June 2010, Volume 72

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

Jason Driver


Region 2

Pat Melvin

Sharon Kochlany

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif

Felita Lott


Region 5


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.


Susan Anderson
Angel Chaisson
Lois Christensen
Robert Clampett
Juanita Deason
Randall DeVries
Rick Dillon
Linda Dove
Paul Eckley
Catherine Elliott
Gayle Faircloth
Catherine Fleeger
Regina Fontana
John Fryer
Sally Gentili
MaryLou Giacobbe
Martha Gioielli

Sue Harrell
Micaela Hawn
Loretta Hines
Bradley Johnson
Kimberley Kraft
Ariana Leonard
Sreedhara Madiraju
Joanne Mallary
Justin Matthews
Erika McLaren
Ruthann Miller
Adhar Mohamed
Kimberlee Oakes
Kathleen Oropallo
Patricia O'Sullivan
Adam Palmese
Sandra Parks

Elizabeth Pocius
Wylene Reed
Brian Rose
Gloria Roses
Barbie Russell
Karin Schmidt
Joanne Schwab
Deborah Shepard
Dianne Singletary
Belinda Slater
Silvia Torres
Rose Van Alstine
Elida Westerman-Vilardebo
Letitia Whitfield-Hart
Fredna Wilkerson
Julie Williams
Debbie Williams


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-Creating Innovative & Technology Enriched Classrooms in 21st Century Schools

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 detials. https://fascd.org//10conference.html


Please take a few moments to cast your vote for our current Vice President election as well as proposed changes to our constitution. Voting will take place through June 23, 2010.

Vice Presidential Election Ballot
Proposed Constitutional Changes Ballot

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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.


Easier Way to Find Matching Grants
In order to ease financial pressure on school districts, schools, and other nonprofits, a dozen foundations are offering $506 million dollars to match federal grants for education reform, the Associated Press reports. The foundations have set up a joint internet portal, so that organizations can apply to all foundations in one step, streamlining the task of seeking money from multiple sources. Funders will post comments, questions, and requests for more information directly on the online applications, for everyone to see. The unusual group effort reflects support for the Obama administration's push for certain reforms, many of which have been long championed by the foundations. Their money and the federal program are both aimed at three aspects: innovation in the classroom, ideas for turning around low-performing schools, and research to study ideas that can be expanded across the country. The group includes the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Ford Foundation; John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Lumina Foundation; Robertson Foundation; Wallace Foundation; Walton Family Foundation; William & Flora Hewlett Foundation; and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j320SJ-I0y3wd47tns78PNG-y_6AD9FCDHR00   Go to the project registry: http://foundationregistryi3.org 

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Grants
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Grants to Help Children fund proposals that aim to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: July 15, 2010.  http://www.cwf-inc.org/grantseekers/overview

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Noteworthy News


Report: 22% of U.S. children live in poverty, face variety of risks
An analysis from the Foundation for Child Development shows 22% of children in the U.S. will live in poverty this year, the highest rate in two decades. Experts say family poverty will have consequences for schools as children will have reduced access to preschool and will be at increased risk for dropping out. Educational impacts combined with other risks for children -- including learning and health problems -- may have consequences that last for many years. USA TODAY (6/8) , The Hechinger Report (6/8) http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-06-08-1Achild08_ST_N.htm


Electives: Critical to student success or frills that can be cut?
South Florida schools are taking different approaches to electives such as the arts, music and physical education courses that are on the chopping block in many districts because of budget deficits. Some schools see the electives as frills and are eliminating them in to devote scarce time and resources to core subjects, but others see the courses as critical to students' success and are working to keep them. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (6/7) http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/highered/fl-art-music-pe-20100607,0,197840.story


Schools experiment with stand-up desks for students
Some classrooms in Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin have replaced traditional classroom desks with height-adjustable stations that some educators say could improve students' focus and fitness levels. The workstations, which allow students to stand or rest on a stool, could be particularly helpful for students who have difficulty sitting still during class, educators say. At an Idaho school, data is being collected to determine whether stand-up desks could be used to curb childhood-obesity rates. Google/The Associated Press (6/5) http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hnlDaaRXYOd-veIg_gdihVMjiCDgD9G598100


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Curriculum Corner

K-12 Common Core Standards in English-Language Arts and mathematics Unveiled

After a year-long process led by governors and chief education officers in 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia, the K-12 Common Core Standards for English-Language Arts and Mathematics were launched June 2, 2010, at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee Ga. The standards were developed in collaboration with content experts, teachers, school administrators and parents to define and establish clear goals for learning that will prepare America’s children for success in college and work. The release of the standards marks the end of the development phase and the beginning of the adoption and implementation process by states. In the coming months, each state will follow its own procedures and processes for adopting the standards. To learn more about the K-12 Common Core Standards for English-Language Arts and Mathematics, visit www.corestandards.org.

