September 2007, Volume 39

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



Lenford Sutton


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


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
Our capacity to address and create solutions for our students and educators begins with drawing the line in the sand. How much of an influence do you want to have on the educational issues, policies and practices that face our state? Yes, you are already busy. Yes, you already work too many hours. And yes, the challenge comes with a commitment extending the one you already made the day you decided that you wanted to educate.

This is an invitation to participate in our annual conference coming up November 30 and December 1.

Your involvement stems from your participating in our professional development opportunities. We need you to join FASCD so we can insure diversified collaboration. The decision making body of Florida ASCD needs YOU. It is your individual contribution that leads to success. Join us!

Florida ASCD and I look forward to serving your needs this year.

Dr. Shelia Windom

President, FASCD


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.


James Wohrley
Candace Roberts
Gwendolyn King
Kimberly Neal, Alachua
Maria McCalister, Bay
Oleh Bula, Brevard
Dianne Zdanowicz, Broward
Estelle Strader, Broward
Myriam Rodriguez, Broward
Sharon Kochlany, Broward
Thomas Greene, Broward
Claudia Bostwick, Broward
Karen Denison, Charlotte
James Lawless Jr., Clay
Karey Stewart, Collier
Gwen Green, Collier
Erin Duffy, Collier
Nongongoma Majova-Seane, Duval
Kelly Aeppli Campbell, Escambia
Richard Dupont, Flagler
Danielle Abernethy, Hernando
Kelly Rowe, Hillsborough
Robert Quinn, Hillsborough
Judy Kent, Hillsborough
Marilyn Katzenmeyer, Hillsborough
Jennifer Coats, Hillsborough
Elizabeth Brown, Hillsborough

Sue Ann Falco, Indian River

Rhonda Hunt, Lake

Marcia Halpin, Lake
Sharon Ebbert, Lake
Dee Ann Wilson, Lake County
Aida Saldivar, Lee
Susan Kohler, Lee
M. Lucile Williams, Leon
Dale Lick, Leon
Claire Frick, Leon
Lynette Hutchinson, Manatee
Jamie Pittman, Marion
Denise Weir, Martin
D. Jeanne Tubb, Martin
James DePiro, Miami Dade
Bettye Woodson, Miami-Dade
Aline Sarria, Miami-Dade
Ava Byrne, Miami-Dade
Sandi Busta, Miami-Dade
Santarvis Brown, Miami-Dade
Charles Bethel, Miami-Dade
Mabel Jean Morrison, Okaloosa
Karen D'Avignon, Okaloosa
Chuck Smith, Orange
Carol Grosshans, Orange
Geraldine Gendall, Orange

Gail McGoogan, Osceola
Melissa Akey, Osceola
Jennifer Lesh, Palm Beach

Derrick Hibler, Palm Beach
Kathleen Devine, Palm Beach
James Lane, Jr., Pasco
Roberta Bailey, Pasco
Dawn Wilson, Pinellas
Reva Williams, Pinellas
Catherine Fleeger, Pinellas
Wendy Bryan, Pinellas
Marilyn Bartlett, Pinellas
Lillian Colon-Vila, Pinellas
Deborah Schwope, Polk
Joel McGuire, Polk
Leanne Yerk, Putnam
Rick Surrency, Putnam
Henri Sue Bynum, Saint Lucie
Robin Sweeting, Sarasota
David Schatz, Sarasota
Richard Nicoli, Sarasota
Cory Miller, Sarasota
Sandy Kahl, Sarasota
Dianne Frailing, Sarasota
Rebekah McCloud, Seminole
Michelle Wilcox, St. Johns
John Clark, St. Lucie
Julian Jones, Volusia
Bonnie Gyarfas, Volusia
Virginia Abernathy, Volusia


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



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Florida ASCD Events


Board Meeting

Florida ASCD is gearing up for another board meeting at the end of September. We will have our meeting at NOVA Southeastern University's Orlando Campus on September 29th. At this meeting we plan to get an update from all of our committees on the work that they have conducted since our last meeting. Additionally, we will be taking a look at our proposed budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. We are also hoping to approve some board members who have shared interest in joining as a board member. Look for an update on our progress in the next monthly Dimensions!


Annual Conference

This year's conference theme is Reinventing Schools: An Extreme School Makeover. The conference is November 30, 2007-December 1, 2007 at NOVA Southeastern University in Orlando, Fl. The conference committee is making their final decisions for speakers at the conference, once confirmations are made a mailing will go out to all members. This event is sure to be one you do not want to miss! Please visit www.fascd.org/2007_Conference.htm for more information about our conference as well as our registration page. Registration is limited, so please register early. Florida ASCD hopes to see you there!


Professional Development Institute

Florida ASCD board members have also been busy planning a professional development institute (PDI) for the Palm Beach Area. The theme for this institute will be Differentiating Instructional Strategies to Meet the Needs of ALL Students. The PDI will take place at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on November 3, 2007. Registration is $125. Please see flier for more information. Register online today to ensure you have a seat!


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Airborne Teacher Trust Fund Grants for School Art & Music Programs
The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund invites elementary and middle school teachers to submit proposals for art and music programs that their schools are unable to fund. Maximum Award: $10,000. Eligibility: elementary and middle school teachers in both public and private schools. Deadline: October 31, 2007. http://www.airbornetrust.com/index.aspx

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education wants to help parent-teacher groups achieve more for schools by increasing parental involvement, building stronger community spirit, and/or creating a new school tradition. The deadline is October 12, 2007. Up to $5,000 per school is obtainable. More than 1,000 different schools will be funded in 2006 and 2007. Any non-profit public K-12 school or parent group (associated with a non-profit public K-12 school) that has a group tax ID# and official 501c(3) status from the IRS is eligible to apply. For more information call 1-800-644-3561 x 210 or visit the website at http://toolboxforeducation.com/index.html


Best Buy Grants for Interactive Technology Programs
The Best Buy te@ch program rewards schools for successful interactive programs they have launched using available technology. Winning te@ch programs focus on kids using technology to learn standards-based curriculum, rather than on teaching students to use technology or educators using technology that children aren't able to use hands-on. Maximum Award: $10,000. Eligibility: Accredited K-12 public, private, parochial, and nonprofit charter schools located within a 50-mile radius of a Best Buy store. Deadline: September 30, 2007. http://communications.bestbuy.com/communityrelations/teach.asp

Grants to Increase Public Understanding of the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Maximum Award: $6,000. Eligibility: faculty or staff members of colleges or universities, primary or secondary schools, or independent scholars or writers. Deadline: October 2, 2007.

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Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education

The TASH Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Awards program honors important contributions of individuals and school districts in advancing inclusive education and equitable opportunities for students in grades K-12, particularly those with the most significant disabilities and support needs. Awardees will be selected from these categories: Inclusive Education Administrator of the Year; Inclusive Education Teacher of the Year; Inclusive Education Advocate of the Year; Most Promising Inclusive School; and, Most Promising Inclusive School District. Maximum Award: recognition; a library of books about inclusive best practices from Brookes Publishing. Eligibility: school districts and education professionals that work inclusively with students K-12 with disabilities. Deadline: September 20, 2007. http://www.tash.org/2007tash/Awards.htm


Awards Recognize School District Best Practices

American School Board Journal (ASBJ) is accepting nominations online for the 2008 Magna Awards through October 1, 2007. Presented in cooperation with Sodexho School Services, winners of the Magna Awards receive national recognition in a special supplement to ASBJ and are honored at a luncheon at the National School Boards Association's annual conference. Awards are handed out in three enrollment categories -- under 5,000, 5,001 to 20,000, and more than 20,000. Grand prize winners in each category receive a $3,500 cash award from Sodexho. Nominations this year are being accepted only on an online basis. For more information, call (703) 838-6739. http://www.asbj.com/magna/


Youth Service America Harris Wofford Awards

Youth Service America Harris Wofford awards annually honor exceptional individuals, institutions, and media figures who actively contribute to this nation's spirit of service. Eligibility: Youth (ages 5-25), Organization (nonprofit, corporate, foundation), and Media (organization or individual). Maximum Award: $500 individual award and a $500 award for the nonprofit organization of his/her choice. Deadline: October 19, 2007. http://servenet.org/DesktopModules/iBN%20News%20Articles/Download.aspx?AttachmentID=44


