Wednesday Update for September 2, 2015

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Wednesday Update for September 2, 2015

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General Announcements

UF Undergraduate Mock Trial
If you are interested in sharpening your public speaking skills, traveling the country, or just being apart of an exciting extracurricular activity, the University of Florida Mock Trial Team, the Liti-Gators, is the place to be. We invite you to attend one of our informational meetings on September 1st and 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Pugh Hall to learn a little bit more about our organization and to sign-up for an audition. All majors are welcome. Auditions will be held September 6th through the 9th. For more information, please visit or contact Virginia Stanton at

“SAGE Presents: “From Admission to Quals: Navigating the PhD”
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am; Norman Hall Terrace Room

Wondering what the next few years of your graduate experience will look like? Curious about the doctoral experience? Have some thoughts on your own experience that you’d care to share? Then join SAGE for a panel discussion featuring seasoned doctoral students from across the College of Education as they talk about their experiences from admission to the PhD program through qualifying exams. Panel discussants will share information about getting involved in research projects, choosing a committee, surviving the qualifying exam experience, and tips and tricks they’ve learned along the way to navigate the sometimes mysterious maze of graduate studies. A question and answer session will follow. Featured Panelists

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.

Education College Council (ECC) meeting
Please join the Education College Council, an inter-club council representing all program areas and organizations in the College of Education, for our first informational meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 in Norman Hall, Room 2329. This meeting is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the college who are interested in getting involved and helping to share ideas and information within the college. Committee positions are available for interested individuals. We hope to see you there!

Just Chat: Are Traumatized Students Disabled? – September 14th, 12-1pm in Norman 2329
Join Teaching for Social Justice (TSJ) for an informal lunchtime chat about newsworthy topics in education. We’ll listen to the NPR story, “Are Traumatized Students Disabled? A Debate Straight Outta Compton,” eat lunch, and just chat. All students and faculty are welcome. Click here for article or visit our Facebook page: Teaching for Social Justice.

If you are completing an Elementary or Special Education full-time internship in the Spring 2016 term, applications are due by Tuesday, September 15th. Please submit signed applications to Student Services, G416 Norman Hall by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 15th.

Standardized Testing: Education Policy and Politics (hosted by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service)
The rise of standardized testing has dominated the political discussion surrounding public education for the last decade. Nathan Crabbe, editorial page editor from the Gainesville Sun, will moderate a panel discussion on this important issue, Wednesday, September 16th at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. Panelists include: Alachua County Schools Superintendent Owen Roberts, local League of Women Voters President Sue Legg and local teacher Susan Bowles and Shan Goff, Florida policy director, Foundation for Excellence in Education.

UF Graduate Student Research Day
The Graduate School Advisory Council (GSAC) and the Graduate School, in collaboration with the Office of Research and Office of the Provost, are proud to announce the fourth annual celebration of research with Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD) held on October 27th. This annual event features research from all graduate students at the University of Florida as well as prominent speakers including a keynote address by President Kent Fuchs. See attachment for more information.

UF in Rome – Teach the World Summer A: April 23 – May 7, 2016
A joint venture between the UF College of Education and the College of the Arts, Teach the World-Rome, offers students an opportunity to earn three credits for a short-term, international teaching internship. Application details, cost, and other information are located on the UF in Rome flyer.

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship program
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. The application is due November 2, 2015.

FATE 2015 Conference Announcement
We are excited to announce that the 2015 Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) conference will be taking place October 16th and 17th in Gainesville, Florida. This two-day conference will be held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. The featured speakers include: author and researcher Dr. Pedro Noguera, FDOE Program Specialist Alvin Davis, Deputy Director of Just Read Florida! Laurie Lee, and CNN Hero Connie Siskowski. We hope you will consider attending. The registration form can be found online at and the student registration fee is $50.00. We hope to see you in October!

International Students: Enroll Now For Fall A 2015 Scholarly Writing
Scholarly Writing (formerly EAP 5845 and EAP 5846) is designed to help international graduate students improve their academic writing skills. The course offers the opportunity to develop the ability to write an academic paper as well as to improve sentence level vocabulary, grammar, and use of cohesive devices and other features of good quality academic literacy. For class schedule, registration, and other information, please visit

Food Drive for UF organization
Gators for Equal Opportunity is a UF organization that helps tutor kids from migrant families in Alachua County. They are collecting snacks to provide to the children at their tutoring session. Please consider dropping off a donation in the box located at Library West or at the COE library.

Alachua County Public Schools Education Student Survey
In an ongoing effort to target our teacher recruitment efforts, we ask that you that you please complete this brief Education Student Survey to collect data on students’ preferences and goals as they enter (or consider) the teaching profession. This data will be used to further refine our overall recruitment plan.

Sustainablity Adventure Programs Abroad
The GREEN Program is recruiting for 2016 Winter and Spring programs in Iceland and Peru. Click here for more information and the application.

Opportunities and Employment

Science teachers needed in Pinellas County
need for science teachers (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.). If interested, please contact Andrew Oyer, 9-12 Science Specialist, Pinellas County Schools at (727) 588-6075.

Hiring Web Development and Design Student Assistant
The CEEDAR Center in the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies is hiring a student to work as a part of our technology team. The applicant should have experience in using a CMS such as WordPress, Terminal4, or Joomla as well as familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite. He/she should also have a track record of working in diverse collaborative workgroups. The position pays $10/hr, 10-20 hours per week with flexible hours. Read more and apply at

Undergraduate Seminars on Faith and Vocation
Would you like $300 to put toward your vocational development? The Christian Study Center, an organization separate from UF, is glad to offer Undergraduate Seminars on Faith and Vocation. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to explore the intersection of faith and vocation with the leadership of local Christian professionals. Students who participate fully receive a $300 fellowship award to use for academic and career formation! We have great mentors committed to lead the following tracks this year: Christian Ministries, Counseling, Psychology & Human Services, Entrepreneurship, Engineering & Technology, Medicine & Health, Primary & Secondary Education, None of the Above. Applications are due Sept 8th. Visit for more information and to apply online. Questions? Email Betsy Clover at

Part-Time Student Services Specialist
Santa Fe College Blount Center is looking to hire a part-time student services specialist. Please see flyer for additional details and application information.

Admissions and Student Support Specialist
The Admissions and Student Support Specialist is responsible for two main areas: 1) recruitment of students through creative sources and targeted markets including telephone and online inquiries about the TeacherReady® program; and 2) holistic, success-focused training and management of a generation of personally-developed leads (e.g., current students, outside resources and networking channels and referrals). See attachment for additional details.

Interns or Practicum Students
The City of Newberry Parks and Recreation department is looking for multiple interns or practicum students for the fall semester. These students would work directly with the Programs Supervisor in organizing and running the City’s Child Development Program. Please see flyer for additional details.

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)

English Tutor Needed! is looking for an Online English Tutor from a U.S. college or university. English tutors will conduct 1-on-1 interactive teaching sessions from their homes with students and young professionals in China. Visit for more information! If you are interested please send your resume to

Balance 180 Seeking Volunteers
We are a local non-profit organization that focuses on integrating children with varying abilities through sports. This semester we are offering two separate programs and are recruiting volunteers that are excited to work with children with special needs!

The first one is our Special Olympics Young Athletes Program (YAP) that runs on Tuesday evenings 5:30pm-6:30pm. It is an inclusive program for children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old. During YAP, the athletes work on basic skills like relays, kicking, hitting, jumping, climbing, and many more. Students who are interested in this program can email Shannon Marble, our YAP Volunteer Coordinator, directly at

The second program is our Adaptive Gymnastics class that runs on Saturday afternoons 12:30pm-1:25pm (for kids 8-16 years) and 2:00-2:55pm (ages 2-8 years). It is a gymnastics class specifically designed for children with varying abilities. We set the gym up in 4 rotations that includes vault, floor, beam, and bars, so that our athletes can work on a variety of motor skills. The athletes have a range of disabilities including autism, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and cerebral palsy. Students who are interested in volunteering in this program can email Natalie Ziev, directly at

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

Young professional family looking for childcare for our 1 year old little guy on either Tuesday or Thursday mornings – either day is flexible from 8:30a-12:30p. And occasional evenings for both of our kiddos (our oldest is a 3.5 y/o boy). We are located close to the UF Stadium. Email Melissa Marante at or call (561) 313.3841

Part-time Nanny after school 2-3 days per week
Duties include transportation from school to home or activities and homework help.  Bright, cheerful, independent ten-year-old with mild special needs (walks using a walker). Must have reliable transportation.  Larger vehicle preferred but not required. If interested please email name, afternoon days/hours available, and contact number to

High School Math Tutor Needed
I’m looking for a math education student to tutor a 10th grade student  in Algebra II.  It’s only 1 hour/week, but might be more around test times, and you can meet in the Education Library.  Pay is $20/hour.  Interested?  Please contact me at or (352) 575-5457.

Babysitter Needed
I am looking for an occasional babysitter for my son, aged 11 months. A responsible sitter who loves children with their own transportation and references is required. Hours will vary based on schedule. Please contact me by email:

Part-time nanny needed for Fall Semester
UF faculty member looking to hire a reliable person to help during late afternoon/evening 2-4 days a week (Mon-Thurs) for the Fall Semester. Additional babysitting opportunities possible on weekends.  Duties include picking up my 8-yr old girl and 5-yr old boy from school and driving them to sports activities or to home and help with homework and light housework at home (emptying dishwasher, making lunches for next day).  My children love outdoor activities and having someone to play games or read a book with.  Prior experience as a babysitter/nanny required along with at least one reference. Experience providing transportation for children is a bonus. Contact Andrea at if interested.

I am an Arab student and study in UF. I want someone to help teach me me English and I teach him Arabic. Email


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