Virginia schools test 21st-century skill sets of students
A number of Virginia schools are testing students on problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and the use of technology -- all considered to be 21st-century skills. One county is beginning testing this year with its eighth-graders, while another county has been using portfolio assessments during the past five years to test the skills of younger students. "We want to go beyond what NCLB is asking, beyond what the Standards of Learning tests assess, to really ensure that we're preparing our students for a global economy," one Henrico County official said. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (5/24) http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/education/article/CSKL24_20100523-204202/346466/

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Technology Tidbits

Video technology has fifth-graders receiving science lessons from NASA
Fifth-graders at a Florida school used videoconferencing technology to access a science lesson from an educator at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. For 45 minutes, Damon Talley conducted a series of scientific experiments as the students interacted with Talley and predicted the experiments' outcomes based on concepts they had learned in class. St. Petersburg Times (Fla.) 6/9 http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/moton-fifth-graders-get-science-lessons-via-nasa-video-session/1101201

Report: Promote Internet safety, but don't scare students
Scare tactics do little to encourage students to stay safe while using social networking, text messaging and other technology-based communication methods, according to a report by a federal task force. The report recommended that educators use programs that model safe and appropriate online behavior and use social media as part of classroom instruction. "Unless new media are used in schools and within families, youth are on their own in figuring out the ethics, social norms, and civil behaviors that enable good citizenship in the online part of their media use and lives," the report said. eSchool News (free registration) (6/7) http://www.eschoolnews.com/2010/06/07/online-safety-report-discourages-scare-tactics/

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Professional Development Opportunities

Art and Science of Teaching Master's Degree

The National Institute for Professional Practice is excited to announce that the first course of Dr. Robert Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching master’s degree is now being offered during our summer session. The only one of its kind, the Art and Science of Teaching graduate program empowers teachers with skills and knowledge to substantially impact student achievement. Offered by the National Institute in partnership with Wilkes University, the program provides Dr. Marzano's rich content, activities for application within the classroom, small online classes, and faculty invested in each graduate's success.

Teachers will learn how to:

• Improve student learning and comprehension

• Engage students in active participation

• Help students develop critical thinking skills

• Match teaching strategies to specific student needs

• Apply theory and practice directly to the classroom

Learners can choose from one of two nine-week summer sessions:

Session 1:  Registration Ends:  May 5, 2010

                    Classes Begins:       May 10, 2010

                    Class Ends:              July 9, 2010

Session 2:  Registration Ends:  May 28, 2010

                    Classes Begin:         June 7, 2010

                    Class Ends:              August 8, 2010

For more information, please click here for more information.

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ASCD Connections

ASCD's Summer Conference June 22-24, Orlando
ASCD's Summer Conference is the one opportunity educators have all year to focus on the four proven approaches to improving your schools: differentiated instruction, Understanding by Design, What Works in Schools and curriculum mapping. Experts in each approach -- including Grant Wiggins, Jay McTighe, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Carol Ann Tomlinson, and Robert Marzano -- will be on hand to share their perspectives and answer questions. Join ASCD from June 22 to 24 in Orlando, Fla., for a definitive professional-development experience.  Learn more about Summer Conference.

ASCD Emerging Leaders 2010
ASCD has selected 30 educators for its 2010 class of Emerging Leaders. The program's goal is to prepare young, ambitious educators to fulfill ASCD leadership roles and empower each cohort to make an impact on education policy and practice on a local and national level. Read the full press release.

Public Access to Educational Leadership Archive Expanded
Over six decades of thought-provoking articles from ASCD's flagship magazine, Educational Leadership, are now just a few keystrokes away. All EL issues dating from October 1943 to January 1998 are now open for the public. Track down your favorite oldie.

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

11511 Pine Street

Seminole, FL 33772






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