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Wednesday Update for April 4, 2012

Published: Apr 4, 2012 •• Category: Student Newsletter

Announcements for the COE Wednesday Important Information newsletter can be sent to ronw@coe.ufl.edu by 2pm on the Tuesday prior; confirmation that your announcement has been received will be provided.


Elementary & Special Ed Students who will be doing their FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP in Spring 2013: The Internship orientation is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2012 in Norman Room 250

  • 9:30 am if last name begins A-L
  • 1:30 pm if last name begins M-Z

SGA Senate Seat – Undergraduate Representative – College of Education
Recently the senate seat for the undergraduate representative from the College of Education has become available in the Student Government Association.   Interested Applicants can apply to be the replacement Senator at  http://www.sg.ufl.edu/Applications/Senate/StepOneApplications are due this Friday at 4:30pm.

Children Beyond Our Borders – School Supply Drive
All school supplies are accepted! Pencils, paper, notebooks crayons, markers, erasers, etc…Donation boxes are placed in the Education Library and in ECC’s Production Lab at Norman Hall.   Deadline for drive: Monday, April 23rd.   It is CBOB’s mission to provide opportunities for children and youth affected by armed conflict and social injustice to find peace, prosperity and well-being through education and empowerment.

Teaching Excellence Workshop – April 6, 2012
11:30am – 4:15pm ~ Library East Conference Center.  Session content for the 2012 Teaching Excellence Workshop is designed to provide practical tips and ideas to integrate immediately into live or online classrooms. The keynote will be delivered, via Web conference, from Lynda Weinman, founder of lynda.com.  Ms. Weinman will speak on, “The Changing Role of Educators in the Digital Age.”  Breakout sessions will follow on topics including active learning classrooms, social media use in teaching and learning, and the “flipped” classroom.   A full agenda is available on the teach.ufl.edu Web site.   The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.  Lunch will be provided to on-site attendees.  All presentations will be available via the Web. (Online attendees will receive an email closer to the date of the workshop with instructions for how to access the live broadcast.) To attend in person or via Web conferencing, register through the Division of Continuing Education conference department’s online registration system

The 40th Annual African ShowcaseSaturday, April 7
The 40th Annual African Showcase is the biggest and most exciting production that the African Student Union at the University of Florida presents every spring semester.  With the theme, “Reigniting the Fire,” everyone is guaranteed to be thrilled while experience the rich African culture. The showcase will take place at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on April 7th @ 6:30pm and features exhilarating dance performances, inspirational songs, comedy and drama sketches, a fashion show, free authentic African food and much more!!!  The show is free, open to the public.  Donations are highly appreciated and would go towards our philanthropy, the South Sudan Health Care Organization.  For more information please visit the web site at www.asuatuf.com or contact us at ufafrisu@gmail.com and RSVP to the event on facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/127085637420174/.

Course Announcement:  EDG 6931 section 04CO – ESOL Issues: Family-School-Community Partnerships
Thursday, periods 7-9 ~ Instructor:  Maria Coady, Ph.D.
This graduate level seminar focuses on key issues related to language minority students in US public schools.  The seminar takes a “strengths-based” perspective of students and families.  In this seminar, we will read and discuss theoretical papers and empirical studies that examine teachers of diverse students and English language learners (ELLs) and what teachers do to facilitate student learning.  Specifically, we will examine how teachers in today’s educational climate of high-stakes testing, teacher evaluation, and data-drive instruction (a) leverage human and material resources and (b) navigate the educational policies that affect language minority/EL students’ learning. Class products will include a review of literature related to the topic and the co-development (fieldwork) of a family-school-community initiative / project that will become a resource for teachers in a local school district who work with students from diverse backgrounds.

