may 2011, Volume 83

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements


Florida ASCD Events


Grants & Awards


Noteworthy News

Curriculum Corner

Technology Bytes

Professional Development Oppotunties

ASCD Connections

Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Alina Davis



Alina Davis



Pat Melvin


Past President:

Paul M Terry



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1

Sallie Payne


Region 2

Pat Melvin

Sharon Kochlany

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

John Nash

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif

Ana Tsambis


Region 5

Julie Williams

Region 6

Dona Depriest

Carlos Viera


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.


Gregg Austin
Theresa Axford
Julie Biancardi
Russ Brown
Leontine Butler
Carol Crilley
Audrey Dickie
Carmen Garcia
Betty Green

Astrigt Hermelijn
Sonya Jackson
Linda Lecht
Sonja Lindzy
Ruthann Miller
Amy Minkin
Helen Obenchain-Clark
Debra Peavey

Sheryll Reach
Wylene Reed
Ellen Rice
Dennis Smith
Andis Tamayo
Donna Verali
Jill Wilson
Ken Woolman


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


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. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at fascd@fascd.org.


Florida ASCD is now on Facebook, Twitter & ASCD Edge!  Check us out!



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Florida ASCD Events


Habits of Mind - Professional Development Institute - Presented by Art Costa




Florida ASCD would like you to mark your calendar now! Art Costa will be joining us, October 22, 2011 for a full day PDI on Habits of Mind at NOVA Southeastern University Tampa Campus. He will discuss his Habits of Mind and help teachers, administrators and district staff find ways to infuse these habits into their curriculum, instruction and school structure. For more information, please click here. We have a new student and group rate! Prices range from $69-159.


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Grants & Awards


NSTA: New Science Teacher Academy
The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Foundation is a professional development initiative created to promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Maximum award: program expenses. Eligibility: middle or high school science teachers entering their second or third year of teaching, working a schedule with 51 percent of their classes in science. Deadline: June 13, 2011.

U.S. Department of State: Teachers for Global Classrooms
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program aimed at globalizing U.S. classrooms. Activities include an online course; two Global Education Symposiums in Washington, D.C. (pre- and post-travel); and an international fellowship through a two-week country visit upon successful completion of the online course. Maximum award: a fellowship, including two weeks' travel to Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, or Ukraine. Eligibility: full-time secondary-level (middle or high school) teaching professionals with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English as a Second Language, English Language or Literature, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science, who are also U.S. citizens. Deadline: June 15, 2011.

MetLife Foundation: Partners in Arts Education Program
The MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program enhances arts learning in K-12 public schools by supporting exemplary community school/public school partnerships that serve large numbers of public school students during the school day; exemplify best practices in creating and sustaining effective partnerships; provide pedagogically sound arts education experiences; prioritize student learning and achievement; and address national, state, and/or local arts education standards. Maximum award: $20,000. Eligibility: organizations that are full members in good standing of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Non-member organizations should submit a membership application and first-year dues payments at least one week prior to submitting an application. Must be located in certain cities -- see application guidelines. Deadline: May 20, 2011.

Fuel Up to Play 60 School Funding Opportunities
Need some moo-lah to jumpstart your school wellness program? Check out www.School.FuelUpToPlay60.com/Funds for local grant opportunities from America's Dairy Farmers. These funds are part of Fuel Up To Play 60, the in-school initiative created by National Dairy Council and the National Football League. Fuel Up to Play 60  encourages students to fuel up with healthy foods and to be active for 60 minutes every day. Apply by June 15, 2011 and you could earn up to $3000 in wellness funds for your school!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS, Jeanette A. McCollum Award for Service to the Field, Illinois Division for Early Childhood (IDEC) Jeanette A. McCollum is a leader in research and personnel preparation in the field of early intervention/early childhood special education, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and has contributed significantly within Illinois and to the International Division for Early Childhood (DEC). Candidates for the Jeanette A. McCollum Award shall meet the following criteria: Be a professional in an agency or an organization in the field of early intervention/early childhood (Birth-8), family member, student or community member, or an area that directly impacts early intervention/early childhood (e.g., government); It is encouraged, but not required, that the candidate be a current member of DEC; Have made significant contributions on a state, regional, or local level which have improved or will improve the lives of young children with special needs, their families, or those who work on their behalf. Contributions may be in direct services, personnel preparation, leadership, policy development, research, advocacy, or publications and are supportive of the goals of Illinois, IDEC and International DEC. Please send nominations (letter of support outlining the three criteria above and any additional supporting documentation) to Robin Miller Young at the e-mail or address listed below by June 15, 2011.  The outcome of this review process will be determined by August 15, 2011 and the award will be presented at the 2011 Sharing a Vision Conference in Springfield, IL in September 2011. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Robin Miller Young. JAM Committee Chairperson, Indian Prairie School District # 204,780 Shoreline Drive,Aurora, IL 60504. Email:  Robin_MillerYoung@ipsd.org  Phone:  (630) 375-3030.

