Wednesday Update for October 8, 2014

Announcements for the COE Wednesday Important Information Newsletter should be sent to by 2pm on the Tuesday prior; confirmation that your announcement has been received will be provided.


General Announcements

ECC will be holding their 2nd workshop of the semester tonight at 7PM in the Norman Terrace Room. The topic will be Classroom Management! As always there will be snacks and prizes! Everyone is welcome to attend!   If you are not able to make it tonight, our next workshops will be held November 5th and December 3rd

Holographic 3D, zSpace demonstration – Wednesday, October 15th
Nicole Aitken, a representative from Katz and also a COE alum, is demonstrating zSpace on Wednesday, October 15 at 10 AM in the Terrace Room. This is a nice opportunity to see a new tool and to extend a warm welcome to a COE alum. Please feel free to just stop by but, if you can, please RSVP to Megan Lewis,  Please see the attached Presentation description.

FILM:  Gainesville Latino Film Festival: September 12th – October 11th
Presented by the Latina Women’s League. Free admission. For more information and calendar of films: or

FEA Workshop – Wednesday, October 15th
Florida Education Association’s next workshop of the semester is Wednesday October 15th at 7:30pm in the Terrace Room!  This workshop will focus on movement in the classroom and we will have guest speakers come in to talk about and demonstrate Zumba for kids and kid’s yoga with us!  This will be a very exciting and interactive workshop and we hope to see you there Edugators!

Graduate Students Personal & Professional Development – Monday, October 20th                                                                                                                                                                                     UF Gator McKnights Unite invites you to attend Stages of Success: Knowing the Right Resources at the Right Time. If you are interested in learning first-hand what resources provided at the University of Florida meet the needs of its matriculating students, then this workshop is for YOU!  The focus will be on the dissemination of knowledge to increase students awareness and perceived usefulness of resources that are meant to promote retention and graduation. These resources have been linked to students having a greater sense of the skills and abilities needed to be successful at various parts of the journey to graduation and beyond. Please RSVP on GatorConnect.   

LGBTQ Bullying: Understanding the Importance of School Bullying
Please join Nationally Renowned Speaker on LGBTQ Bullying, Dr. Elizabeth Payne, on Tuesday, October 21st at Cymplify (Newberry Road and 8th Avenue) beginning at 6pm.

Dr. Payne is Founder and Director of QuERI. QuERI moved with Dr. Payne into the Hunter College LGBT Social Science & Policy Center at Roosevelt House. Prior to coming to Hunter College, she was part-time Associate Professor in the Syracuse University School of Education and in the LGBT Studies program from 2005-2014. As a sociologist of education, she specializes in qualitative research methodology, critical theory, youth culture, queer girlhoods, and LGBTQ issues in education. Her current research addresses LGBTQ bullying, explores education professionals’ experiences working with transgender elementary school students, the effectiveness of LGBTQ professional development for educators, heteronormativity in sex education curricula, and adolescent lesbian/queer girls’ experiences with the gender binary. Dr. Payne served on the New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Task Force, the DASA State Policy Group, and the New York State School Professional Certification Committee on Diversity. DASA is the New York State student anti-harassment law, which went into effect July, 2012. She was a high school English teacher in Houston, Texas before returning to graduate school.

Student Leader Roundtable – Interested in the first ever Student Leader Roundtable revolving around the topic of Education? This opportunity focuses on student organizations discussing and addressing prominent education-field related issues, connecting and collaborating with similar organizations, and discovering ways the Center for Leadership and Service can best provide support. Any 2-3 officers from your organization whose mission is primarily service, philanthropy, or leadership education can attend.

Date: Thursday, October 23rd

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: Bryan Hall 232


You are welcome to invite a faculty member from within the field to attend. Please have them RSVP at Questions? Please contact  For additional information, visit

Fall 2014 Commencement ceremonies for the College of Education
Doctoral Degrees: O’Connell Center, Friday, December 19, 4:00 pm (assemble at 2:30 pm)
Masters Specialist, Bachelor Degrees: O’Connell Center, Saturday, December 20, 2:00 pm (assemble at 12:30 pm)
More information at

FOOD DRIVE to support Hispanic Children in Alachua
We are volunteers of Alachua Children Literacy Project. We are organizing a food drive to benefit Hispanic, low income immigrant children in Alachua, FL. We hope the children are not hungry when they come to the literacy project. Please place granola bars, soft drinks and snacks for children in the boxes in Norman Hall.  Our boxes are placed at: the circulation desk in Education Library, outside NRN 2414.  Your support can MAKE A DIFFERENCE to these children’s life.  MORE DETAILS: please check our facebook:

No problem!  Here are two 2015 Study Abroad options for Education (and other) majors:

