January 2011, Volume 79

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements


Florida ASCD Events


Grants & Awards


Noteworthy News

Curriculum Corner

Technology Bytes

Professional Development Opportunities

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.


Robert Bedford
Phil Bell
Janet Carangelo
Joseph Ciccone
Melissa Davis
Glenice DeBique
Mary Delasin
Cecille Diez
Jeri Eckler
Kathleen Garcia

Al Glicksberg
Fran Herrin
Benny Hutton
Gwen Kessell
Patti Lucas
Carolyn McCallister
Erwin Mendez
Orvie Mizzell
Olivia Polk

Kathleen Sanz
Wesley Scott
Kathleen Steiner
Lisa Suggs
Patricia Suggs
Peggie Sullivan
Carol Sullo
Kathleen Weigel
Susan Zeller


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 of 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.


Due to increased costs of printing we must limit printed issues of FEL. We have printed two issues a year since its founding in 2002. We hope to continue printing one issue a year as our budget allows. 

FEL will continue to be published, but in an electronic format and delivered to you via computer. We will use a new process that will make the experience very similar to reading the printed journal. You may also choose to read it in a pdf format. 

We are looking at a publication schedule that will provide issues in electronic format as enough articles of interest are received. You are encouraged to submit articles that will interest other FASCD members. If you would like to see some of your students writing in FEL they will be considered. Articles may be of any length. Send all articles or questions to our editor, Marcy Kysilka at kysilka@bellsouth.net.

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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

Our annual conference at Lake Nona High School on January 29, 2011 has been cancelled.


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


Do Something Awards
Since 1996, DoSomething.org has honored the nation's young world-changers. Do Something Award nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue. In 2011, five nominees will be rewarded with a community grant, media coverage, and continued support from DoSomething.org. Maximum award: $100,000. Eligibility: Applicants must be 25 or younger (born on or after 9/1/85) and be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Deadline: March 1, 2011.


Horace Mann: Scholarship Program for Educators
The Horace Mann Companies is offering scholarships for public and private school educators to take college courses. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: full-time K-12 teachers, librarians, or teacher's aides. At time of application and award of scholarship, entrants must have at least two years K-12 teaching experience and work at least 30 hours a week at a U.S. public or private school. Residents of Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, and Hawaii are not eligible. Deadline: March 1, 2011.https://www.horacemann.com/teacher-lounge/educator-scholarship-opportunities/how-to-apply.aspx


Christopher Columbus Awards Program
The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 to bring the team's idea to the community and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program's National Championship Week. Eligibility: middle school-aged (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Deadline: February 7, 2011www.christophercolumbusawards.com/.

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Noteworthy News


How effective teachers are helping improve struggling schools
At one struggling middle school in Los Angeles, effective teachers were the key to making improvements, an analysis by the Los Angeles Times found. Efforts to place top teachers at the neediest schools are part of the Obama administration's agenda for improving schools. "Great teachers and great principals are at the heart of this work," education chief Arne Duncan said. "You need to ID those folks and bring them in." Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/22/local/la-me-teachers-turnaround-20101222-77


Hunger-Free Kids Act Becomes Law
President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which sets nutritional regulations for foods sold in schools and reauthorizes many government-sponsored programs. The measure also will expand enrollment in federal school-meal programs, provide funding for farm-to-school programs and improve food-safety protocols, visit www.foodsafetynews.com today.  Read ASCD Executive Director Gene Carter's statement on the bill's passage.

AASL: Innovative Reading Grant
The American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of programs for children that motivate and encourage reading, especially for struggling readers. Selection criteria include the potential to measure and evaluate a literacy project that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: reading programs specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting. The program must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Applicant must be a member of AASL. Deadline: February 7, 2011.


