Florida ASCD Announcements
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Board of Directors Needed
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Florida ASCD Events
Our annual conference at Lake Nona High School on January 29, 2011 is quickly approaching! Check out our conference website for more information and to register for this amazing conference! Our theme is Creating Innovative & Technology Enriched Classrooms in 21st Century Schools. We have great break out sessions planned that will wow you with technology tips to improve the learning students in your school! Make plans to attend today...you do not want to miss out on seeing one of Orange Counties premeir schools for teaching and technology.
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Grants & Awards
Lexus Eco Challenge Scholarships
The Lexus Eco Challenge program is designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Maximum award: $30,000 in scholarships and grants. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of five to 10 students and one teacher advisor. Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water) -- November 3, 2010; Challenge Two (Air/Climate) -- January 19, 2011. http://www.scholastic.com/lexus/
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation: Teaching Fellowships
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation is now accepting applications for its KSTF Teaching Fellowships, which support America's best teachers of high school mathematics and science at the critical early juncture of their career. Maximum award: $150,000 in tuition assistance, monthly stipends, and support for summer professional development; regular meetings, online discussions, and a structured mentor relationship for each fellow. Eligibility: individuals with a strong background in mathematics or science who demonstrate a commitment to teaching high school science and mathematics in the United States. Deadline: January 12, 2011.http://www.kstf.org/fellowships/teaching.html
Aspen Institute: William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship
The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship is based on academic excellence and need, and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The student must be able to intern for 12 to 15 weeks at the Washington, D.C. office of the Aspen Institute. Fall and spring internships will be part-time (15 to 20 hours per week) and summer internships will be full-time. Maximum award: $4,000. Eligibility: highly motivated, current, non-graduating graduate or undergraduate students from underrepresented communities of color. Deadline: December 15, 2010.
NEW-National Federation of Independent Business: Young Entrepreneur Awards
The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program raises awareness among the nation's youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Maximum award: $10,000 in tuition assistance. Eligibility: high school seniors. Deadline: December 15, 2010.http://www.nfib.com/yef/yef-programs/young-entrepreneur-awards
Bealls Department Store “Bealls + Whistles for Schools” Grant
Public, charter and licensed private and non-profit K-12 schools in Florida are invited to submit an application for the “Bealls + Whistles for Schools” program. Schools that demonstrate the greatest need will be awarded $10,000 to purchase improvements to the school’s educational environment. Completed applications must be signed by a school administrator and hand delivered to a store manager at any Florida Bealls Department store by Dec. 31, 2010. For more information, including the application packet, visit http://www.beallsflorida.com/graphics/schoolgrant_application.pdf
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New assessment for teaching candidates could lead to national licensure
A new pre-licensure assessment of teacher performance being tested in 20 states includes a component in which candidates plan a lesson, videotape their performance and evaluate student results. Advocates say the pilot Teacher Performance Assessment is more focused on classroom effectiveness than other processes currently in place. It is also aimed at improving teacher-preparation programs and, eventually, creating a national teacher license. Teacher Magazine (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/22) http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101025/COMMUNITIES/101021078/1005/NEWS01/Morris-school-districts-unveil-teacher-evaluations-online
How standardized tests can be made more meaningful
Much-maligned standardized tests are still the best way to measure what students are learning in school, writes Miki Litmanovitz, a former Teach for America educator who taught middle-school math in San Jose, Calif. She argues, however, that standardized tests should be more rigorous and should encompass questions that measure the type of skills students need to pursue careers in the real world. San Francisco Chronicle (10/31) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/30/INFT1G2IAQ.DTL
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2 Ala. elementary schools have formula for keeping students engaged
Two award-winning Alabama elementary schools that serve a significant number of minority and low-income students are seeing academic success by maintaining high expectations for students and teachers. Anthony Lewis, one of the school's principals, says his school allows students to work on hands-on projects and lets them collaborate with each other. Middle and high schools should focus on project-based learning to keep students engaged, he said. "When learning is fun, they don't miss school because they don't want to miss anything," Lewis said. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.) (10/26) http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20101026/NEWS01/10260328/It-s-elementary-K-6-ideas-could-keep-students-from-dropping-out-of-school-later
Educators: Longer classes improve reading, language arts instruction
Teachers say language arts and reading instruction has improved at an Iowa middle school that switched to a block schedule recently, allowing for 90-minute class periods. The longer classes allow more time for students to read independently if they choose, and teachers also have incorporated a weekly book talk on titles available in the school library. Educators and students say the new class format has reduced classroom disruptions and led to more interest in reading. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (10/26) http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20101026/NEWS02/10260313/-1/go4Ajax/Reading-classes-gain-flexibility-under-block-schedule
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New iPhone app is designed to teach fractions through motion
A new iPhone app is aimed at helping elementary-school students better understand fractions through a game that uses the phone's motion sensors. Motion Math is based on the notion of embodied cognition, which the developers say will help students develop a visceral understanding of fractions. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/27) http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/10/27/app-watch-combining-math-and-movement/?mod=rss_WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_FinancingAndInvesting_BLOGSDIGITALDAILY
Successful ways to combine online learning, traditional instruction
Many schools are adopting blended learning models that combine online and traditional instruction. Successful models for blended learning that have emerged include the learning lab, where students attend traditional schools but spend a portion of their day in a computer lab receiving online instruction; online learning programs that target nontraditional students such as dropouts; and the flex-school model, where online instruction is done in a school setting. eSchool News (free registration) (10/27) http://www.eschoolnews.com/2010/10/27/esn-special-reportblended-learning-on-the-rise/
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Professional Development Opportunities
First Annual STEMtech Conference
Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2010, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Fl. Sponsored by the League for Innovation, the first annual STEMtech conference will be held Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2010, in Orlando. STEMtech is an interactive learning conference with a strong focus on the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in general education and workforce training. Numerous STEM and tech tracks will allow participants to discuss and exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues. For more information about the STEMtech conference, visit www.league.org/stemtech.
Florida School Counselor Association 2010 Convention
Nov. 4 – 6, 2010, Hyatt Pier 66, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. The Florida School Counselor Association’s 2010 Conference theme of “Recognizing School Counselors: Educators and Leaders,” will give school counselors and educators the opportunity to share best practices, receive updated information on state and national initiatives and attend a variety of informative and educational sessions during preconvention and general conference activities. For more information, visit www.fla-schoolcounselor.org.
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2011 Annual Conference preview available online now
The 2011 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is coming to San Francisco from March 26 to 28. An online preview featuring conference offerings -- from opportunities to mingle with educators and Professional Interest Communities during the welcome reception to daily breakdowns of conference sessions -- is now available. Registration and accommodation reservation forms are also included, as well as the specifics of pre-conference institutes.
Download the PDF preview.
Find out more on the ASCD site.
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