July 2010, Volume 73

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements


Florida ASCD Events


Grants & Awards


Noteworthy News

Curriculum Corner

Technology Bytes

Professional Development Oppotunties

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

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

Angel Chaisson

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.


Cynthia Barton
Katherine Boice
Charles Claridy
Dawn Coffin
Mirza Collazo
Catherine Cook
Evelyn Corona
Linda Crescimano
Carol Crilley
Trey Csar
Melissa Dejarlais
James DePiro
Sandra Edwards

Alipia Gonzalez
Michael Griffith
Martha Harrison
Peggy Irwin
Kathy Kaiser
Erin Kelly
Cindy King
Debra Knerr
Kimberly Mack
Thomas Maher
Linda Mahovlich
Charles McWhite

Helen Obenchain-Clark
Richard Perhla
Mary Quick
Suzanne Ryals
Guedy Saint-Germain
Pamela Smith
Julio Torres
Maria Torres
Courtney Wilson
Sherri Wipf
Carol Wright
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


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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

The 50th Annual conference will be held in Orlando at the Renaissance Hotel (airport) and Lake Nona High School on September 24-25, 2010. Our keynote speakers include: Dr. Gene Carter, ASCD's Executive Director and Dr. Jim Warford, FASA's Executive Directory. Registration is open and in full swing. There is currently a BOGO sale going on through July 10th. Please see the conference site for more details. https://fascd.org//10conference.html


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Grants & Awards


Toshiba America: Grants for Math and Science
The Toshiba America Foundation funds projects in math and science designed by classroom teachers to improve instruction for students in grades K-12. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: Grades K-12. Deadline: grades 7-12 - August 2, 2010.

NAIS: Challenge 20/20 Partnership
The National Association of Independent Schools invites schools to participate in Challenge 20/20, a program that brings together one school from the United States and one school from outside of the United States. Teacher-student teams from both schools will work together throughout the fall 2010 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem. Challenge 20/20 is based on Jean Francois Rischard's book, High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them. Eligibility: all U.S. schools, elementary and secondary, public or private. Deadline: August 15, 2010.


Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation 
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation Melody Program provides musical instruments and instrument repairs to existing K-12 school music programs that have no other source of financing to purchase additional musical instruments and materials. Eligibility: music programs that take place during the regular school day. 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. Maximum award: $8,000. Deadline: August 1, 2010http://www.mhopus.org/teachers.asp


CVS Caremark Community Grants
CVS Caremark Community Grants support programs that promote independence among children with disabilities, including physical and occupational therapies, speech and hearing therapies, and assistive technology and recreational therapies. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations that serve children with disabilities, located in a state that has a CVS pharmacy/store. Maximum award: $5,000. Deadline: October 31, 2010.

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Noteworthy News


Many Florida students are choosing jobs, military over college
Many Florida teens are choosing to forgo college for jobs, trade school or military service, with a recent report showing the state lagging the national average for college graduates. Educators speculate that many families cannot afford tuition or books during the recession and that many students simply want to begin working to become independent from their families. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (6/30) http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-06-30/news/os-students-skip-college-062810-20100630_1_college-trade-school-skipping


Teachers learn new approach to addressing student conflict
Teachers in Florida's Pinellas school district will be trained in a discipline approach that could help teachers prevent negative behavior, officials say. Under a new district policy, principals will follow broad guidelines but have autonomy over school discipline. "Rather than confront an angry student, we're finding how to calm them. If a teacher confronts a student, it can result in a fight," a district official said. "Instead of sending the student for discipline, maybe the student needs to see a guidance counselor instead." St. Petersburg Times (Fla.) (6/21) http://www.tampabay.com/news/pinellas-schools-take-tack-of-calming-disruptive-students/1104053


Single-gender classes are on the schedule at Va. middle school
A Virginia middle school will test a program in the fall that offers single-gender classes in core subjects for students in grades 6 to 8. More than 500 schools nationwide -- including many private schools -- have single-gender offerings, according to a national group. Proponents of single-sex education say it helps students succeed by boosting their confidence, but critics argue that it fosters gender-based stereotypes. The Washington Post (6/17) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/15/AR2010061505183.html


