Florida ASCD Announcements
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
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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 email@example.com.
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Florida ASCD Events
Unfortunately due to low attendance and the backout of a sponsor, we had to cancel our 2009 conference. Look here for information regarding our 2010 conference and upcoming PDI's soon!
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Grants & Awards
Character Education Partnership: National Schools of Character
The National Schools of Character Awards identify exemplary schools and districts to serve as models for others, and helps schools and districts improve their efforts in effective character education. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: To be eligible, a school must have been engaged in character education for a minimum of three full years, starting no later than December 2006 for the 2010 awards. Districts need to have been engaged in character education for a minimum of four full years, starting no later than December 2005. Smaller administrative units that maintain a separate identity within a large district may apply in the district category, e.g., a school pyramid or cluster. Deadline: December 1, 2009.
Zula International-NSTA Early Science Educator Award PreK-2
The Zula International-NSTA Early Science Educator Awards will recognize and honor two (2) full-time PreK-2 teachers who successfully use innovative inquiry-based science to enhance science teaching and learning in their classroom. Eligibility: PreK-2 teachers with membership in one of the following: NSTA, CESI, NAEYC, or NHSA Award: $1,000 toward expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference and $400 for the awardee. Completed applications are due by Nov 30, 2009. Download an application at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=fkwtlbdab.0.uzoeradab.pbwu7zbab.3841&ts=S0421&p=http%3A//www.nsta.org/pdfs/awards/Zula.pdf
Vernier/NSTA Tech Award
Vernier Software & Technology/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Tech Award recognizes the innovative use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or handheld in the science classroom. Maximum award: $3,000 -- $1,000 in cash for the teacher, $1,000 in Vernier Products, and up to $1,000 toward expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education, March 18-21, 2010. Eligibility: current teachers of science in grades K-College. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2009. http://www.vernier.com/grants/nsta.html
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NAEP Math Scores Flatline
For the first time since 1990, U.S. fourth-graders have not posted an increase in mathematics performance, according to National Assessment of Educational Progress test scores. Although eighth-graders showed a slight increase in performance over 2007, these latest results show that fewer than 40% of the 330,000 fourth- and eighth-graders tested are proficient in math. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the disappointing scores "are a call to action to reform the teaching and learning of mathematics and other related subjects in order to prepare our students to compete in the global economy." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125552998655384945.html?mod=dist_smartbrief
Students test Amazon's Kindle DX
At seven college campuses across the U.S., students are participating in a pilot program to test Amazon's Kindle DX. Professors and administrators say it is too early to make a determination on the academic applications of the device because students are still getting used to its features. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/09/28/amazons-kindle-dx-not-yet-a-hit-on-campus/
Digital format more easily brings newspapers into the classroom
Some teachers in Florida can more easily access and read local and international newspapers because of a new electronic format that allows them to project a realistic version of the newspaper onto interactive whiteboards for discussion, reading practice or other uses. "The kids see it; it's there, it's a regular newspaper," one educator said. "We have access to all those papers, to front pages across the world that we could never access on paper, with the budget the way it is today." http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/sep/23/digital-newspaper-boon-learning/
Educator shows teachers how to get children moving
A Utah school district does not have physical-education instructors at every elementary school and instead sends a physical education specialist to teach educators how to keep students active. Utah recommends 30 minutes of physical activity per school day for students, but budget cuts have limited fitness instruction at many of the state's public schools. http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=8021903
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Supporting Whole Child Education: Are You on the Record?
ASCD's whole child education Web site now includes a petition campaign targeted at your state boards of education. The petition asks the boards to go on the record in support of policies and practices that ensure all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. As an Educator Advocate, you can make a difference by signing the petition and forwarding it to others who support policies that ensure what is best for our kids. When your state reaches the goal of 1,000 signatures, ASCD will deliver the petition to your board of education. If you're ready to go on the record, www.wholechildeducation.org to sign the petition.
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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
Kapok Grand Circle
Beach, FL 33708
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