Things are cooking
As a member of the
Legislative Committee, I had the opportunity to
visit our Nation's Capitol, February 8-10.
Although it was cold outside (wind chill of 7
degrees when I landed), the educational
political temperature was definitely hot! With
No child Left Behind scheduled for
reauthorization, the Republicans informed us
there was no way this would occur anytime soon,
while the Democrats were equally adamant that
ESEA (as they
prefer to call the legislation) would pass in
May. It will be interesting to see how this all
Legislative Agenda will focus on three primary
areas. First of all, "Early Education" (i.e.
Head Start) will be a continuing priority. Next
"Student Achievement and Accountability" (NCLB/ESEA)
will have several areas needing to be addressed
Advocates. Finally, "High School Redesign"
(rather than reform) is an area that ASCD
is hoping to impact, as our proposed bill has
been praised by Senator Ted
office (and he just happens to be the Chairman
of the Education and Workforce Committee).
The window of
opportunity for educational reform is now open.
Please join me in helping our elected officials
make educated decisions regarding education
issues. If you have not joined
Educational Advocates, please do so now by going
we all continue to write our Congressional
leaders expressing our views, ultimately our
students will benefit.
Please share this
with your friends and encourage them to join
Names New Executive
Kim Pearson from Pinellas
County has recently been named as Florida ASCD's
Executive Director. Kim has been a very engaged Board
Member of Florida ASCD since she joined the board in 2006. Kim is
a teacher who is active in the educational
community in many aspects. She is a member of various educational
organizations and brings a wealth of knowledge with her
to this position. We are delighted to have her join us
as our Executive Director!
Florida ASCD would like to recognize and welcome all of
the new members who have recently joined our
Jackie Busse, Duval
Kevin Lutkenhaus, Hendry
Shirley Jackson, Hillsborough
Elaine Scott, Orange
M. Doster, Orange
Constance Scotchel Gross, Palm Beach
Beth Rawls, Pinellas
Rebecca Huffman, Pinellas
Thank you to the following
members who recruited a new Florida ASCD member this
Please help us fill in names here! We would love to recognize you for
helping us to recruit more members!
Members in the News
Florida ASCD member, will soon become the principal of Cottee River Elementary School located in New Port
Richey (Pasco County). Florida ASCD wishes her the best
of luck in her new endeavor. Congratulations Barbara!
Congratulations to Florida
ASCD Board Member Carlos Viera who is joining the
ASCD Board of Directors! Florida ASCD looks forward to
seeing all of the great accomplishments he will make as a board
member of the national organization.
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Florida ASCD Events
We held our Board Meeting on
February 24, 2007 at the Hawthorn Orlando Suites. At our
approved the minutes from our December 2006 meeting. There was
a very good discussion on our membership numbers as well as how
we could improve our membership. Updates were given
regarding our communications and publications that we
put out to members. We confirmed information about our
2007 conference as well as important updates about the
annual ASCD conference in Anaheim, California in March.
We had a lengthy discussion on how we could become more
influential in policy making as an organization and a
bigger advocate for the children of the state of
Florida. More information will be coming about this as
we finalize our plans. We also received an update
regarding ASCD's legislative initiatives. We concluded our meeting
by making plans for our summer recharge meeting. We will
be meeting at TECO/PATHS (Technical Education Center
Osceola/Professional and Technical High School) in
Kissimmee on June 23-24, 2007.
2007 Annual Conference
The Florida ASCD Conference
Committee has determined that the 2007 Annual Conference
will be held in Orlando on December 1, 2007. Mark your
calendars now!!! More information will be sent out as it
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McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education
The 2007 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education
celebrates the theme of global awareness in U.S.
education and recognizes those behind educational
programs that help students develop the knowledge and
skills they need to function as workers, citizens and
fulfilled individuals in an increasingly interconnected
world. Maximum Award: $25,000. Eligibility: policy
makers, leaders in higher education, and school-based
personnel. Deadline: March 16, 2007.
