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Floirda ASCD's New Vision, Mision & Beliefs
Florida ASCD held their annual board meeting on June 25th and 26th, 2011 at NOVA Southeastern University Campus in Orlando. At this meeting, they spent time going over their old board documents including the vision, mission, beliefs and goals. Please view their new visions by clicking here.
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Congrats to Sallie Payne who was voted in as Florida ASCD's Vice President! Florida ASCD would also like to recognize the following new board members who joined our board at the retreat in June: Jason Driver and Lois Lee.
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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. For more information, please click here.We have a student and group rate! Prices range from $69-159.
Toshiba America Foundation: 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 6-12. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: Grades 6-12. Deadline: August 1, 2011. http://www.toshiba.com/tafpub/jsp/home/default.jsp
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 work together throughout the fall 2011 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. Maximum award: international cooperation and collaboration between youth. Eligibility: all U.S. schools, elementary and secondary, public or private. Deadline: August 15, 2011. http://www.nais.org/resources/index.cfm?ItemNumber=147262
American Academy of Pediatrics: CATCH Resident Funds Grants
2012 CATCH Resident Funds grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for pediatric residents to plan community-based child health initiatives. CATCH Resident Funds projects must include planning activities, but also may include some implementation activities. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: pediatric residents working with their communities. Deadline: July 29, 2011. http://www.aap.org/catch/residentgrants.htm
Public Welfare Foundation: Grants for Organizations that Serve Disadvantaged Communities
The Public Welfare Foundation supports organizations that address human needs in disadvantaged communities, with strong emphasis on organizations that include service, advocacy, and empowerment in their approach: service that remedies specific problems; advocacy that addresses those problems in a systemic way through changes in public policy; and strategies to empower people in need to play leading roles in achieving those policy changes and in remedying specific problems. The foundation provides both general support and project-specific grants. The foundation is currently focusing on two program areas: criminal and juvenile justice, and workers' rights. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: public and private entities, including nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations. Deadline: July 22, 2011. http://www.publicwelfare.org/ApplyGrant/Guidelines.aspx#deadlines
D.C. uses videotaped classroom lessons to screen teacher candidates The Washington, D.C., school system is using 360-degree digital video cameras to record teacher applicants conducting sample lessons, so district officials can review their performance as well as students' reactions. While more districts are using such videos as professional-development tools, the district is one of just a few using the technology to screen job candidates. "We would like to be one of the elite places to teach in America and for people to know that you've got to be really good to teach" in D.C. Public Schools, district official Jason Kamras said. The Washington Post (6/18) http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-schools-aim-for-selectivity-by-requiring-teaching-candidates-to-give-tryout-lessons/2011/06/11/AGdstbaH_story.html
Should math and science teachers earn more money? Officials in Georgia hope to recruit and retain more math and science teachers by offering them incentive bonuses ranging from $1,500 to $6,600. The bonuses were approved in 2009, but are being funded for the first time this year. The bonuses will increase the salaries of new teachers to the level of pay earned by teachers in their sixth year. The teachers will earn the pay for the next five years if they continue to teach math and science. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (6/26) http://www.ajc.com/news/better-pay-for-ga-987592.html
Strategies for Helping Students Think Deeply, Connect to Material
Middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers strategies in this excerpt from her new book for encouraging students to think more deeply and make connections to subject content. She suggests teachers use commentary and examples from their own lives to coax students to think for themselves. Wolpert-Gawron offers guidelines for teachers willing to share their own stories, including making sure anecdotes are relevant to the material and have a clear message for students. Edutopia.org/Heather Walpert Gawron's blog. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/how-to-encourage-deeper-thinking-students-heather-wolpert-gawron
How including literacy in math lessons can improve learning A group of Kansas middle-school students improved their math scores when literacy components were added to project-based math lessons, an undergraduate research analysis showed. After being taught vocabulary, the students used a rap song to learn mathematical formulas and then discussed geometric shapes. Finally, the students built a model amusement park using items from home, and pre- and post-tests were given to show what students had learned. The Emporia (Kan.) Gazette (6/27) http://www.emporiagazette.com/news/2011/jun/27/turning-point-students-rap-learn-math/
8 ways that technology is changing school libraries Teacher and writer Dave Saltman explains in this article eight trends for librarians and teachers who are working to increase the digital literacy of students. Among the developments, more schools are using digital catalogs that include features allowing students to share comments about particular books, while virtual libraries enable educators to compile useful online resources for students, he writes. Harvard Education Letter (May/June 2011) http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/502
New PBS platform links digital learning to curriculum standards PBS and its Boston affiliate have launched PBS LearningMedia, an online tool that provides curriculum supplements for students in pre-kindergarten to college. The content is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and will consist mainly of videos, but games, images and other activities also will be included. Both a free and paid version of the program will be offered and PBS stations around the country will contribute to the effort. eSchool News (free registration) (6/27) http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/06/27/new-pbs-resource-could-help-advance-digital-learning/
Thinking about next year's lesson plan? Try these digital tools Summer is a great time for teachers to start considering new ideas and resources to include in their teaching this fall, writes elementary-school computer teacher Mary Beth Hertz. Services such as Symbaloo and LiveBinders allow you to create your own website or online storage of links, videos or photos you might find useful. Social-bookmarking tools such as Diigo and Delicious also are helpful for organizing resources. Edutopia.org/Mary Beth Hertz's blog (6/25) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/tools-manage-digital-resources-mary-beth-hertz
Florida Distance Learning Association Annual Conference Sept. 23 – 24, 2011 Nova Southeastern University Orlando Campus Orlando, Fla.
The Florida Distance Learning Association will host its annual conference at the Orlando campus of Nova Southeastern University Sept. 23 - 24, 2011, with the theme “Distance Learning: Best Practices and Beyond.” The conference seeks to raise awareness of the best practices in distance learning, promote greater participation in dialogue and exchange, and strengthen district education in the state and nation. For more information or to register, visit www.fdla.com or contact Conference Program Coordinator Tara Kobel at email@example.com.
ASCD Free Summer Boot Camp Webinar Series
ASCD announced the 2011 Summer Boot Camp webinar series to assist teachers and other educators around the globe to prepare for the 2011–12 school year. Composed of six free, informative webinars, ASCD’s Summer Boot Camp offers valuable information for educators at every level. The Summer Boot Camp webinars run through August. ASCD members and nonmembers can sign up for one or all of these webinars online at www.ascd.org/bootcamp. Read the full press release on www.ascd.org.
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ASCD Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning, Las Vegas, Oct 28 - 30, 2011
The ASCD Fall Conference "Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness = Improving Student Learning" is coming October 28 to 30 to Las Vegas. More than 90 sessions will cover topics including research-based teaching practices, response to intervention and teacher-evaluation practices. Two Pre-Conference Institutes also will be available Oct. 27. Find out more about the conference
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