october 2010, Volume 76

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements


Florida ASCD Events


Grants & Awards


Noteworthy News

Curriculum Corner

Technology Bytes

Professional Development Oppotunties

ASCD Connections

Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


John Nash



Alina Davis



Pat Melvin


Past President:

Paul M Terry



Alina Davis



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1

Sallie Payne


Region 2

Pat Melvin

Sharon Kochlany

Kelley Ranch


Region 3

Ralph Barrett

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki


Region 4

Allan Dornseif

Ana Tsambis


Region 5

Julie Williams

Region 6

Dona Depriest

Carlos Viera


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.


Amy Archer
Jennifer Ashton
Ralph Barrett
Rebecca Burns
Pam Chateauneuf
William Chiodo
Madelaine Cosgrove
Danny Davis
Rick Dillon
Susan Edwards
Shane Fairbairn
Bridget Fetter
Sapna Gandhi-Rao
Geraldine Gendall
Julio Gonzalez

Mallissa Hamilton
Pat Harvey
John Hill
Adrienne Howard
James Kiblinger
Debra Knerr
Steve Lindquist
William Montford
David Murphy
Karen Nolen
Jennifer Opitz
Maria Perez
Patricia Perez-Glen
Jacqueline Perkins
Bill Reinecke

Candace Roberts
Donna Ruscito
Deborah Schwope
Dehea Smith
Paula St Francis
Susy Suarez
Mark Thimmig
Carla Thompson
Lynette Walker
John Weida
Denise Weir
Sandra Wesson
Lori Wiggins
Jerry Zank


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 annual conference has been reschuduled for a one day conference at Lake Nona High School on January 29, 2011. Check out our conference website for more information.


New Format for Florida Educational Leadership
Due to increased costs of printing we must limit printed issues of  FEL.   We have printed two issues a year since its founding in 2002.  We hope to continue printing one issue a year, budget allowing.  FEL will continue to be printed, but in an electronic format and delivered to you via computer.  We will use a new process that will make the experience very similar to reading the printed journal.  You may also read it in a pdf format as well.  We are looking at a publication schedule that will provide a winter and spring issue in electronic format with a printed issue in the fall.  You are encouraged to submit articles that will interest other FASCD members. Articles should be no longer than 1,800 words.   Send all articles or questions to our editor, Marcy Kysilka at  kysilka@bellsouth.net


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Grants & Awards


National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Fellow Award
The National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Fellow Award recognizes NSTA members who have made extraordinary contributions to science education through personal commitment to education, specifically science teaching or science; educational endeavors and original work that position recipients as exemplary leaders in their field; or significant contributions to the profession that reflect dedication to the NSTA as well as the entire educational community. Maximum award: recognition at the NSTA Awards Banquet in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference. Eligibility: longstanding (at least 10 years) NSTA members. Deadline: November 30, 2010http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx#fellow

The Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association "Making a Difference" Award recognizes excellence in a science program developed and implemented by middle-level science teachers, grades 6-8. Entries must show innovative and effective teaching strategies combined with a science program that has influenced students to explore and investigate science and its application to global problems. Maximum award: $2,500 to be used to enhance or expand the winning science program; the winning school's lead science teacher and principal will be awarded coach airfare and two nights' hotel accommodation to attend NSTA's National Conference March 10-13, 2011 in San Francisco. Eligibility: innovative middle-level science programs. Deadline: November 30, 2010http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx?lid=abt#dcat 

BestBuy Teach@15 Award
The Teach@15 Award program improves classroom learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18) who is a registered member on www.at15.com can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award. Maximum award: $1,500 in the form of Best Buy Gift Cards. Eligibility: accredited, nonprofit junior or senior public, private, parochial, magnet, and charter high schools in the U.S. serving any grades 7-12.
Deadline: ongoing. http://www.bestbuy-communityrelations.com/teach_awards.htm  

Tiger Woods Foundation: Grants for Underserved Youth
Tiger Woods Foundation grants provide opportunities to children who are underserved, focusing on programs and projects that enhance the learning process for children, and transitional programs for young adults to become productive adults. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations; see website for further stipulations. Deadline: November 1, 2010.

