March 2010, Volume 69

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards



Noteworthy News


Curriculum Corner

Technology Tidbits

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


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.


Gary Avery
Carmen Balgobin
Lissette Brizendine
Cherise Brummer
Kathleen Cantwell
Maribel Diaz

Rusty Dosh
Stacy Fontes
Cathy Hoff
Lee Kolbert
Cory Miller
Michael Mizwicki

Terri Moeller
B. E. Mondy
Kathleen Orloff
Nancy Roberts
Hassan Sabere


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. Please see the conference site for more detials. https://fascd.org//10conference.html


Florida ASCD Professional Development Institutes

Florida ASCD currently has some PDI's planned around the state of Florida. Take a look and see if any of these peek your interest!


From Text to Cortex: Making Thinking Visible


Reading is not a subject area course; it’s a process that responds to a variety of methodologies. This seminar elaborates on a practical working definition of the reading process and offers multiple intervention strategies. Knowing when to use a specific strategy is as important for the student to understand as knowing how to do the strategy. When we recognize that reading takes place 'beyond the eyes' and weave these strategies into our content area lessons, the magic of comprehension will occur. Visit https://fascd.org//makingthinkingvisible.html for more information.



Saturday, April 24, 2010


Barry University
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161

Time:  8:00-3:30 (Lunch on Your Own)
Facilitator:  Pat Melvin   Director - Florida ASCD
Cost:  $40.00


Assisting Change in Education (ACE)

ACE is a research-based program that includes six modules that address the dispositions and skills for facilitators working on school improvement. Focus is upon skill clusters that are practical and urgently needed to implement successful school reform efforts. Facilitators will receive materials that can be used for facilitating and working with building-based school improvement teams. For more information, please visit: https://fascd.org//ACE.html

When:    Postponed...new date to be announced
Where: NOVA
4850 Millenia Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32839           
Time: 9:00-4:00 (Lunch on Your Own)
Facilitator:  Paul M. Terry, Director - Florida ASCD
Cost:  $49.00



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Grants & Awards


ING Unsung Heroes Awards
The ING Unsung Heroes Awards program recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education through monetary awards. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff members with effective projects that improve student learning at an accredited K-12 public or private school. Deadline: April 30, 2010.  For more information, please visit: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=7czuredab.0.jytobddab.pbwu7zbab.3841&ts=S0431&p=http%3A//www.ing-usa.com/us/stellent2/groups/dc/documents/companylobinformation/001143.pdf

American Academy of Dermatology: Shade Structure Program
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Shade Structure Program gives grants for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance of sun safety. Maximum award: $8,000. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations or public schools that primarily serve children and teens 18 and younger; demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application; and are sponsored by an AAD member dermatologist. Deadline: April 12, 2010.For more information, please visit: http://www.aad.org/public/sun/grants.html

National Council for the Social Studies: Teacher of the Year
The NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: social studies teachers who teach social studies regularly and systematically in elementary school settings or at least half time in middle/junior high and high school settings; NCSS membership required, self-nominations accepted. Deadline: April 1, 2010. Please see,http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/teaching for more information.

Lemelson-MIT Program: InvenTeams
The Lemelson-MIT Program is dedicated to supporting and encouraging invention, and seeks to inspire students and rising inventors. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: high school science, mathematics, and technology teachers at public, private, and vocational schools, and their students. Deadline: April 23, 2010. Visit the following site for more informaiton:

The MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures: Community College Encore Career Grants
MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures Community College Encore Career Grants explore how community colleges can help those in the second half of life pursue new careers in education, health care, social services, and similar fields. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: community colleges. Deadline: April 12, 2010.http://www.civicventures.org/communitycolleges

Target: Early Childhood Reading Grants
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants promote a love of reading and encourage young children to read together with their families by supporting programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Maximum award: $2,000.
Eligibility: schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations. Deadline: April 30, 2010.

Target: Arts and Culture in Schools Grants
Target Arts and Culture in Schools Grants help schools and nonprofits bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students. Programs must have a curriculum component. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: schools and nonprofit organizations. Deadline: April 30, 2010.