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Noteworthy News

National assessments face technology, budgetary challenges
Limits on schools' technology and budgets concern those who are developing new computer-based national assessments. The tests, to be rolled out in 2014, must be developed quickly with assurance that they will serve their intended accountability for teachers and schools. Test developers also say they are working under the assumption that emerging technology will help make computer-based tests affordable and that technology will continue to be integrated into the nation's classrooms, making the new tests feasible. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (4/12) http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/04/12/28aera.h30.html?tkn=YMLFacXdHUujY0MFYtAEH40IJPJ846b%2FrlO2&cmp=clp-sb-ascd

Why revisions to ESEA might not pass this year
The chairman of the Senate's education committee had set a goal of having a revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act ready for review by the Easter holiday, but lawmakers left for recess Friday without a revised bill. Some observers say a goal of having a reauthorized bill in place by the end of the year -- or even next year -- is unrealistic given that the Republican-controlled House would be unlikely to give President Barack Obama an issue that he could take credit for. The Hill (4/17) http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/156519-senate-misses-goal-on-education-rewrite-as-negotiations-slip

Florida committee advances expanded school vouchers
A plan to create education savings accounts to allow Florida public-school students to attend private schools cleared the state Senate's education committee Thursday. Under the bill, the taxpayer-funded accounts could also be used for homeschooling or tutoring. Supporters of the plan say it increases school choice for all students, but some have raised questions about legality and accountability. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (4/14) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-vouchers-school-savings-accounts-20110414,0,631235.story

Race to the Top sparks innovation at local, state levels
The federal Race to the Top grant program, known for its emphasis on large-scale school reforms, also has led to funding for numerous local and state initiatives that aim to take innovative approaches to school improvement. Efforts include a new method for planning classroom lessons being implemented at a Florida high school, the development in Maryland of a new elementary teaching certificate in science, technology, engineering and math, plus efforts to boost teacher recruitment and support in Georgia. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (4/20) http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/04/20/28rtt_ep.h30.html?tkn=ZLTFOVE2Y0HL9tclmX3Z9eiEo6LunsooaEn5&cmp=clp-sb-ascd

Survey: Parents want more exercise for children at school
A U.S. survey of parents of children ages 6 to 11 found nearly all said it is important for their children to get daily exercise at school. But one-third said children don't get enough time for exercise at school, 22% said recess is too short and 26% thought playground equipment was insufficient, researchers found. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (4/21) http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/economics/articles/2011/04/21/us-parents-want-kids-more-active-during-school-day-poll

Common core likely an improvement, but challenges remain
In New York, 100 schools already have begun adhering to the common core -- curriculum standards expected to be in place in 42 states and the District of Columbia by 2014. Overall, the standards are believed to encourage deeper thought among students, and more emphasis on persuasion and analysis. However, questions remain concerning the implementation of the new standards, including how much oversight will be given to ensure they are followed. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/24) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/nyregion/100-new-york-schools-try-common-core-approach.html?_r=1


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Curriculum Corner

How PLCs are being used to boost student achievement
Some school districts in Minnesota are using Professional Learning Communities to improve student achievement though increased collaboration among educators. The Osseo School District was the first in the state to establish PLCs systemwide, and has used the model for six years to help students maintain gains in performance. PLCs, which are set up by grade or subject, allow teachers to determine clear goals and share strategies to meet them. Minnesota 2020 (Saint Paul, Minn.) (4/13) http://www.mn2020.org/issues-that-matter/education/professional-learning-communities-making-students-and-teachers-better

Reading ability in third grade linked to graduation rate
http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/storyicons2/icon_study.gifStudents who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school on time, and disadvantaged students who fall behind by third grade are 13 times less likely to graduate with their peers, according to new research. The author of the study said reading is taught until third grade, at which point students are expected to use reading skills to learn new material, meaning that students who fall behind likely will remain there. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (4/8) http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2011/04/the_disquieting_side_effect_of.html

