july 2009, Volume 61

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards



News Briefs



ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Kelley Ranch



Johnny Nash



Alina Davis


Past President:

Paul M. Terry



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

Shelia Windom


Region 4

Allan Dornseif

Felitta Lott


Region 5

Catherine J. Weitman

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.


Kelly Aeppli Campbell
Diane Bechtold
Brenda Blackburn
Sheridan Brown
Krystal Carson
Angel Chaisson
Mirza Collazo
Trey Csar
Karen Cunningham
Kimberly Ervin
Paul Fenning
Gail Foreman
Carmen Garcia
Denise Hall

Pamela Hatton
Allison Hoskins
Tina Jones
Jeff Kaplan
Erin Kelly
Jan Lessard
Jay Marinelli
Carolyn McCallister
Lawrence McDowell
Lawrence Mione
Pamela Mitchell
Maria Mizerak
Marilyn Moser

Jennings Neeld
Helen Obenchain-Clark
Patricia Perez-Glen
Wylene Reed
Jennifer Reeves
Sharon Richert
Gordon Rode
Troy Sanford
Joyce Skaff
Rosemarye Taylor
Walt Weller
Sidney Wheeler
Mary Wiggins
Ken Woolman
Marielena 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


Congratulations to the Literacy Leadership Team of New Dimensions High School for being chosen the number one Literacy Leadership Team in the state of Florida! Florida ASCD members Ralph and Theresa Barrett are the key players in the leadership team. Join us as we celebrate their well earned accolades.


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 the Miami-Dade area. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

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! Please visit our annual conference site at: http://www.fascd.org/09conference.htm for more information. The application for presenting is located on the site. Be sure to apply to be a speaker at the conference!


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Grants & Awards


CVS: Caremark Community Grants
The CVS Caremark Community Grants program awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities; programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services; and public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play. Additionally, some contributions are made to organizations that provide uninsured individuals with needed care, in particular programs where the care received is of higher quality and delivered by providers who participate in accountable community health care programs. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: public schools with programs for children under age 18 with disabilities. Deadline: October 31, 2009. http://www.cvscaremark.com/community/our- impact/community-grants

The National Association of Independent Schools: Challenge 20/20 Partnership
The National Association of Independent Schools invites schools to participate in Challenge 20/20, a program that brings together two schools: one from the United States and one from outside of the United States. Teacher-student teams from both schools work together throughout the fall 2009 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem. Challenge 20/20 is based on Jean François Rischard's book, "High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them." Maximum award: program participation. Eligibility: all U.S. schools, elementary and secondary, public or private. Deadline: August 17, 2009. www.nais.org

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News Briefs


62% of Fla. schools excel in state tests, but most miss NCLB goals
About 62% of Florida schools earned top grades from the state on Thursday, even though just 23% are making "adequate yearly progress" under NCLB. State grades are based on average student scores on a state test; AYP factors in scores of subgroups of students. Overall, high schools' performance on the state test declined. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/qKkgzrvdCVtZzsfClrfccNjJeD?format=standard

Department of Education wants to leave NCLB behind
The Department of Education is working to dismantle a red schoolhouse in front of its Washington offices that became a symbol of No Child Left Behind during the Bush administration. With the law now being called by its original name, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the department is working to rebrand it and is considering a contest to rename NCLB. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/qLzEzrvdCVAhwQfClrfccNIeug?format=standard

Schools, communities deal with effects of canceled summer programs
As schools across the nation cancel summer classes to save money, some parents fear that their children will lose an important avenue to stay on track academically. Summer programs not only remediate but may help close achievement gaps, a Wall Street Journal article says. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/qNswzrvdCWqYocfClrfccNWvyU?format=standard

Florida school teaches parents and students
Parents in a Florida district are flocking to English and computer classes meant to help them improve their skills. Parent Dionicia Rosales-Garcia said she hopes she will be able to better motivate her children to seek education and be good citizens in their adopted country. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/qOlYzrvdCXaaoMfClrfccNEMoA?format=standard

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

The ASCD 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show "Learning Beyond Boundaries" brought together more than 8,000 educators looking to explore the big topics in education. The event also enabled attendees to drill down into a specific area of expertise. The event was host to more than 550 sessions that covered everything from educating the whole child, diversity in education, 21st-century skills, teaching/administrative strategies and worldwide education.

The conference also served as a launching ground for ASCD's rebranding initiative, "ASCD -- Learn. Teach. Lead." "We knew that the ASCD brand has strong recognition, but the words 'supervision' and 'curriculum' in the full spelling of our name no longer represent the whole of our work," ASCD Executive Director Gene R. Carter said. "We now provide expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building and educational leadership. This led to our decision to now be known simply as 'ASCD.' "

At the conference's closing general session, Linda Mariotti took office as the president of ASCD. Mariotti is the assistant superintendent for instructional services in the Granite school district in Salt Lake City.

The 2010 ASCD Annual Conference will be held March 6 to 8, 2010, in San Antonio.

Supporting Whole Child Education: Are You on the Record?
ASCD's whole child education Web site now includes a petition campaign targeted at your state boards of education. The petition asks the boards to go on the record in support of policies and practices that ensure all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. As an Educator Advocate, you can make a difference by signing the petition and forwarding it to others who support policies that ensure what is best for our kids. When your state reaches the goal of 1,000 signatures, ASCD will deliver the petition to your board of education. If you're ready to go on the record, www.wholechildeducation.org to sign the petition.

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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 St

Seminole, FL 33772






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