May 2008, Volume 47

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events









News Briefs



ASCD Connections


Professional Development

Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Shelia Windom



Paul M. Terry



Lenford Sutton


Past President:

Ralph Barrett



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1

Peter Ulrich


Region 2

Pat Melvin

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki

John Nash


Region 4

Tessie Dickson

Allan Dornseif


Region 5

May Gamble


Region 6

Catherine J. Weitman


Florida ASCD Mission

Providing educational direction for all who impact teaching and learning.

   Florida ASCD Purpose

The purpose of this association shall be the general improvement of instruction and supervision and the encouragement of professional growth.

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 or renewed their membership with our organization.


J Adams
Helen Akers
Cynthia Bartlett
Tammy Boyd
Teresa Bruno
Elizabeth Bush
John Cain
Evelyn Cichanowski
Margaret Collier
Karen Cunningham
Connie Dennis
Sharyn Disabato
Michael Dresback
Ken Fairbanks
Richard Fenchak
Kevin Forehand
Belva Free
Kaye Freels
Michael Griffith
Carol Grosshans
Denise Gudwin

Fred Hartford

Beverly Haskins
Maryruth Hicks
Joan Hunt
Karen Ingraham
Belinda Jones
Wendy Katz
Deborah Kindel
Debra Knerr
Lee Kolbert
Kimberley KraftJoyce Lancaster
JoAnn Laskin
Linda Lecht
La Vergne Lestermeringolo Thatch
Barbara Levy
Sonja Lindzy
Elaine Meils
Billie Miller
Marilyn Moser
Scott Neil
Hal Nelson
Frank O'Leary

Debra Peavey

Judy Perrella
Oliver Phipps
Elizabeth Prince
Lucy Puello-Capone
Doris Quintero
Wylene Reed
Virginia Richard
Zanetta Robinson
Gina Romero
Gerald Schlereth
Karin Schmidt
Rita Shrack
Stephen Sills
Felicia Smith
Buddy Thomas
Linda Vendur
Lou Whitaker
Susan Wilkinson
Debbie Williams
Jill Wilson


Members in the News

Join us in celebrating! One of our board members, Kelley Ranch, from Duval County was named teacher of the year for the 2007-2008 school year at her school, Ribault Senior High School. Congratulations Kelley!


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

Our 49th Annual Conference will be held December 5-6, 2008 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando. The call for presenters is ready and posted on our website. Consider being a speaker at our conference. We have already booked nationally acclaimed speaker: Dr. Steven Layne. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend! Visit the conference site for more information!


Professional Development Institute-Fort Walton Beach

Join us for a Professional Development Institute in beautiful Fort Walton Beach on May 10, 2008! It is not too late to register!!Our PDI is geared for secondary reading teachers who are interested in learning the secrets of teaching reading instruction in any subject! The title of this workshop is: Weaving Thinking and Reading Strategies into Content Instructional Plans. The cost is only $100! This is a great deal. If you would like more information or would like to register, please visit http://fascd.org/07PDI-FWB.htm.


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Grants and Awards


Professional Development for Performing Arts Teachers in Rural Communities
The Dana Foundation Rural Arts Initiatives grants funds to professional development programs for performing arts teachers in rural communities in the U.S. Dana supports projects in various stages of development and approach. The maximum award is $50,000. Eligible professionals include professional artists teaching performing arts in public schools; in-school arts specialists who teach performing arts in public schools. The deadline for this grant is June 4, 2007. Click here for more information  http://www.dana.org/grants/rural/.


History Channel Save Our History Initiative
Save Our History is a national history education and preservation initiative that seeks to raise awareness and support for preserving local heritage. Historic organizations across the United States that are interested in funding for preservation projects developed with local schools or youth groups are encouraged to apply. The maximum Award is $10,000.
Eligible organizations include elementary, middle, and high school teachers who teach American, state, or local history in a social studies or history class in a public, private, or home school located within the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The deadline for this grant proposal is June 6, 2008. Click here for more information  http://www.history.com/minisite.do?content_type=Minisite_Generic&content_type_id=51650&display_order=3&sub_display_order=5&mini_id=51103.

Award for Breakthrough Middle and Secondary Schools
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the MetLife Foundation are calling for entries in the search for the nation's top "Breakthrough Schools." Applicants should be high achieving middle or high schools, or schools that are making dramatic improvements in student achievement, whose best practices and outstanding results can inform other schools as they further their own improvement efforts. Honorees will be chosen based upon documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of NASSP's Breaking Ranks II publication. Those three areas are collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction and assessment. The maximum Award is $5,000. Eligible schools include high-achieving middle and high schools where 40 percent or more of students are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. The deadline for applying is May 15, 2008. Please click here for more information. http://www.principals.org/s_nassp/sec_inside.asp?CID=66&DID=66.

