October 2007, Volume 40

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events









News Briefs



ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Shelia Windom



Paul M. Terry



Lenford Sutton


Past President:

Ralph Barrett



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2

Pat Melvin


Region 3

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki

John Nash


Region 4

Tessie Dickson

Allan Dornseif


Region 5

Jaime Castellano

May Gamble

Simone Hebert

Carlos Viera

Catherine J. Weitman


Florida ASCD Mission

Providing educational direction for all who impact teaching and learning.

   Florida ASCD Purpose

The purpose of this association shall be the general improvement of instruction and supervision and the encouragement of professional growth.

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


Message from the President
As we look to the start of special session 2007 in October and the beginning of the regular session, this is your official call to get involved, to become influencers and advocates for education. All Florida ASCD members need to be proactive in shaping recommendations to improve education policy for the success of all children and learners-policy that addresses the education of the whole child. This is also a perfect time that comes after our ASCD LEAP Conference in Washington where educators spent a “day on the hill” with legislators speaking about educating the whole child. Florida ASCD is being challenged to go beyond talking about best practices in workshops and conferences to being visible, respected, and sought after as reliable and informed sources of information regarding quality teaching and learning. We are asking that we establish communication with legislators so that Florida ASCD can be the trusted source for policy. The focus has always been kids and kids’ issues and so often we are all too busy being educators to take a minute to speak up or lend our voice to issues. When you feel strongly enough about an educational issue or policy that you end up discussing at lunch or with a group of colleagues, then it is must be deemed important enough to discuss outside the walls of the school. If you care or feel passionate, then it is time to express your thoughts to those who create and make policies that we ultimately live by. Please take the time to write an email, letter or make a phone call to your congress, state, or local representative. Begin to build relationships with people that we should have relationships with throughout the year.

Check the ASCD Action Center, accessible via www.ascd.org it has tips on how to communicate and sends out the action alert. The kids need you and so does Florida ASCD...so stand up and be counted.


I am looking forward to seeing the “movers and shakers” of education at our annual conference at NOVA Southeastern University on November 30 and December 1st. Let’s begin making your footprints at this conference.

Dr. Shelia Windom

President, FASCD


New Members

Florida ASCD would like to recognize and welcome all of the new members who have recently joined or renewed their membership with our organization.


Joanne Mallary
Ernest Herrington, Alachua
Joan Sparks, Brevard
Erika McLaren, Brevard
Estelle Strader, Broward
Michelle Robida, Broward
Patricia Perez-Glen, Broward
James McDermott, Broward
Sharon Kochlany, Broward
Julio Gonzalez, Broward
Vera Ginn, Broward
Linda Fanning, Broward
Gina Eyerman, Broward
Rozalyne Wright, Collier
Mary Louise Bast, Collier
Cynthia Janssen, Collier
Brian Coleman, Collier
Brian Castellani, Collier
Marion Zeiner, Duval
David Gillmore, Duval
Jeanne Brown, Duval
Michele Mantell, Flagler

Diane Dyer, Flagler
Charles Claridy, Hamilton
Jason Pepe, Hillsborough
Mary Ellen Kirkwood, Hillsborough
Fredda Johnson, Hillsborough
Stuart Ives-Carrier, Hillsborough
Ana Ibanez, Hillsborough
Christi Buell, Hillsborough
Doreathe Cole, Lake
J. Lynn McBrien, Manatee
Pat Harvey, Martin
Maria Perez, Miami-Dade
Linda Grant, Miami-Dade
Luis Cortes, Miami-Dade
Mary Wooten, Miami-Dade
Monica Weddle, Miami-Dade
Judy Dempsey, Miami-Dade
Alicia Casanova, Miami-Dade
Maria Bergouignan, Miami-Dade
John Mazzella, Nassau
M. Bellwood, Orange

James Van Patten, Palm Beach

Katherine Moormann, Palm Beach

Mary Kendall, Palm Beach
Rose Feinberg, Palm Beach
Teresa Joiner, Pasco
Mary Kale, Pinellas
Sharon Flory, Pinellas
Lee Evans, Pinellas
Mark Boehme, Pinellas
Susan Bailey, Pinellas
Jon Peterson, Polk
David Kormann, Polk
Carol Borders, Polk
John Weida, Sarasota
Rosemary O'Brien, Sarasota
Marcy Kennelly, Sarasota
Sandy Kahl, Sarasota
Steven Dragon, Sarasota
Lorraine Colby, Sarasota
Michelle Clopton, Seminole
Paul Kirk, St. Johns
Sharon Hathcock, Taylor
Calvin Stevenson, Washington


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

Registration for Florida ASCD's 48th Annual Conference is open and filling up!  This year's conference theme is Reinventing Schools: An Extreme School Makeover. The conference is November 30, 2007-December 1, 2007 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando, Fl. A great easy location to get to, near the Mall of Millenia. The conference committee has determined the speakers at the conference and have selected a number of presentations that represent K-12 educators, administrators, and supervisors. See the buffet of presentations at www.fascd.org/2007_conference_schedule.htm. This event is sure to be one you do not want to miss! Please visit www.fascd.org/2007_Conference.htm for more information about our conference as well as our registration page. Registration is limited, so please register early. Florida ASCD hopes to see you there!


Professional Development Institute-Boca Raton

Florida ASCD is currently sponsoring an professional development on Differentiating Instruction in Palm Beach County! The Institute will be held at Florida Atlantic University on November 3, 2007. Make plans to attend now. Dr. Jaime Castellano, a nationally sought after speaker, will WOW you with how easy it is to differentiate instruction for all students. Please visit www.fascd.org/07_PBC-PDI.htm for more information.


