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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 June 10th. Please see the conference site for more detials. https://fascd.org//10conference.html
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Grants & Awards
National Assoc Biology Teachers Teaching Award
The National Association of Biology Teachers Vernier Software & Technology Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community. Maximum award: $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. Eligibility: secondary school teachers. Deadline: May 7, 2010.
NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants
NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants aim to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities. Deadline: June 1, 2010 http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/StudentAchievement_Guidelines.htm
FEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants
The NEA Foundation gives grants for high-quality professional development or implementing project-based learning and break-the-mold innovations that raise student achievement. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: public school teachers, public school support professionals, and faculty and staff in public higher education institutions. Deadline: June 1, 2010.
PTO: Today's Parent Group of the Year
PTO Today's Parent Group of the Year Contest is an opportunity to showcase your hard work while giving your school the chance to win cash and prizes. Maximum award: $3,000, plus 60 cases of personalized fundraising chocolate ($3,000 value) from World's Finest Chocolate. Eligibility: all parent groups -- PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, etc.; public and private schools; rural, suburban, and urban schools. Deadline: June 1, 2010.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Nature of Learning Grants
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation gives grants to organizations to start or expand Nature of Learning programs in their communities. Grants support start-up expenses associated with new programs and give continued support to existing Nature of Learning programs. The Nature of Learning is the National Wildlife Refuge System's community-based environmental education initiative that seeks to use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote greater understanding of local conservation issues; encourage interdisciplinary approaches to learning that enhance student academic achievement; use field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons to real world issues; and partner local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals, and local businesses. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, cooperative and interpretive associations, Audubon Chapters, and youth organizations. Deadline: June 14, 2010.
Captain Planet Foundation: Education Grants
Captain Planet Foundation Education Grants support hands-on environmental projects for children and youth around the world that empower them to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: June 30, 2010.
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Single-gender classes show early positive results at Fla. school
A three-year experiment with single-gender classes at a Florida elementary school is producing positive results, and school officials are seeking to continue the program for another three years for a more complete assessment. Many students in the pilot program -- particularly the girls -- outscored their peers on standardized tests, and a majority of students, parents and teachers responded favorably to a survey about the program, with many saying children are less distracted in single-gender classrooms. St. Petersburg Times (Fla.) (4/29) http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/westside-elementary-test-shows-promise-in-single-gender-classes/1091451
Florida governor vetoes teacher merit-pay bill
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a controversial merit-pay bill Thursday that was largely opposed by teachers, who launched a campaign against the bill. Crist, in vetoing the measure, cited teachers' reaction, the way in which the proposal moved through the legislature and the lack of consideration given to the needs of individual students. Among other things, the bill would have ended traditional tenure for new teachers and linked educator pay to student test scores. The Wall Street Journal (4/16) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304510004575186280627409178.html?mod=dist_smartbrief
Top Florida high-schoolers to square off in academic challenge
High-school students from schools across Florida are set to compete today in an academic competition to test their knowledge of math formulas, literary references, science concepts and historical facts. Teams from more than 50 districts are scheduled to participate in the Commissioner's Academic Challenge, which will feature multiple rounds of questions crafted by high-school educators from across the state. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (4/13) http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-academic-games-atlantic-high-team-20100413,0,380451.story
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Arts program helps at-risk students improve scores in Louisiana
Some at-risk students in Louisiana's Jefferson Parish school district are making academic gains because of a program that links arts education with academic subjects, say educators. At one alternative middle school for students who have had disciplinary problems, the Cultural Crossroads program helped students improve their reading scores and their behavior. "If they can be shown a different approach, they're poised for achievement," said the director of the program, which is expected to expand to more schools. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (4/26) http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2010/04/arts_credited_for_academic_str.html
Higher bar for Florida high-school students sparks concerns
Educators in Florida are divided over stricter high-school graduation requirements signed into law this week by Gov. Charlie Crist that will require students to take more difficult math and science courses in an effort to help improve student achievement. Critics say the requirements could harm the state's at-risk students who are already struggling to earn diplomas, and they question the push amid a shortage of qualified math and science teachers. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (4/21) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-high-school-grad-changes-04-22-10-20100421,0,5537984.story
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Top Technologies to Impact Classroom Instruction
Collaborative learning environments and cloud computing are among the top technologies expected to make an impact on classroom instruction over the next several years, the authors of an education-technology report predict. Mobile technologies and game-based learning are expected to increase in use during the next two to three years, according to the report, which also lists five critical challenges for schools, including inadequate teacher training and outdated materials. T.H.E. Journal (4/13) http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/04/13/6-technologies-that-will-shape-education.aspx
New Generation of Instructional Videos
Founded by veterans of Google and YouTube, www.howcast.com publishes engaging, useful how-to videos such as "How to Tell Directions Without a Compass" and "How to Read a Book You Hate but Have to Finish" and the popular "How to Convince a Teacher to Change Your Grade."
Oregon to offer Web-based Google Apps for Education to all schools
Oregon will become the first state to offer the Web-based Google Apps for Education to all of its public K-12 schools. The switch to the free programs is expected to save the state $1.5 million and expand the number and variety of tools available to schools, educators and students. "Our students have a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the workplace by using workplace technology in the classroom," state schools chief Susan Castillo said. eSchool News (free registration) (4/28) http://www.eschoolnews.com/2010/04/28/oregon-schools-adopt-google-apps-to-save-cash-expand-ed-tech-offerings/
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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'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.
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