Grants for Athletics for Young Women
Women's Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Grants provide financial assistance to sports/physical activity programs seeking to add new or expand program participation opportunities for an under-served population of girls, particularly economically disadvantaged girls and/or girls from populations with high incidences of health-risk behaviors. The average award is $5,700. Eligible organizations include: School, amateur, community and/or nonprofit organization whose program members are female, enrolled in 9th through12th grade and residents of the United States. Some area restrictions apply. Applicants must provide a minimum eight-week sports/physical activity program with preference given to organizations working consistently with girls throughout the year. The deadline for applying is  May 9, 2008. For more information click here

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News Briefs

Rankings of International Achievement Test Performance and Economic Strength: Correlation or Conjecture?
Examining a popular political notion, this article presents results of an investigation of relationships between countries’ rankings on international tests of mathematics and science and future economic competitiveness as measured by the 2006 World Economic Forum’s Growth Competitiveness Index (GCI). The study found that the relationship between ranks on international tests of mathematics and science and future economic strength is stronger among nations with lower-performing economies. Nations with strong economies, such as the United States, demonstrate a weaker, non-significant relationship.  Read the full text at http://www.ijepl.org.

FCAT Writing Exam Postponed Indefinitely

As a result of the state budget crisis, Florida students won't have to pass the writing FCAT to earn their diplomas -- for now. Remember that old cliché about the three R's of education -- reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic? It'll still be only two of three to earn a high school diploma in Florida. For now, high school students won't have to pass the writing FCAT to graduate, state education leaders have decided. Sophomores this year -- the class of 2010 -- would have been the first group required to pass the writing test to graduate. Students will still have to earn passing scores on the reading and math sections of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test to collect their diplomas, and they will still have to take the essay part of the writing exam. But the multiple-choice section that tested grammar, punctuation and capitalization won't be a part of it. For more information please click here. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/516490.html


Report: Poverty Can Take a Toll on Children's Brain Development

High stress levels experienced by children living in poverty may affect brain development, leading to learning disabilities as well as behavior and emotional problems, according to a new report. "If [children] enter kindergarten with such developmental delay because of a lack of [learning] opportunities and the stress in which they've grown up, it's hard to say that they're going to ever be able to catch up," said Margaret Arbuckle, a board member of the nonprofit that released the report. For more information, please visit http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080422/NRSTAFF/455893446/-1/NEWSRECRSSARKIVE.

Research: Educators Must Engage "Wired" Teens
Teens capable of producing YouTube videos, publishing anime or podcasting are likely to be underwhelmed by school, researchers say. "Kids associate one word with school: 'boring,'" Deborah Stipek, a Stanford professor and dean of education, said, adding, "The question becomes what is the role of school in this larger environment." http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9928174-7.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=NewsBlog

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

Make plans now to attend  ASCD's annual conference in Orlando, March 14-16, 2009. The conference theme is "Learning Beyond Boundaries." ASCD is currently seeking speaker proposals for the 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show. All 2009 conference proposals are due May 1, 2008. View the procedures and guidelines for submitting a proposal at http://www.ascd.org.


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Professional Development


Achieving Academic Excellence by Educating the Whole Child

Florida ASCD has agreed to be a sponsor with More Health Inc., in hosting a Florida School Leadership Summit on June 11, 2008 in Tampa. ASCD's Executive Director will be a speaker for this event as well as Florida ASCD's President Elect, Paul Terry. The institute's goal is to provide opportunities for school leaders and community decision makers to explore how to positively influence student academic performance by addressing health and wellness as integral to educating children. For more information please see brochure.


FASD Fall Leadership Conference

The Florida Association for Staff Development is hosting a Leadership Conference on September 22-24, 2008 in St. Pete Beach. Highlights will include how to incorporate state of the art technology in staff development delivery to meet the needs of the 21st Century students and identify low cost technology delivery tools to address budgetary impacts. View their website at www.fasdonline.org for more information.


Florida Education Research Association Conference

The 53rd Annual Conference of the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA) will be at The Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL November 19-21, 2008. Save the date! FERA is not just for statisticians and methodologists. It reaches a very diverse audience with researchers from all disciplines and content areas.Topics for 2008 may include but not limited to research on: Large-scale Assessment, Assessment on Special Populations, Technology in Classrooms, Students in Higher Education, Student's Learning, Schools and Teachers, Schools and Leadership, Test Construction, Statistics, Psychometrics. The program also will have invited speakers and papers or symposia presented by prominent educational research, measurement, and evaluation theorists and practitioners. Visit the FERA website at http://feraonline.org/


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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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Madeira Beach, FL 33708






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