July 2007, Volume 37

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events









News Briefs



ASCD Connections


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Shelia Windom



Paul M. Terry





Past President:

Ralph Barrett



Theresa Barrett



David Magee


Executive Director:
Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1



Region 2



Region 3

Alina Davis

Andrea Johnson

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki

John Nash


Region 4

Terisita Torres-Dickson

Allan Dornseif

Lenford Sutton


Region 5

Jaime Castellano

May Gamble

Simone Hebert

Carlos Viera

Catherine J. Weitman

Florida ASCD Mission

Providing educational direction for all who impact teaching and learning.

Florida ASCD Purpose

The purpose of this association shall be the general improvement of instruction and supervision and the encouragement of professional growth.

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


Message from the President
It gives me great pleasure to serve as your new President for Florida ASCD for 2007-2008. Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself; I am the new proud president of this wonderful organization. I truly believe that this is the continuation of a wonderful and productive relationship among the Florida constituents and the national ASCD organization. I am very proud of our accomplishments as an organization and getting an award for excellence in the communication category.


I come to you with a wide range of experiences. I received my B.S. in Business Administration from Bethune Cookman College; M.A. in Business Administration from Webster University; Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership specializing in Organizational Leadership. My experiences range wide in the spectrum. I have worked as a bank teller, accounting clerk, social worker, paralegal, teacher, and administrator. I currently serve as the principal of Richmond Heights Elementary in Orlando.

It is my belief that everyone should be a lifelong learner. I am involved in many organizations that focus on the current education trends and legislative movements. I am a former two term president of the Greater Orlando Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and am now serving as past president. I am past secretary for the OCASA (Orange County Association of School Administrator) and am now the legislative chair. I am a former regional director for FAPA (Florida Assistant Principal Association) with FASA (Florida Association for School Administrators). I also serve as the legislative chair for the OCAESP (Orange County Association for Elementary School Principals). In my spare time I work as an adjunct for Nova Southeastern University in the Educational Leadership department and serve as the advisor for the second student Florida ASCD chapter. In addition to this, I also facilitate the Florida Online Reading Professional Development course for Competency 2 of the reading endorsement through the University of Central Florida. I have a beautiful daughter who is entering middle school this year so I am excited. 

I have several honors but the two I am most proud of is being named an Emerging Leader for ASCD and the Middle School Assistant Principal of the year for Orange County Public Schools.  As always I feel honored for the opportunity of serving as your leader of this fine educational organization. Together we will assist our members in Florida and give them opportunities to grow professionally.

I am looking forward to a great year with great people as we move “full speed ahead”! 

Dr. Shelia Windom

President, FASCD


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.


Joy Baldree, Alachua
Pamela Mitchell, Brevard
Richard Perhla, Broward
Darilyn Brown, Broward
Marybeth Thomas, Collier
Ken Fairbanks, Collier
Daniel Dubbert, Desoto
Judy Poppell, Duval
Nan Hoyle, Duval
Mark Ertel, Duval
Nancy Howard, Highlands
Gordon Rode, Hillsborough
Madeline O'Dea , Hillsborough
Robert Nelson, Hillsborough
Angela Hazzard, Hillsborough
Claude Pennacchia, Lake
Catherine Hinckley, Lake
Kim Holland, Lake
Steven Byrd, Leon

Glen Dallman, Manatee
Helen Abernathy, Manatee
David Roland, Marion
Jackie Nisa, Martin
Andrea Rosenblatt, Miami-Dade
Linda Emm, Miami-Dade
Carmen Concepcion, Miami-Dade
Carol Bowman, Miami-Dade
Juan Jose Lopez, Miami-Dade
Elio Gonzalez, Miami-Dade
Leslie McComsey, Monroe
Mary Hurley, Okeechobee
Irma Maxwell, Orange
Betty Hoyer, Orange
Maia Cardounel, Orange
Kenya Williams, Orange
Theresa Barrett, Osceola
Kathleen Hamilton-Moore, Palm Beach

Ali Eger, Palm Beach
Bradford Pazant, Palm Beach
Woodland Johnson, Pasco
Reeta Flood,Pasco
John Serio, Pinellas
Pat Wright, Pinellas
Laurel Rotter, Pinellas
Rachel McClure, Pinellas
Rena Wood, Polk
Paul Terry, Polk
Jude Spear, Polk
Deborah Elmore, Polk
Bonnie Dupuis, Polk
Terri St. John, Sarasota
Denise Sulewski, Seminole
Donna Pound-Harrison, Seminole
Lisa Fraine, Volusia
Deborah Drawey, Volusia


Members in the News

Florida ASCD Board Member, and Past President, Carlos Viera has been named District Director for the Office of Performance Improvement for Miami-Dade County Schools. Congratulations Carlos!


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


Board Meeting

Our board retreat on June 23-24, 2007 was great! We spent Saturday finishing up the business for the year, before having our past president Ralph Barrett pass on the gavel to our new president Shelia Windom. Shelia began her year as president on Sunday morning where she and Gail Clark-Dickson from ASCD worked with us to set our goals for the upcoming year. A full retreat update will be given in our August issue.


