Wednesday Update for August 19, 2015

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Wednesday Update for August 19, 2015

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General Announcements

Certified teachers in high demand nation wide 

Local special education teacher and music educator Dr. Don DeVito  (at Sidney Lanier School) is organizing a trip to to the Notre Maison Orphanage in Port au Prince Haiti this October through Florida’s Council for Exceptional Children, Division for International Special Education Services [CEC DISES). Notre Maison is one of the few orphanages that takes in children with disabilities and Dr. DeVito has been assisting with the development of a special education program and arts program there. Dr. DeVito, the 2011 Clarrisa Hug National Special Educator of the Year, gave the Keynote Presentation at last year’s CEC Conference in Orlando where there was interest in organizing a trip to visit the orphanage and provide special education tips and training for the staff.
A 30 minute conference call will be held this Wednesday, August 19th at 7pm to discuss the trip.
To access the call please join us by calling:
Dial-in Number: 1-302-202-1116
Conference Code: 349304

Norman Hall Tours for New Students – Thursday, August 20th
Members of the Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE) will offer tours of Norman on Thursday, August 20 from 2-5pm. Tours will begin in the Education Library every half hour. SAGE is a cross-departmental organization that serves as an academic, professional, and social support group for graduate students. Find us on Facebook (

SAGE Social – Thursday, August 20th
All new and returning graduate students in the College of Education are invited to attend the SAGE (Student Alliance of Graduates in Education) Back to School Social at the Swamp Restaurant, 1642 W University Ave, on Thursday, August 20th at 5:30pm. Relax over appetizers (we’re buying!), make new friends, and reconnect with old classmates before the fall semester gets underway. RSVP to the event on the SAGE Facebook page at: We hope to see you there!

If you are completing your full-time internship this FALL as an Elementary, Early Childhood, or Special Ed intern, plan to attend the Professional Orientation Seminar on Wednesday, September 9th at the Kirby Smith Board Room. The session will be from 1:30-3:00pm. Two local principals will share information about interviewing and expectations of first-year teachers. Questions will also be answered about certification.

Projects for Haiti (P4H) – 2015 Florida Connected Conference
We believe that passionate individuals can inspire local and global change! We, Projects for Haiti (P4H), are a Gainesville-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to partner with Haitians educationally and vocationally while collaborating with the international community to advocate for global sustainable practices. We are thrilled to announce that o​n ​November 14, 2015 we will be hosting the 2015 Florida Connected Conference at 8am at The University of Florida Straughn Center. Please see flyer for registration information and other details.

Course Announcements

EDF 6938 (Special Topics)
Both of these classes assume that you have taken a class in linear models (or have experience) as a prerequisite. Textbook costs will be minimal and it will be an exciting time for all! For questions, please contact Andrew Thomas

Mondays, 1:55-4:55pm — Data Science in Education Research —
Tuesdays, 1:55-4:55pm — Network Science in Education Research —

EDF 6520 – History of American Education (Wednesdays, periods 9-11) – Dr. Sevan Terzian
Where did schools in the United States come from and why? In what ways have the purposes of schools changed over time? To answer these questions, this course surveys the history of American education from the Colonial Era to the present. We study changes in schools in light of broader social and cultural developments.  The course equips students with both knowledge of the history of American education and an appreciation of historical perspectives for understanding pressing issues in education. As a result, we will discover that the study of the history of education encourages us to think about social, political, religious, cultural, and economic factors. It also helps us to see what different generations of Americans have hoped—and feared—that their children would learn.

EDP 6052- SPECIAL TOPICS GRADUATE COURSE: Cognitive Psychology Applied to Education – Fall 2015
This course is designed for Graduate students interested in a cognitive science approach to modern educational issues. Cognitive Psychology is highly interdisciplinary field drawing from linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, biology, computer science and neuroscience. Consequently, students from varied disciplines (both inside and outside of education) are encouraged to enroll. See flyer for more details.

ENC 5319- Scholarly Writing for Publication- Writing for Intersectional & Social Justice Research – Fall 2015
This workshop-style seminar is a valuable course for graduate students (and their advisor) as it will give a venue to make progress on and enhance thesis/dissertation writing or other research projects, allowing advisors to focus more on conceptual/methodological issues than on the writing. And, it brings a lens that many students are hungry for: intersectionality and social justice perspectives. See flyer for more details.

Opportunities and Employment

Tutors Needed for The College Reach-Out Program (CROP) – See attached flyer for application details
The College Reach-out Program (CROP) is a statewide project designed to increase the number of students who successfully complete a postsecondary education. Its primary objective is to strengthen the educational motivation and preparation of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6-12 who otherwise would be unlikely to seek admission to a community college, state university or independent postsecondary institution without special support and recruitment efforts.

