September 2008, Volume 51

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 educational direction for all who impact teaching and learning.


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.


Amy Archer
Kimberly Baermann
Peter Bayer
Pam Birtolo
Jeanne Brown
Sandi Busta
Rosie Carr
Alicia Casanova
June Dalton
Earl Deen
Judy Dempsey
Rick Dillon
Steven Dragon
Linda Emm
William Farmer
Barbara Feehan
Shirley Fox
Jenny Gibson-Linkh

Mary Goldberg
Martha Harrison
Pat Harvey
Julie Helton
Crystal Herold
Adrienne Howard
Rhonda Hunt
Frank Jimenez
Jennifer Kincaid
Liz Knowles
Sharon Kochlany
Dave Kramek
Carolyn McCallister
Kara McComeskey
James McDermott
Marti Meacher
Murie Nelson-Barr

Victoria Nicgorski
Maria Packwood
LeAnn Pollard
Pratico Robert
Deneisetres Robertson
Michelle Robida
Andrea Rosenblatt
Barbara Silver
Paula St Francis
Carla Thompson
D. Jeanne Tubb
Ellen VanArsdale
John Weida
Kathleen Weigel
Catheryn Weitman
Teresa Wright
Elisa Young
Dianne Zdanowicz


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. The call for presenters is ready and posted on our website. Consider being a speaker at our conference. We have already 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

Grants Available: In Need Foundation: Teacher Grants
Kids In Need Foundation (formerly SHOPA) Teacher Grants provide funds for classroom teachers who have innovative ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Projects may qualify for funding if they make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Innovation and merit account for 40 percent of the evaluation. The maximum award is $500. K-12 teachers are eligible for this grant. The deadline is September 30, 2008. For more information please visit:

Best Buy Awards for Interactive Te@ch Programs
The Best Buy te@ch program rewards schools for successful interactive programs they have launched with available technology. Winning te@ch programs focus on kids using technology to learn a standards-based curriculum, rather than on teaching students to use technology or educators using technology that children aren't able to use hands-on. The maximum award is $5,000. Accredited K-12 public, private, parochial, and nonprofit charter schools in the United States are eligible. Deadline for grant proposal submission is October 12, 2008. For more information, go to

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News Briefs

Free Digital Workshops Share What Works
Doing what Works (DWW), a new Web site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices that are supported by rigorous research. Current offerings include digital workshops that explore examples of what works in early childhood education, English language learning, and math and science. Future topics will focus on cognition and learning, high school reform, and literacy. For more information, visit http://www.dww.ed.gov/index.cfm

Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools
The National Center for Education, Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, USDOE, published in May, 2008 a guide that offers specific recommendatons for educators who seek to quickly improve student achievement in low- performing schools. The authors clearly describe the type of research that informed their recommendations and details on the recommendations will unfold in a school setting. Within the recommendations, the authors address professional learning, leadership, and data-driven decision-making. Visit http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/practiceguides/

New Research Center to Focus on Education Technology
Congress has authorized a new federal research center that will be charged with helping to develop innovative ways to use digital technology at schools and universities. The National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies was included as part of the latest reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The center will be charged with supporting research and development of new education technologies, including internet-based technologies. Visit the Center web site at http://www.hastac.org/node/1595

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

Make plans now to attend  ASCD's annual conference in Orlando, March 14-16, 2009. The conference theme is "Learning Beyond Boundaries." Register as a volunteer ans save money!


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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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