september 2010, Volume 75

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.


Virginia Abernathy
Suzanne Bacon
Jessica Banks
Shannon Bogle
Claudia Bostwick
Tammy Bresnahan
Sarah Butzin
Henri Sue Bynum
Mike Carson
Amy Cervantes
Barbara Clark
Mary Dawson
Karen DeMar
Erin Duffy
Jacky Egli
Paul Fenning

Susan Flagg
Laurie Flynn
Kevin Forehand
Jan Gilpin
Joyce Goldstein
Francine Harvey
Dennis Herron
Judith Isakson
Jim Jensen
Carlene Judge
Marci Klein
Jennifer Lesh
Ira Margulies
Janet McGee
Karen Moates

Muriel Nelson-Barr
Oliver Phipps
Robert Quinn
Shaundra Schlapia
Karin Schmidt
Rose Schmitt
Pamela Shellman-Ross
Dehea Smith
Chuck Smith
Marianne Solomon
Dawna Taylor-Thornton
Alberto Vazquez
Debi Vermette
Cathern Wildey
Teresa Wright


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


The 50th Annual conference will be held in Orlando at the Renaissance Hotel (airport) and Lake Nona High School on September 24-25, 2010. Our keynote speakers include: Dr. Gene Carter, ASCD's Executive Director and Dr. Jim Warford, FASA's Executive Directory. Registration is open and in full swing.




Please see the conference site for more details. https://fascd.org//10conference.html


Time is running out! Register for our conference today!


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Grants & Awards


AGI: We Depend on Energy
The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2010. The photography theme for this year is: "We Depend on Energy." Maximum award: $300. Eligibility: interested residents of the United States of any age. Deadline: October 15, 2010.


NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of two purposes. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Eligibility: public school teachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2010.

NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provide funds to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem-solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2010.


Fulbright Teacher Exchange
The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year. By living and working in the cultures of their host countries, Fulbright teachers gain an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in national cultures and education systems. Maximum award: year-long or semester-long direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. Eligibility: full-time U.S. teachers. Deadline: October 15, 2010.

State Farm Grants
State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of communities by giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education). Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations; Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities. Deadline: October 31, 2010.


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Noteworthy News


States to create next generation of standardized tests
The Education Department awarded $330 million to two groups of states to begin work on new national standardized assessments to test students' skills in math and English. The two groups -- which include 44 states -- will work with testing experts and university professors to design computer-based tests that measure higher-level abilities, such as synthesizing information and completing performance-based tasks. The tests, which will be given as end-of-year exams as well as during the school year to monitor progress, are expected to be in place by the 2014-15 school year. The New York Times (free registration) (9/2) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/education/03testing.html?_r=2&ref=education


Florida Wins in Race to the Top Competition
The Sunshine State has been named a winner in Phase II of the federal Race to the Top competition, and is slated to receive up to $700 million over the next four years to fund education reforms designed to improve the lowest performing schools, develop a system that properly recognizes and rewards the hardest working teachers, and increase the academic achievement of students. A total of 69 local education agencies (school districts) signed on to participate in this historic grant opportunity including 54 school districts with local educator union support. Local school districts will now work to develop their own local plans designed to focus around the grant’s four assurance areas: Standards and Assessments, Building Data Systems, Teachers and Leaders, and Turning Around the Lowest Performing Schools. For more information on Race to the Top, including how to become involved in your local planning efforts, visit www.fldoe.org/arra/racetothetop.asp.


Sixth-graders are working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2 California schools
Two low-performing middle schools in Oakland, Calif., reopened this year with longer school days that have sixth-graders in class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The schools are partnering with the nonprofit group Citizen Schools and will employ teachers working toward full credentials to provide the extra instructional time and hands-on activities. Students attending the longer school days will not have homework, completing all their assignments at school. San Francisco Chronicle (8/31) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/31/BAH41F5SAG.DTL


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Curriculum Corner

US Department of Education Summit on Bullying
US Department of Education convened the first-ever National Summit on Bullying.  The summit gathered a range of non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders, and state and local officials, as well as the members of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Working Group.  "Bullying is undeniable," Secretary Duncan explained, dispelling multiple myths about bullying.  "It has a common definition, and a legal definition in many states.  Effective prevention programs work to reduce bullying.  And bullying is very much an education priority that goes to the heart of school performance and school culture."  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/news.html.  (Note: The Secretary's remarks are available at http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/myths-about-bullying-secretary-arne-duncans-remarks-bullying-prevention-summit.)Meanwhile, a new web site, http://www.bullyinginfo.org/, is a "one-stop" site for parents, educators, and community members seeking federal resources on bullying.  The Department's reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has also stepped up enforcement in the last year, vigorously investigating complaints of bullying and harassment.  In addition, many federal agencies (Education, Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Justice) have been -- and will continue -- collaborating to combat bullying. Over the past year, the Department has stepped up its efforts to address bullying to include a new, $27 million Safe and Supportive Schools grant program (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/safesupportiveschools/), a pilot that will enable states to measure school safety at the building level and to provide federal funds for interventions in those schools with greatest needs.  Moreover, the Department's proposed blueprint for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) calls for a dramatic increase in appropriations for the Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students grants program (http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/blueprint/successful-safe-healthy.pdf).