Why teacher input is key to successful interventions
Teachers should be involved in the planning and implementation of student interventions, Edutopia contributing editor and online educator Rebecca Alber writes in this blog post. Alber writes that such collaboration with teachers often is forgotten, and the interventions suffer as a result. She notes that some teachers describe Response to Intervention, or RTI, as "hit or miss." However, a school that included teachers in the implementation and offered them support had success with RTI, Alber points out. Edutopia.org/Rebecca Alber's blog (4/8) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-matters-most-student-academic-intervention-rebecca-alber

Florida students face overhauled state exams
Some educators in Florida say they are concerned the state might be implementing too many changes at once to state exams. This year, two exams will be administered via computers; general math exams will be replaced by algebra exams for most high-school freshman; and elementary- and middle-school students could be tested on material they haven't learned because of a set of newly implemented standards. State officials, however, say they are not anticipating any problems. The Miami Herald (free registration) (4/10) http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/10/2160685/state-to-debut-fcat-changes.html

USDA project will fund vegetable gardens at 70 schools
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the People's Garden School Pilot Program will establish vegetable gardens at 70 elementary schools in four states, including Washington and New York. Washington State University will oversee the $1 million initiative, which is expected to benefit about 2,800 students. "School gardens hold great promise for educating our kids about food production and nutrition," Vilsack said in a statement. FoodSafetyNews.com (4/8) http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/04/school-gardens-created-under-new-usda-project/

Should literacy instruction continue beyond elementary school?
A more comprehensive approach to literacy teaching should be included as part of the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education. The alliance, which advocates for improved high-school education, argues that educators are not supported or prepared in offering literacy instruction to students beyond third grade -- after which it is assumed they will "read to learn" rather than "learn to read." The group says more focus is needed on teaching reading in both middle and high schools. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (4/20) http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2011/04/high_school_group_calls_for_co.html

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Technology Tidbits

Students use technology as part of stratosphere science experiment
A group of California high-school students will use a helium-filled weather balloon to send scientific instruments into the stratosphere to record data and images about the atmosphere. The students, who will track the balloon's progress using GPS technology, are part of a school initiative in experiential learning. T.H.E. Journal (4/6) http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/04/06/high-school-students-to-launch-stratosphere-mission.aspx

Should kindergarten students use iPads?
The decision to provide all kindergarten students in a Maine school district with iPad 2 devices has drawn praise and criticism. At issue is whether students will benefit enough from the technology to justify the $200,000 cost. Some say the iPads will improve achievement, while others say kindergarteners are too young to be responsible for such expensive technology. Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (4/8), WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine) (4/8) http://www.sunjournal.com/city/story/1012022

How is technology affecting student literacy?
The growing influence of technology is creating "new literacies" in which traditional skills of reading and writing are merged with 21st-century skills. Researchers say that technology requires students to think more critically when faced with an overwhelming amount of information available on the Internet, but that it also can prompt deeper reading as students become more engaged in genres through social networking and other Web-based collaborative tools. The Denver Post (4/16) http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17860900

District to launch e-days
An Alabama school district is preparing for its first e-day, in which all students will receive instruction and complete assignments online. In preparing for the experiment, the district determined that 98% of students have Internet access at home, while the remaining 2% will work at a local library or on a school-issued laptop at a designated site with free Wi-Fi. The district -- the first public school system in the state to implement e-days -- will test the model on two Saturdays to make up for two January snow days. The Birmingham News (Ala.) (4/21) http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/mountain_brook_schools_booting.html

Online learning grows in Illinois, despite some concerns
More middle- and high-school students in Illinois are taking online courses, a trend expected to grow as schools look for ways to operate and innovate with reduced resources. Some say the classes have benefits for students seeking additional challenges as well as those who are struggling. However, critics raise questions about -- among other things -- the rigor of the courses and the overall effectiveness of online learning. Chicago Tribune (4/24) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-onlineclass-20110424,0,4120761.story

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Professional Development Opportunities

Healthy School Communities Virtual Conference
ASCD is offering its first ever Healthy School Communities Virtual Conference from May 10-13, 2011 completely online. Please share this news you’re your affiliate membership and take part in this free conference as you see fit to learn more about health and learning. Sessions will include topics about:

  • Aligning health and education in the school setting
  • Improving school lunches and nutrition
  • PA and PE across the school day
  • Social, emotional, and mental health
  • Staff wellness, and
  • The Healthy School Communities Model.