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News Briefs


Democrats Try to Soften Bush’s Education Law
As Congress returns next week, leading Democrats are struggling for the formula that can attract bipartisan support to extend the life of President Bush’s education law, No Child Left Behind. In doing so, they are proposing to ease the pressure on suburban schools. A draft proposal being floated by Representative George Miller, chairman of the House education committee, would soften many of the law’s accountability provisions while maintaining its overall strategic goal: to bring every student to proficiency by 2014 by requiring states to administer standardized tests and to punish schools where scores do not rise. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/01/washington/01child.html?_r=1&ref=education&oref=slogin


Florida Leads Growth in Virtual Schooling

Virtual learning is becoming ubiquitous at colleges and universities but remains, in many ways, in its infancy at the elementary and secondary level, where skeptics have questioned such factors as its cost and its effect on children's socialization. Virtual schools are growing fast, though, at an annual rate of about 25 percent. Estimates of elementary and secondary students taking virtual classes range from 500,000 to 1 million nationally, compared with total public school enrollment of about 50 million. There are now 25 statewide or state-led programs and more than 170 virtual charter schools across the nation, according to the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL). FLVS is a pioneer and a model for many of these other programs. FLVS, part of the Florida's public education system, is the leader among K-12 virtual schools in terms of innovation, depth of courses, rigor, and enrollment, said Bill Tucker, chief operating officer at Education Sector, a Washington, D.C., think tank. Founded 10 years ago, it offers more than 90 courses ranging from such basics as English and math, to specialties that include keyboarding, computer programming, web design, Chinese, marine science, Earth-space science, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. Advocates say virtual learning has almost unlimited potential, reports eSchool News, although some have raised questions about funding and the amount of social interaction that students receive from such schooling. http://www.eschoolnews.org/news/showStoryts.cfm?ArticleID=7315


State Board of Education Chooses Applicants To Interview For the Commissioner of Education Position
The State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to accept seven applicants from a pool of 24 to be interviewed for the Florida Commissioner of Education position. Each of the seven interview candidates was recommended to the SBE by PROACT Search, Inc., after a comprehensive screening process determined that they met board-established position profile/criteria. The interview candidates selected by the SBE are as follows: Dr. William Harner, Dr. Earl Lennard, Dr. Joseph Marinelli, Dr. William Moloney, Dr. Eric Smith, Mr. James Warford and Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke. For continuing updates on this process, visit www.proactsearchinc.com/florida or via the Department’s Web site at www.fldoe.org/commissionersearch


Department of Education Launches New Teacher Misconduct Web Site
The Florida Department of Education launched a new Web site that enables the general public to check if disciplinary action has been taken against a Florida educator’s certificate. Using an online database, visitors to the site are able to obtain information on teacher misconduct cases brought to the state level. Currently, the available information includes action dates, complaint summaries and descriptions of final outcomes, including any penalties that may have been applied to an educator's certificate. Similar to other licensed professionals such as physicians, accountants and pharmacists, Florida educators are subject to action against their certificate for substantiated misconduct. Visit the site at www.myfloridateacher.com.


Helpful Back to School Statistics

Nearly 50 million students are heading off to approximately 97,000 public elementary and secondary schools for the fall term.  Before the school year is out, an estimated $489 billion will be spent related to their education, with an average of $9,969 to be spent per pupil for fall enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools. Some 3.2 million teachers are projected to be employed in public elementary and secondary schools in 2007-08. And more than 1.1 million students -- about two percent of all students -- will be homeschooled. These are just a few of the statistics contained in "Back to School Stats," compiled by the Institute of Education Sciences' research and statistical centers. Follow the link below for more statistical information about American elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools, students, and the educational process.



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ASCD Connections


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.

Connecting Instruction and Assessment
Is it possible to reclaim assessment as a way to adjust teaching and learning? Drawing from decades of research and the work of effective teachers, more than 50 expert presenters at the 2007 ASCD Conference on Teaching and Learning will demonstrate the possibility -- and the practices -- that connect instruction and assessment. Join your colleagues in Atlanta, Oct. 19 to 21. http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.4bf962cfeb89d92abfb3ffdb62108a0c/

Whole Child on YouTube
We've got a powerful new tool in the effort to spread the word about ASCD's Whole Child Campaign. ASCD recently released a short video on YouTube that dynamically captures the message of the Whole Child. ASCD hopes you'll watch the video, share it with your colleagues, and continue to help ASCD spur conversations across the country about how to ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTRKHR-6i3k

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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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