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
Henri Sue Bynum
Billie Huck Shaw
D. Jeanne Tubb
Members in the News
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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
Be sure to make plans to attend this year's conference! The conference is scheduled for September 26, 2009 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando. This will be our 50th Annual Conference! Please visit our annual conference site at: http://www.fascd.org/09conference.htm for more information. The application for presenting is located on the site. Be sure to apply to be a speaker at the conference!
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Grants & Awards
Wild Ones: Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grants
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Funds will be provided only for the purchase of native plants and seed. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning, including houses of worship with a site available for this stewardship project. Deadline: November 15, 2009.
CVS: Caremark Community Grants
The CVS Caremark Community Grants program awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities; programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services; and public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play. Additionally, some contributions are made to organizations that provide uninsured individuals with needed care, in particular programs where the care received is of higher quality and delivered by providers who participate in accountable community health care programs. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: public schools with programs for children under age 18 with disabilities. Deadline: October 31, 2009. www.cvscaremark.com/
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Florida alters kindergarten readiness test
Florida is changing its kindergarten screening test, which is administered during the first 30 days of school. Students will be asked to recognize letters and sound out words, the latter being a new element to the test. The test helps determine scores for voluntary pre-kindergarten programs. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/aug/27/state-tweaking-testing-vpk-students/
Students at Fla. elementary school receive assigned laptops
Some students at a Florida elementary school have been paired individually with MacBooks to use for school, a move administrators say is a way to prepare students for college and their careers. The district was able to afford enough laptops for only two classes, and it decided to assign computers to individual students rather than mete out their use at computer labs at Gulf Trace Elementary School. http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/lucky-students-at-gulf-trace-elementary-get-macbook-laptops/1032338
Seniors and preschoolers to interact at Florida facility
The Volen Center, a Florida nonprofit site for the elderly, will open a preschool in its facility next week. Although the children will be taught in a designated area, interaction between the seniors and children is planned, and organizers hope the two groups will benefit from contact with each other. "Many children don't interact with seniors and are afraid of them," said the preschool's child-development director. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/npost/content/neighborhood/southernpbc/epaper/2009/09/03/nps_cpvolen_0903.html
Make plans not to attend the 2010 ASCD Annual Conference which will be held March 6 to 8, 2010, in San Antonio.
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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