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Curriculum Corner

Florida district offers science, tech camps for Title I students

Rising fourth- and fifth-grade students from low-income Title I schools in a Florida district are participating in a weeklong camp that offered hands-on activities in science. The district offers the Pasco Environmental Adventure Camp Experience -- or PEACE -- and a camp focused on technology to provide disadvantaged students with access to experiences they might otherwise miss out on. St. Petersburg Times (Fla.) (6/23) http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/pasco-camp-treats-kids-to-hands-on-scientific-activities/1104508

Educators receive training on how to teach multi-grade classes
Teachers in a Colorado district recently learned to teach multi-grade classes after several schools decided to offer such classes in the fall. "What I really like about it, it shifts the focus to the student," one teacher said of the change. "The focus becomes much more on student learning than on the grade-level curriculum." The Reporter-Herald (Loveland, Colo.) (7/6) http://www.reporterherald.com/news_story.asp?ID=28684

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Technology Tidbits

Gaming helps students prepare for N.C. state tests
Two North Carolina school districts are using Web-based video-game software to help students in grades 2-12 master state benchmarks in a variety of subject areas. Archipelago Learning's Study Island software allows students to test their knowledge and improvement in subjects by playing games or taking traditional practice tests. "It teaches students in a more intuitive manner, plus the rewards-and-reinforcement approach really helps students to advance through the rigorous content," one district official said. T.H.E. Journal (6/22) http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/06/22/2-north-carolina-counties-roll-out-online-gaming-for-mastery-of-state-standards.aspx

Online summer school helps students master concepts
Online summer-school courses are helping students in one Iowa school district master key skills and concepts they may have missed last school year and get a head start on a new year of school. Students can work at their own pace in the online courses, which are on-site at three district schools, and teachers can offer one-on-one support. "At first I didn't want to come, but now I see that it's really helping me," one student said. Waterloo Courier (Iowa) (6/21) http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/article_106a5fa6-7d49-11df-bea0-001cc4c002e0.html

Student avatars may help reinvent teacher training
The TeachME project at the University of Central Florida could reinvent teacher training, according to its creators, by using realistic avatars to simulate the classroom experience. Using the program, teachers-in-training stand before a screen with 10 virtual students who are being controlled by acting students and professionals who have studied student behavior. The avatars each embody one of four personality types. TeachME creators say using humans to control the avatars -- rather than computer programs -- makes the situation more realistic. InsideHigherEd.com (7/7) http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/07/avatars

Social-networking tools help district to keep at-risk students on track
One Washington state school district is using social-networking tools to help keep at-risk students in school and on track for graduation. Maria Brennan, graduation-success coordinator for the Everett School District, says sites such as MySpace and Facebook offer a nonintrusive way to contact students and encourage them to pursue a traditional diploma rather than settle for a GED. "Very rarely do they not get back to me when I write to them," she said. T.H.E. Journal (7/7) http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/07/07/social-networking-to-save-at-risk-students.aspx

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Professional Development Opportunities

Florida Reading Association Annual Conference
Sept. 9 – 12, 2010, Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla.

All Florida educators are invited to attend the Florida Reading Association (FRA) Annual Conference Sept. 9 – 12, 2010, in Orlando. With the theme “Reading Lights the Way,” participants will have the opportunity to interact with authors and experts in the field of literacy. Pre-conference Institutes on Sept. 9 will cover a wide range of topics that include Response to Intervention, Vocabulary Development, and Reading Strategies for K-12. In addition, the FRA bookstore will feature many popular book titles available for purchase and well-known authors will be on hand for book signing. For more information about the FRA conference, visit www.flreads.org/.

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ASCD Connections


2011 Outstanding Young Educator Applications
Since 2002, ASCD has been recognizing the achievements of excellent teachers and administrators under age 40 with the Outstanding Young Educator Award. Nominators of OYEA recipients will receive a complimentary ASCD membership, and each OYEA winner will receive $10,000. Applications are due by Aug. 1. Nominate someone you know for the OYEA.


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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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