Wednesday Update for November 12, 2014

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General Announcements

DEADLINE to RSVP TODAY, November 12th!
Advances in Single-Subject Research Design Summit – Monday, November 17th
Please see flyer for details. Space is limited to 35 individuals (less than 10 spots left!). RSVP to Rosie Connolly, by Wednesday, November 12th.

Please join the UF International Center for a week of countless events carefully crafted by the International Educator Week collaborators. Check out the IEW 2014 website for a complete list of planned activities!

Internship Orientation for Fall 2015 Interns – Thursday, December 11, 2014
Early Childhood, Elementary & Special Ed Students who will be doing their FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP in Fall 2015.  The Internship Orientation is scheduled for:

Thursday, December 11, 2014 – Norman Room 250

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Professional Development and Training right at Your Fingertips at the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center. Also, check out their Funding and Fellowship Opportunities.

CPR & 1st Aid training available at a discounted price. Gator CPR is offering a reduced price of $65 for CPR and 1st Aid certification.  See to register and use the promo code “Rossie” for the discount.

The holiday season is fast approaching and the College of Education will be participating in the “Toys for Tots” holiday toy drive. The 2014 Toys for Tots Campaign has officially started.  Last year they were able to provide toys for over 3500 children in Alachua County.  We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys now through December 23rd.  The official website for the Alachua County Toys for Tots program is Below is the list of area coordinators and toy drop sites:

Area Coordinators:

Business Office – Missy Stone
CEEC – Mandi Shaffer
Coordinated Services Post Award – Rosabel Ruiz
Dean’s Office – Jennifer Wrighton
Development & Alumni &Information/Public Service – Lili Aris
Distance Learning- Chris Cook & Robin LeCain
HDOSE – Patty Lefevers
Lastinger Center – Jennifer Reed
OER – Rosie Connolly
RRMA – Aisha Sanchez-Rivas
SESPECS – Lynette Beacher
STL – Debbie Butler & Susan Stabel
Student Services – Becca Kidwell

Toy Drop Sites:

CEEC – 1345 Norman
Dean’s Office – 140 Norman
HDOSE – 1215 Norman
Lastinger Center – G315
SESPECS – 1403 Norman
STL – 2423 Norman
Student Services – G416 Norman

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Wrighton,, 273-4134. Also, if you would like to make a monetary donation, please see your area coordinator or come by 140 Norman and we will do your shopping for you. Thanks in advance for your contribution.

Spring 2015 Career Showcase will come up before you know it. Professional headshots are just what you need to polish off your resume, LinkedIn profile, and more. Employers and recruiters will love the clean, professional headshot that show you to be the skillful, competent candidate that you are.

ASTRA is a service/leadership organization that is offering the chance to have your photo taken by our very own photographer, Abdullah Gazlan on November 17th from 5-7 pm in Stuzin 104. They cost 3$ for ASTRA members, and 5$ for non-members. Come dressed to impress, and your photos will be e-mailed to you promptly after the meeting.

RSVP at All proceeds will go towards Ronald McDonald House charities. For questions, please email

EEX7787: School Improvement for All Students
A doctoral seminar addressing improving teacher practices and student outcomes for all students. Please see flyer for specific course information.

EEX6936: Evidence-Based Practices in Autism
This course provides an overview of evidence-based practice and how to determine if an intervention is evidence-based. Students will apply this new knowledge to examine comprehensive and focal interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please see flyer for specific course information.

Course Offering in Paris
Are you looking for an interesting elective and a chance to study in Paris, France?  Dr. Sharon Austin will teach an African Americans in Paris course (POS 4956 or AFA 4905) for 2-3 credits in Paris, France during spring break 2015.  Students can earn 2 credits for the class if they do the assigned readings, short papers, and attend the class sessions and events in Paris.  They can earn 3 credits if they do these things and write an additional 8-12 page paper after we return to UF.  Before we leave for Paris, the class will have to watch online lectures and documentaries and write four 3-4 page papers.  In Paris, we will visit a number of historic sites of significance to African Americans such as the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, the Versailles Palace, the Montmartre district, the Latin Quarter, and others.  Students will also have a free day so that they can visit additional sites in Paris on their own or take a day trip to a nearby city.  The $2300 cost for undergraduates doesn’t include airfare, but does include lodging, some meals, transportation in Paris, and tickets to all of the site visits. Students can use their financial aid to pay for some or all of the costs, but will have to contact someone in the financial aid office about it.   Please contact Dr. Sharon Austin at if you would like to receive additional information or look at:

Course Offerings
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is recruiting 120 freshmen, sophomores, and/or juniors to take a peer mentoring course in the spring (1 credit) and then work with us on a research project the following year (2015-2016) to help freshmen adopt healthful habits as they integrate onto campus.

