June 2009, Volume 60

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



Kelley Ranch



Johnny Nash


Past President:

Shelia Windom



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


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.


Tom Albano
Nicole Aldridge
Carmen Balgobin
Julie Biancardi
Emery Bishop
Tammy Bresnahan
Russ Brown
Lawson Brown Jr
Maria Cecilia Campa
John Carr
Susan Cooper
Elena Crego
Danny Davis
Alina Davis

Sylvia Diaz
Sharyn Disabato
Barbara Eubanks
Catherine Fleeger
Megan Gould
Simone Hebert
Maryruth Hicks
Melissa Hill
Wendy Katz
Jenny Knight
Kimberley Kraft
Billie Miller
Kimberlee Oakes

Jacqueline Perkins
Oliver Phipps
Elizabeth Pocius
Donna Pounds-Harrison
Gerald Schlereth
Karin Schmidt
Belinda Slater
Cynthia Still
Cynara Suarez
April Tischer
Lana Vecino
Matthew Welker
Jill Wilson
Shelia Windom


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. We are specifically looking for board members from the panhandle. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


Last Chance to Vote for Florida ASCD President

Alina Davis is running for President of Florida ASCD for 2011-2012. She is running against a write in candidate.

Write in Candidate

Voting closes on June 22, 2009.


Florida ASCD Tweets

Florida ASCD has joined in on the Twitter craze. You can follow us @fascd and get quicker updates to our organizational news

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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 and share the wonderful things you are doing in your classrooms and schools!


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Grants & Awards


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


American School Counselor Association: School Counselor of the Year
The American School Counselor Association's School Counselor of the Year Award is granted to school counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at the elementary, middle, or high school level. Maximum award: expenses to attend the award ceremony. Eligibility: U.S.-based practicing school counselors who've completed at least five years of service as a school counselor, are an ASCA member, and are practicing school counselors at the time of the awards. Deadline: July 17, 2009.http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content2.asp?contentid=544


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News Briefs


Title 1 Funding cut - or Not?
According to ASCD Education Advocates, many were surprised by the $1.5 billion cut to the Title I basic grants to local districts in the President's recently proposed FY10 budget (from $14.5 billion to $13 billion). By so significantly cutting funding for this particular program, federal officials are actually making the eventual funding cliff even steeper for districts. In their defense, administration proponents counter that two-thirds of the cut to the basic grants ($1 billion) was merely shifted to a different Title I account, the School Improvement Grants. The new spending priorities certainly better reflect this Secretary's philosophy for actively intervening in low- performing schools rather than just providing more general assistance to at-risk students. http://www.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget10/summary/edlite-section1.html


STEM, short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-is being highlighted by leaders both within and outside schools as a top priority for American education. Now available as a downloadable PDF, this Spotlight on STEM in Schools looks at innovative programs that are helping students grasp key concepts in science, math, and beyond. Get it now: http://e-news.edweek.org

Florida educators struggle with restrictions on stimulus funds
Restrictions on some education stimulus funds are frustrating Florida educators, who say they are being forced to lay off teachers at the same time they are adding programs for low-income and special-education students. Some are calling for more flexibility for Title I and special-education stimulus funds, while others are adding Title I designations to more schools within their districts. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/pZeQeSriBrfCmptjtP

Study: TV interrupts parental contribution to language development
Television exposure may hurt young children's language development by reducing the number of words infants hear from adults, according to a study. Researchers say the results raise questions about whether DVDs touted as educational viewing for infants are effective. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/qauAeSriBrgcnknjmX


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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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