Wednesday Update for March 18, 2015

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General Announcements

Informational Meeting – Education College Council
On Thursday, March 19th at 4:00 PM in the Terrace Room, we will be holding an informational meeting regarding the Education College Council (ECC) and the upcoming nomination and election period for the 2015-2016 academic year.  In recent years, the ECC has served largely as an undergraduate organization.  We are in the process of reorganizing the ECC as an umbrella organization for the entire college, serving both graduate and undergraduate students for the purpose of:

  1. Providing leadership for the students and student organizations of the College of Education.
  2. To serve as a liaison between the student organizations of the College of Education and the Student Government of the University of Florida.
  3. Support and promote the clubs/organizations of the College of Education
  4. Provide programs of interest and relevance to the student body of the College of Education
  5. Promote communication between the faculty, staff and students of the College of Education

To begin this process, we are holding an organizational meeting.  We would like students interested in leadership positions from across the college, and representatives from the different student organizations that currently operate in the college, to attend this meeting. If you have not responded and would like to attend, please let us know at

The UFTeach Student Organization is having a panel presentation on Thursday, March 19th from 6:00-7:00pm in Norman 174. The panel will be comprised of 4-6 UFTeach graduates that are currently employed in ACPS and other districts in Florida. The participants will share information about their teaching assignment, if the UFTeach program was helpful in preparing them for their own classroom and answer questions that the students might have.

Women’s History Month is proud to present: Women with Disabilities – Friday, March 20th
This event will begin with a tabling fair from 6:00-6:30pm. Student organizations pertaining to disabilities will be present, along with representatives from the Disability Resource Center and Disabilities in Society Minor. Following, Dr. Jeanne Repetto and Susan Horky from Shands will give a brief discussion regarding disabilities. Dr. Repetto, Susan Horky, and Jenna Gonzalez started a graduate certificate program at the College of Education based on health care and education transition for students with disabilities. We’ll wrap up the night with a panel of women with disabilities. Topics include the stigma surrounding mental illness, stereotypes, discrimination, disability advocacy and awareness, and much more! For more information, please go to

Gators of Tomorrow is excited to release our 2015 Award and Conference Application. This is an organization that recognizes the efforts of first year student leaders who are dedicated to making a positive impact on our school and in our community. Here’s your chance to be a member of one the greatest organizations that the University of Florida has to offer. Applications are due on March 20th by 5pm!​ If you have any questions, please email

Facilitators Needed for LeadUF Leadership Conference
LeadUF is a two-day overnight retreat giving you a chance to learn and practice leadership in the context of working with others. This conference was created 100% by University of Florida faculty and staff, based on their personal experiences in campus leadership. Being a LeadUF facilitator is a great way to connect with student leaders, other UF faculty and staff, and to practice your own facilitation and leadership skills. Facilitators must be graduate students, staff or faculty. Deadline for facilitator applications: Friday, March 20th. Participant applications (academic year 2015-2016 sophomores and juniors only) open Monday, March 16 and close Monday, April 6. or email Stacie Schultz at

Peace Corps Workshop
Peace Corps will be hosting an application workshop on March 25th from 3:00- 4:30pm in the International Center in the HUB. Come meet your Campus Peace Corps Recruiter, learn about the new and improved application process, what makes a competitive candidate, and how to make your resume stand out.  Contact Bobbi Stienmetz for more information.

The UF Teaching Center offers this workshop to help students prepare for the GRE exam on Monday – Thursday, March 30th – April 2nd, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. each day. The workshop will take place over four evenings, and students can register for as many of the sessions as they would like to attend. The Verbal sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday, and the Math sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. The workshop is free, but the students can go to the Teaching Center website ( and click on “Study Skills” and then “Workshops,” to register and learn the room locations.

Attention Graduate Students & Post-docs: Upcoming Colloquium for TAs

  • Peer2Peer:  A Workshop for Teaching Assistants
    o  April 7th from 8:30 – 11:45 a.m.
    o Smathers Library East Room 100
    o   Round table discussions lead by experienced TAs on a variety of topics
    o   For full details and registration visit:
    o   Participants can attend one or all sessions
  • Beyond Research:  Successfully Navigating Grad School and Charting a Career Course
    o   Dr. Teri Balser leads a workshop designed to explore skills in communication, proposal writing and working with groups
    o   April 7th from 1:30 – 4:30
    o   Smathers Library East Room 100
    o   For full details and registration visit:

This event is jointly sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Center and the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence. For questions, contact Jennifer Smith at

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.

Northeast Florida Education Career Fair
North East Florida Education Consortium will be holding its annual Education Career Fair on Monday, April 20th at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville, Florida. District and school based administrators from eight school districts in northeast Florida will be present to meet with and interview teacher candidates. The attached flyer has the event details as well as the link for online registration.

