Wednesday Update for December 17, 2014

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General Announcements

TOYS FOR TOTS – Tuesday, December 23rd
This is just a reminder that this is the last push for the “Toys for Tots” holiday toy drive. To date, “we” have filled 9 boxes and collected $900 in monetary donations! 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 toy drop sites:

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!

COE Scholarship Application – deadline January 16, 2015
The scholarship application is available at Please email questions to

KIPP: Jacksonville Schools On Campus Tuesday, January 27th from 6-8 p.m.!
We are coming to you! This Information Session is for all potential teachers interested in working at KIPP Jacksonville Schools in the 2015-2016 school year. Come learn about our schools, how we’re putting students on a path to and through college, and get a sneak peek at our interview process before the Spring Careers in Education Fair! The session will be held at the Career Resource Center Conference Room and food will be provided so come on time and bring a friend! Please RSVP to the Career Resource Center or email with your RSVP.  We will be hiring for a variety of elementary teacher positions in addition to some middle school positions.

Harvard Professor to Speak in COE about Technology and Student Attention
Mark your calendars for Dr. Matthew H. Schneps presentation, Technology and Attention: New Pathways for Learning & Teaching, on Monday, January 12, 2015. Please see flyer for additional details.

Call for undergraduate participation – Study Abroad Survey
The UF International Center is conducting a survey of student perceptions of study abroad and is inviting you to participate! Whether or not you have participated in study abroad, your opinion is important to us.  If you are currently enrolled at UF and at least 18 years old, we would love to hear from you!  The International Center will use your survey responses to develop new initiatives that encourage student participation in study abroad. To take the survey, go to: If you have questions about the survey, contact Jessica Childers (

Spring Graduate Seminars
The School of Teaching & Learning is pleased to be offering the following graduate seminars in the Spring 2015 semester.  Interested students can find descriptions of each course through this webpage:  Students are also encouraged to contact the faculty teaching those seminars for additional information.

The Repurpose Project
Need to get rid of extra pens, markers, crafts or notebooks for your classroom but don’t want to throw it all away?  Or rather, do you need buy extra materials or crafts but don’t want to spend too much moolah? Check out The Repurpose Project for all that and much more at a cheaper price than anywhere else where you can buy or donate just about anything! The Repurpose Project strives to reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and rethink the way we use our products.  Our mission is to capture these overlooked treasures before they end up in the landfill and make them available to the public through our retail store.

Location: 1920 NE 23rd Ave (near Satchel’s)
Hours: Tues-Fri: 1-6 PM, Sat: 10AM – 6 PM, CLOSED Sun & Mon

Course Announcement: NEW Graduate Seminar in Meta-Analysis – EEX6936, Summer 2015
This course will provide (a) an overview of meta-­analysis in the identification of evidence-­based prevention and intervention practices, (b) practical, hands-­on training and experience conducting meta-­analytic analyses, and (c) an opportunity to conduct a meta-­analysis in the prevention and intervention science field. This course is open to any and all graduate students interested in prevention and intervention science. Please see flyer for specific course information.

Course Announcement in Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Spring 2015)
“Harry Potter and the Holocaust: Collective Memory and Alternative Ways of Talking about Racism and Genocide.” The course will be taught on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during 7th Period.

Course description: What is collective memory? And what is the difference between symbol, image, and icon? How do inadvertent visual descriptions compare to direct statements when it comes to speaking to children, adolescents, and even adults about the holocaust? The course will compare the treatment of the holocaust, racism and genocide in books such as Night, The Diary of Anne-Frank and Maus: A Survivor’s Tale with a more general discussion of violence and racism in books such as The Wave, Animal Farm, and Lord of the Flies (as well as Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery.”) The main texts for this course will be two books out of the Harry Potter series (The Goblet of Fire and The Deathly Hallows), a series which has been intended for children, and which makes almost no mention of historical events and identity while speaking of purity of blood, racial violence and (eventually) state-run racial persecution.

Course Announcement: Teaching Practicum for Graduate Students- EDF6938
This course is designed for Graduate students interested in garnering experience to teach at the University level. Graduate students from disciplines outside of education are encouraged to enroll. Please see flyer for specific information.

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.

Opportunities and Employment

Elementary ProTeach Students seeking an Internship for Fall 2015
Consider Doing Your Full-time Internship at PK Yonge Developmental Research School! You will be an integral part of one of three Learning Communities- K/1, 2/3 or 4/5 consisting of six regular classroom teachers, a support teacher, yourself and another ProTEach intern. You will be a co-teacher right from the start…leading small reading groups, teaching math lessons, assisting students with individual learning assignments, helping the team plan units, etc. This is an opportunity to teach at a successful Research/Laboratory School that provides a unique leadership role in the state and nation.