Annual Conference

Florida ASCD is moving ahead with their plans for the 48th Annual Conference. Be sure that you are making plans to attend this amazing annual event on November 30, 2007-December 1, 2007 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando, Fl. This year's topic is Reinventing Schools: An Extreme School Makeover. We are currently accepting proposals for breakout sessions at the conference. Please see our conference site for more information on proposals and registrations. Florida ASCD hopes to see you there!


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Grants for Youth Filmmakers
Listen Up! and Adobe Youth Voices announces Beyond Green, an international film project that will ask youth filmmakers worldwide to produce short personal stories that answer two questions: How do you and people in your community interact with the environment? Is there a better way? Maximum Award: $10,000. Eligibility: youth ages 13-19. Deadline: July 13, 2007. http://www.listenup.org/projects/beyondgreen/

Grants to Address Students with Special Needs & Engage Parents and Community
US Airways Education Foundation is accepting applications for its 2007 Community Education Grant Program. Grants will be awarded to educational programs that respond to the special needs of disadvantaged or disabled individuals; teach or enhance social responsibility; facilitate parental and/or community involvement; and enhance academic achievement. Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations located in the markets served by the airline. Deadline: August 1, 2007. http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/aboutus/corporategiving/education.aspx

Staples Foundation for Learning Grants Support Job Skills and Education

The Staples Foundation for Learning provides funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people, with an emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Maximum Award: $25,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: August 3, 2007. For more information please see http://www.staplesfoundation.org/foundapplication.html

Disney Minnie Grants Support Youth-led Service Projects
The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America, through Disney Minnie Grants, are supporting youth-led service projects that are planned and implemented in communities. Service can take place between October 1 and November 26, 2007, and projects can address the environment, disaster relief, public health and awareness, community education, hunger, literacy, or any issue that youth identify as a community need. Maximum Award: $500. Eligibility: teachers, older youth (15-25), youth-leaders, and youth-serving organizations that engage younger youth (5-14) in planning and implementation. Deadline: August 30, 2007. http://ysa.org/AwardsGrants/tabid/58/Default.aspx


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Thomas Gale Teams Award for Teacher/Media Specialist Teams

Eligible teachers work in K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada. The purpose of the team awards is to recognize and encourage the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning and increase student achievement. Three (3) winning teacher/media specialists teams will each receive a $2,500 cash award; Thomson Gale products valued at approximately $500; a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection; and educators’ publications from Linworth Books. The due date is September 6, 2007. For more information see the website: http://www.galeschools.com/TEAMS/index.htm or the application link at: http://www.galeschools.com/pdf/TEAMS-form.pdf



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News Briefs


Advanced projects aimed at reviving interest in science
Some 200 Memphis-area middle-school students are spending their summer in an enrichment program where they do such things as power model cars with wind energy. Educators hope to reignite students' sometimes flagging interest in math and science with advanced projects. "It's way better than school," declared student Amber Clayton. http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/education/article/0,2673,MCA_22897_5604259,00.html


District hopes TV ads will keep students from leaving
After an unexpected enrollment drop of 3,221 students this past year, Florida's Palm Beach County schools are airing 30-second television ads pleading students and parents not leave. The six ads feature current students, alumni and an elementary school art teacher praising the district's schools. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2007/06/20/s1a_SKADS_0620.html?imw=Y


Educator: Asking questions will shape reforms
Bess Bronson, a San Diego-area principal tasked with improving academic achievement, found educators need to ask just three questions: Who are our students? What do they need to learn? What do we do when they don't learn it? For more information visit the following website. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/education/20070627-9999-1mi27improve.html


Information Underload: Florida’s Flawed Special-Ed Voucher Program

Florida's popular McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program promises to give parents seeking private placements for their special needs children an alternative to the costly, complicated, and time-consuming federal process -- a voucher they can use at a public or private school of their choice. And school choice advocates promote the McKay program as a model for other states and the federal government. Four other states have programs modeled after McKay, and at least a half-dozen others are weighing whether to follow suit. But despite its promise and growing popularity, the McKay program has not yet proven that it works as either an adequate school choice or special education reform measure. http://www.educationsector.org/research/research_show.htm?doc_id=506895



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ASCD Connections


Focus On: Engaging the Whole Child - Preparing 21st Century Learners for Success

Which practices prepare students for success in work and life in the 21st century? In the summer online-only issue of Educational Leadership, our authors discuss how to challenge students academically, engage their interests and enthusiasm, and support them as learners and people. From coaching students to improve their writing to teaching history through virtual and real tours, this issue provides ideas that will help you engage the whole child in learning.

Stephanie Pace Marshall and Hugh B. Price discuss the thinking behind the whole child approach. Read or listen to their  

    comments; then, share your thoughts.

Find out how an interdisciplinary approach to studying monuments can broaden students' understanding of their local

    communities, their nation, and the world.

Learn from one district's law-related education program that helps students develop and practice citizenship skills.

Enrich your curriculum without harming academic growth by engaging in the arts and making the most of field trips.


Annual Conference

Make plans now to attend  ASCD's annual conference in New Orleans, March 15-17, 2008. The conference theme is "Reinventing Schools: Courageous Leadership for Positive Change." Pre-conference institutes are available for registration now.


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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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