Wednesday Update for November 26, 2014

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General Announcements

ECC Holiday Workshop!
Join ECC for our last workshop of the semester Wednesday, December 3rd at 7PM in the Norman Terrace Room. We will be doing holiday crafts with FEA and KDPi. All Edugators are welcome to attend!

As the semester comes to a close, with the stress of finals around the corner, the UF Counseling and Wellness Center would like to highlight Kognito, an online resource to help students learn to recognize signs of stress and realistically practice talking to friends about it, with the goal of connecting them with support on campus.

UF students are able to do this for FREE through the Counseling and Wellness Center’s home page at where you can click on the “Kognito” logo, or at This experience is done at each person’s convenience, and only takes 30 minutes.

This gives YOU the chance to develop an invaluable set of skills to help friends in distress and, quite possibly, to help prevent suicide. If you need help setting up an account or have any questions please contact the student Kognito Coordinator, Ashley Jacobs at Thanks for doing your part in supporting the wellness of our fellow Gators!

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

2015 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition

If you have a business idea or have skills that can help other entrepreneurs, then enter the Big Idea Business Plan Competition for a chance to win up to $25,000 in prizes. Cool ideas are what start a business. Then it takes a business plan. Last year, aqUV, a water bottle with a purification system, won first place in our first ever Big Idea Competition. This year, it can be you!

This competition is open to all UF students, regardless of major or background. Simply submit the Intent to Compete form or the Join a Team form by December 15th. There will be a Business Plan Lab in the Spring that you can sit in on to help you through the business plan writing process. 1st place wins $25,000. 2nd place wins $10,000. 3rd place wins $5,000.

Intent to Compete form:

Join a Team form:

Questions? Contact Jamie Kraft (; 352-273-0333) or Dr. Michael Morris (; 352-273-0329). Please visit for more information.

Affordable Housing Survey
Karilla Dyer, a senior Public Relations student and part of the UF Bateman Team is working with the team to design a campaign to start a conversation about the affordable housing issue in Gainesville. They need UF students to take a brief survey to help develop the campaign. Since this is an issue that sometimes affects teachers, they would really like the input and opinion from future teachers. Attached is a fact sheet to learn more about the campaign. Please complete the survey at

Course Announcement: Principles of Youth Mentoring- EDG 4930, Spring 2015
Principles of Youth Mentoring offers students an introduction to basic concepts in leadership, individual mentoring, and educational service. The course will focus on the development and understanding of the interactions of personal characteristics, skills, influence, commitment and goals necessary for student leadership and mentoring. The course also offers students the opportunity to mentor an at risk elementary or middle school student and foster leadership in a mentor setting. Students will use knowledge to plan and implement individual sessions and reflect on their learning. The course is structured with an online course component and two hours of mentoring per week at local schools. If you have additional questions about this course please feel free to e-mail the course instructor, Buddy Kamman at

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

Course Announcement: Evidence-Based Practices in Autism- EEX6936
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.

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.

Opportunities and Employment

Peaceful Paths Child & Youth Internship Openings
The Child & Youth Program Staff have released Internship Openings for Spring and Summer 2015. Those interested in applying can visit If you have any questions, please ask any member of the children’s program staff. Deadline to apply is midnight, Friday, December 5th.

North Marion Middle School – Immediate Openings
North Marion Middle School in Ocala is looking for two motivated, dynamic instructors in the areas of Reading & Language Arts to continue to lead their school forward. If you are interested, please submit the application located at For questions, please contact the Principal, Mr. John Kerley at

Two Positions Available at Williston Elementary

  • Fourth Grade Teacher with El. Ed. certification in a full inclusion setting, grades 3-5. This teacher would be working with a team of five fourth grade teachers who have common grade level planning and work well together.
  • Dual certified El.Ed./ESE teacher in a full inclusion setting for grades 3-5. This teacher would be pushing into classrooms during the reading and math blocks, supporting ESE students and the lowest quartile.

If you are interested in a family-type atmosphere, focused on learning and high expectations situated on a beautiful campus, please submit your application at For questions, please contact 352.528.6030.

Boulware Springs Charter School is hiring employees for their AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM.

We are looking for people who enjoy playing with kids, who are responsible, who can manage a group of 10-15 students in Grades K-4 on their own, and who can plan or coordinate indoor and outdoor activities for their group on a daily basis. All supplies are provided. The pay is $10/hr and the hours are Mon-Thurs, 3:45-5:45pm and Fridays, 1:45-5:45pm. We are located in NE Gainesville. If interested, please email Megan at Learn more about our school at

Hochberg Preparatory Looking for a 3rd grade teacher – Immediate Start
As a teacher, you will be expected to plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. You are challenged with new teaching methods and educational tools in an ever changing and strategic environment. You will plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences and establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities. You would utilize technology and integrate the use of technology to provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities, instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment, observe, evaluate, encourage and provide feedback on student’s performance and development. You will maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development preparing required reports on students and activities. For further information, please visit

Extended Enrichment Program Activity Leader Opportunities
For details, please see flyer. Apply at

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​.

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

English Tutor needed
My son is in 10th grade and we are looking for someone who can help improve his English writing ability. Preferably a graduate student who is majoring in language art and native English speaker. $15/hour but it is negotiable. If interested, please email

Babysitter needed
Looking to make some extra money for the holidays? Faculty members seek babysitter for toddler for the following dates: 12/15-12/19 and 12/22. Preferred hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., but negotiable. Caregiver should be conscientious and responsible. Previous experience with toddlers and reference required. Completion of some coursework in child development and training in child CPR preferred. E-mail: Contact number: (352) 283-5768.

Help needed
UF faculty member looking to hire highly motivated and reliable person to provide after-school care for their 5 year old daughter. Tasks will include picking her up from kindergarten on Mon, Wed, and Thursday (occasionally Friday) and stay with her until 5:30pm (help with homework, grocery, simple dinner prep and light household chores). Must have own transportation and good driving record. Foreign language skills, music, dance, art, sports, or other extra talent to share with our daughter is a plus. If interested, there will also be occasional babysitting opportunities in the evening and weekend also. Contact if interested.

Algebra and Language Arts Tutor needed
Looking for a tutor to assist an 8th grade student at Ft. Clarke Middle School in algebra and language arts/writing.  Preferred hours would be weekends between 11am-4pm or alternatively week days between 6 and 8 PM could also work.  If you are interested, please contact me (Brandi) at 352 256-7013.   Please include in your message the subject you would be tutoring, the times you are available and your hourly tutoring fee.

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.

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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