Course Offerings for Summer 2015: 

SAVE the DATE: 2015 Connections Conference
Transforming Student Success — this program will focus on instructional design and delivery, student and academic support innovation, and high-school-to-college collaboration and alignment. Click here for program details and registration.

Study Abroad with The GREEN Program
Education Abroad. Redefined. Reinvented. The experiential education program for future renewable energy & sustainability leaders. Click here for more information and application.

Opportunities and Employment

Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity
Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 7 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.
Locations: There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections.
All sections will be from June 1 to 2015-07-17
Application Link:
Who should apply: Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session. For additional information, checkout our blog, Venture Beat article, or Harvard Business Review piece.

Summer Camp Counselor positions in Palm Beach County
Accepting applications for creative, energetic and positive individuals to fill the positions of Summer Camp Counselors for children ages 5 to 13. Click here for more details.

Fall 2015 Child & Youth Internship
The Child & Youth Program Staff have released Internship Openings for Fall 2015. If interested in applying, please visit

Part-time and Substitute Preschool Teachers Needed
Looking for some extra income? Consider working for Holy Trinity Episcopal School of Gainesville. Visit our website at to learn more about our preschool. If you’re interested in becoming a substitute or part-time preschool teacher, please send you’re resume and availability to Pay is hourly and based on work experience and level of education.

Pablo de Olavide Summer Camp Counselors (Spain)
Pablo de Olavide University is pleased to announce a 3-week summer internship for students interested in working with children in Seville, Spain. We are looking for motivated students with an intermediate level of Spanish to work with Spanish children aged 3-5 or with children aged 6-14 during a 3-week period (June 22-July 10) at a summer camp on Pablo de Olavide University’s campus in Seville. Although the internship is not paid, it will include a free 22-hour upper intermediate Spanish grammar course (1.5 U.S. credits) at the University’s International Center and access to the Center’s social/cultural activities. Following the morning Spanish grammar class, the student will spend a minimum of 2-hours daily helping the camp staff with activities, games, etc. in English. In addition to the transcript for the 22-hour Spanish grammar course, students will receive a certificate from the director of the UPO Sports Department who oversees the summer camp.This opportunity is limited to 4 native English speakers and will include a Skype interview as part of the selection process. Preference will be given to students who have experience working with children. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Lola at

Change a Life Over Lunch, Be a Take Stock in Children Mentor!
We are looking for great people to mentor 7th- 12th grade students in Alachua County’s middle and high schools. Visit a deserving student 2-4 times a month during their lunch break. Encourage and help keep them on track to finish school and to reach their goal of attending college. For more information or to request an application, please contact Rachel Evans at 352-955-7390 or via email at To learn more about the Education Foundation of Alachua County visit

Attention Teacher Interns
Looking to make a difference in a child’s life? Come join the NMB Heart of Hope Program (non-profit 501c3) Our tutoring program services children grades K-12. Experience preferred but not required. Must be computer literate. Mon-Thurs. 3:30-5:30pm  $8:50-$9.00 hr. Contact Tandra @ 352-258-3450

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.

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Tutor Needed to help with Reading Comprehension
Need tutor for 8-yr old son in second grade. Preferably someone who can go after school twice a week, after school and/or Saturday to O2B Kids Super Center on Newberry Road for at least 1/2 hour increments. He is currently working above grade level but recently since this new curriculum he has been having a bit of a struggle with the reading comprehension portion. Please contact Pamela Brown at (352) 494-9679.

Volunteer Tutors NEEDED
The N.M.B. Heart of Hope Program is seeking individuals who are looking to make a difference in a childs life. Our tutoring program helps kids grades 3-12. We are faced with the challenge of too many youth needing help, but not enough people commited to the cause. If you are that person, group, or organization thats willing to volunteer your free time to help the less fortunate children please contact Tandra @352-258-3450

Young professional family looking to provide FREE Room/Board to an Education Student for the summer months June-August (dates are flexible) in exchange for ~10 hours/week childcare for our young boys aged 3.5 and 8 months. This is a non-paid position. Please contact Melissa Marante at; 561-313-3841

*Our home is less than 1.5 miles from campus
*Private Furnished Bedroom (TV and Cable included) and Private Bathroom
*Home cooked meals
*I am a former Education Major/Teacher and can provide any assistance/guidance the student may need.
*Very Flexible Schedule, willing to work around summer classes and/or other job.

Make a Difference!
Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County (Northwest Location) is currently looking for College of Education volunteers to work with some of our kids that are below the reading grade level. We are very limited to staff and we do not have the resources to work one-on-one with every student that needs help. We also have some students that cannot read at all and are looking for some individuals that would like to do some intensive tutoring and help develop their basic reading skills. If anyone is interested please email me at for further information.

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.

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