Grants to Public Schools to Purchase Books & Reading
The NEA Foundation is offering the D.E.A.R. Bookshelf
Awards, which grants funds to public schools for the
purchase of books and reading materials that will entice
students to Drop Everything And Read! Maximum Award:
$500. Eligibility: practicing pre-K thru 12 teachers,
school librarians, or education support professionals in
U.S. public schools. Deadline: March 12, 2007.
Recruiting Bright and Ambitious People into the World of
Fordham Fellows is a program designed to initiate
talented, serious education reformers into the world of
national education policy. Our goal is to bring together
a cadre of the sharpest minds in American education and
put them to work immediately in some of the nation's top
policy shops. They'll be surrounded by intelligent,
goal-oriented, hard-working veterans of the education
policy arena. Primary deadline is March 15, 2007.
Grants to Support Job Skills & Education for
Staples Foundation for Learning Grants provide funding
to programs that support or provide job skills and/or
education for all people, with a special emphasis on
disadvantaged youth. Maximum Award: varies. Eligibility:
501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: April 6, 2007.
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Awards for Excellence in Teaching Gifted Students
The National Association for Gifted Children A. Harry
Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship awards teachers who
have shown excellence in teaching gifted students, the
ability to meet the needs of gifted students, and
commitment to furthering the development of their
teaching skills. Eligibility: teachers K-12 who have
been members of NAGC for at least one year. Deadline:
April 2, 2007.
MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award
The MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award
recognizes teachers who have undertaken extraordinary,
and voluntary, efforts to connect with their students'
communities and to make themselves an active member of
their community. Qualified nominees build partnerships
and increase communication between the school, families,
local businesses/nonprofits, and local government.
Maximum Award: $5,000. Eligibility: middle or high
school teachers in one of 25 participating school
districts (see website). Deadline: March 14, 2007.
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Eight for 2008: Education Policy
Guidebook for Presidential Candidates
Education remains a top 10 priority
for the American people even during a divisive war
and amid competing national concerns, according to
the Gallup Poll. In a new report, Education Sector
offers eight education ideas for the 2008
presidential campaign. These ideas are neither
Democratic nor Republican. They have realistic
goals and price tags. The eight ideas include: (1)
Unlock the Pre-K Door; (2) Offer Teachers a New
Deal; (3) Create a National Corps of "SuperPrincipals";
(3) Open New Schools in Low-Income Neighborhoods;
(4) Launch Learning into the 21st Century; (5)
Reward Hard-Working Immigrant Students; (6) Give
Students a Roadmap to Good Colleges; and (7) Help
Students Help Others.
NAEP Reports Grades Rising, Test
More American students are taking challenging courses
and getting higher grades, yet substantial percentages
still score below "basic" levels on national reading and
math tests, according to two reports released today by
the National Assessment of Educational Progress. "The
results don't square," said the chairman of the National
Assessment Governing Board.
No Child Left Bored:
How to Challenge Gifted & Talented Students
A highly targeted array of learning opportunities for
students is not common practice in schools and districts
across the country. A few states have created separate
schools for academically talented students in math and
science. Some large districts have established magnet
schools to serve the needs of academically talented
students. Some communities offer theme schools for
gifted learners, including schools with full-time
programs for academically gifted and talented students
with a focus on critical and creative thinking skills.
Districts and states also have developed innovative
programs that include mentorships, Saturday programs,
after-school enrichment activities and summer
internships. However, recent experiences suggest
strongly that this attention has decreased in the years
following the implementation of No Child Left Behind,
writes Sally M. Reis in The School Administrator. In a
recent study that her colleagues conducted, across 92
observation days in all subject areas, gifted students
experienced only minimal instructional or curricular
differentiation. The goal for each superintendent and
administrator is to work with teachers and parents to
develop a program and a continuum of services that is
appropriate for each individual school, taking into
account the unique learning needs of the students, the
programs and services already in place and what is
needed to challenge every child. For every child
deserves the opportunity to make continuous progress in
Playground Heroes: How Can
We Teach Kids to Stick Up for Peers Who are Bullied?
