March 2009, Volume 57

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


Region 5

Catherine J. Weitman

Region 6



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.


Josefa Alfonso
Kimberly Anderson
Kari Benefiel
Adrian Cline
Nate Collins
AnnMarie Courtney
Rebecca Dahl
Maribel Diaz
Rusty Dosh
Carlos Flores
Sandra Harwell
Diane Kamp
Elisabeth Keimer
Kevin Kjellerup

Felita Lott
David McKnight
Terrie Mitev
Loretta Moreau
Timothy Motala
Kathy Nobles
Kelly Orzel
Paul Ott
Bennie Peoples
Elizabeth Purcell
Linda Ray
Sheryll Reach

Kimberly Richards
Nancy Roberts
Robin Ruiz
Aida Saldivar
Shirley Sandusky
Dianne Singletary
Donna Snyder
Roy Sprinkle
Jeremy Tompkins
Sylvia Tricarico
Frances Vandiver
Donna Verali
Carrie Whitney
Susan  Zellers



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

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! More information to come soon!


Professional Development Institutes

Florida ASCD has finalized plans for two PDI's that will take place in April. Please see below for more information.


Fundatmentals of Instructional Leadership

Topic: Four Key Components Essential to an Effective Instructional Leader

Presenter: Dr. Gordon Cawelti

Recommended Audience: Administrators K-12

Where: Barry University, Miami Shores

When: April 18, 2009, 8:00-3:00

Cost: $69

More information, inclulding registration, available here.


We Read to Organize, NOT to Memorize

Topic: New Reading Strategies that Engage Secondary Students

Presenter: Pat Melvin

Where: Terry Parker High School, Jacksonville

When: April 18, 2009, 8:00-3:00

Cost: $49

More information, including registration, avaiable here.


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Grants & Awards


McGraw-Hill: Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education
The 2009 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education will be awarded to three individuals who have addressed innovation and education, focusing on the whole child, in one of three broad categories: professional development and teacher education (in school, only); pre-K-, elementary- and secondary-level education programs (in and out of school); and policy maker. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: policy makers, leaders in higher education, and school- based personnel. Deadline: March 20, 2009. http://www.mcgraw -hill.com/prize/about_history.shtml

The National Association for Gifted Children A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher
Scholarship awards teachers who have shown excellence in teaching gifted students, the ability to meet the needs of gifted students, and commitment to furthering the development of their teaching skills. Maximum Award: $2,000. Eligibility: teachers K-12 who have been members of NAGC for at least one year. Deadline: April 20, 2009. http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx? id=1255

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings and/or on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: youth 8-18. Deadline: April 30, 2009. http://ww w.barronprize.org/index.html

Heartspring: Award for Innovation and Creativity in Special Education
The Heartspring Award for Innovation and Creativity in Special Education honors professionals who get results for children with special needs using creative measures. New ideas create results that matter and educators who are outstanding innovators are the right applicants for this award -- only explorers, pioneers, risk-takers, and innovators need apply. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility:`professionals who work with children with special needs. Deadline: April 20, 2009. www.heartsp ring.org/award/

Educational Resources: Essay Contest
The Educational Resources Essay Contest rewards schools that can show us how they are best at implementing technology for the advancement of student learning. Applicants must submit an essay detailing the technology used, how it is utilized and how it impacted student achievement. Maximum award: $2,500 technology voucher. Eligibility: legal residents of the United States at least 18 years of age. Deadline: April 1, 2009. http://ideas.edresources.com/Ideas/IdeasHome .aspx


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News Briefs


Web 2.0 Tools in Your Classroom
Lynne Schrum and Gwen Solomon are working on a new book about Web 2.0 tools that ISTE will publish. It focuses on practical uses of these tools in classrooms and how to get started integrating them. The authors hope to provide the book?s readers with great models. Thus, they are asking you to provide information on your successful use of Web 2.0 tools by filling out a Survey Monkey form. If they include your work, they will credit you in the book. For more information contact: Lynne Schrum, Ph.D. Professor/Director of Teacher Education, CEHD Robinson A 337 MSN 4B3, George Mason University, Fairfax VA 22030. URL; www.surveymonkey.com/

Virtual school trains educators to teach online
The Florida Virtual School is training prospective teachers to better address the needs of online students as part of an internship program that includes seven weeks in virtual schools and seven weeks in traditional schools. "We want to be thinking ahead of where the education industry is now," said Michael Hynes, who chairs the University of Central Florida's Teaching and Learning Principles department. "It will give our students an edge, because they will not only know how to teach a traditional class, they will also know how to do it virtually." eSchool News

Top students tutor younger classmates at struggling Florida school
In the hopes of raising freshman and sophomore student achievement, one Florida high school is asking top upperclassmen to tutor younger students to prepare them for the annual state test in March in the hopes of raising the school's grade from a D to a B. "I want the Class of '09 to be the one that made a difference," said tutor Salina Peace. St. Petersburg Times (Fla.)

Florida will no longer test students for steroids
Florida is ending a pilot program to detect steroid use among high-school athletes that, since its inception, has found only one user among 600 students. Officials say the program, which costs about $100,000, is too expensive given the economic climate. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)/The Associated Press

Why aren't more minority children enrolled in advanced classes?
As more Florida middle-school students enroll in high-school classes in the hopes of getting ahead, some educators worry that black and Hispanic children are being left behind, creating de facto segregation. Most of the Florida middle-school students taking advanced classes are white, even at some schools where the total student population is overwhelmingly minority, a newspaper analysis found. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)

Florida bill would eliminate tenure for new teachers
Florida legislators plan to introduce legislation that could, after July, eliminate tenure for new teachers and limit teacher contracts to five years, infuriating teachers union leaders. Former Gov. Jeb Bush's education foundation backs the plan, but some education leaders say the debate will scare off potential teachers and is as waste legislators' time when funding is the central issue facing the state's public schools. St. Petersburg Times (Fla.)

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

Registration is still open for  ASCD's annual conference in Orlando, March 14-16, 2009. The conference theme is "Learning Beyond Boundaries."


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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

11225 Kapok Grand Circle

Madeira Beach, FL 33708






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