Florida ASCD Announcements
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. A special thank you to Dr. Rebekah McCloud for getting a colleague to join our organization. She has received an extension of three months on her membership!
Theoni Soublis Smyth
Dee Ann Wilson
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Florida ASCD Events
Our 49th Annual Conference will be held December
5-6, 2008 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando.
Come here nationally acclaimed speaker, Dr. Steven Layne. The schedule of presentations is up on the conference website and ready for you to view! Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend! Early registration rates available if you email us at email@example.com.
Visit the conference
site for more information!
Florida ASCD will announce plans for their 2009 PDI's at the annual conference. Look in December's online newsletter for more information!
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Grants & Awards
Free wikis for teachers as company expands its giveaway project
After giving away its collaborative Internet software to 100,000 K-12 teachers around the world since 2006, a San Francisco company, Wikispaces, plans to offer 250,000 more free wikis. Go to: http://news.cnet.com/83 01-13772_3-10041911-52.html? tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0 for more information.
Science Teachers: Sylvia Shugrue Award
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers honors a teacher who has established (or is establishing) an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based lesson plan. The lesson plan must fully reference information sources and any relevant National Science Education Standards and benchmarks found in The Atlas of Science Literacy. The maximum award is $1,000, and up to $500 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education, March 19-22, 2009, in New Orleans. The recipient will be honored during the Awards Banquet at the NSTA Conference. Eligibile participants include full-time elementary school teachers (grades K-6) with a minimum of three years' experience. The deadline is November 30, 2008. Go to: http://www.nsta.org/pdfs/awards/Shugrue.pdf for more information.
Mathematics Council: Grants to Improve Students' Understanding of Geometry
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants seek to enable students to better appreciate and understand an aspect of geometry that is consistent with the council's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. The project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area, and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: K-8 teachers who are NCTM members as of Oct. 15, 2008, and are teaching at a school with an NCTM K-8 membership as of Oct. 15, 2008. Deadline: Nov. 14, 2008. Go to: http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx ?id=1324
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Leader in Florida education dies
Joseph A. Orr, whose 40-year career with the Palm Beach County, Fla., public schools included various leadership and administrative roles, died Saturday of prostate cancer. The 78-year-old is credited with bringing rigorous academic programs to the Palm Beach County School District, including international baccalaureate and gifted programs. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/11/02/1102orrobit.html
Musical instrument training tied to higher verbal test scores
Children who take up an instrument for three years or more outscore those who take only general music classes, not only in dexterity and listening skills, but in verbal ability and visual pattern completion, according to researchers conducting a Harvard University-based study. Students who had played an instrument longer also increased their scores proportionately, researchers found. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081104132916.htm
School Internet filters may block potential learning tools
Internet filters meant to protect students from objectionable content may be keeping teachers from using YouTube media clips, wikis and other tools in the classroom. To circumvent such limitations, educators should work with technology coordinators, say teachers who have successfully adopted such tools. http://www.edutopia.org/web-2.0-tools-filtering-firewalls
Today's high school students less likely to graduate than parents were
A study by the Education Trust indicates that American students today are less likely than their parents to graduate from high school, the Associated Press reports, making the United States the only industrialized nation where that is the case. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, states are required to meet graduation targets every year, but states set the targets themselves -- and they set them low. Bob Balfanz, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, explained that state and school officials -- required to improve test scores to avoid penalties -- got a break on graduation rates and seized it. "A lot of states said, 'Well, we're under a lot of pressure; let's not make this too hard on ourselves,' " Balfanz says. "They were given a loophole, and they took it." Meanwhile, lax tracking of who actually graduated was found to be masking the dropout crisis. The federal government is expected to mandate soon that states use a common tracking system, and schools will be judged not only on their overall graduation rates but also on the percentage of black and Hispanic students who graduate. Among minority students, more than one in three drops out of school. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6074145.html
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Registration is still open for ASCD's annual conference in Orlando, March
14-16, 2009. The conference theme is "Learning
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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
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