Florida ASCD empowers a diverse membership to improve learning, teaching, and leadership.
Establish strategic partnerships to expand the work of The Whole Child Initiative.
Become an exemplary affiliate in leadership and governance.
Cultivate collaborative communities to build capacity for membership.
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.
If you would prefer not to
receive ElectronicDimensions On-Line
Click on the Reply
button in your email.
Write REMOVE on the
Click the Send button.
You will receive one
additional e-mail message confirming your removal.
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 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
H John Kasten
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: email@example.com
Lavonna Roth has become an author!!! Her book, Brain-Powered Strategies to Engage All Learners, was published September 1, 2011. It is her first book and focuses on how the brain learns (educational neuroscience), containg 16 strategies to support what we know thus far about the brain and learning, along with 48 cross-curricular lesson plans modeling the strategies and a teacher resource CD. The book can be ordered from the follwoing website: www.mindsthatmatterinc.com/book.
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. If you are interested, please email Kim Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida ASCD is now on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin & ASCD Edge! Check us out!
Habits of Mind - Professional Development Institute - Presented by Art Costa
Florida ASCD would like you to mark your calendar now! Art Costa will be joining us, October 22, 2011 for a full day PDI on Habits of Mind at NOVA Southeastern University Tampa Campus. He will discuss his Habits of Mind and help teachers, administrators and district staff find ways to infuse these habits into their curriculum, instruction and school structure. For more information, please click here.We have a student and group rate! Prices range from $69-159.
NGA/Subaru: Healthy Sprouts Awards
The National Gardening Association/Subaru Healthy Sprouts Awards recognize outstanding youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the United States. Maximum award: $500 gift certificate to Gardener's Supply; NGA's Eat a Rainbow Kit, full of taste education and nutrition lessons. Eligibility: schools or organizations that plan to garden with children between the ages of 3 and 18. Deadline: October 1, 2011. http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants/2011-subaru-healthy-sprouts-award
Freedom Foundation: Leavey Awards
The Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education honor outstanding educators who excite a commitment in their students to the free enterprise system and unleash the entrepreneurial skills of their students at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college level. Maximum award: $15,000. Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents employed full-time as an educator at an accredited American school (grades K-12), college, or university. Deadline: November 1, 2011. http://www.freedomsfoundation.org/Leavy-Awards.cfm
AAPT: High School Physics Teachers Grants
American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Teachers Grants enable high school physics teachers to compete for small grants that will support innovative physics programs or activities that seek to increase student enrollment or to enhance student achievement in physics. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: high school physics teachers who are AAPT members. Deadline: December 1, 2011. http://www.aapt.org/Programs/grants/hsgrant.cfm
How to encourage students to ask their own questions A six-step process for teaching students to formulate their own questions can encourage them to take ownership of their learning, and deepen their understanding of a subject, write Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, authors of the book, "Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions." The Question Formulation Technique can be used to introduce new material to students, gauge their understanding during a lesson or to help students set a new learning agenda at the end of a unit, the authors write. Harvard Education Letter (September/October 2011) http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/507
New organization advocates for geography education The recently formed Geo-Literacy Coalition is working to improve geography education in the wake of a report that found fewer than one-third of students are proficient in the discipline, said National Geographic's Kim Hulse. The coalition -- a collaboration between National Geographic, CH2M Hill, Esri and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation -- is still in the planning stages but will focus on geography education investments. "While every state currently includes geography content standards at some level in its curriculum, only 15 states require that these standards actually be taught," Hulse noted. DirectMag.com (9/6) http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/the-geo-literacy-coalition-tackles-americans-geographic-preparation/197867
Why mistakes are an essential component of classroom learning Journalist and author Alina Tugend writes that mistakes are an important part of classroom learning. Students who fear making mistakes are afraid to be creative or try something new, and also may be afraid to raise their hand when they are unsure of the answer to a difficult question, she argues. Tugend suggests teachers embrace growth mindsets, in which students are praised for hard work, rather than just performance outcomes, to help students become more resilient and motivated learners. Edutopia.org/Alina Tugend's blog (9/6) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/benefits-mistakes-classroom-alina-tugend
