Wednesday Update for February 18, 2015

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General Announcements

ECC will be holding our 2nd workshop of the semester TONIGHT in the Terrace Room at 7PM! Please join us in hearing how Alachua County teachers prepare for the first week of school. As always, there will be pizza, free giveaways, and a raffle!  Hope to see all Edugators there!

To keep up with all ECC events, please like our page on Facebook – Education College Council at UF and check out our website –!

Join the Florida Education Association this evening at 8pm in Old Norman room 211 for our second workshop of the semester. The focus of this workshop will be something that EVERY teacher will encounter, interpreting student data! Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed! As always, refreshments will be provided. Stay up-to-date with all things FEA by ‘liking’ us on Facebook at:

FREE GRE WORKSHOP – two workshops left!
The UF Teaching Center is offering a free workshop to help students prepare for the GRE exam. The four-night workshop will take place during the week of February 16-19; Verbal sessions will take place on Monday and Wednesday, (2/16 and 2/18), Math sessions on Tuesday and Thursday (2/17 and 2/19). Go to the Teaching Center’s website — — click on “Study Skills” to register and find the location.

SAGE Workshop: The Job Interview & Campus Visit – Thursday February, 19th at 11am in the Terrace Room
You’ve been selected for an interview!  Now what?  Come join COE professor Dr. Jacobbe and doctoral candidate Angie Hooser and learn more about the interview experience.  Discover how to prepare for the campus visit and go equipped with strategies to determine if the site is a match for you.

Student Alliance of Graduate Students in Education (SAGE) is made up of masters and doctoral students across departments in the College of Education and provides opportunities to develop social and professional connections.

Interested in learning more about Peace Corps? 
On Thursday, February 19th at 4:00 p.m. there will be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer panel in the International Center in HUB. Several returned volunteers from different sectors and regions will be available to share their experiences and answer questions you may have. Some highlights will be learning about why they joined, the cultural adaptation process, their primary and secondary projects, biggest challenges, host family living, how their service affected their career path, etc. It’s a really great opportunity to hear what Peace Corps service is like from a variety of perspectives.

The following week, Tuesday, February 24th, UF students will also have an amazing opportunity to talk live with a currently serving Peace Corps volunteer. He is a native of Gainesville and will be visiting family during his vacation. He has offered to come speak with interested students here on campus. We’ll be hosting a brown bag lunch session here in the International Center in HUB at noon. Students are invited to bring their lunch and hear a bit about Breton’s experience in Paraguay and ask their most burning questions. For more info contact your UF Campus Recruiter at

Are you an undergraduate student interested in doing funded educational research?
Apply for the University Scholars Program by Friday, February 20th!
The College of Education has the opportunity to award 3 selected undergraduate students, who will be designated as University Scholars, the opportunity to work one-on-one with a chosen faculty member on a research/creative project of mutual interest. Students participating in this program will receive a $1,750 stipend to support research efforts under the faculty mentor.  This funded research will be conducted during the student’s junior or senior year.

In order to be eligible, students must have earned a 3.3 upper division GPA or a 3.0 GPA for a minimum of 75 credit hours of completed coursework. Additionally students must not graduate with their undergraduate degree before Spring 2016. More information can be found at and If selected, students must attend a mandatory orientation session at the UF Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 18th. Download the application from the College of Education’s website, here.

Florida Alternative Breaks – sign up by Friday, February 20th
Do you find yourself in college stressing out about money and wishing you had received more financial guidance growing up? Florida Alternative Breaks has your back on this one! Join us this spring break, to empower K-12 students to own their financial and economic success. In collaboration with Junior Achievement, we will be providing essential life skills to students in K-12 schools. Participants will act as facilitators in financial literacy workshops with Junior Achievement across the city. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive a financial literacy workshop themselves where they will learn about credit, taxes, budgeting, saving for personal goals, and other financial questions that come with being an adult. This is a great opportunity to gain classroom experience, mentor children, and provide students with skills that will help them become effective adults. The trip cost is all inclusive for $200 and it only takes $100 to secure a spot. Payment Plans available. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook! We are offering cool giveaways every FAB Friday in FABruary.

SG’s Women’s Affairs Event – Tuesday, February 24th
The Women’s Affairs Cabinet, the Women’s Health Care Center and GatorWell are hosting an event sure to benefit all women-identified people in attendance! All identities welcome and encouraged to attend. Topics that will be covered include general female health, sexual health, and healthy college life style. This event will be held on February 24th at 7pm in CSE E119. For more info:

The annual UF Safety Fair will take place by the Reitz Union (north lawn) on Wednesday, February 25th from 10am – 2pm. This event features interactive games, information, and materials, including GatorWell, victim services, rape crisis center, and Florida Safe Roadways. Please join Dr. Coady at the event or contact her for more information at

Summer 2015 Study Abroad
Interested in studying abroad this summer? Review all the available programs and their application deadlines. The UF International Center offers weekly information sessions and walk-in advising 9:35am-4:55pm every day. Consider making your gator education a global one!

