may 2007, Volume 35

Dimensions On-Line



Florida ASCD Announcements



Florida ASCD Events









News Briefs



ASCD Connections



Professional Development News


Contact Us

Florida ASCD

Board of Directors

Executive Board


Ralph Barrett



Shelia Windom



Paul M. Terry


Past President:

Carlos Viera



Theresa Barrett



David Magee


Executive Director:

Kim Pearson


Directors by Region

(region map)


Region 1

Donna Wissinger


Region 2



Region 3

Alina Davis

Andrea Johnson

Marcy Kysilka

Mike Mizwicki

Johnny Nash


Region 4

Allan Dornseif

Lenford Sutton

Terisita Torres-Dickson


Region 5

Jaime Castellano

May Gamble

Simone Hebert

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

Make Your Memorial Weekend Truly Memorial!
Plan now to attend the Florida ASCD Learning Symposium, May 26th in Orlando. The morning will be devoted to one of the hottest topics in education today:  Differentiated Instruction.  Hear from some of the leading authorities in the field as to how to really meet the needs of all students through effective differentiated instruction. In the afternoon, attendees will be enthralled with the information they receive from Dan Fuller, Chief Educational Lobbyist for ASCD. Dan recently authored a bill dealing with High School Redesign that Senator Kennedy is using as the foundation for his efforts to reform high school, making secondary education more relevant to the needs of today's students. Also scheduled to appear are US Representative and leader in the field of education, Ric Keller, as well as Florida Senator and Majority Whip, Daniel Webster.
Be sure to make plans to attend our 50th Anniversary Annual Conference, November 30th and December 1st in Orlando. It will be sensational!  For more information on these events, as well as other benefits you receive as a member of Florida ASCD, be sure to visit our website at www.fascd.org.

As your president, I commend you for all your efforts to help our students be successful.  Please encourage your peers to join our ranks.  The more members we have, the more powerful our message!


Ralph Barrett

Florida ASCD President


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.

Bob Simonson, Bay
Billy May, Bay
Walter Christy, Brevard
Julie Biancardi, Broward
Allen Valentine, Broward
Brenda Cumings, Broward
Dorothy Hammer, Broward
Fred Hartford, Broward
Debbie Williams, Calhoun
Rae Konjoian, Charlotte
Maureen Watts , Charlotte
Marilyn Moser, Collier
John Kasten, Collier
Nanette Rathbun, Collier
Linda Lecht, Dade
Lucy Puello-Capone, Dade
Karen Ingraham, Dade
Loriana Novoa, Dade
Gina Romero, Dade
Adrian Cline, DeSoto
Sharon Burnette, Duval
Susan Wilkinson, Duval
Beverly Walker, Duval
Tammy Boyd, Duval
Jay Marinelli, Duval
Cynthia Miller, Duval
Vivian Bennett, Hendry
Connie Tzovarras, Highlands
Deborah Mosley, Hillsborough
Cathy Thornton, Lake
Diana Lowry, Lee
Janis Johnson, Leon
Carol Bounds, Marion
Mary Ann Salis, Nassau
Karen Sinclair, Orange
Philip Koger, Orange
Elizabeth Prince, Orange
John Edwards, Orange
Kathryn Gunter, Orange
Jennifer Reeves, Orange
Susan Scorch, Orange
Vicky Torrey, Osceola
Denise Doyle, Palm Beach
Margaret Collier, Palm Beach
Carol Moore, Pinellas
Gerald Schlereth, Pinellas
Jan Herzik, Pinellas
Jayme Joslyn, Pinellas
Buddy Thomas, Polk
Brenda Hardman, Polk
Gary McDaniel, Polk
Jonathon Meyers, Polk
Virginia Richard, Polk
Michael Griffith, Sarasota
Sharon Richert, Sarasota
John Zoretich, Sarasota
Michael Blasewitz, Seminole
Michael Mizwicki, Seminole
Juanita Wright, St. Lucie


Thank you to the following members who recruited a new Florida ASCD member this month:

Help us fill in your name here! Recruit a member today and extend your membership!


Members in the News

Four of the five officers for the newly formed Nova Southeastern University ASCD were chosen for the Aspiring Administrators Leadership Program for Orange County Public School. This was quite an honor because the number of people applying for the program was overwhelming and only 80 participants were chosen.  Kudos to the officers and this speaks volume to our leadership for this chapter. The new officers are as follows:  President-Tony Bolyard from Timber Creek High School, Vice President- Carletta Davis-Wilson from Richmond Heights Elementary,Membership/Secretary -Tammye Young from Westridge Middle School, and Historian/Scrapbooker-Origin Call from Richmond Heights Elementary.