Mobile-learning initiatives are receiving federal support The Federal Communications Commission has launched its pilot "Learning-On-the-Go" program, an effort to modernize the E-rate program that is bringing $9 million in grants to fund mobile-learning initiatives by 20 districts, schools and libraries in 14 states. Participants were chosen for their innovative proposals and include the San Diego Unified School District, where a program is under way to provide laptops and round-the-clock wireless access to an online curriculum for students in sixth grade at 10 schools. District Administration magazine (9/2011) http://www.districtadministration.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2907
Mobile app is designed to help teachers with behavior management A new Web and mobile app is aimed at helping teachers track and manage students' behavior in the classroom. The app, ClassDojo, allows teachers to note positive and negative student behaviors on a scale of -1 to +1 and generate reports for individual students or an entire class. The program is meant to be a tool for educators and administrators, as well as students, who may respond well to the immediate and public feedback the program offers. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (9/7) http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/09/can-mobile-phones-help-teachers-manage-classroom-behavior/
Fla. law has schools boosting tech spending amid tight budgets Some cash-strapped Florida school districts are spending millions of dollars on technology to comply with a new state law that requires high-school students -- starting with this year's freshmen -- to take at least one online course before they graduate. However, the state has not provided funding for the mandate. The issue has garnered attention from the American Civil Liberties Union, which is concerned that not all students will have access to computers and the Internet to fulfill the new requirement. Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.)/News Service of Florida (9/6) http://www2.highlandstoday.com/content/2011/sep/06/LANEWSO1-online-mandate/news/
National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference Oct. 12 - 14, 201, Orlando Marriott World Center, Orlando, Fla.
The National Career Pathways Network conference provides opportunities for administrators, teachers, counselors and business partners to learn and network with the goal of creating and sustaining partnerships to reduce dropouts, increase transitions to college, and create high-wage, high-tech careers. For more information about the conference, visit https://www.ncpn.info/2011-ncpn-conf.php.
Florida Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference and Professional Development Institute Oct. 13 - 15, 2011, Renaissance Orlando Hotel Airport, Orlando, Fla.
English teachers are invited to attend the Florida Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference and Professional Development Institute Oct. 13 -15, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. The conference is packed with authors and educators who will engage participants in sessions designed to inspire and motivate. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.fcte.org/.
Florida Foreign Language Association 42nd Annual Conference Oct. 13 - 15, 2011, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The Florida Foreign Language Association Annual Conference will bring together educators, administrators, legislators and business leaders from throughout the state for collaborative professional development and panel discussions that highlight the importance of language and intercultural knowledge in a global society. For more information, visit http://www.ffla.us/index.php?page_id=29.
Charter School Authorizers Annual Leadership Conference Oct. 24 - 27, 2011, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, Fla.
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers will hold its annual Leadership Conference Oct. 24 - 27, 2011, in Amelia Island, Fla. The conference offers a mix of professional development and unique networking opportunities for all charter school authorizers. For more information and to view a video about the upcoming conference, visit http://www.qualitycharters.org/events/2011-annual-leadership-conference.
Florida Dance Education Organization Annual Conference Oct. 27 - 29, 201, New World School of the Art, Miami, Fla.
The Florida Dance Education Organization will hold its 10th Annual Conference Oct. 27 - 29, 2011, in Miami with the theme "Dance Education: Legacy and Literacy." Florida-based dance authors, the American Dance Legacy Institute and other dance educators, administrators, and teaching artists will present aspects of dance literacy and legacy. In addition, Bill Evans, internationally renowned choreographer, performer, teacher, author and movement analyst is the keynote presenter. For more information, visit http://www.fdeo.org.
ASCD Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning, Las Vegas, Oct 28 - 30, 2011
The ASCD Fall Conference "Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness = Improving Student Learning" is coming October 28 to 30 to Las Vegas. More than 90 sessions will cover topics including research-based teaching practices, response to intervention and teacher-evaluation practices. Two Pre-Conference Institutes also will be available Oct. 27. Find out more about the conference
Teaching 21st century skills: An ASCD action tool How is your school supporting the development of skills that kids will need in order to succeed and compete in a global community rich with new technology? ASCD's newest action tool, "Teaching 21st Century Skills," offers strategies for integrating 21st century literacies into instruction and delivers 45 ready-to-use classroom tools that teachers can use to help learners grow their abilities to think critically, work creatively, innovate and collaborate.
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: