Wednesday Update for September 16, 2015

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Wednesday Update for September 16, 2015

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General Announcements

Standardized Testing: Education Policy & PoliticsWednesday, Sept 16th @ 6pm
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 in Pugh Hall on the University of Florida campus. 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.

Florida Educators Association (FEA) members & Prospective members Wednesday, Sept 16th
We are hoping that you are all having a great opening to your 2015-2016 school year! To kick off this school year, we are having our first workshop on Wednesday, Sept 16th. We will be welcoming Ms. Valentina Contesse, who will be helping us learn more about uses of Zumba and yoga in the classroom! It is sure to be a fun, and active, workshop! Make sure to join us in the Terrace Room, at 7:30, this Wednesday, and we are looking forward to a bit of exercise all together! ​

Red Cross Gators Student Organization – Wednesday, Sept 16th @ 6pm
Hey Gators! Are you looking to join a volunteer service organization? Build your resume? Give back to the wonderful Gainesville community? The Red Cross Gators may be just what you’re looking for! As a part of the Red Cross Gators, we act as the liaison group between the American Red Cross (AMR) chapter in Gainesville and the students at UF. We work closely with the chapter and our members get internships every semester. Additionally, all volunteering events through the AMR are available to our members. We also host our own events, including one which educate kids in the community about hygiene and fire safety.

The first General Body Meeting of the semester will be in Little Hall (LIT 113). We will be outlining all of our events planned for this semester as well as helping new members become registered Red Cross volunteers. We’re excited to see you there! Facebook Event Page:

Fall 2015 Degree Application – deadline Friday, September 18th
Students who intend to graduate this Fall 2015 must apply through ISIS under My Record > Certificate / Degree Application. Fall 2015 Dates and Deadlines

Ed Talks: Critical Conversations in Education
Join Teaching for Social Justice (TSJ) for EdTalks: Critical Conversations in Education: A panel discussion on the greatest challenges facing education today and what we can do about it. Panelists include Dr. Ester de Jong, Director of the School of Teaching and Learning and Professor of ESOL/Bilingual Education, Dr. Brianna Kennedy-Lewis, Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education, and Dr. Vicki Vescio, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning.

The event will take place in the Terrace Room (G400) Norman Hall on Thursday, Sept. 24th from 5:00-6:15pm.

International Center’s 21st Annual International Student AwardsTuesday, November 17th
These awards are to honor the University of Florida’s international students for their outstanding achievements in academics and service. Nominee list and additional details forthcoming from the Office for Student Services to the Schools. Nominations due to the Office for Student Services by Wednesday, September 30th.

FREE GRE WORKSHOP.  UF Teaching Center (; 392-2010) offers this workshop Monday through Thursday, October 5-8 from 5-7 p.m, to help students prepare for the Math and Verbal sections of the GRE. Math sessions are M & W, Verbal sessions are T & R. Students may register for any or all four sessions at:

Lichtenberg Pre-service Educator Grant – deadline October 1st
Any Florida college or university full-time pre-service educator in his/her junior or senior year may apply for this grant. The annual deadline for application has been extended to October 1. The grant will reimburse awardees up to $500 for transportation, room, and registration expenses to attend Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM) Annual Fall Conference. Pre-service educators who receive this grant will be required to write about their experiences in a form suitable for one of FCTM’s publications prior to reimbursement. An electronic copy of the manuscript and receipts for reimbursement must be submitted to the FCTM treasurer no later than December 1. Up to four grants may be awarded each year. It is expected that all awardees will be from different institutions. Apply here.

3D Printing WorkshopOctober 6th and 7th
Curious about 3D Printing? Join us at the Education Library for an introduction workshop. Everyone that attends will receive a $3.00 voucher towards your first print. Free and open to faculty, staff, and students. Please register at

UF Graduate Student Research Day – Tuesday, October 27th
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). 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. Click here for more information.

Florida Connected Conference
Education, no matter the country, is a vital part of that society. Projects for Haiti’s Florida Connected Conference brings together teachers from all over the U.S. who strive towards implementing a global curriculum in their classrooms. This year’s conference will be on November 14th!! Reserve your spot here:

Preserve Your Legacy
The Institutional Repository (IR@UF) offers a central location for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of scholarly, research, and creative production alongside historical materials from the University of Florida. For a list of open access materials and upcoming workshops, please click here.

Fall 2015 Commencement ceremonies for the College of Education
Doctoral Degrees: O’Connell Center, Friday, December 18, 4:00 pm (assemble at 2:30 pm)
Master’s, Specialist, Bachelor Degrees: O’Connell Center, Saturday, December 19, 2:00 pm (assemble at 12:30 pm)
More information at

Opportunities and Employment

Student Museum Advisory Council (SMAC)
Student Museum Advisory Council (SMAC) is a student organization at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art that is recruiting creative and committed student leaders who will connect the museum to the wider campus.

