Wednesday Update for January 14, 2015

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General Announcements

ECC Workshop Tonight ~ Wednesday, January 14th!
Join ECC for our 1st spring semester workshop: Strategies for Classroom Read Aloud! 7PM in the Terrace Room! There will be pizza and free giveaways for everyone! Hope to see all Edugators there!

Spring 2015 Workshop Dates: February 18th, March 18th, April 8th
*Check out our updated website for all things ECC and the spring Student Resource Center hours!

Interested in pursuing a career in education? Then come and join the Florida Education Association (FEA) at the University of Florida! In this organization, we incorporate workshops, outreach events and educational activism activities in order to promote unity among future educational leaders. This semester, our focus is on making the transition into the classroom. The workshop dates are as follows:

January 21st – Resume and Interview Tips (8 PM; Norman Terrace Room)
February 18th – Part I – Interpreting Student Data (8 PM; Norman Room 211)
March 18th – Part II – Understanding Teacher Quality Assessments (8 PM; Norman Terrace Room)
April 15th – Spring Social (8 PM; Norman Terrace Room)

Volunteer Opportunities for Classroom Placements – Spring 2015
The School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) will be on campus in Norman Hall Terrace Room on these days to assist with volunteer sign up!

COE Scholarship Application – DEADLINE is Friday, January 16th @ 4pm
The scholarship application is available at Please email questions to

FluMist Clinic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the flu is severe this season. You may have read that the flu virus has mutated, so shots are less effective. But, it has been noted that the nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, should still be effective. Therefore, we have arranged for the administration of the nasal spray, FluMist, in Norman Hall Terrace Room (G400) on Tuesday, January 20th from 11:00am-2:00pm. There is no cost to you. Your health insurance company will be billed, therefore you must bring your health insurance information (company and policy number). PLEASE RESPOND by completing this brief form,, so that we can have the necessary vaccine and immunization team available for you.

A Day On – Not a Day Off!
The MLK Day of Service will be on Monday, January 19 from 8-1. Join other UF students and community members in remembering the legacy of Dr. King by serving with the Gainesville community. Learn about service opportunities in Gainesville, meet new people, experience YOUR community firsthand, and celebrate Dr. King! Registration is now open, all students and community members are welcome. Don’t wait, register now, service sites fill up quickly! Registration closes Wednesday!

Kappa Delta Pi (KDPi) – deadline January 21st @ 5pm
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.

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

SPPS Training Series
The UF Center for Digital Health and Wellness is hosting a Statistical Analysis Software Training Series in the Florida Gym, Room 250. The series will consist of four (4) 3-hour workshops. Please plan to commit to all four (4) sessions as each lesson and in-class project will build on the previous session. Click here for more information or to register. This series will focus on how to use the software for scientific research purposes and each participant should at least have a basic understanding of statistics before signing up. Seating is limited. Please contact Rebeccah Mercado at for further information.

Spring 2015 Degree Application
If you will be completing your degree requirements in Spring 2015, applications for award of the degree are being accepted through ISIS under the My Record menu> degree application from the ISIS left menu. The application deadline is January 30th by 5:00pm. Education minors and undergraduate students can stop by the Office of Student Services to complete a graduation check before completing their degree applications. Let us make sure you are set to go! Graduation checks can also be completed by sending a request to

Words on Canvas – the Harn Museum’s Writing Competition
The second edition of Words on Canvas, the Harn Museum’s writing competition, is open for submissions! Within every work of art is a story, a life and a spark of inspiration—what will you find?

We’re looking for your art-inspired writing based on a wide selection of works from the Harn’s collections. All UF and Santa Fe students are welcome to submit by the deadline of February 15th. Prose submissions should be under 1,000 words long and poetry should be limited to 30 lines. Entry is simple and free of charge.

If you are a student writer, come see our collections in person! More information on the contest is available at the Harn front desk. To submit or see contest guidelines, check out our website (, or contact if you have questions.

Florida Alternative Breaks Trips
Have you signed up for a trip yet? There are still spots left on several trips including Refugee Resettlement, Youth Empowerment, Environmental Preservation, Food Security, Farmworkers Rights, and more! Click on the link to find out more about our trips.…/flo…/participants/ To sign up for a trip, visit us at Peabody 301 any time between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Career Resource Center (CRC) Employer University Webinar Series
This is a great opportunity for our employers to learn about an array of college recruiting topics from establishing internship programs to connecting with experienced Gators. The webinars are one hour online presentations that allow employers to engage with CRC staff and increase the effectiveness of their recruitment strategy. We also address any questions they might have about recruiting on our campus. For more information about the Spring 2015 offerings, please visit

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 about 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 Kognito Graduate Coordinator, Ashley Jacobs at Thanks for doing your part in supporting the wellness of our fellow Gators!

OUTGrad is a new group for LGBTQIA+ and Allied graduate students and postdocs offered through LGBT Affairs at the University of Florida. If you’re interested in joining this group, come out to our second meeting ever on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5 p.m. We’ll be in the large conference room in the Institute of Black Culture at 1510 West University Avenue, across the street from Library West.
We’ll talk about the kinds of events we want to have and start organizing them – and then we’ll socialize afterwards! For more information, please click on this link to our Facebook event page:

Stomp the Swamp for Autism
Stomp the Swamp for Autism is an annual fitness event benefiting UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. This year, the 7th annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10 am at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Please see flyer for additional information.

Attention Graduate Students
The AERA Grants Program is accepting applications to attend the Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy: Causal Analysis Using International Data, with a deadline of Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The Institute will be held May 19-22, 2015 in Washington DC. Click here for further information.