  • UF IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC–undergraduate students This 6-week, Study Abroad option includes the opportunity to teach in community learning centers in Santiago, Dominican Republic.  Students take 3 credit hours of either accelerated Spanish OR 3 credits of Cultura Dominicana (en espanol) PLUS 3 credits of EDG4930, Teaching in the Dominican Republic.  Students  live in homestays with families.  Contact Dr. Maria Coady ( for more information.
  • UF IN FINLAND**–graduate students – Ever wonder why the Finnish education system is considered to be “the best in the world?” Find out in Helsinki, Finland in a 2-week, 3 credit hour Study Abroad program, May 3-17, 2015. Students will work with educators from the University of Helsinki, meet public school teachers (primary and secondary), observe classrooms, and engage in cultural events.  For additional information, contact  Dr. Maria Coady at

**NOTE: this separate Finland Study Abroad option builds upon Spring 2015 graduate seminar EDF 6812:  International and Comparative Education with Dr. Coady, Wednesdays, periods 10-E1.   Though not required to participate in the Study Abroad, students are encouraged to participate in both. 

Opportunities and Employment

RA/RCA Applications Available for Spring & Fall 2015!  Due Monday, October 13th
The Department of Housing and Residence Education is currently seeking applicants for the position of Resident Assistant/Residential College Advisor for Spring 2015 and the 2015-2016 academic year. RAs/RCAs serve as advisers to residents, build a community for their residents, enforce policies and regulations, exercise good judgment in possible crisis situations and are role models. Our staff members gain a sense of accomplishment, pride, self-worth and receive personal and professional growth opportunities. Some requirements include: have lived on campus at least 1 semester (including this current semester), be in good academic/disciplinary standing and have a 2.5 cumulative UF GPA. Applications are available online at and are due Monday October 13, 2014 at 4:00PM.  If you have additional questions, please contact Nikki Steinberger at Visit for details on Information Sessions, the application process, and position description.

GAINESVILLE HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters; SEEKS VOLUNTEERS to work closely with children and families during monthly meetings that are held throughout the community. HIPPY needs volunteers to:  Plan special occasions for HIPPY staff and families; Collect research data on the program (interviewing parents and staff); Read to HIPPY children during parents group meetings; Assist with child care activities at group meetings.  For more information, please contact:  Yolanda Hagley, Program Director, Gainesville HIPPY INC, 352-371-8300,

Einstein Run to Read
Please see the attached announcement.  They are seeking student volunteers and sponsors to help out with the run which takes place on October 25th.

Student Employment Opportunity
Seeking 1 to 2 people to conduct duties related to an early intervention research study. Duties include data collection, data organization and entry, and video processing and coding. Experience with early childhood intervention programs and/or early childhood home visiting services desired. Ideal candidate(s) will have :

  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills,
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions,
  • Ability to operate hand held video equipment and process video using various software

Some travel within Alachua County area may be required.  Either one 20-hour/week position or two 10-hour/week positions will be considered. Compensation will depend on experience. The position will potentially begin October 2014 through end of Spring 2015 semester.  If interested please send current CV or resume to Dr. Helena Mawdsley at

Volunteer Programs in South Africa – next application deadline Friday, October 24th
One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Volunteer Programs in South Africa. In 2015, we are offering a variety of  2 and 4-week programs in Cape Town, South Africa! Programs Offered:April 20 – November 6, 2015. As an OHS Volunteer, you will:  Integrate yourself into and work closely with members of the local community to create positive social uplift; Teach primary school students through a mentorship program focused on building strong Math and English foundations, while empowering students; Exchange ideas and culture with people from around the world; Lead after-school programs in non-traditional subjects like dance, debate, art, and sports; Work with a small, dynamic team of international university and graduate students; Develop yourself intellectually through leadership, service, and dialogue.  We at One Heart Source believe in creating lasting social change through education and human connection. We encourage you to take a step towards providing a more socially just future for some of the most marginalized communities in the world.  Both Graduate and Undergraduate students are encouraged to APPLY NOW FOR OUR 2015 PROGRAMS!  Next Application Deadline: October 24.  For more information and to apply visit:  Please contact with any questions!

Join Florida Alternative Breaks this 2014-2015 school year as one of our site leaders!
Site leading is an incredibly rewarding commitment. Check out this video to learn more.  While any of our trips will help you improve your managerial skills, students in the College of Education may enjoy leading our children with disabilities trip or children’s nutrition trip. All of our trips will give CoE students the chance to host educational activities with their participants on the social issue and also lead discussions on the issues in relation to their service.

No leadership experience? Or maybe you’re a little rusty? We got you.  To become a site leader, you will be enrolled in a 2 credit course along with your co-site leader where you will receive a thorough training on leading through service-learning. You will get tons of support from the Exec Board as well as your site leader trainers. This course will also pay for your trip (except international trips). And let’s be real, site leading just takes FAB trips to a whole new level of fun and engagement. You can find the application at  If you still have questions, email If you have any conflicts about the class, email our Adviser, Angela Garcia, at  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for updates and great articles.