Course Announcement:  EDG 6931- Academic Writing
Wednesday, periods 6-9 @ 2323 Norman ~ Instructor: Dr. Zhihui Fang <zfang@coe.ufl.edu>
This seminar is designed to enhance the capacity of doctoral students from all academic disciplines to write for academic purposes. It guides students through the entire process of academic writing that includes understanding the task at hand, planning the work, conducting library research, reading to gather information, developing audience awareness, appropriating discursive resources, working with other people’s ideas and voices, and using feedback and editing to improve writing. The course focuses on exploring the ways in which language is used as a creative resource for presenting information, structuring text, embedding perspectives, developing argument, referencing sources, and addressing audience needs in academic writing. It combines focused discussion of key features and issues of academic writing with practical applications through critical analysis of model essays as well as careful critique of students’ own writing. The course also provides an insider’s perspective on writing for scholarly publications, including journal/publisher selection, manuscript review process, overcoming rejections, and tips for getting published.

Course Announcement:  EDG 6931 (7006)- Qualitative Research Design in Curriculum and Instruction
Offered by Dr. Brianna Kennedy-Lewis during the Summer C session, 2012.
  This course is tentatively scheduled to meet on Tuesdays from 12:30-4:45, though we will modify our meeting times to best serve the needs of the group.  This course will guide students through the process of designing an independent research project from conception through the IRB process.  We will discuss the roles of epistemology, research paradigms, and theoretical frameworks in guiding choices of methodology and data collection methods.  These choices will be grounded in a thorough review of the literature to identify relevant problems in students’ areas of interest in curriculum and instruction.  At the conclusion of the course, students will be prepared to implement their proposed study.  This course is open to Ph.D. students with an interest in research related to curriculum and instruction and who have completed at least one doctoral level course in qualitative research methods.  Students should enter the course with a defined area of interest for their study.


ECC Spring 2012 Schedule!
Come join the ECC on these Wednesdays at 7pm in the Terrace Room G400 for our Spring workshops! We will have food and lots of giveaways for all workshops. We hope to see you there!  If you are unable to make it to the workshop, extra handouts can always be found in the Production Lab. Please come during an ECC officer’s time period and we will be more than happy to talk to you about what we presented at the workshop. Schedules of the officers’ time periods can also be found in the Production Lab. Please visit our website as well, where we will post handouts and information after each workshop:https://education.ufl.edu/ecc

  • April 18th – Kagan Workshop and Elections

FEA Spring Schedule
FEA is excited to announce the events for the spring semester! All workshops are held in the Terrace Room at 7pm!  We hope to see you at these upcoming professional development events!

  • April 18th –  Kagan Workshop & Officer Elections

Campus Green Caffeine: Bring your own mug, and the coffee is on us!
Join the Office of Sustainability Tuesday, April 10, from 8-9AM, at Pugh Hall for local, fair trade Sweetwater Organic coffee to discuss sustainability ideas.

“Millennial Scale Sea-Level Changes” Seminar, Thursday, April 5, 1PM- 3:30PM-4:30PM
Dr. Benjamin Horton, an Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania University Department of Earth and Environmental Science, will host a discussion, “Millennial Scale Sea-Level Changes” as part of the Florida Climate Institute’s Distinguished Scholar Seminar series. The talk will be in Smathers Library 1A on the UF campus.   For more information contact: Carolyn Cox (352) 392-1864 ext. 233 or crcox@ufl.edu.  

“Earth Day, Earth Charter: The Urgency of Mainstreaming Sustainability in Higher Education,” Thursday, April 5, 6PM-8PM
Dr. Corcoran, Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University, will give a lecture in Anderson 216 (opposite Chipotle on University Ave) on Thursday, April 5, from 6-8pm. 

Downtown Farmers Garden Spring Fling, Tuesday April 10, 4PM-6PM
The Alachua County Extension Office Florida, Organic Growers, and Gainesville Compost and the are teaming up with the UF Office of Sustainability to host an open house and workday in the Downtown Farmers Garden at the Alachua County Administration Building, in Downtown Gainesville.  Enjoy an afternoon digging and planting, or just learning more about this great space and what you can do in your own backyard. Refreshments will be served,   and the event is free and open to the public.


SEC & ACC Virtual Career Fair
Looking for a job, internship or co-op? Meet recruiters live online April 3rd – 5th.  Enjoy the career fair from home between April 3rd and April 5th! Register now!  Please contact crcfairs@ufl.edu with questions.