Are K-8 schools better for learning than middle schools?
Researchers at Columbia University found that New York City middle-school students scored, on average, 7 percentiles lower on standardized math exams than students who attend K-8 schools. The study attributed the gap to the students' transition from elementary to middle schools and a larger number of students in each grade. "What we found bolsters the case for middle-school reform," a co-author of the study said. The Wall Street Journal (9/1) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704421104575464151699794576.html?mod=dist_smartbrief

Teachers in Texas redesign lessons to include active learning
Some Texas educators are adopting a "brain-based" teaching method that encourages learning by keeping students engaged mentally, emotionally or physically. In the Harlandale Independent School District, about 200 teachers learned about such techniques during a summer workshop, where they participated in a scavenger hunt. One example of brain-based teaching is taking students outside for a math exercise, rather than relying on calculators. San Antonio Express-News (8/31) http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/beyond_the_lesson_plan_brain-based_learning_101851168.html

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Technology Tidbits

Students take part in pilot of 3-D classroom technology
A pilot program sponsored by a division of Texas Instruments is introducing 3-D projectors and educational content into classroom lessons in eight school districts across the country. One teacher in Texas used the technology to give third-grade students a virtual tour of the solar system, while another found that a 3-D math simulation helped simplify a lesson on volume for her sixth-grade students with learning disabilities. The Dallas Morning News (9/3) http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/090310dnmet3Dschools.27e7761.html

Teacher uses text messaging in science classes
A Florida school is using text messaging as part of classroom instruction. Jill Lloyd, who teaches 11th- and 12th-grade science, is using a free online program to survey students and project a live feed of the discussion on a screen in the front of the class. Students share phones with others who do not have them, and say they enjoy using the technology. "It gets the whole class to participate," one student said. WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (9/1) http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_pasco/wesley_chapel/teacher-welcomes-texting-in-class

E-readers replace textbooks for all students at Florida high school
Students at Florida's Clearwater High School are using Kindle e-readers instead of textbooks this year as part of a new initiative. The students will have access to all of their texts on the district-owned Kindles, as well as additional features that allow them to take notes and highlight text as well as access word definitions and text-to-speech technology. The school opted for e-readers over laptops because of the lower cost, which is roughly equal to the price of two textbooks, the principal said. T.H.E. Journal (9/2) http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/09/02/opening-up-to-digital-textbooks.aspx

Educators suggest technology tools to use as school starts
There are several technology tools that teachers should use within weeks after school begins, according to an elementary-school computer teacher. Mary Beth Hertz suggests -- with the help of subscribers to her Twitter feed -- that teachers use programs called QuickieQ and AnswerGarden to survey students and their parents on the first day back at school. She also suggests the social-networking site Twiducate, which is designed especially for students. Hertz also includes information about Prezi, which can be used to create classroom presentations similar to PowerPoint. Edutopia.org/Mary Beth Hertz's blog (8/30) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-tools-first-week-school?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+spiralnotebook+(Spiral+NoteBook)

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Professional Development Opportunities

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 sessioninformation are now available!

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ASCD Connections

A call for article submissions on effectively teaching boys
An ASCD blog post highlights alarming recent data on boys' academic achievement. Based on factors such as reading levels and high-school dropout rates, boys across different ethnic backgrounds are underperforming when compared with their female counterparts. Educators with practical classroom examples are encouraged to share their tactics and teaching innovations with the greater education community in ASCD Express. Submissions must be made by Sept. 15 to be considered. Review the submission guidelines. http://ascd.typepad.com/blog/2010/09/teaching-boys.html

ROCK THE VOTE!! ASCD Elections Open TODAY thru Oct 15, 2010
If you are an ASCD member, you may vote online or return the paper ballot enclosed in the Sept Education Update. Go green! To vote online, go to https://my.ascd.org, enter your Member ID and password, and follow the instructions.

Slate of Candidates for 2010 ASCD Elections
At its meeting in San Antonio, Tex., the 2009-2010 Nominations Committee determined the slates of candidates for ASCD's 2010 General Membership and Leadership Council elections. This year's slate of candidates is as follows:

General Membership Election:
President- Elect
Debra Hill, Illinois
Gail Pope, Virginia

Board of Directors
Two positions, three-year terms:
Larry Cartner, North Carolina       
Darlene Fisher, Turkey   
Mary Kay Kirkland, Utah    
One position, two-year term:
Marc Cohen, Maryland   
Mariann Helfant, New Jersey    
Leadership Council Members-at-Large
Four positions, three-year terms:
Cynthia Anderson, Georgia       
Gary Babiuk, Manitoba, Canada   
LaQuanda Brown, Georgia        
Katinia Davis, South Carolina   
Kurt Schneider, Wisconsin        
Leadership Council Election: (online only)
Board of Directors
Two positions, three-year terms:
Glenna Adams, Illinois       
Joseph Goodnack, Pennsylvania   
Judith Golden, Connecticut

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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

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Seminole, FL 33772






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