We are also offering a new 3 credit course that will only be available to 35 sophomores.  In this course, students will help college freshman and high school students prevent obesity through a number of approaches including developing interactive, social marketing environmental intervention that will be implemented at UF during the fall 2015 semester.   Here is a short video regarding the opportunity See flyer for additional details about this 3 credit, Social Marketing and Environmental Interventions course offered Tues (7th & 8th)/Thurs (7th per).

Enrollment for both courses will be departmentally controlled.  If interested, please contact Dr. Anne Mathews, or Dr. Melissa Vilaro,

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


Opportunities and Employment

Student Advocate Needed

Teaching Opportunity
Williston High School is currently looking for an 11th Grade English teacher. If you are interested in this position, please apply at​.

Davis Projects for Peace 2015
$10,000 grant for undergraduate students
Deadline: January 9, 2015

The University of Florida, a partner institution in the Davis United World College Scholars Program, is pleased to announce an opportunity for undergraduate students to design a grassroot project for peace anywhere in the world! The Davis Foundation will award the winning project $10,000 for the project to be implemented during the summer of 2015.  Use your creativity to design a project that focuses on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict. Due to this generous funding, UF students have had the opportunity to travel and perform service projects all over the world (Bolivia, Haiti, Rwanda, Mexico, Tanzania, Cambodia, India, Palestine, Swaziland, Macedonia, and Uganda).

Education Learning Partners needed for trip to Guatemala – February 28-March 7
Florida Alternative Breaks is a student-led service trip program, which takes students to many different locations across the U.S. and abroad to experience new communities, participate in service projects, and learn about a variety of different issue areas.

A Learning Partner is an integral member of the Alternative Breaks learning experience. Learning Partners are faculty, staff, and graduate students who participate as a team member of a Florida Alternative Breaks trip.

While Learning Partners are not responsible for the general planning of the trip, they do serve in a more hands-on role through expertise in the issue area of the trip or geographic location as well as guiding students during their reflection and personal development. Those selected to be Learning Partners are required to attend both FAB-wide events and trip-specific events, in addition to paying a small portion of the trip cost. For more information, please contact FAB’s Adviser, Angela Garcia, at, or apply here! 

Teach in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking eligible teachers in most credentialed areas to fill current vacancies and for the 2015-2016 school year. The District has a critical shortage of special education teachers. Interested candidates may apply online at District representatives will be conducting interviews in the Orlando area during the week of 11/17/14 through 11/22/14. Please see flyer for additional details.

Opportunities Overseas for Graduates
We are looking for teachers from the following six countries (US, UK, CA, ZA, AU, NZ) to teach at our public elementary schools in Miao-li, Taiwan. We pay for higher education and recognized all public school teaching experience to increase teacher’s pay grade. We pay up to one-month contract bonus pro-rated, moving fees up to 300 USD, reimburse airfare and pay housing allowance NT5,000 monthly. Teachers with dependents will get another 5 K and one dependent could get airfare reimbursement as well. Starting salary is NT$62,720. (Currency= 1 USD to 30 NTD)

Interested teachers, please send passport, teaching license, diploma copies, resume, recent photos and soonest starting date and skype name to Phoenix Group Asia, attention to Sandra King. Positions close on November 30, 2014. Contract ends on July 10, 2015. Please email questions to  Further information

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,

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: November 21st .  For more information and to apply visit:  Please contact with any questions!

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

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

English Tutor needed
Doctoral student in Agricultural Engineering looking for an English tutor to improve English speaking skills. Will pay $15-20/hour. If interested, please contact 352-888-1043.

Tutor and child care needed
University of Florida faculty member looking for part time services in tutoring and child care for three children.

Child Demographics: 14 year old girl in 9th grade – help with organization, time management, and timeliness of turning in work; 11 year old girl in 6th grade – organization, time management, timeliness, reading and writing tutoring.  Has ADHD; 5 year old boy in kindergarten – general child care.

The middle child is the one who needs the principal tutoring services but there would be need for supervision of all three. The main hours I am looking for would be afternoons Monday – Thursday 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm roughly but these are negotiable. There would also be opportunities for some nights child care. We live in the Brooksfield development across from Fort Clarke Middle School, just west of I-75.  Please contact Glen R. Finney, MD at or 352-318-9604.

Tutor needed
My husband and I are looking for the right person to stay with our children, 2 boys ages 11 and 10 (6th grade and 4th grade), to assist with tutoring and monitoring of their virtual school experience at our home on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Fridays; approximately 7 hours a day. I work but will be home with them on Mondays and Thursdays. I will need assistance on the other days as I will map out what is to be done and will need an individual to ensure that the children are on target with their studies and their homework for the days mentioned.  If interested, please call Julie Shay, 352-231-3743, to set up a phone interview for this position or email your interest to We are needing to fill quickly and will need someone through May/June 2015.

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!


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