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Noteworthy News


Florida tuition vouchers may get boost
Some Florida lawmakers are seeking to increase the amount of money offered for private-school tuition vouchers for low-income students, even as public-school officials who are facing budget cuts complain that the program lacks accountability. Under the bill, the $3,950 voucher would increase to about $4,460 next year. The bill also would allow businesses to donate more money to the voucher program in lieu of state taxes, which further depletes the state's limited funds. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-florida-tax-credit-scholarship-20100303,0,2829600.story Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/3)


Florida middle school's reading video makes television debut
A video produced by students and faculty at Florida's Ocoee Middle School was featured on Friday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," with Winfrey recognizing the school's efforts by offering to renovate the school's library and donate 2,000 books. To create the video, teachers rewrote the lyrics of a Black Eyed Peas song, creating "Gotta Keep Reading" to get students excited about reading. All of the school's 1,700 students starred in the video, practicing the dance steps for the video's "flash mob" routine in their physical-education classes. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-oprah-ocoee-middle-video-030510-20100305,0,3588100.story Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/5)


Florida high-school rankings decrease focus on FCAT scores
Standardized tests being given to Florida high-school students this week will only count for half of each school's letter grade for the first time this year. The remaining 50% of a high school's grade will now be based on a combination of graduation rates, college readiness and how many students enroll and do well in advanced classes. Students' grades on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test will still make up 100% of a school's letter grade at the elementary and middle levels. http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2010/mar/07/fcat-tests-to-play-smaller-role-in-high-school/ TCPalm.com (Fort Pierce, Fla.) (3/7)


Hawaii to begin offering state test online
Hawaii officials are launching an online version of state assessments next year that is expected to benefit teaching and learning and cut costs. Students will have more opportunities to take the exams, and teachers will receive feedback more quickly -- giving them time to adjust lessons to improve student achievement. http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100308/NEWS07/3080349 The Honolulu Advertiser (3/8


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Curriculum Corner

Dallas students learn math and science by digging into nature
Students at four Dallas elementary schools are getting the chance for more hands-on studying outdoors, thanks to the addition of learning gardens at their schools. The gardens -- funded by the nonprofit REAL School Gardens -- help students connect with nature and learn to work together while also providing fodder for math and science lessons, educators say. Each school chooses a theme for its garden, such as crop production or sun gardening, and REAL School Gardens helps provide continued funding for a teaching coordinator as well as garden maintenance. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/DN-nhg_leegarden_0304gd.ART.State.Edition1.1f4206e.html The Dallas Morning News (3/4)

Everyday Mathematics is credited with improvement of D.C. math scores
A math curriculum adopted in 2005 for students in grades K-6 in Washington, D.C., schools is being credited with helping students develop a deeper understanding of math concepts and improve their scores on standardized tests. Officials adopted the Everyday Mathematics curriculum that was developed by the University of Chicago and aims to make math more relevant for students, who practice their skills frequently with games. Research on the curriculum is inconclusive, and some critics say Everyday Mathematics does not give students a sufficient grounding in computational skills. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/07/AR2010030702885.html?wprss=rss_education The Washington Post (3/8)

One step closer to common standards
State boards of education are moving rapidly to adopt the common-standards proposal made by state governors and schools chiefs this week, with many in the South eager to act within the next few months, The Washington Post reports. "I think you'll get half of the states by the end of the year, based on what they've said to us," said Brenda Welburn, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education. According to Welburn, some Western states appeared more cautious. The blueprint aims to replace a hodgepodge of state benchmarks with common standards. President Obama has aggressively encouraged state action as a key to improving troubled schools and keeping the nation competitive. New academic standards would affect textbooks, curricula, teacher training, and student learning from coast to coast. The new proposal is considered a breakthrough after years of stalemate over the federal role in setting education standards. Both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations tried and failed in the 1990s to establish voluntary national standards, leaving expectations for students up to states. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/10/AR2010031000024.html?hpid=topnews&sid=ST2010031000033
http://www.corestandards.org/Standards/K12/ The Washington Post (3/11)

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Technology Tidbits

Software program gives students feedback on writing skills
A California school district is implementing the writing software MY Access! for all of its students in fifth and sixth grades. The program, from Vantage Learning, assesses more than 350 components of student writing grouped by syntax, semantics, style and clarity, and gives scores and feedback designed to improve students' writing. The program allows teachers to assign more writing projects without as much time-consuming grading, one principal said. http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/02/26/california-district-implements-writing-program-throughout-elementary-schools.aspx T.H.E. Journal (2/26)

More educators seeking guidance on social-media contact with students
Some educators are finding themselves treading into a virtual minefield when using social media to interact with students. The communication tools can be a valuable way for teachers to connect with students but can also lead to situations where words are misinterpreted. Many teachers say they need clear guidelines, and education leaders nationwide are struggling to determine the appropriate use of text messaging and social-networking sites such as Facebook. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-teachers-texting-students-20100301,0,2721662.story Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/1)

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ASCD Connections

Introducing ASCD EDge™
The new ASCD EDge™ social-networking community creates an online forum where any educator can set up a free profile and network with other educators, sharing educational best practices via media, chat, discussion forums, interest groups and one-on-one interaction. Connect on important topics like student motivation, differentiated instruction and whole-child education. Sign up for ASCD EDge™ today.

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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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