Kindergarten Teacher position
Holy Spirit Catholic School has a Kindergarten teacher position available for the 2012-2013 school year. Email resumes to Dr. Luciano at dr.luciano@hscatholicschool.com

PreK-4 Teacher position
St. Pius School in Jacksonville is hiring a PreK-4 teacher for fall 2012. Applicants can learn more about the school here : http://www.guardiancatholicschools.org/ and here: http://www.edline.net/pages/St__Pius_School.  Applicants can send their resumes to the Principal, Sister Elise Kennedy via email at kennede@aol.com or via mail, to St. Pius School 1470 W. 13th Street Jacksonville, FL 32209.

Nannie Positions
Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency is seeking full time and part time nannies.  Open schedules are preferred, but we can accommodate most levels of availability.  We have a need for infant care, toddlers, and elementary age kids.  Must have at least 3 years of experience and be able to provide written references.  You must also be able to pass a criminal background check, civil background check, drug test, driving record check, and be CPR certified.   For more information, visit Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency in Gator CareerLink, position number 737555.

Scholarship for STEM Teachers! Application deadline extended to April 10th
AFCEA Educational Foundation is offing a scholarship for STEM Majors and Education Majors who plan on teaching or who are currently teaching!  We were excited to be able to award 50 scholarships last year and want to reach just as many deserving future STEM teachers this year!   In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, each graduating AFCEA STEM Scholar will receive a $1,000 AFCEA STEM Teaching Tool grant each year for three years, provided they remain teaching a STEM subject.  These grants can be used to fund hardware and software, classroom tools, field trips, STEM-focused clubs and other activities.   Interested candidates, teachers and mentors can get more information and download the online application at http://stem.afcea.org. Please note the application deadline this year is April 1, 2012.  Eligibility and other details are explained in the accompanying flyer and fact sheet.

North East Florida Educational Consortium Career Fair
The North East Florida Educational Consortium will be conducting a Teacher Career Fair on June 20, 2012 at the Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 NW 97th Blvd. in Gainesville, Florida.  Online registration for this event will be available beginning April 2, 2012 at www.nefec.org.  Administrators from the following school districts in Northeast Florida will be there, making on the spot hiring decisions:  Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Levy, and Putnam.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Summer 2012 Internships – Florida Museum of Natural History
The Florida Museum of Natural History’s Education department is seeking interns for the Public Programs division of the Education department at Powell Hall; the Discovery Room exhibit; and teachers for their Summer Camp program.  Please see the attached job announcements for more information.

Volunteer Program Intern – Florida Museum of Natural History
The Florida Museum of Natural History is seeking an intern for the junior volunteer program.  The Volunteer Program Intern will work under direction of the Volunteer Coordinator to train, manage, evaluate and recognize participants in the well-established and very popular junior volunteer program.  Please see the attached announcement.

Summer Jobs & Career Opportunities with Fair Share Alliance Fighting for a Fair Economy
Fair Share Alliance is a citizen-based non-profit advocacy organization that works to provide every American with a fair shot at a good job and a strong voice in our democracy. We are NOW HIRING for positions around the country. Click here to learn more.  While millions of Americans are struggling to find work and make ends meet, big corporations and special interests are getting billions in government subsidies and exerting far too much influence in our political system. Fair Share Alliance is fighting back! Through grassroots organizing and advocacy, we’re working to create more jobs rebuilding America and expanding clean energy.  We’re hiring Campaign Directors to lead our grassroots campaign for a fair economy. We’re looking for graduating seniors and students going into their Junior and Senior year who are passionate and ready to take action to create positive social change in our economy and democracy. If you’d like to receive more information, please fill out our online interest form here.  Interviews are being held right now and over the next few weeks. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. If you’re ready to apply, please email your resume and a paragraph or two about why you’re interested to Ali Blumenstock, Lead Campaign Director, at ablumenstock@fairsharealliance.org.  Click here to see the job description.

Middle School Science teacher for grades 7-8
Episcopal School of Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, FL. Episcopal is a college-prep school with an enrollment of approximately 800 students in grades 6-12.  Middle school teachers work as a team to develop lessons.  Class sizes are approximately 18 students per class.  Teachers are expected to coach or sponsor an extracurricular activity in addition to teaching responsibilities.  Previous teaching experience desired but not required.  Send inquiries to Sally Russo, Science Department Chair at Episcopal School of Jacksonville ~ russos@esj.org ~ 904-396-5751 ext. 1417

Fall 2012 Internship Announcement – Peaceful Paths
Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network is currently recruiting interns for their Fall 2012 Internship Program. Please see the attached announcement for more information.