Projects for Haiti (P4H) – RSVP by Wednesday, October 15th
We believe that passionate individuals can inspire local and global change!  We, Projects for Haiti (P4H), are a Gainesville- based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to partner with Haitians educationally and vocationally while collaborating with the international community to advocate for global sustainable practices. We are thrilled to announce that on November 1, 2014 we will be bringing together over 100 Educators from around North Central Florida to host the First Annual Gainesville Connected Conference. In collaboration with the University of Florida Centers for Latin American, African, and European Studies, we hope to use the stories and passions of prominent international educational leaders to raise global awareness of global issues across world regions in our community.  This event will feature 5-6 dynamic speakers that will seek to inspire further international partnerships among educators and encourage global citizenry in North Central Florida classrooms. The goals of this conference, therefore, are as follows: Connect Educators to Global Education opportunities; Empower Educators to create global citizens in the 21st century classroom; Support global sustainability initiatives through increased awareness.  Please visit to find out more information about this incredible opportunity. To RSVP, please fill out the short form at by October 15, 2014. Due to space restrictions, we can only accept the first 150 Educators who register, so please register early!  A Registration Fee of $10 will include breakfast, lunch, a conference t-shirt, a conference bag, and a $2 donation to Professional Development for Educators in Haiti!  Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.  We are looking forward to a fantastic event and hope that you will be able to join us this November!

UF Volunteers Needed to Math Tutor for Underprivileged Teenage Girls
Growing up, many of the teenage girls here at our wonderful alternative school have either:  not been provided with the educational resources to help them succeed or been in such painful or challenging life circumstances that learning math concepts has taken a back burner.  As a UF student, you could really make a difference, explaining how to figure out middle and high school math problems (pre-algebra, algebra and geometry), and encouraging our girls’ determination.  The experience of seeing their light bulb go on about something that was previously confusing can be deeply rewarding.  Also, in addition to the intrinsic benefits, volunteering for the PACE Center for Believing in Girls, looks great on your resume!  Furthermore, there is books and internet resources here that can help you help them! If you are available to commit to focusing with our adolescents on 6-12 grade math material, volunteering on a consistent weekly schedule for a minimum of 3 hours a week – on Monday, Thursday and/or Friday between the hours of 9:45 am-4 pm.  For the first 5 people who contact us, we would pay for the $27 DJJ background screen required to be able to work to our vulnerable population.  Please respond to


Tutor Needed – 5th Grade Reading, Writing, and Science
We are in need of a reading, writing, and science tutor for our fifth grade son on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:15pm-4:15pm.  Preferably someone with experience tutoring children with ADHD to help with homework and study skills. Familiarity with the Constructed Response Graphic Organizer would be helpful.  If interested, please contact Julie at with your resumé or tutoring experience.

Math tutor needed
Twice a week, Monday through Thursday, one hour per session, between 4 and 6pm, $15.00 per hour, 6th grade math. Please contact 352-538-4087.

Tutors needed for Local Youth Sports Team
Tutors needed to assist with homework on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm. If you are interested in tutoring local children ages 10-14 who really need your help, please contact or (352)283-3770. Practice is at Fred Cone Park and the children do their homework at the Cone Park Library located at 2841 E. University Ave Gainesville, FL 32641. Please contact Mr. Perry as soon as possible if you are able to assist.

Nanny/Babysitter Needed
Seeking an enthusiatic and responsible caregiver for our kids; 11 year old (boy) and 5 year old (girl). We live in SW part of town near Haile. Requirements: Safe driving record, good references and reliable car. Duties include: Pickup from school, helping with homework, driving kids to activities, supervise outdoor play, help with minor chores such as kids laundry. Hours: 2.45PM-5.30 PM (room for some flexibility of start time if 2.45 PM not possible), Mon through Friday (approx. 10 hrs per week). If sitter’s availability is only few days a week we would consider that as well. CONTACT: Asmita @ cell: 352-246-2073 for further details and send CV to

Nanny/Babysitters Needed
Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency is seeking nannies and babysitters who have previous child care experience, love kids, and have afternoon availability.  Ideal candidates will have availability starting at 2pm M-F.  CPR certification and references will be required.  Please email or call 352.538.2012 if interested.  We can’t wait to welcome you to the Twinkle Toes team!

English tutor needed
I am seeking an English tutor for my 8th grade daughter who is bilingual in English and Korean. Tutoring is needed in English skills, especially Writing and Reading. If interested, please email

English Language Tutor needed
A doctoral student from Korea in the department of Interior Design is seeking a tutor to speak English with on Wednesday mornings in Newman Hall.  $15~20/hour for payment. If you are interested, contact or 352-226-4064.


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