Part-time MATH TUTORS needed for high-risk high school students. $10 hr. 7:30-11:30 AM Monday – Thursday or 12:30 – 4:30 PM. Friday hours a possibility. Must be proficient in the subject area; be fingerprinted (provided), and pass a criminal background check. College students/grads of all ages are eligible to apply. Please contact Penny Sirmones of MYcroSchool Gainesville (#352-379-2902)

Part-time ENGLISH TUTOR needed for high-risk high school students. $10 hr. 7:30-11:30 AM Monday – Thursday. Fridays 7:30 – 10:00 AM. Must be proficient in the subject area; be fingerprinted (provided), and pass a criminal background check. College students/grads of all ages are eligible to apply. Please contact Nan Thomas of MYcroSchool Gainesville at #352-214-2442 after 5 PM or weekends.

Bradford High School – Starke, Florida
Two English positions at Bradford High School in Starke, Florida (centrally located within 35-45 miles of St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Lake City and Gainesville right of off U.S. Hwy 301). Former graduates new to teaching or seasoned teachers seeking to find employment to work with an awesome team of students, faculty and community members, please contact Assistant Principal, Jennifer Farnsworth at 904-966-6075. BHS is also blessed with a wonderful Reading Coach that works closely to support and assist new and seasoned ELA teachers.

Oasis Preparatory Academy – Orlando, Florida
Elementary Teaching positions are available at a small charter school (Oasis Preparatory Academy) beginning its second year in Orlando, Florida.  Oasis is a K-6 tuition-free public charter school.  The school is a replica of its parent school, Odyssey Charter School, located in Brevard County and founded in 1999.  The schools are “green” and healthy holistic schools and Odyssey was recently awarded the 2015 US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award for its efforts in health and wellness, sustainability, and environmental education.  Salary and benefit packages comparable with local school districts. Please send your resume to

Faith Academy Preschool – Gainesville, Florida
Faith Academy Preschool is looking to hire preschool and after school teachers. Currently, there are 3 positions available: 1) Afterschool Teacher, 2) Afternoon Infant Room Teacher, and 3) Breaker/Floater Teacher. Please see attachment for job descriptions and contact information.

STEAM Education/Teaching Intern
The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention is looking for a passionate, engaged and committed volunteer to assist the staff in programs and curriculum development. The internship will provide the student with real-world experience in: Small classroom/Wet Lab/Fabrication Lab settings with students ages 6-16, Curriculum research and development, Class preparation, Informal science education techniques in the STEAM fields. See attachment for further information.

Gleim Publications, Inc.
We would like to hire an Education graduate student to pursue some computer based research projects. We will ask him/her to pursue topics such as Adaptive Learning, Competitor Websites, etc. 10-20 hours a week, $12/hour to train, thereafter $15/hour. Interested graduate students please email

Volunteer Opportunities: Kid’s Yoga
Milestones in the Making, Lisa Schiavoni & Associates is a family-owned & -operated private practice serving children & families in Greater-Gainesville for 30+ years. Our staff is looking for volunteers to assist with a number of ‘Yoga for Youth’ initiatives resuming in the Fall & continuing indefinitely.
Volunteers will receive personalized training in behavioral modalities & oversight by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Position expectations range from 3-6 hours biweekly; & require a minimum commitment of 2 academic semesters. Yoga experience is desirable but NOT required

Classes – in need of volunteer support – vary in time, date & venue; but an updated ‘Kids Yoga Schedule’ will be listed at by August 20th. Interested parties should send a resume with cover letter ASAP to Applicants should include (1) what about the position interests you AND (2) communicate general scheduling availability in their inquiries. Volunteers will be expected to pass a background check.

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. Please see flyer for application information.

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Tutor Needed
Tutor needed for 8th grade math, reading, and writing. I am looking for someone to tutor my 13year old once a week for 2 hours during the evening or weekend hours (days and times are flexible). Tutoring would most likely occur at the SW Library on Tower Road however, this location is not set in stone if we can decide on an acceptable alternate location. If interested please contact Karima at (954) 410-4140.

Nanny Needed
After school/nanny care needed for twin 9-year-old boys in SW Gainesville. Desired hours would range between 20-25 hours a week. Duties would include pick up from school, overseeing homework, playing and meal preparation. Please email resume and references to

Tutor Needed
Tutor needed for 10 year old Williams Elementary student five days a week using the Great Leaps Reading and Math Program. Anticipate 30 minutes a day. Contact Ramona Chance at 352-335-3189 or

Tutor Needed
I need a tutor for my son and his friend for help with English (Reading & Writing). They are 2nd grade and 5th grade. Location is NW39th Ave. If interested, please contact

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