july 2011, Volume 85

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


Alina Davis



Alina Davis



Pat Melvin


Past President:

Paul M Terry



Kelley Ranch



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1

Jason Flom


Region 2

Sharon Kochlany


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

John Nash

Mike Mizwicki

Shelia Windom


Region 4

Ana Tsambis


Region 5

Lois Lee

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.


Claudia Bostwick
Linda Brown
Eugene Butler
Bridget Fetter
John Fryer
Amanda Lavery
Matthew Lavery

Thomas Maher
David  McKnight
Katrina McMenamy
Kathleen Oropallo
Jill Pancoast
Sabine Phillips
Barbie Russell

Kathleen Sanz
Murray Sawyer
Dianne Singletary
Gordon Swaggerty
Paul Terry
Anna Tsambis
Denise Weir
Teresa 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


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. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


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.


Congrats & Welcome!

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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Florida ASCD Events


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.


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Grants & Awards


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.

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.

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.

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

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Noteworthy News

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)

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


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Curriculum Corner

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

Is grouping students by ability a bad idea?
Middle-school teacher Bill Ferriter recommends grouping, or leveling, students by ability only if they constantly will be assessed throughout the year. He suggests that a team of teachers select a specific skill on which to assess students and a guide for determining their level of mastery. Only then would students be selected for small-group instruction, he writes. Teacher Leaders Network/The Tempered Radical blog (6/25) http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/2011/06/grouping-students-for-successful-learning-in-a-plc.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the_tempered_radical+%28The+Tempered+Radical%29

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/

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Technology Tidbits


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

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Professional Development Opportunities

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 tleconsultants@aol.com

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ASCD Connections


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.

Here are several ASCD resources to help keep you updated on the Common Core:  

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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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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Seminole, FL 33772






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