In "Playground Heroes" in the latest issue of Greater
Good magazine, researchers Ken Rigby and Bruce Johnson
make clear that research has not only documented the
great prevalence of bullying at schools; it's also shown
that quite often, children serve as passive bystanders
to bullying. They neither join in the bullying nor try
to stop it, but just watch it from the sidelines. Yet
when these observers do intervene, more often than not
they're successful in stopping the bullying. So why
don't they intervene -- and perhaps more importantly,
how can parents and teachers effectively encourage them
to intervene when it's appropriate for them to do so?
Drawing on the results from a six-country study that
they ran, called the International Bystander Project,
Rigby and Johnson offer concrete strategies for helping
children act on their best intentions.
What, Exactly, is
The No Child Left Behind Act created an audacious goal
for American education: by 2014 -- just seven years from
now -- all children must be "proficient" in reading and
mathematics. But what, exactly, is proficiency? What
would it take to bring all students to that level, and
what role would organizations outside of schools play?
The latest issue of "Voices in Urban Education" from the
Annenberg Institute for School Reform offers five
perspectives on what "proficiency" looks like and how
students can learn in and out of school to reach that
goal. According to professor Edmund W. Gordon, "The
ability to use knowledge to engage and solve problems,
not just acquire knowledge, is increasingly the currency
of advanced societies. The goal should be to develop
such abilities in a broader range of young people."
These articles suggest that there is somewhat of a
consensus on what constitutes proficiency and that, in
the consensus view, proficiency demands fairly high
levels of ability. These abilities, writes editor Robert
Rothman, are not just "a little more" than basic skills;
they are qualitatively different. Achieving them takes
more than simply ratcheting up teaching and learning.
There is also a growing recognition that schools alone
cannot accomplish this task. Affluent families already
know this; children from relatively well-off families
not only receive high-quality instruction in school, but
also visit museums, join clubs, and engage with
professionals in the workplace. Children from low-income
families tend to lack these resources, so the
inequalities they face in school are magnified. The
challenge is to marshal the resources cities have for
learning and make them more widely accessible,
particularly for youths who have been poorly served in
schools. Only then, with stronger support for learning
in and out of school, can we move all students toward
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Increase Support and
Flexibility for Comprehensive Professional Development
high-quality professional development, including
leadership development for all educators, because it is
critical to student learning and the development of the
whole child. High-quality professional development is
data-driven, contextual, and learner-centered within
Click here to learn more
about ASCD's position on Professional Development.
ASCD's annual conference,
Valuing the Whole Child: Embracing a Global Vision, will
be held on March 17-19, 2007 in Anaheim, California.
ASCD's annual conference page for more information.
If you will be joining us in
Anaheim, please support our Florida ASCD members who
will be presenting! The following list includes the
names of these presenters:
Jaime Castellano-West Palm Beach, Sally
Butzin-Tallahassee, Carlos Viera-Miami, Carolyn
Guthrie-Miami, Judy Carr-USF Sarasota, Lenford
Sutton-USF Sarasota. Be sure to look up their
presentations in your program book and plan on attending
if you can!
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On April 6, 2007, the
University of Central Florida will be holding our
9th Annual College of Education Literacy Symposium!
Our theme this year focuses on "Motivation,
Literacy, and the 21st Century." This is a timely
topic for K-12 students and educators. Topics
include K-12 literacy, motivation, vocabulary,
comprehension, technology, writing, ESOL, connecting
students with books, children's and young adult
literature, and literacy coaching. This event
attracts an average of 400 educators from across the
state. We hope that you mark that date on your
calendar and also share it with your students.
Admission is free but we require that attendees
register for the event. We welcome proposals from
K-12 educators. We hope that you can join us. For
information on the event (i.e., flyer, registration,
and proposal form) please visit:
http://forpd.ucf.edu/litsym. For more
information, please contact Vicky Zygouris-Coe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your support.
Do you have an
upcoming professional development institute that you
feel Florida ASCD members would benefit knowing
about? Please email
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Florida ASCD, publishing announcements, coming events, awards,
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