Is Study Abroad in your plans? Let the College of Education help! Application deadline February 27th
Study abroad can be expensive with flight tickets and tuition. The College of Education wants to help make your plans of studying abroad affordable with the COE Study Abroad Scholarship. Two scholarships, each worth $1,500, will be awarded to students looking to gain perspective and experience to later take into the educational field. Applications are due by Friday, February 27th, 4pm. Please submit this application directly to

University Women’s Club Scholars – deadline February 27th
Each spring, the University Women’s Club awards $1,000 scholarships to deserving students in honor of the wives of past presidents of the University of Florida as well as wives of distinguished campus leaders. Full time Juniors and Seniors with a minimum of a 3.6 GPA, and participation in campus and/or community activities are encouraged to apply. In addition, there are two awards specifically designated for undergraduate or graduate students with a disability that are presented from the Rita O’Connell Scholarship Foundation. Applications may be downloaded from the Dean of Students website at

Talk and Book Signing with self-made business mogul Mike Fernandez
Join us on Tuesday, March 10, at 4:15 p.m. in the President’s Room at UF’s Emerson Alumni Hall for an inspirational and moving talk by billionaire entrepreneur Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez. He will talk on some of the formidable challenges he faced and life lessons he learned while figuring out the American dream and becoming a captain of the health care industry. He wrote about his experiences in his new book, Humbled By The Journey: Life Lessons For My Family…And Yours. This personal memoir explores Fernandez’s beginnings as a penniless Cuban immigrant and his transformation to a self-made business mogul. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Each guest will receive a free copy of the book, compliments of the UF Alumni Association. Proceeds from the sale of his book go to The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, based in Miami. For more info, please email

Environmental Education Workshop – Saturday, March 14th from 9am-3:30pm
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is partnering with Fire in Southern Ecosystems (FISE) to offer a workshop at the Austin Cary Forest Learning Center for undergraduate and graduate students and educators in the Gainesville area. Participants will receive FISE curriculum materials, become a certified PLT educator, and receive a PLT PreK-8 guide with 96 hands-on activities. Workshop fee: $5. Please see the flyer for more information or visit

3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference – Call For Papers – Submission Deadline March 15th
The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2015 conference themed “Paying It Forward: Transforming Research into Practice.” The conference will be an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities to address how we can positively impact and inform each other’s work and engage with our communities. Submission of abstracts from graduate and doctoral students, recent Ph.D. graduates and academic professionals across disciplines are welcome. Click here for further information.

Education Career Night – Wednesday April 8th
Teaching isn’t the only profession you’ll hear about if you attend UF’s College of Education Career Night on Wednesday, April 8th, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Reitz Union Auditorium (open to everyone!) . A panel of four dynamic College of Education alumni will offer career advice and talk about the distinctly different career paths they each have followed—quite successfully—after earning their education degrees at UF. Following the Career Panel, UF’s award winning Career Resource Center is hosting “Careers in Education” Career Fair from 5 – 7:30 p.m. next door, in the Reitz Union Ballroom.

Career Panel members:

  • Tina Calderone (MEd ’81, Ed Admin; EdD ’99, Ed Leadership) Seminole County School Board representative and former college administrator at UF.
  • Jayne Ellspermann (MEd ’84, Ed Leadership) principal of Ocala’s West Port High School and recently named ‘National Principal of the Year’ by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
  • Steve Freedman (BAE ’64 & MAE ’66, Education) adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Pediatrics at the University of South Florida College of Public Health and Founding Director emeritus of the Institute for Child Health Policy of the State University System at UF.
  • Skip Marshall (BAE ’95, MEd ’97, Elem Ed; EDS ’07, Curriculum & Instruction) Vice President and CTO of the Human Capital division of Tribridge (a Tampa-based technology services firm specializing in business applications and cloud solutions) and former teaching and technology fellow at UF.

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods – University of California, Berkeley
The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. The CER Workshop will provide students with six weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods in weekly seminars taught by CER graduate students. Further information can be found here.

Did you make the Dean’s List?
Calling all College of Education UNDERGRADUATE students that received a 3.75 or higher in Fall 2014! In recognition of your hard work, you have earned your place on the Dean’s List. Congrats! If you would like a formal certificate to celebrate your accomplishment, please email from your Gatorlink address (include your full name). We will confirm when you can come collect your certificate for your professional portfolio. Keep up the good work and stay gator strong!

Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies for the College of Education
Doctoral Degrees: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Thursday, April 30, 7:00pm (assemble at 5:30pm)
Master’s, Specialist, Bachelor Degrees: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Friday, May 1, 7:00pm (assemble at 5:30pm)
For Schedules, Graduation Checklist, and Other Important Dates, visit

Opportunities and Employment

St. Pius Catholic School in Jacksonville is seeking a long-term sub for second grade from February 23 to April 1 and one for fifth grade for the remainder of the school year. Qualified applicants who have the appropriate Florida certification should send a cover letter and resume to Sister Cynthia Shaffer at All applicants must also submit a Diocese of St. Augustine Employment Application. Learn more about St. Pius Catholic School in Jacksonville at

8th Grade Math Position – Branford High School
For details and the application, please go to

Volunteer at Local Elementary School:
Glen Springs Elementary is in need of volunteers to help run the game booths at their school carnival on Friday, March 13th from 4-7:30pm. All profits will benefit the school, teachers, and students. This event is an essential fundraiser for the school and always fun for everyone involved! Contact Rachel Prater at

Reddick-Collier Elementary is a Cambridge Magnet School located in Reddick, Florida about 30 minutes south of Gainesville. The school is currently seeking applicants for fourth and fifth grade teaching positions. Please email or call (352) 671-6070.

Volunteer at Williams Elementary School Carnival – Friday, March 13th
The Williams Elementary School Carnival Committee is looking for volunteers to staff their Spring Carnival on Friday, March 13th! Duties would include staffing a game, passing out prizes, and having fun with local families. The carnival is from 4-7pm with volunteer shifts from 3:30-5:30pm or from 5:30-7:30pm. Groups welcomed! For more information or to volunteer, please contact the

Join UF and International Student Volunteers in New Zealand During Summer of 2015!
Mark your calendars for Summer 2015! International Student Volunteers (ISV), a world-recognized and award-winning service organization named as one of the “Top Ten Volunteer Organizations” by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, will pair with UF undergraduate students for the experience of a lifetime. Participate in a 2 week volunteer experience protecting New Zealand’s fragile ecosystems, and an optional 2 week adventure portion. The trip will be led by knowledgeable and responsible trip leaders who will work closely with in country staff to provide you a safe and rewarding experience. In addition, a UF PhD student will be in attendance as a University Leader to further provide context for learning and to serve as a touchstone to the UF community. College credit may also be available through independent study. We will be accepting only 12 participants, so apply ASAP! Applications can be found on the website at, but be sure to include group code T8UL005. Filling out an application requires no commitment on your part but does signify your interest to  ISV staff. ISV staff will be happy to discuss funding and how to meet your goals for financing your trip, including some tools and resources they can provide you for this purpose.

Travel date is June 25th. More information at and Contact Carrie Schuman at to receive notification of upcoming informational meetings, obtain an application, discuss tips for funding, and to ask further questions.

International Opportunities in South Africa
Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI) has Summer Programs available in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the months of June, July and August. BEAI plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening leadership and diplomacy skills. Please refer to the handout for additional information.

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.

Roommate wanted
Private Rental Room with own bath in NEWLY RENOVATED Rockwood Villas Townhouse. $400/monthly. 1 month deposit required. Utilities not included, shared with roommate. Must love dogs. No additional pets allowed. Amenities: washer/dryer in townhouse, pool, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, free parking, quiet/residential community, close to bus stops, near Oaks Mall & UF. Contact: 305.791.7935

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Tutor Needed
Tutor needed to help 3rd grader with math and reading, but also increasing confidence with test taking abilities. Prices and times negotiable, but prefer evenings about 2-3 times/week. Located in the SW part of Gainesville.  Please contact Laura at 706-566-4147.

Tutoring Services Available
Help your child master skills taught at school… with a little extra fun! Small group practice and experiences will provide your child with more time to become comfortable with new skills taught at school. Flyer includes contact information, rates, and additional details.

English tutor NEEDED
A student tutor for 5th Grade to 12th Grade English essay writing and reading comprehension. Please contact; phone: 352-283-9756 (daytime)

Volunteer Tutors NEEDED
The N.M.B. Heart of Hope Program is seeking individuals who are looking to make a difference in a child’s life. Our tutoring program helps kids grades K-12. We are faced with the challenge of too many youth needing help, but not enough people committed to the cause. If you are that person, group, or organization that is willing to volunteer your free time to help the less fortunate children, please contact Tandra @ 352-258-3450

English tutor NEEDED
Student is in 3rd grade at Wiles Elementary School. Need someone 2-3 times per week. Pay approximately $18 per visit. Located in Asbury Park off Tower Rd, near Archer Rd. Please contact 352-281-2879

After school care
Seeking mature, responsible college student, preferably male, for after school care of adolescent son. Work will include light tutoring, middle school homework monitoring and basic supervision.  Must be a non-smoker who can provide local references.  Will pay $10.00 – $15.00 per hour (5-10 hours per week expected) or a weekly rate depending on schedule and availability.  Call after 5:30 pm – (352) 672-4744.

Does your child struggle in reading?
If your K-3 child is having difficulty with any reading skills, don’t wait! A proven and effective research-based system is the solution for your child. I am an Early Elementary Specialist with over 15 years helping young readers with a very successful program, applying specific techniques and strategies according to your child’s needs enabling them to be able to read and write at the appropriate grade level. I offer my tutoring sessions that can be scheduled at a time convenient for you. For more information contact Maria Elena Mendez,​ or call (352) 672-4423.

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