november 2008, Volume 53

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



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. 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!


Peggy Akerman
Susan Archer
Sherri-Lyn Black
Elizabeth Blanton
Gary Breakfield
Susan Bruining
Pat Dombrowski
Allan Dornseif
Mara Duke
Richard Dupont
Elise Ecoff
Richard Elliott
Gail Faircloth
Gloria Ford
Carla Frazier
Carolyn Fritch
Kay Gonsoulin
Linda Goudy
Nancy Graham
Betty Green
Carolyn Guthrie

Bonnie Gyarfas
Ruby Handley
Kathy Hendrix
John Hill
Darrell Huling
Melenie Johnson
Woodland Johnson
Cassandra Jolliff
Denise Joop
Sandy Kahl
Charlene Kincaid
Jana Koulish
Mary Krause
Jenny Lambdin
Yvette Lerner
Laura Mardyks
Harreitt McGriff
Diana Melendez
Frances Merenstein
Judy Miller
Jeannie Mills

Bernard Oliver
Barbara Rasheed
Sarah Regan
Eduardo Rivas
Victoria Sartorio
Constance Scotchel-Gross
Donald Smart
Theoni Soublis Smyth
Bridget Steele
David  Stiles
Aileen Tapp
Barbara Terembes
Alison Thabit
Cathy Thomas
Kavita Vasil
John Verner
John Verner
Ann-Marie Wellington-Greenlee
Nan Williams
Dee Ann Wilson
Peter Yates


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


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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. 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 fascd@fascd.org. Visit the conference site for more information!


Professional Development Institutes

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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News Briefs


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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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

Registration is still open for  ASCD's annual conference in Orlando, March 14-16, 2009. The conference theme is "Learning Beyond Boundaries."


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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

11225 Kapok Grand Circle

Madeira Beach, FL 33708






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