UF’s America Reads program is currently hiring tutors
UF’s America Reads program is currently hiring tutors for the Fall 2012 semester. America Reads is a Federal Work Study program that works with local elementary school students to close the achievement gap facing low-SES students in our community. Tutors must be available at least 2 afternoons per week and for at least six hours per week. Pay rates begin at $8/hr. Applications can be found on the America Reads website at https://education.ufl.edu/america-reads/. The application deadline is Friday, March 30th at 5:00 PM. Applications should be submitted via email at read@coe.ufl.edu or in person to the America Reads office, located in G504 Norman Hall (if no one is available in the office, it is acceptable to slide the application under the door). Any further questions concerning the application deadline should be directed to the America Reads staff via email atread@coe.ufl.edu. You must be a FWS student to apply.

Staff Members needed:  Rebuilding Together North Central Florida
Have you ever wanted to go on a mission trip?  Have you hesitated because of time, cost, or travel?  Rebuilding Together North Central Florida has the perfect opportunity for you!  Summer Program 2012 will bring teams of young people together to complete needed home repair projects in Alachua County.  We are currently recruiting for staff positions to oversee daily operations and training for program participants. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Education Jobs | Southern Teachers Agency
Southern Teachers Agency currently has 728 vacancies listed by schools for the 2012-13 school year.  We expect schools to post additional openings with STA as the year progresses.   STA is the oldest educational recruitment service in America.  We receive job listings from hundreds of PK-12 private schools around the South.  Schools come to STA because they recognize the value of STA’s help in recruiting & screening talented candidates.  Application process:  Interested candidates should apply to Southern Teachers Agency via our website:  www.SouthernTeachers.com

Kalu Yala Internship Opportunity Early Admission Deadline, Thursday, April 5
Kalu Yala, working in Panama is looking for Education, ESL, Spanish and Community Outreach majors to offer internship opportunities for the fall to help work on sustainable community projects around San Miguel.  Volunteers participate in and learn from the Kalu Yala programs which include Agriculture, Animal Science, Anthropology, Biology, Business, and Outdoor Recreation.  Kalu Yala offers students a chance to gain professional and meaningful work experience, and are willing to assist students who wish to acquire academic credit. Fall internship dates are September 3rd- November 18 with early admission deadline of April 5th.  For more information please contact Erin Marie Keigher at keighererin@gmail.com or check out www.kaluyala.com.

Rebuilding Together North Central Florida Volunteer Opportunities, Saturday April 14, 21, & 28
Rebuilding Together North Central Florida has an upcoming volunteer opportunity during their National Rebuilding Events on April 14, 21, and 28. Volunteers can help homeowners achieve significant savings on their utility bills by teaching energy and water-saving strategies to homeowners, inspecting the home for potential structural damage and malfunctioning systems, and also performing minor modifications to the home. Volunteers will receive a short morning training and then will be paired with an experienced RTNCF energy auditor to go do energy audits in Gainesville!  To sign up go to: http://rebuildingtogetherncf.org/volunteer/volunteer.  For questions, please contact Heather at cwc@rebuildingtogetherncf.org or (352)692-4973.

Eco-Health Festival Volunteer Opportunity, Saturday, April 21
The Eco-Health Festival on Saturday, April 21 at the Agape Faith Center (936 NW 31st Ave) is looking for student volunteers to help with activities.  The festival includes speakers on topics related to the Koppers Superfund site here in Gainesville, with a focus on preventing exposure to hazardous chemicals in and around the home.  There will be live music, tasty (FREE) Thai food, and the chance to learn more about this important environmental issue.  Please contact Ky at kygress@ufl.edu to volunteer.

Archived Newsletters

If you want to read about any of the below announcements, opportunities, and events posted in last week’s Wednesday Update Newsletters, or peruse previous newsletters, please visit https://education.ufl.edu/student-services/category/student-newsletter/