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Grants for High School Physics Teachers
The American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Teacher Grant will reward a proposal designed to result in better teaching practice, student understanding and interest, and increased class enrollment. The proposal may use a new teaching method or an adaptation of an existing idea. Maximum Award: $1,000. Eligibility: members of AAPT. Deadline: November 1, 2007.http://www.aapt.org/Grants/hsgrant.cfm 

Grants for Students & Teachers Working to Protect & Preserve the Environment
2008 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding efforts of students and teachers across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. Maximum Award: $10,000. Eligibility: All schools (grades K-12) and community groups. Deadline: November 30, 2007.

Grants to Help Low-Income Schools Purchase Books for School Libraries

The NEA Foundation will make awards to public schools serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase books for school libraries. Maximum Award: $1000. Eligibility: practicing preK-12 school librarians, teachers, or education support professionals in a U.S. public school in which at least 70 percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Deadline: November 12, 2007.http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/BAA_2007.htm

Grants to Support Education, Child Advocacy, Medical Research & the Arts
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program awards funds to help groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research and the arts. Maximum Award: varies. Eligibility: 501c-3 institutions. There is not a deadline for this grant. http://www.charleslafitte.org/education.html

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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have demonstrated exemplary voluntary service to their communities. Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: Students grades 5-12 who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year. Deadline: October 31, 2007. Visit http://www.prudential.com/spirit for more information.

International Reading Association Regie Routman Teacher Recognition
The International Reading Association Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award honors an outstanding elementary teacher of reading and language arts dedicated to improving teaching and learning through reflective writing about his or her teaching and learning process. Maximum Award: $1,000. Eligibility: regular classroom elementary teachers of reading and language arts grades K-6; must be IRA members. Deadline: November 1, 2007. Visit http://www.reading.org/association/awards/teachers_routman.html for more informaiton.


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News Briefs


Fourth-Grade NAEP Math Scores Reach 17-Year High
While 39% of fourth-graders reached proficient levels on the National Assessment of Educational Progress math test, up from 13% in 1990, reading gains have been more modest, up to 33% from 29% in 1992. Sobering achievement gaps remained, with black fourth-graders continuing to score lower than their white classmates. http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/life/20070926/naep26.art.htm

Florida District Aims to Minimize Test Prep
Leaders at Florida's Broward County schools will eliminate pre-standardized test pep rallies, banners and T-shirts and seek ways to keep the exams from monopolizing their curriculum. "This is something that I think our teachers are crying out for, that our students are crying out for and I know our parents are crying out for," school board member Jennifer Gottlieb said. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbfcat0926nbsep26,0,6413660.story

Florida Commissioner Search Down to Three
The Florida board of education has narrowed its search to three finalists: Cheri Pierson Yecke, the state's K-12 chancellor and former Minnesota education commissioner; Eric J. Smith, a College Board senior vice president and a former Anne Arundel County, Md., and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., superintendent; and Joseph Marinelli, a New York district superintendent. Board members expect to make a decision on Oct. 8. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/26/05brief-6.h27.html?tmp=1022038267

NBC News Archives Released in Digital Learning Environment
NBC News recently opened its video vault of more than 60-years of historic news archives and supplemental resources. NBC News and HotChalk, a K-12 focused learning management system, have partnered to offer this resource of educational content specifically created for classroom instruction to teachers in every school. More than 5,000 video resources provided by NBC through HotChalk can be used to supplement instruction in a wide range of courses, including history, science, government, international relations and so much more. Teachers of all grades can sign up to use the new education resource free of charge at www.HotChalk.com for the fall 2007-2008 semester. Continued use requires a school building subscription through HotChalk for interested users. For more information about this resource, visit www.hotchalk.com/nbc.html.

Education Gadfly: Education-Related Newspaper Articles from Around the State
Courtesy of Meridian Strategies, Florida educators now have a new Web resource allowing access to education-related articles from newspapers statewide. The site also provides links to education-related blogs, education research organizations, and more. Check it out at www.educationgadfly.com.


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ASCD Connections

ASCD Connecting Instruction and Assessment Conference
Is it possible to reclaim assessment as a way to adjust teaching and learning? Drawing from decades of research and the work of effective teachers, more than 50 expert presenters at the 2007 ASCD Conference on Teaching and Learning will demonstrate the possibility -- and the practices -- that connect instruction and assessment. Join your colleagues in Atlanta, Oct. 19 to 21. Visit
http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.4bf962 cfeb89d92abfb3ffdb62108a0c/ 

ASCD Express Call for Submissions
We've all heard about helping struggling students, but what about aid for teachers who are plugging away in the classroom but just can't find their groove? If you've worked formally or informally to improve teacher performance, or if you received support as a struggling teacher, ASCD urges you to submit a brief article to the ASCD Express newsletter, on the theme of Helping Teachers Who Struggle, by Nov. 15. Read more about writing for Express by visiting
http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/men uitem.7adc17d1b452677bdeb3ffdb62108a0c/template .article? articleMgmtId=83b5ff2b00396010VgnVCM1000003d0 1 a8c0RCRD

Annual Conference

Make plans now to attend  ASCD's annual conference in New Orleans, March 15-17, 2008. The conference theme is "Reinventing Schools: Courageous Leadership for Positive Change." Pre-conference institutes are available for registration now.


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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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