November 2009, Volume 65

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards



News Briefs


ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Kelley Ranch



Johnny Nash



Alina Davis


Past President:

Paul M. Terry



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

Shelia Windom


Region 4

Allan Dornseif


Region 5


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.


Glorida Allin
Helen Bennett
Joan Bower
Oleh Bula
Krystal Carson
Sharon Ebbert
Angela Gordon
Bonnie Gyarfas
Susan Howard
Adrienne Howard

Margaret Iannaccone
Arvin Johnson
Gwen Kessell
Bobbie Khoury
Gwendolyn King
Maribel Marin
James McDermott
David McKnight
Marti Meacher

Victoria Nicgorski
Donna Nicolodi
Gary Peirce
Rhonda Rose
Eugenia Russell
Peter Silva
Kathleen Smith
Joan Waite
John Weida
Elisa Young


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.


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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

We are busy in the planning stages of our 2010 annual conference. Information will be posted on our site within a few weeks and shared via our online Dimensions next month! Be sure to check it out!


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Grants & Awards


Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
Now in its 18th year, ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. That's what ExploraVision is all about.  Learn how to enter the competition. Entry due by Feb 2, 2010. http://exploravision.org/entry-process/entry-steps.php


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News Briefs

More schools are looking at departmentalizing at elementary level
The pressure for schools to post higher scores on standardized subject tests is resulting in a growing push to departmentalize -- or platoon -- instruction for students as young as 6 years old. While the practice of having students change classes to receive instruction from subject specialists is typical in middle school and high school, students in elementary school are typically taught by generalists under the assumption that they benefit more from the stability of staying in one classroom. http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/426

Massachusetts educators learn about cyberbullying among students
Internet cyberbullying was the focus of a recent school safety conference attended by teachers, administrators and law enforcement officers in Massachusetts. "Technology obliterates the boundary between home and school. What children do online impacts their personal lives," said keynote speaker Rosalind Wiseman, author of a popular book on school bullying among girls and founder of the Empower Program, a national effort to promote nonviolence in schools. http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_13649997

Florida district considers adding Singapore Math curriculum
Florida's Hillsborough County school district is considering supplementing its mathematics instruction with the Singapore Math curriculum, which focuses on critical-thinking skills along with visual and kinetic learning over traditional techniques for teaching math that emphasize memorization. While the program is not a shortcut to math, "it shows students there is more than one way to tackle a problem and gets them using their problem-solving skills," said one teacher who has used the curriculum for three years. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/oct/25/some-local-schools-look-singapore-boost-scores/

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ASCD Connections


ASCD Members – General Election
The General Election for President-Elect, Board of Directors, and Members-at- Large of Leadership Council is going on now. Paper ballots must be postmarked by Nov 16. Go Green by voting online at http://my.ascd.org.

ASCD Resources to Help with H1N1 Flu
ASCD has long recognized that student health and learning go hand in hand, and the H1N1 flu pandemic has made this connection even more apparent. That's why we've created a special Web page, www.ascd.org/flu, to be your definitive source on the H1N1 virus as the school year begins. On the page you'll find a variety of resources to keep you informed about the latest H1N1 developments and help you minimize the virus's effect on your students' learning. We will continually update the page with more information as it becomes available.

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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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