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Noteworthy News


Report: K-12's Role in Stepping Up Degree Attainment
A new report warned that the United States is slipping on post-secondary degree completion compared with other nations, falling to fourth overall among adults and 10th among young adults. We will ignore the underling causes of this trend "at our peril," the report's authors said. But what K-12 institutions do to address the problem and help reverse the trend? http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/10/05/report-k12s-role-in-stepping-up-degree-attainment.aspx

Rural Mo. districts work to attract, hold on to top teacher talent
Isolated locations, lower salaries and fewer resources are among the reasons that schools in rural Missouri districts are finding it difficult to attract and retain high-quality teachers. One program is offering programs that subsidize college tuition for students who agree to return after graduation to teach. Others say they are hiring teachers without subject credentials, securing their commitment to earn the certifications as they work in the classroom. Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau) (10/3) http://www.semissourian.com/story/1669655.html


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Curriculum Corner

Report: Education schools should increase study of child development
Teacher-education programs should include more of a focus on developmental science, according to a recent report that suggests giving teachers a greater understanding of child development could improve students' test scores. Developmental science includes a study of children's biological, cognitive, social and emotional development. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/5) http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/10/05/07develop.h30.html?tkn=MTSCrRl1bUgUEAjpaEKByufi7RmzbMTBgCXO&cmp=clp-sb-ascd

Music-education program is launched in Boston public schools
A pilot music-education program will be offered to students at one Boston public school under a partnership between the school district and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The BSO Academy School Initiative will be based at the district's Thomas A. Edison School and will include an integrated music curriculum, including general and instrumental music classes, and access to professional musicians and the symphony's education programs. The Boston Globe (10/5) http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2010/10/05/bso_school_team_up_for_music_education/

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Technology Tidbits

Technology makeover deepens learning in Tennessee classroom
One Tennessee elementary-school class received a $25,000 technology upgrade this summer after winning a contest. Students in teacher Jordan Haney's fifth-grade classroom are using new iPads, MacBooks, Flip video cameras and other devices in many parts of classroom learning, such as choosing novels, taking quizzes and creating blogs. "There's deeper learning, instead of just rhetorical, repetitious learning, which only lasts a month," Haney said. The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (9/28) http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/sep/28/newly-revamped-classroom-uses-technology-all-aspec/

Middle-school students stay fit through technology
A Connecticut middle school is using technology to help improve students' health and fitness. The school's new high-tech fitness room features exercise-oriented video games such as "Dance Dance Revolution," as well as a treadmill and stationary bicycles with virtual courses displayed on video screens. WALB-TV (Albany, Ga.)/NBC (9/27) http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13222908

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Professional Development Opportunities

Florida Association for Theatre Education Conference
Oct. 14 – 16, 2010 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Downtown, St. Petersburg, Fl.“Master Your FATE with the Three R’s: Rigor – Relevance – Resurgence” is the theme for the Florida Association for Theatre Education (FATE) Annual Conference Oct. 14 – 16, 2010, in St. Petersburg. Sherron Long, Florida Cultural Alliance president and leading arts advocate will be the keynote speaker for the conference that includes a broad array of workshops and networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.fatefirst.org/.

Florida Art Education Association Annual Conference
Oct. 14 – 16, 2010 at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center at the Florida MallOrlando, Fl. The Florida Art Education Association’s 2010 Conference will feature keynote speaker Jacqueline Roch, national award-winning pastel artist, and Dr. Ron Yrabedra, artist and Professor of Art Education at Florida A & M University. The conference will also include the fourth annual Digital Student Exhibition, more than 100 workshops and special interest sessions for arts educators and administrators, the Artists’ Bazaar, Members’ Digital Exhibition and a Meet and Greet to link students in pre-service education programs with Florida Arts supervisors across the state. For more information about the conference, visit www.faea.org.

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ASCD Connections

ASCD's Fall Conference Oct 29-31, Chicago
The ASCD Fall Conference on Teaching & Learning will be held Oct. 29 to 31 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. Join us in Chicago this year for education's largest event focusing exclusively on closing the K-12 learning gap. Registration, travel & lodging, and session information are now available!

Public Access to Educational Leadership Archive Expanded
Over six decades of thought-provoking articles from ASCD's flagship magazine, Educational Leadership, are now just a few keystrokes away. All EL issues dating from October 1943 to January 1998 are now open for the public. Track down your favorite oldie.

Educational Leadership Now In Digital
Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, is back and better than ever. The September 2010 issue features a variety of articles examining perspectives on meaningful schoolwork and homework. As a member benefit, the issue is now available in the Digital EL -- an online edition that captures the look and feel of the hard copy. Nonmembers are encouraged to preview the edition's enhanced sharing capabilities while enjoying the look and feel of the award-winning magazine. Read the September article "Even Geniuses Work Hard."


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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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