina Davis


Past President:

Shelia Windom



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2

Pat Melvin

Sharon Kochlany

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif


Region 5


Region 6

Angel Chaisson


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.


Norah Alexander
Robert Bedford
Wanda Breithaupt
Joseph Ciccone
Carlos Collins
Terrell Davis
Shelly Davis Wood
Mary Delasin
Sharon Goodman

Cathy Greenspan
Sabrina Hayes
Julie Helton
Marcella Kysilka
Irene Lirakis
Magda Madkour
Rebekah McCloud
Idali Medina

Erwin Mendez
Cristina Mendia
John Norris
Doris Quintero
Dawn Rodriguez
Wesley Scott
Donald Steiner
Debbie Valcarcel
Otis Young


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 and region 5 (Broward). If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

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 fascd@aol.com.


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Grants & Awards


National Council of Teachers of English
The Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship provides funding for professional development experiences for English/Language Arts teachers in public educational institutions to enhance teaching skills and/or career development in teaching. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: teachers of English/Language Arts in a publicly funded institution. Deadline: January 31, 2010http://www.ncte.org/second/awards/wheadon


Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
Now in its 18th year, ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. That's what ExploraVision is all about. Entry due by Feb 2, 2010. http://exploravision.org/entry-process/entry-steps.php


Muzak Music Grants
The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation Music Matters Grants for 2010 will focus on educational reform in school music programs and independent music programs across the United States. Maximum award: $12,000. Eligibility: U.S. schools that already employ a music educator or educators and have an existing music program in place. Grant requests must articulate specific music program needs for existing and/or planned programs. Deadline: February 5, 2010.  For more information, please visit: http://heart.muzak.com/what/grants.aspx


Best Buy Scholarships
The 2010 Best Buy Scholarship Program will award scholarships to students based on their outstanding commitment to and involvement in community service, along with solid academic performance. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: 9-12th grade students from private, public, alternative, or home schools, graduating with plans to enter a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocation technical school in the U.S. no later than fall 2010. Deadline: February 15, 2010.  http://communications.bestbuy.com/communityrelations/scholarships.asp

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Noteworthy News


Test preparation is a yearlong process in some Florida schools
Though usually on the agenda after the winter holidays, this year's preparations for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, given in February and March, began in August at many schools. Some parents and lawmakers are criticizing the schools for spending additional time on test preparation and putting increased pressure on students to improve their performance. However, schools say they have fewer resources and are under increased pressure to raise scores to secure extra funding. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) (12/19) http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20091220/ARTICLE/912201041/-1/NEWSSITEMAP?tc=ar


California schools feature hands-on curriculum to engage students
Teachers at a California high school use project-based learning, hands-on activities and group work to engage students in classroom lessons. For one recent assignment, students constructed a 4-foot-tall working roller coaster entirely out of paper. Students were enthusiastic about the team project, which included learning about potential and kinetic energy, velocity and energy conservation. Los Angeles Times (12/29) http://articles.latimes.com/2009/dec/29/local/la-me-davinci29-2009dec29


Budget cuts leave little funding for school libraries
Cuts to school libraries in California's Modesto district have resulted in increasingly limited access for students to books, computers, test-preparation materials and other resources. The cuts have led to reduced library hours, a decreased number of school librarians and no money to replace old books or purchase new titles. The Modesto Bee (Calif.) (1/2) http://www.modbee.com/local/story/992424.html


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Curriculum Corner

Wis. district offers life-skills course to support at-risk students
At-risk students in one Wisconsin school district are benefiting from a life-skills course aimed at improving self-esteem, interpersonal communication and decision-making to help them succeed in school and life. Enrollment is based on educator recommendations, but is voluntary. Students earn pass/fail school credit for the course, which is closely based on the curriculum of the national program Reconnecting Youth. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (12/28) http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/80242742.html

Struggling Florida school makes efforts to improve achievement
Educators say they are on the right track toward improving achievement at Tampa's Middleton High School, which is on a state watch list for poor-performing schools. To help avoid potential state takeover this spring under No Child Left Behind, state education specialists have been brought on board, full-time mentors have been hired in math, science and reading, and teachers have been trained in best practices for using student data. "I think the culture of the school has changed," one student said. "They're pushing us more toward college." St. Petersburg Times (Fla.) (1/2) http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/at-tampas-struggling-middleton-high-now-were-rolling/1062820


Technology Tidbits


Minnesota educators using iPod Touch mini-lab in the classroom
Educators at a growing number of Minnesota schools are using iPod Touch technology in classroom lessons. One elementary school uses an iPod Touch mini-lab, where teachers can check out a cart loaded with the devices and a laptop for downloading applications. Teachers say the hand-held mini-computers make traditional educational activities such as studying vocabulary, geometry and math tables more interesting for students. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (12/22) http://www.twincities.com/ci_14045406


Utah charter school uses open-source materials to customize learning
The Open High School of Utah, a virtual charter school, is among the first high schools to use unrestricted, open-access materials and textbooks -- offering educators new ways to tailor courses to meet the educational needs of gifted students or students who are struggling. Although the curriculum is aligned with state standards, teachers are free to revise or customize the materials because they are not copyrighted. "It helps us be more nimble and offer a more individualized approach," one teacher said. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/2) http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14108595


Web site offers free online math lessons
video cameraThe California-based Web site Brightstorm offers online math help for students with video lessons created by teachers. Most of the site's math lessons are free, but the company also offers fee-based lessons in preparation for standardized tests. "Anybody who is confused with their homework can come to our site, search for the concept, find it really quickly, and then they can get an explanation that is concise and to the point from a really talented presenter who is also a great teacher," a Brightstorm representative said. KGO-TV (San Francisco) (1/4) http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/drive_to_discover&id=7196389


ASCD Connections

ASCD Leadership Positions
Interested in running for elected office at ASCD? The 2009-10 Nominations Committee invites all members to self-select or to encourage qualified individuals interested in being nominated for significant and strategic leadership positions within the organization to apply. Go to www.ascd.org/nominations for information on the nomination process, qualifications for open positions and to access the application form. The application deadline is Jan. 31.

Follow ASCD on Twitter
New ASCD Membership Director Joe Syrowik is tweeting about ASCD news, resources, and member benefits on Twitter. Follow him and share your thoughts about your member experience. ASCD's other Twitter channels include @ASCD for association and industry news and policy developments; @WholeChildAdv for news on the whole child, @ASCD_Inservice for information from our blog, and @Ed_Leadership for the latest from our flagship magazine

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

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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

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Seminole, FL 33772






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