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Curriculum Corner

Art center helps cash-strapped schools provide lessons
The Indianapolis Art Center is partnering with cash-strapped area schools to provide art instruction. The classes are taught by professional artists, and students have access to the center's various resources. "Art in general enhances any curriculum, and for kids it can serve as a doorway into themselves," one instructor said. The Indianapolis Star http://www.indystar.com/article/20101228/LOCAL18/12280331/1001/NLETTER08/Art-center-provides-education-savings-cash-strapped-schools?odyssey=nav|head

Does playing a musical instrument improve cognitive ability?
Young students at a low-income Indiana elementary school are part of an experimental Indiana University program to determine whether playing a string instrument can help improve learning. The students receive violin lessons twice a week with a curriculum tied to reading and math. "I felt it would be interesting to start with a group of kids for whom the violin was not in their cultural picture," the study's creator said. The Indianapolis Star http://www.indystar.com/article/20101224/NEWS04/12240324/1013/NEWS04/Attica-students-part-effort-see-music-improves-minds

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Technology Tidbits

Wikis, Moodle are used by teachers to improve learning
Some Ashland, Mass., teachers are using wikis and the online program Moodle to connect students with instructional materials in new ways. Students are using Moodle to complete online activities that complement their in-class work. One teacher said her students hold active online discussions about reading assignments using a class wiki. She added that quieter students are more engaged and willing to participate in such discussions when held online. MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1295283299/New-tech-means-new-teaching-methods-in-Ashland


Is classroom technology worth the cost?
Palm Beach County, F, schools have spent about $500,000 on classroom tools, such as student clicker systems and interactive white boards, during a time when the district cannot afford teacher raises, and some question whether the high-tech gadgets are worth it. Many teachers, however, said technology enhances learning. One principal said technology doesn't negate the need for an effective teacher. "You're still seeing a human being explain and interpret," he noted. "The teacher is still front and center." The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/schools/high-tech-gadgets-for-classroom-boon-or-boondoggle-1146038.html

How do parents feel about technology in the classroom?
Opinions among parents differ over whether their children should be using technology -- including computers, cell phones and iPads -- in the classroom. Some parents say students should be using technology as educational tools because they will use similar devices in the workplace. However, some worry it can cause health issues such as neck and eye strain or serve as an overall distraction. "The exciting thing is the potential to use these 'time-wasters' or 'over-stimulators' to our advantage in the classroom," one educator said. FoxNews.com http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/21/great-parenting-debate-school-kids-computers/

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Professional Development Opportunities

2011 Annual Conference preview available online now
The 2011 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is coming to San Francisco from March 26 to 28. An online preview featuring conference offerings -- from opportunities to mingle with educators and Professional Interest Communities during the welcome reception to daily breakdowns of conference sessions -- is now available. Registration and accommodation reservation forms are also included, as well as the specifics of pre-conference institutes. Download the PDF preview. Find out more on the ASCD site.

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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ASCD Connections


ASCD Joins with CareerBuilder!
ASCD recently launched a new jobs/careers site for educators called ASCD Job Ramp™ powered by our partner, CareerBuilder. We have now integrated those job listings into all U.S.-based users' My Home page on ASCD EDge (in top right corner). For the U.S. audience, the education job listings will be personalized by ZIP code. For those outside the United States, the listings will not appear as they are primarily North American-based jobs. We encourage you to log on to ASCD EDge and try it out. ASCD Job Ramp™ is open to anyone, and job seekers can use the service for free. Job posters pay for the service, but ASCD members will receive an additional 10 percent discount off any jobs they post on the site

December 23, 2010 marked the first anniversary of the launch of ASCD EDge. To honor the occasion, ASCD compiled a few stats on the community for the first year. Consider the following: 

In the past year alone, ASCD EDge members

  • Posted nearly 500 blogs
  • Added more than 100 videos
  • Uploaded more than 40 audio files
  • Participated in 150 discussions 
  • Joined more than 140 groups
  • Generated more than 6,000 comments on the site

And that doesn't include all the connections and other correspondence that was spawned as a result of the community. As such, we want to thank you -- our 16,000+ members from more than 130 countries -- who have helped to make the site successful thus far.  We look forward to a great 2011.

Join ASCD Edge by clicking here.


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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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