Wednesday Update for January 7, 2015

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General Announcements

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

If you are completing your full-time internship this SPRING as an Elementary, SITE, or Special Ed intern, plan to attend the Professional Orientation Seminar on Wednesday, January 28th at the Kirby Smith Board Room. The session will be from 1:30-3:00  pm.  Two local principals will share information about interviewing and expectations of first-year teachers. Questions will also be answered about certification.  For more information, please contact Rebecca Kidwell at

FREE Membership to first time enrollees – Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association 
Division 15 is an internationally recognized organization dedicated to advancing the opportunities of their membership and distributing the science of educational psychology to a broad audience. There are numerous Membership Benefits and you do not need to be a member of the American Psychological Association to be a member of Division 15. To join at no cost for your first year, simply visit

Kappa Delta Pi (KDPi)
Interested in joining one of the Top 10 Honor Societies at the University of Florida? Apply today to be a part of UF’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDPi), an international honor society for education majors and pre-service teachers. To be eligible to apply for KDPi you must be a sophomore or higher, have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, have 12 hours in the College of Education completed or currently in progress, and complete the application and recommendation form. Applications can be found on our website and are due by January 21st at 5pm to Norman Hall Student Services (G-416). Email with any questions.

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.

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

Student Position Available
Seeking a UF student to conduct duties related to an early intervention research study. Please see flyer for further details and contact information.

Volunteer Opportunity
Be a volunteer at KAMP’N in summer 2015—an overnight camp for children with autism and their families in the mountains of North Carolina. Dr. Jim Taylor, a graduate of the UF COE (Ph.D. in Special Education) is eager to have EduGators take part in this successful program. KAMPN’s LIFE (Live In Family Experience) will enable participating university students to “live-in” with the family. Cabins are designed to provide the students an opportunity as pre-service professionals to gain valuable experience to better prepare themselves for a career in human services upon graduation.

KAMPN stands for Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature. Check out the KAMPN website at For more information on opportunities with KAMPN contact Dr. Jim Taylor, President, KAMPN, Inc., at See more at:

On-Campus Transition Program Coordinator

LOCATION: University of North Florida Campus
JOB DESCRIPTION:  Assist OCT Program Director in managing the day-to-day transition services for young adults with intellectual disabilities in a post-secondary transition program. Investigate and implement strategies for OCT students to obtain experiential transitional services in an inclusive environment, implement strategies for students to increase their integration into the university community, oversee recruitment and train University of North Florida students to become mentors. Recruit and support university professors for students to audit courses, as well as act as a liaison regarding student progress. Coordinate events, trainings, and services for students and develop/manage students’ schedules. Conduct and complete student assessments, as well as, be a liaison to parents. Act as onsite supervisor for AmeriCorps members. Assist with the management and supervision of summer residential program.  Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: MA/MS in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education (concentration in Disability Services) or other related fields preferred.
QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of behavior modification and counseling principles desired. Experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent organizational skills including ability to multi-task. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher. Must have positive interpersonal skills, professional appearance and high energy.

Applications are available at: http:/ 

Hochberg Preparatory School
Immediate third grade position at a private school in Miami, Florida. 15 students in the class. Candidate should be dynamic and innovative. Please send inquiries or resumes directly to

Teaching positions 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.

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

Babysitter/Nanny Needed
Looking for a baby sitter/ nanny for two boys 8 and 11 on Tuesday and Friday from 5:30- 7pm. Duties would include school pick up from Oakhall school and drive home, helping with HW and serving dinner and tidying up. Occasional grocery shopping and kids laundry would be appreciated too. Please contact Jasleen 408 717 0152.

Afterschool Sitter Needed
Seeking a responsible College of Education student to pick up two children from school 3 days a week and help with homework. Must love kids, be a non-smoker, have a clean driving history and have own transportation to our house  (15 minute drive from campus).  Hours are 2:40-4:40 p.m. 3 days a week. (exact days are flexible, but not Wednesdays). $12/hour. Please contact Jennifer at, if interested.

Childcare needed
Seeking Education major available to help care for our 3 and 5 year old daughters in our home in SW Gainesville. Must be reliable, a non-smoker, with own transportation and references, and have experience caring for toddlers and preschoolers. Prefer someone who enjoys and has experience teaching basic preschool concepts and early reading (we have educational materials to work with this.) Need help for approximately 9 hours per week, schedule is flexible between hours of 10-5 on weekdays, but will need to be available Wednesday from 10 AM-1 PM. Please e-mail

Immediate opening for a part-time nanny. Our boys are ages 6 and 4, super-sweet, easy-going, active and love imaginative play. We prefer an experienced nanny accustomed to creating games and fun projects to keep the boys engaged. Mom is home most of the time working in our home office and appreciates you filling in for her while she works. Hours are Tues and Thurs for 4-6 hours each day. $12/hour. We are located in High Springs, 20 min north of Oaks Mall, just south of The Great Outdoors restaurant. Come join our family – we can’t wait to meet you!

Nanny/Babysitter Needed
Looking for a UF student to babysit our 3-year-old daughter on Thursday’s from 10am – 1:00pm.  Previous childcare experience, CPR certification, and references are required.  If you are interested please email or call me @ 352-231-9365.

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.

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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