May Gamble, Florida ASCD Board Member, is retiring after 39 years as a teacher, district specialist, and principal. She has been on the Florida ASCD Board since 1993 and was Florida ASCD president in 1999. Congratulations May!

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


Learning Symposium

Florida ASCD is sponsoring a one-day professional development institute. This professional development opportunity will focus on two half-day events. Half of the day will be discovering best practice in Differentiated Instruction. The other half-day will focus on Advocacy and Influence. This event will be held at Nova Southeastern University-Orlando Campus. Mark your calendars for May 26, 2007! Registration information is available at www.fascd.org/learningsymposium.htm. A great learning opportunity!


2007 Annual Conference

The Florida ASCD Conference Committee has determined that the 2007 Annual Conference will be held in Orlando at the Nova Southeastern University, Orlando Campus on Millennium Blvd. on November 30, 2007-December 1, 2007. Mark your calendars now!!! More information will be sent out as it becomes available.


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Grants for Professional Development for Performing Arts Teachers in Rural Communities
The Dana Foundation Rural Arts Initiatives grant funds to professional development programs for performing arts teachers in rural communities in the U.S. Dana supports projects in various stages of development and approach. Maximum Award: $50,000. Eligibility: Professional artists teaching performing arts in public schools; in-school arts specialists who teach performing arts in public schools. Deadline: June 4, 2007. http://www.dana.org/grants/artseducation/rural/guidelinesrural.cfm

Target Arts in Education Grants
Target Arts in Education grants make art exhibitions, classes and performances more affordable and accessible for families by funding programs that bring arts to schools or school children to the arts. Maximum Award: $3,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: May 31, 2007. http://target.com/common/page.jhtml?content=target_cg_prequalifier

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provides funds to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their 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: K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities. Deadline: June 1, 2007. http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/StudentAchievement_Guidelines.htm

Grants to Fund Participation in High-Quality Professional Development
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: $5,000. Eligibility: public school teachers grades K–12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: June 1, 2007.

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Awards for Young Scholars Illuminating Culture & Economics
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute grants the Templeton Enterprise Awards to scholars under forty who have produced the very best books and articles in the field of humane economics and culture. Maximum Award: $50,000. Eligibility: authors aged 39 and under of books and articles published in the previous year on topics relating to the culture of enterprise. Deadline: May 31, 2007.


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News Briefs


Videos on Demand

Teachers now have their very own version of YouTube. TeacherTube, launched in March 2007, is video-sharing site designed exclusively for educators. Created by a 14-year veteran educator (with technical help from family members), the site aims to “fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.” TeacherTube provides many of the same tools featured on the popular YouTube site, which is blocked by many schools. Teachers can use the TeacherTube to upload and share instructional videos, comment on and rank videos, and create video groups to bring together users with similar interests. Videos can also be easily embedded on Web pages. In keeping with its educational focus, the site’s producers aim to feature mainly instructional and professional development videos. Users are encouraged to “flag” videos that might be inappropriate. Videos currently on the site include specific lessons, class projects, demonstrations of unique instructional approaches, and expressions of educational philosophy. http://enews.edweek.org/GoNow/a15864a164332a224463763a1


More Parental Power in Revised No Child Left Behind Urged
Advocates want the federal law to give states the power to enforce the parental-involvement sections of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), reports David J. Hoff in Education Week. The No Child Left Behind Act has expanded parents’ power over their children’s education and given them more information about student achievement than ever before. But Congress ought to take further steps to promote parental involvement when it reauthorizes the five-year-old law, parent activists told a Senate panel last week. The federal law should guarantee funding for parent resource centers, authorize schools to spend federal money to hire family-service coordinators, and give states the power to enforce the parental-involvement sections of the education law, the advocates told the Senate health, education, labor, and pensions committee on March 28. "Schools are not taking these provisions seriously enough," Wendy D. Puriefoy, the president of Public Education Network, said of the law. "Significant changes are needed." Under the NCLB law, districts are required to involve parents when they are writing their plans to comply with Title I and other programs in the law. They also must develop a parental-involvement policy and hold regular meetings with parents explaining what the district is doing to meet the law’s achievement goals for students in reading and mathematics. Although parental advocates considered those requirements to be significant improvements over previous versions of the law authorizing the Title I compensatory education program, they suggested that Congress should do more. In addition to Puriefoy’s request for states to be given the power to ensure districts are fully complying with the parental-involvement measures, other experts suggested that portions of the $12.7 billion Title I program be set aside to pay for services to help parents.


