September 2009, Volume 63

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events



Grants & Awards



News Briefs



ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Kelley Ranch



Johnny Nash



Alina Davis


Past President:

Paul M. Terry



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

Shelia Windom


Region 4

Allan Dornseif

Felitta Lott


Region 5

Catherine J. Weitman

Region 6

Angel Chaisson


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.


Virginia Abernathy
Shannon Bogle
Edalenia Boynton
Donna Bradley
Henri Sue Bynum
Carmen Caltagirone
Moresa Capers
Mike Carson
Dominic Church
Judy Dempsey
James DePiro
Erin Duffy
Geraldine Gendall
Ian Gesundheit
Cary Hartzog
Dennis Herron
Nan Hoyle
Billie Huck Shaw

Annika Labadie
Dena Landry
Jennifer Lesh
Diane Lethbridge
Monica Martin
Erika McLaren
Napoleon Mills
William Montford
Cheryl Morgan
Brenda Morris
Mary Mosley
Muriel Nelson-Barr
Loriana Novoa
Patricia O'Sullivan
Kaethe Perez
Richard Perhla
Amanda Pincomb

Hugh Pryor
Robert Quinn
Shirley Rainwaters
Cheryl Rutenbar
Mirta Sanz
Rose Schmitt
Deborah Schwope
Lauren Seidman
Pamela Shellman-Ross
Chuck Smith
Chris Steinwachs
Buddy Thomas
D. Jeanne Tubb
Dianna Weinbaum
Denise Weir
M. Williams
Bettye Woodson
Crystal Yoakum


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


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 fascd@fascd.org.


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Florida ASCD Events


Annual Conference

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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News Briefs


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

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ASCD Connections


Annual Conference

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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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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