HSC staff, mentor and Mentee HSC sites, ASCD authors, other invited speakers and guests will present sessions that demonstrate and share stories about what’s working in health and learning across the U.S. and Canada. To register and preview the speakers and session schedule, visit http://www.ascd.org/programs/hsc/virtual-conference.aspx. Space is limited for each session.

Educators from across the state are invited to attend the 27th Annual Florida Literacy Conference May 4 – 6, 2011, hosted by the Florida Literacy Coalition. The conference includes more than 75 general and concurrent sessions, and features keynote speakers Pat Williams from the Orlando Magic and literacy pioneer and Presidential Medal of Honor recipient Ruth Colvin. For more information, visit http://www.floridaliteracy.org/floridaliteracyconference.html.

International Reading Association Convention
May 8 – 11, 2011
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Fla.

The International Reading Association will host its 2011 Convention in Orlando May 8 – 11, 2011, with the theme “The Power of Literacy.” The conference includes numerous workshops, symposia and concurrent sessions, and features former NFL coach Tony Dungy and actress Goldie Hawn. Conference participants who register by March 11, 2011, will automatically be entered to win two free roundtrip domestic airline tickets to Orlando for the conference. For complete conference details, including how to register for free airfare, visit http://www.iraconvention.org/.

How to Plan Rigorous Instruction
Thursday, May 12, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT,  Sponsored by ASCD. Register today https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/876554544. Rigor is one of those words that is widely used but rarely understood. We all want to increase the rigor or our instruction but many of us don't know where to start.

In this webinar, Robyn R. Jackson explains what rigorous instruction is, the four stages of rigorous instruction, how to move students successfully through each of the stages, and how to build struggling students' capacity for rigorous learning over time. Based on the second workbook in her best-selling series Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching, this webinar will help teachers plan and support rigorous learning for all of their students and help administrators recognize and support rigorous learning in every classroom. 

By using the mastery principle "Know where your students are going," Jackson will share practical ways to help students reach rigorous learning goals.

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ASCD Connections


Four great conferences in one
Come to the ASCD Summer Conference in Boston from July 1 to 3 to explore four powerful approaches for your school: Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design, What Works in Schools and Curriculum Mapping. The leading experts in these fields -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Robert J. Marzano, Grant Wiggins, Carol Ann Tomlinson and Jay McTighe -- will be on hand to help you craft systemic school improvement.

Get to know ASCD's subject-matter experts
Have you visited ASCD's Meet the Authors section recently? This area of the ASCD.org website was developed to help you get to know a variety of our education experts through video segments exploring their latest ASCD books and projects. You'll also find links to author interviews and additional resources. Learn more.

New ASCD publication outlines Healthy School Communities model
ASCD recently published The Healthy School Communities Model: Aligning Health & Education in the School Setting to highlight the "levers of change" schools can implement to better align health and education. Although the Coordinated School Health (CSH) model has made great strides in school settings around the nation, this publication claims the effect of the CSH model too often has been sporadic, temporary or marginal. Use this publication to learn more about sustaining a healthy school environment and join the ongoing discussion promoting healthy schools on ASCD EDge.

Meet the 2011 Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) winners
Bronx, N.Y., principal Luis Torres has transformed his elementary school by not only improving test scores in mathematics, but by building community partnerships that have yielded a new playground, library and funding for the school's health clinic. On the opposite coast, educator Brad Kuntz unlocked the creativity in his Gladstone, Ore., students by leading various environmental initiatives that inspired the kids to develop their own. Both winners were announced this past weekend at ASCD's Annual Conference.

Help ASCD Identify an Exemplary Young Educator in Your Community
ASCD is accepting nominations for the 2012 Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) Program, sponsored by Pinnacle by GlobalScholar. Each year, ASCD salutes dedication to excellence and support of a whole-child education by honoring young leaders working to ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. OYEA winners receive a $10,000 award and will participate in a yearlong program of professional development and networking. Nominations close on Aug. 1, and self-nominations are welcome. Nominate Now.  

Connect and engage with an ASCD Student Chapter on your campus
Active ASCD Student Chapters for preservice educators and student teachers can be found across the U.S., as well as in Canada and Jamaica. Joining a student chapter is a way to create meaningful connections with members of the ASCD community, get familiar with ASCD professional-learning tools and resources and grow as an educator. Start-up kits are available for those interested in starting a campus chapter.

ASCD is Accepting Proposals for the 2012 Annual Conference
ASCD is encouraging members of the education community to submit proposals for next year's Annual Conference. The event will be held March 24 to 26 in Philadelphia. Proposals are due May 12. Learn more about the 2012 Annual Conference 

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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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