Free High-Quality Teaching & Learning Resources

The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education has just released OER Commons, the first comprehensive open learning network that enables users to find freely available high-quality teaching and learning materials. Created with and for educators, students, and self-learners, this broad selection of open educational resources for K-12 and higher education can be browsed, searched, and enhanced using collaborative social networking features, such as tags, ratings, and reviews. The goal of OER Commons is to bring innovation to teachers and learners around the world. Within its first month, OER Commons has forged alliances with over 60 major content partners in order to provide a single point of access through which educators and learners can search across collections to access over 9,000 open educational resources, read and provide descriptive information about each resource, and retrieve the ones they need. There are a wide range of educational resources, from complete courses to learning modules to library documents, and from algebra to zoology, all in one place. Many of the resources use one of the popular Creative Commons licenses.

School Forms “Parknership” For Hands-On Education
The local environment is serving as Fort White High School’s (FWHS) laboratory of sorts. The school and Ichetucknee Springs State Park formed an Outdoor Service Learning “Parknership” for grades six through 12 to offer educational experiences by providing hands-on, field-based investigations that reinforce, enrich and make relevant classroom studies, as well as provide opportunities for service learning in the community. For the full story, visit

Billionaires Launch $60 Million Education Campaign
Eli Broad and Bill Gates have together pumped more than $2 billion into improving schools; now they have joined forces to try and ensure education is a key topic of discussion during the 2008 presidential campaign. Dubbed Strong American Schools, their education campaign will include TV and radio advertising in battleground states and a push for more consistent curriculum standards, longer and more school days and improved teacher quality. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/25/education/25schools.html

2006 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Expectations & Experience

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, conducted by Harris Interactive each year since 1984, explores teachers' opinions and brings them to the attention of the American public and policymakers. The 2006 survey examines what teachers, principals and deans of schools of education each consider most critical to prepare teachers to meet classroom demands, as well as the expectations and experiences of prospective and former teachers. Major findings include: (1) Teacher career satisfaction is at a 20-year high; (2) Principals and education leaders disagree on what new teachers should expect on-the-job; (3) Teachers are driven to leave by unmet expectations, lack of preparation and lack of support by colleagues and principal; (4) Many teachers say they lack the basics to get the job done; (5) Many teachers feel shut out of decision-making at school, but having a say in school policies is a key determinant of teacher satisfaction; (6) Professional prestige is on the rise, but teachers still lack parental support; (7) Teacher shortages are expected to be greatest in secondary schools and in schools with predominantly low-income and minority students; (8) Veteran teachers are more likely than newcomers to opt out, and teachers who plan to leave are twice as likely to be African American as are those who intend to stay in the profession; and (9) Teachers and principals share common views on recruitment and retention strategies. Three of the four top strategies for teacher recruitment and retention recommended by teachers are similar to those of principals, including providing a decent salary, providing increased financial support for the school system, and providing more respect for teachers in today’s society. http://www.metlife.com/WPSAssets/81821402701160505871V1F2006MetLifeTeacherSurvey.pdf


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ASCD Connections


Innovative High School Redesign

ASCD's 2007 Legislative Agenda supports high school redesign that includes rich and rigorous curriculum, meaningful and relevant learning experiences, and relationships with caring adults who know students well.

ASCD calls upon the U.S. Congress to support the efforts of states and local education agencies to use research-based approaches that engage high school youth and improve educational outcomes. These outcomes should enable high school graduates to become productive world citizens, prepared for economic success in a competitive global market.

To achieve this, ASCD proposes five key areas for innovative high school redesign:

  • Multiple Measures of Assessment, including a progress-based interpretation of the data as an essential element in determining adequate yearly progress.
  • Personalized Learning to enable students to take ownership of their learning with a caring adult/mentor to support academic efforts achieving graduation.
  • Flexible Use of Time and Structure to allow high schools to determine the appropriate learning, classroom, calendar, and graduation time and to free them from the 100-year-old Carnegie unit and other inflexible structures.
  • Professional Development for All Educators that builds capacity for successful school leadership and effective instructional practice. High school innovation requires that teachers and school leaders are supported in gaining and sustaining the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to address the evolving needs of students.
  • Business and Community Engagement to provide expanded business and community support for new learning opportunities and increased student engagement.

ASCD opposes school choice programs that do not provide equal access for all students. ASCD also opposes policies that evaluate schools and students according to a narrowly constructed testing system. For more information visit www.ascd.org.

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." ASCD is currently in the process of accepting proposals for concurrent sessions and research sessions for the 2008 conference. Apply online if you are interested.


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Professional Development News


Florida Reading Association's 45th Annual Conference

Florida Reading Association is hosting it's 45th Annual Conference September 6-9, 2007 in Orlando Florida at the new Shingle Creek Resort. The theme for the conference is Reading...Discover the Magic. Visit their online conference page for more information!

Do you have an upcoming professional development institute that you feel Florida ASCD members would benefit knowing about? Please email fascd@fascd.org and let us know and we will try to get your information into our next Dimensions!


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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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Madeira Beach, FL 33708





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