July 2008, Volume 49

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



Lenford Sutton



John Nash


Past President:

Shelia Windom



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2

Pat Melvin

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif


Region 5

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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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 or renewed their membership with our organization.


Emery Bishop
Brenda Blackburn
Henri Sue Bynum
Mary Lou Capan
Glen Dallman
Sandra Davis
Judy Denio
Sylvia Diaz
Jennifer Geimer
Joan Gosnell
Karlheinz Haas
Simone Hebert
Allison Hoskins
Karen Jackson
John Kelly
Sue Kress
Lynne Lieberman
Laura Lougee
Lee Ann Mann
Lawrence McDowell
Nancy Mooy
Robert Nelson
Cesta Newman
John Norris
Madeline O'Dea
Richard Perhla
Oliver Phipps
Donna Pounds-Harrison
Jennifer Reeves
Sharon Richert
Rene Rovirosa
Jane Stoecker
Anna Tsambis
Cyndi Van Meter
Gina Vigil
Toni Wiersma
Iranetta Wright
Jason Wysong


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 will be held December 5-6, 2008 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando. The call for presenters is ready and posted on our website. Consider being a speaker at our conference. We have already booked nationally acclaimed speaker: Dr. Steven Layne. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend! Visit the conference site for more information!


Professional Development Institute-Orlando

Florida ASCD will be sponsoring a PDI in Orlando on Exercising the Brain. The PDI will take place on August 8, 2008.

You will receive an implementation manual for SMILE Lab, as well as the opportunity to work together with other participants to create a sample lab. You will be amazed at how easy it is to do with equipment already in your school! You will also be able to view some very powerful videos of students with various disabilities that have been able to make remarkable gains -- both physically and mentally -- from participating in the SMILE Lab. You will learn a scientifically-based, research driven method to implement 30 minutes of daily physical education, which will not only help kids lose weight, but will help student FCAT scores go up as well! When you leave, you will have the knowledge to implement a specific system to handle the 30 minute PE mandate for elementary schools. For more information, please go to http://fascd.org/08_PDI_Orlando_RB.htm.

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Grants & Awards

Grants for Math and Science
The Toshiba America Foundation makes grants for projects in math and science designed by classroom teachers to improve instruction for students in grades K-12. The maximum award is $10,000.  The deadline for grants is  August 1, 2008. For more information please visit http://www.toshiba.com/tafpub/jsp/home/default.jsp.

Musical Instruments for Existing K-12 Music Programs
Mr. Holland's Opus Melody Program provides musical instruments and instrument repairs to existing K-12 school music programs that have no other source of financing additional musical instruments and materials. Music programs that take place during the regular school day are eligible for these grants. Schools must have an established instrumental music program (i.e., concert band, marching band, jazz band and/or orchestra) that is at least three years old. The maximum award is $8,000. The deadline for grants is August 1, 2008. For more information please visit

ASCD's Outstanding Young Educator Award Program
Do you know any educators who exemplify excellence and equity in teaching and learning? If so, nominate them for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award Program, which recognizes creative and committed teachers and administrators under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the lives of children. These educators are developing and using best practices to ensure that all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenges. Nominations are due by August 1. Go to http://webserver3.ascd.org/web/oyea08/landing.cfm for more information.

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News Briefs


6 States to Tailor NCLB Plans in Pilot Program
In a departure from the Bush administration's approach to the No Child Left Behind Act, six states -- Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, and Ohio -- will be allowed in a pilot program to write their own prescriptions for failing schools, the Associated Press reports. The selected states have devised plans to tailor solutions more closely to individual schools' problems and focus resources on schools that are in the worst shape. The plans include requiring schools to offer tutoring earlier than is currently called for, to rely more on testing throughout the year to identify academic weak spots, and to put more emphasis on preparing school principals. In all, 17 states sought to participate in the program. Those not selected were Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Read more at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2008/07/01/AR2008070100016.html.


Poor Math Prep Found Among Elementary-School Teachers
Elementary-school teachers are poorly prepared by schools of education to teach math, a study by the National Council on Teacher Quality concludes. The study by the nonpartisan research and advocacy group comes a few months after a federal panel reported that many American students are having difficulty with fractions. It's a problem, notes the Associated Press, that arises in elementary school -- where math's reliance on cumulative knowledge makes learning during the early years critical -- and that can prevent kids from mastering more complicated material, such as algebra, later on. The council's study found significant differences in the number and kind of teacher-ed courses required by each of 77 education programs it considered. A report of the study blames education schools for not being selective enough among applicants. Most of the schools require applicants to take an admissions test, usually around their sophomore year of college, but the report says such tests -- which typically including reading, writing, and math -- are far too easy. "Almost anyone can get in," says the report. "Compared to the admissions standards found in other countries, American education schools set exceedingly low expectations for the mathematics knowledge that aspiring teachers must demonstrate." Read more at http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-06-26-teachers-math_N.htm.


Failure is Not an Option for Florida Middle Schoolers
A new Florida law requiring that all middle school students pass every one of their English, math, science and social-studies classes to be eligible for ninth-grade has driven higher enrollment in remedial classes. "Ninth grade's the toughest year for the students in Florida," said Mary Jane Tappen, the state's deputy chancellor for curriculum, instruction and student services. "The whole purpose is to try to help with that." For more information please visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/596955.html.

The Twenty-First Century Digital Learner: How Tech-Obsessed iKids Would Improve Our School
One of the strangest things in this age of young people's empowerment is how little input our students have into their own education and its future. Kids who out of school control large sums of money and have huge choices on how they spend it have almost no choices at all about how they are educated -- they are, for the most part, just herded into classrooms and told what to do and when to do it. Unlike in the corporate world, where businesses spend tens of millions researching what their consumers really want, when it comes to how we structure and organize our kids' education, we generally don't make the slightest attempt to listen to, or even care, what students think about how they are taught. Read Marc Prensky's write- up at http://www.edutopia.org/ikid-digital-learner-technology-2008.

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

Make plans now to attend  ASCD's annual conference in Orlando, March 14-16, 2009. The conference theme is "Learning Beyond Boundaries."


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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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