May 2009, Volume 59

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

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.


Kevin Archard
Steven Blinder
Tammy Boyd
Elizabeth Bush
Karyn Carlson
Melanie Cleveland
Margaret Collier
Michele Crosby
Lee Dury
Kay Earhart
Penny Ferguson
Thomas Fisher
Kevin Forehand
Michael Griffith
Denise Gudwin
Robin Hagood

Maureen Harrington
Pamela Hatton
Donna Joiner
Belinda Jones
Paula Leftwich
Sonja Lindzy
David Magee
Teresa Marcks
Jay Marshall
Jackie Migliori
B. E. Mondy
Marshall Mullnix
Angela Murphy
Scott Neil
Chris Olsen

Karen Owen
Debra Peavey
Judy Perrella
Sharon Pobjecky
Elizabeth Prince
Shanshera Quinn
Ellen Rice
Deborah Romero
Rita Shrack
Stephen Sills
S Slaton
Anna Tsambis
Wayne Van Doren
Lori White
Janet Wright


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


Welcome to Florida ASCD new Board Members

The Florida ASCD Board of Directors would like to welcome two new board members. Angel Chaisson, Assistant Principal of Doral Academy Charter Middle/High School in Miami-Dade joins us in region 6. Felita Lott, Principal/Executive Director of Carl Sagan Charter School in Hillsborough County.


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 and the Miami-Dade area. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


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


Bridgestone Firestone: Safety Scholars Video contest
The Bridgestone Firestone 2009 Safety Scholars Video Contest will award college scholarships for the most compelling and effective videos that drive home life-saving messages on auto and tire safety, and includes a chance for young filmmakers to have their auto safety videos broadcast as a public service commercial. Maximum Award: $5,000 scholarship; new set of Bridgestone tires. Eligibility: high school students. Deadline: entries accepted May 27-June 17, 2009. http://safetyscholarsvideo.com/index.php?/ site/guidelines

State Farm/NYLC: Project Ignition
State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council are sponsoring Project Ignition, which funds programs that give high school students and their teachers the chance to work together to address the issue of teen driver safety. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: students grades 9-12. Deadline: June 30, 2009. www.sfprojectignition.com

History Channel: Save Our History Grant
The History Channel Save Our History Grant Program inspires youth to become the preservationists in their communities. Museums, historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, libraries, and archives are invited to partner with a local school or youth group and apply for funding to help preserve the history of their communities. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) history organizations. Deadline: June 5, 2009. www.history.com

Thomson Gale: TEAMS Award
The Fifth Annual Thomson Gale TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages collaboration between teachers and media specialists to promote learning and increase student achievement. Maximum award: $2,500, Gale products (approximate value: $500), a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection, and Educator's Professional Bookshelf (approximate value: $500), from Linworth Publishing. Eligibility: K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada. Deadline: June 15, 2009. For more information go to: http://www .galeschools.com/TEAMS/


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News Briefs


I Choose to be Happy
The recent rash of school bullying and violence has Missy Jenkins urging administrators worldwide to increase their efforts in preventing it. Jenkins knows. She was 15 years old on Dec. 1, 1997, when she was paralyzed from the chest down in the Heath High School shooting in Paducah, Ky. "I Choose to be Happy" is available at all major book retailers and at www.missyjenkins.com. To inquire about discounts on larger quantities, such as for a school class, email jenkinsbook@ gmail.com.


Exit exams may keep thousands of Florida students from graduating
Nearly 5,600 Florida students who have not passed state reading and math tests may not graduate from high school this year. Last year's cuts to the state education budget eliminated test retake dates that typically are scheduled in the summer. Visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/education/story/1037776.html for more information.


Educators tap technology to keep students learning during closures
Educators in districts across the nation didn't let the swine flu scare keep them from their students. Instead, they assigned homework, held virtual study sessions and crafted lessons that were available online or on television to keep students' brains active during the unscheduled break. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/06/AR2009050600994.html?wprss=rss_education


Florida senators press for greater charter-school accountability
More than 360 Florida charter schools may be subject to stricter controls under a measure unanimously approved by the Florida Senate. The bill -- which has yet to be considered in the House -- would limit nepotism, ensure student performance is reported and allow sponsors to terminate contracts if financial problems develop. Most charter-school leaders approve of the measure. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-bizcharter25042509apr25,0,7575796.story


Arizona, Florida parents rally to support virtual schools
Parents of Arizona and Florida children who attend virtual schools or take some online classes called on legislators in those states to cancel planned funding cuts to online education. Florida virtual schools face a 15% state funding cut and Arizona schools face 6% to 8% cuts, which parents and educators say could limit course offerings and enrollment. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2009/04/22/20090422politics-protest0422.html


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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.

Stimulus Funding Dollars Demystified by ASCD
ASCD has produced a summary of the major sources of education funding in the economic stimulus package (attached) which includes examples of potential state and local activities for these funds. This information is on ASCD's education stimulus resource page, where you can also find the U.S. Department of Education's stimulus guidance as well as a breakdown of the state-by-state allocations for the Title I, IDEA, Education Technology, and State Fiscal Stabilization Funds and a link to school district distributions for Title I and IDEA. Go to: http://www.ascd.org/public_ policy/Education_Stimulus_Resources.aspx


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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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