october 2008, Volume 52

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



John 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


Region 6

Catherine J. Weitman

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 or renewed their membership with our organization.


Nadine Barnes
Mary-Louise Bast
Helen Bennett
Joan Bower
Rebecca Braaten
Tammy Brown
Rita Brown
Minnie Cardona
Victoria Crowell
David Cunningham
Kay Dailey
Danny Davis
Kris Dittmar
Sharon Ebbert
Veronica Ferguson
Eric Fleming
Beth Ford
Ana Garcia
Beth Gopman
Jane Govoni

Cathy Greenspan
Julie Grice
Mallissa Hamilton
Judy Harris-Looby
Linda Hatley
Dianne Hicks
David Jeselnik
Debra Jones
Tina Jones
Mary Kale
Mary Keen
Irwin Kellen
Bobbie Khoury
Anne Marie Krejcarek
Marcella Kysilka
Michele Lambert
James Lane, Jr.
George Lockhart
Melba Luciano
Vicki Luttrell

Thomas McGreal
Patricia McNamee
Sharon Moffitt
Jeremy Moore
Jennifer Muscadin
James Parker
Jason Pepe
George Pressey
Michele Sanders
Donna Szpyrka
Pam Tapley
Paul Terry
Randolph Tully
Jan Tumminello
Sandra Tune
Susan Tuten
Debi Vermette
Elizabeth Walthall
Marion Zeiner
Vicky Zygouris-Coe


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. We have booked nationally acclaimed speaker: Dr. Steven Layne. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend! Visit the conference site for more information!


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Grants & Awards


Foundation for Technology Education: Professional Development
The Foundation for Technology Education Greer/FTE Grant encourages professional development of classroom teachers and supervisors in technology education. The maximum award is$1,000 to offset the expenses of attending an International Technology Education Association Conference. Technology education teachers or supervisors for grades 6-12 who are members of the International Technology Education Association are eligible. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2008. For information go to: http://www.iteaconnect.org/Awards/grantgreer.htm


National Child Labor Committee: Awards for Service to Children and Youth
The 2009 Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth will be presented to individuals who have made a commitment to the well-being, growth, and development of youth, either in a paid job or through volunteering. The maximum award is $1,000. Professional nominees must work full- or part-time and receive pay for the activity or service for which they are nominated; volunteer nominees must be unpaid volunteers in the activity or service. The deadlin is October. 23, 2008. Go to for more information: http://www.na tionalchildlabor.org/


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News Briefs

Getting Education into the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates
As the number of financial institutions on the U.S. government's bailout list grows, the question of which companies are too big too fail keeps coming up.. When the candidates meet, the economic crisis will certainly factor into their responses, but what about education? When it comes to the most important issues in this election, polls show that education lags behind a number of other voter concerns, but educators know it is the single most important factor in shaping our country's future. As you watch the debates and the election coverage over the next month, listen for the candidates' plans to improve the U.S. education system.. In addition to contacting the networks to ensure education is addressed during the debates, we encourage you to ask them to focus on education as a priority during their regular election coverage. If the United States is to maintain its status as an economic and political leader, the next president cannot afford to let education fail. To discuss the importance of including education as a topic in the debates, visit the ASCD blog at http://ascd.typepad.com/blog/2008/09/how- important-i.html

NSTA Provides On-Demand Training for Teachers
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has developed a new resource to improve the quality of science instruction in the nation's schools: an online hub that provides affordable, on-demand professional development to help educators boost their knowledge about various science topics, as needed. NSTA introduced its online Learning Center earlier this year with more than 3,000 electronic resources and opportunities, including books, journal articles, web seminars, and online courses. Visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/

Florida lawmakers consider repeal of class-size limits
High-school classes in Florida may soon be larger as legislators consider relaxing a 2002 constitutional amendment requiring these classes to have 25 or fewer students. The state is expecting a $3.5 billion deficit next year, and Sen. Stephen Wise, a Republican who chairs the Senate's education appropriations committee, said: "We've probably cut everywhere we could possibly cut. ... It's going to be a 'do you want to die by hanging or shooting' kind of thing." Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)

District leaders see value in their salaries
Top-earning Florida superintendents say their educational responsibilities make them worth their salaries. "I am responsible for the education of more than 64,000 students, and I take it very seriously," said Bill Vogel, superintendent of Seminole County schools. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

It is not to late...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. Volunteers still needed...cheaper rates are available if you volunteer!


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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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