Sound interesting? Here’s what you need to do…
Sign-up by Thurs, Dec 18th, 5:00pm for “Visit PK Day” on Friday, Jan 9 from 10am-12:30pm
(This will be an approved absence during these hours as long as you have appropriate communications with your Field Advisor and Mentor teacher). “Visit PK Day” will include a brief orientation to PK Yonge DRS, a tour of the elementary building (designed for 21st century teaching/learning) and a visit to the learning communities.

TAO Connect, Inc.
TAO Connect has just launched its first product for the treatment of anxiety using a comprehensive platform including high production quality interactive video, online activities and a video conferencing tool for clients to connect with mental health therapists. The office is based in the new Innovation Hub for startup companies in Gainesville, Florida and is part of an active startup community in downtown Gainesville. TAO is hiring an instructional designer and project manager. Please refer to these details for a complete job description and application instructions.

Third Grade Teaching Position in Miami, Florida – Hochberg Preparatory School
As a teacher you would 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 would 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 would maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development preparing required reports on students and activities. Please contact Stacy Hirsch at

Teaching position at Suwannee Middle School in Live Oak
We are looking for a teacher to teach ESOL and intensive reading 6-8 grade. More information can be found at For questions, please contact 386-647-4501.

Casting Call
The Lastinger Center for Learning and the Digital Worlds Institute are looking for video guides to appear in an online professional development course. Applicants will audition for a role, and those chosen will receive payment for a one-week commitment (approximately 40 hours) to film at the Digital Worlds Institute. Please see flyer for additional details.

Graduate Staff Positions in the Department of Housing & Residence Education
The Department of Housing and Residence Education at the University of Florida is currently seeking applicants for our Graduate staff positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Come join our warm, welcoming and friendly staff. Side effects of joining our Housing family include: personal growth, fulfilling your potential for excellence, empowerment to learn, innovate and succeed. Our graduate staff members accumulate experiences that allow them to be strong candidates in their future professional and educational endeavors. The deadline for priority consideration is February 10 and campus visits begin February 20. For more information, please visit:

Camp Counselor Positions in Beautiful Maine! 
Camp Laurel South is currently hiring camp counselors for the summer of 2015. We are a coed, residential camp in the beautiful state of Maine. For a short film clip about Laurel South, please enjoy this video on our website: Camp Laurel South Video. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Drew at or call 800-327-3506. To apply online, visit

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Tutor needed
Looking for someone to help 7yo with test taking strategies. Bright child who just needs some training in specific strategies and to work more carefully. Specific experience in teaching strategies is preferred. Prices and times negotiable. Please contact Thank you!

Tutor needed
Looking for a Tutor with Strong academic background for our Freshman daughter at Buchholz. 2-3 times a week for 1 to 2 hours (evening), which can be finalized prior to start. Needs assistance with AP Environmental Science, AP World History, and Potentially Honors Algebra. Willing to use one person for all 3 topics if qualified, or different people for each, as appropriate. Female preferred. Starting as early in the new year as possible. Target pay would be $15 per hour. Please contact Stephen via email:

Tutors needed
Cardinal Scholars is a service that connects tutors with elementary, middle school, high school, and college students seeking help. Tutoring sessions can take place at the student’s home, at a nearby library, on the tutor’s campus, or even via Skype. New tutors can join our platform to be considered for local opportunities that match their subject skills and weekly availability.

Responsibilities: Tutor local students based on your subject preference and availability (work as much or as little as you’d like!)
Fantastic teachers who have experience teaching or mentoring others, are academically curious and intelligent, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Online tutoring sessions start at $15/hour, and in-person tutoring ranges from $23/hour up to $50/hour.

We connect tutors all over the country with students in their area for in-person tutoring—as well as online sessions—so you can tutor in your hometown during breaks and in your college town during the school year! To learn more, please visit and check out our FAQ’s for tutors. Coming on board as a tutor does not guarantee immediate tutoring work but does offer the opportunity to be considered for an assignment if we receive a tutoring request in your area for in-person tutoring and/or around the country for online tutoring.

Tutor needed
Looking for a strong tutor with experience in working with 10 year olds in reading, math, writing and science. Student in fourth grade at Kimball Wiles Elementary. Two one-hour sessions each week starting as early in the new year as possible. Please contact John Duff, 352-359-8421 or email

Tutor needed
UF visiting scholar from Korea is seeking a reliable person to tutor his son, a 8 year old English Language learner.  Needs help with his homework and tutoring for English reading and conversation approximately for 2-3 hours every weekday after school. The pay would be $15 per hour but negotiable. If interested, please email,

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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