2015 University Women’s Club Scholarships
The University Women’s Club awards scholarships each spring to undergraduate juniors and seniors. All of the monetary awards recognize scholarship, leadership, and service to the university and/or community. This year each award will be $1,000. Applications may be downloaded from the Dean of Students website at Deadline is February 27th at 4:30pm.

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

Opportunities and Employment

Spanish teaching position
Q.I. Roberts Jr-Sr High School is the dedicated academic magnet school for academically-talented students in Putnam County and is located 30 miles from Gainesville and 15 miles from Palatka. Interested candidates are encouraged to email their resume to

NEED EXTRA MONEY – Data Collection Research Opportunity
Drs. Nicholas Gage and MacSuga-Gage are conducting research in two local elementary schools and are looking for data collectors. Specifically, three to four students are needed to conduct daily discrete observations using an electronic data collection system of teacher and student behaviors. Observations will occur in the mornings and last between 20-45 mins. All data collectors will receive extensive training prior to data collection. The positions are paid hourly at $12/hour. This is a great opportunity for any student interested in learning more about research and earning a few extra bucks. If interested, please email Dr. Gage at

Graduate Assistant needed for Spring 2 MAE 5396. Will assist the instructor as a grader for this online class. The pay is $1500 and the course runs from March 2-April 26. Please contact Rhonda Williams if you are interested,

NOW HIRING – Extended Day Enrichment Program
Energetic, knowledgeable people wanted to work with elementary school children doing arts & crafts, sports, Dance and much more in an after school program at various schools. Hours are M,T,Th,F 1:45-5:30 & Wed. 12:30-5:30 PM. Various locations close at 6:00pm. Click here for further information.

Need UF student volunteers
Full-time, 40 hours a week, position to help facilitate affordable, therapeutic yoga for youth (both the little & big ones). Training & supervision provided to interested volunteers, who will (ultimately) receive a great letter of recommendation; if warranted & to help him/her ‘stand out’ amongst graduating peers. Further details.

Preschool Director – deadline January 15th
Full-time, 40 hours a week, position at First United Methodist Church, Preschool, Gainesville, FL. This person is the director of a 50-student capacity, full-time, and faith-based Christian preschool in downtown Gainesville, supervising teachers, aides and custodial staff and working with volunteers and the governing board of the school. This person reports to the Senior Pastor of the church and the governing bodies of the church organization. Please see flyer for additional information. Send inquiries to

ESE Teaching Position
Full-time ESE teaching position available at Brooker Elementary. Brooker is a small school just north of Gainesville. The position requires pushing into the classrooms, grades K-5, and maintaining all documentation. Please contact the Principal Deborah Parmenter,, as soon as possible.

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.

St. Pius Catholic School is seeking a long-term sub for second grade from February 23 to April 1. Qualified applicants who have the appropriate Florida certification should send a cover letter and resume to Sister Cynthia Shaffer at

St. Pius Catholic School has an immediate opening for a fifth grade teacher. Qualified applicants who have the appropriate Florida certification should send a cover letter and resume to Sister Dianne Rumschlag at

Holy Rosary Catholic School has an immediate opening for fourth teacher. Qualified applicants who have the appropriate Florida certification should send a cover letter and resume to Sister Dianne Rumschlag at

Assistant Director/Learning Specialist
The University of Florida’s Disability Resource Center in the Dean of Students Office is hiring an Assistant Director/Learning Specialist. Position responsible for the management of support services for students with significant disabilities residing in Cypress Hall, provide professional level support and services to students with disabilities and will directly supervise student assistants working in the Disability Resource Center in Cypress Hall. Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g. Education, Health Sciences) of expertise with at least two or more years of related and practical experience is required. Master’s degree in a related field (e.g. Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Occupational Therapy) of expertise is preferred. To view the complete job description and application instructions, please visit Requisition number is 0906840. If you have questions or require assistance, please e-mail Human Resource Services at or call 352-392-2477. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Would you like volunteer with international students? Volunteer with us as a Conversation Volunteer through the English Language Institute at UF. No foreign language experience is needed. The program is designed to help students practice English in a friendly setting while meeting Americans and making friends. Volunteers should plan on spending about an hour each week with their partner at a time and location of their mutual choosing. There will also be weekly Monday Mixers where Conversation Volunteers and students can meet and speak informally, and there will be opportunities to volunteer in Language Assistant classes with discussions and activities. Most of these students speak Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, or Portuguese.  We are looking for Spring volunteers. For more information, please message Nicole with your name, email, phone number, gender, and language preferences to First activity is January 26th!

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:

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

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:

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

UF’s America Reads program is currently hiring tutors for the Spring 2015 semester. America Reads is a Federal Work Study program that provides literacy tutoring to at-risk students in the Gainesville community. Paid positions are available for students enrolled at the University of Florida who are eligible to receive Federal Work Study as a form of financial aid. Tutors must be available at least 2 days per week and for at least six hours per week. Applications can be found on the America Reads website at Applications should be submitted via email at or in person to the America Reads office, located in G504 Norman Hall (if no one is available in the office, it is acceptable to slide the application under the door). Any further questions concerning the application deadline should be directed to the America Reads staff via email at

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 4 days a week and help with homework. Must love kids and be prepared to play, be a non-smoker, have a clean driving history and have own transportation to our house  (15/20 minute drive from campus).  Hours are 1:30-5:30 p.m. (except early release on Wednesdays).  Please contact Laurie at if interested.

Tutor Needed
Tutor needed 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
Tutor needed for 12th grade GHS student needing support for English 2, Spanish 2, and Math for College Readiness. Contact Dena Smith, at 352.224.8330.

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.

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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