SMAC members establish relationships with many different students while interacting with museum professionals.  Whether you are an incoming freshman who wants to gain experience with art and programming, or a senior who is knowledgeable with event planning, we welcome everybody to apply. Please submit to Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at by Friday, September 18.

1st/2nd Grade Combination Teaching Position (full time)
Boulware Springs Charter School is seeking a highly-qualified classroom teacher for a 1st/2nd Grade Combination class. The position is available October 5th. Responsibilities include managing a classroom of students, creating and implementing innovative and rigorous lesson plans, monitoring student progress, using data driven instruction to adjust to student learning, teaching character education, creating a warm environment, and working as a team member throughout the school. Application information located here.

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be hosting an online information session on Thursday, September 24 at 8pm to discuss careers in community organizing with individuals interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice. RSVP at To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit Still have questions? Contact Hannah Wittmer at or (202) 841-0353.

DART hires and trains organizers to lead campaigns on a broad set of justice issues including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Education reform in low-performing public schools

Positions start January 11, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, FL.
Positions start August 15, 2016, in Charleston, SC, Lexington, KY and St. Petersburg, FL.
Starting salary $34,000/year + benefits, with regular performance based raises.
Fluent speakers of Spanish and Haitian Creole are encouraged to apply.

First Generation Life Coach Program – Now Accepting Applications!
The Machen Florida Opportunities Scholars Program is recruiting UF faculty, staff, and graduate students to serve as a life coach for the 2015-2016 academic year. As our students are first in their families to attend college, they are also first to graduate; we are looking for dedicated coaches to provide students with guidance during this transition. Coaches meet with their paired “coachee” various times during the semester to discuss subjects related to life after college. Coaches will also participate in a brief training in October before being paired.

For more information about the program, visit Should you be interested in serving as a life coach, click on the ‘apply to be a life coach’ tab on the left of the page and submit a little information about yourself and we’ll pair you soon! Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 25th.

Student Employment Opportunity
We are looking for an advanced undergraduate or graduate student to code video data and conduct other duties for an IES Goal 3 Efficacy trial on embedded instruction for young children with disabilities. We are seeking someone who is available for approximately 20 hours per week and can continue employment through August 2016. Experience with early childhood intervention programs and/or students with disabilities is desired. The position is paid hourly at $12/hour. This is a great opportunity for  any student interested in learning more about research and behavioral observation. If interested, please email Dr. Crystal Bishop (

Gator for a Day
Are you passionate about the University of Florida? Want to show prospective students why it’s truly great to be a Florida Gator? Then apply to be a Gator for a Day Ambassador!

Gator for a Day is a program through the UF Office of Admissions that allows high school seniors from all parts of the country to shadow a UF undergraduate for the day. Ambassadors take shadows to class, show them around campus, and help answer any questions they have about our school. You will be an ambassador for UF and the Office of Admissions.

The requirements are a 3.0 cumulative GPA, no academic and/or disciplinary probations, and a passion for UF. We are looking for students that are enthusiastic about UF, involved, and eager to show students around! Applications due Wednesday, September 23rd by 11:59 pm. If you have any questions about the requirements or structure of the program, please feel free to contact us at

Graphic design assistant– part-time (20 hours). Student is preferable.
Individual hired for this position will be working for the College of Education to assist the Creative Services Team with: the design and creation of 2D graphics, layouts and promotional materials for print and web, photo editing for print and web, following style guides when applicable (*must be proficient in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. AfterEffects and Premiere a plus) This position is part-time ($12/hr- avg. 20 hours/week).​​

Web-assistant (content creator for WordPress). Student is preferable.
The individual hired for this position will be working for the College of Education to create, develop and manage content for organization’s web presence (requires working with WordPress) maintain a consistent look and feel throughout all web properties as provided by the Web Strategist & Information Architect, and write, copyedit, and proofread web content. This position is part-time ($12/hr- avg. 20 hours/week).

Job Opportunities at Girls Place 
This is an exciting time here at Girls Place as we are expanding our enrollment and our programs. To meet our needs, we need additional counselors and an administrative assistant.  We will provide on-going professional development, opportunities for growth within our organization, and part-time positions evolving into full-time positions in the summer.

Our organization would love to hire students who have desire to gain experience and growth outside the classroom. For questions, please contact Lisa Kopp at lisa@girlsplace.net

Scholarships Available
Alpha Delta Kappa an Honorary International Women’s Teaching Organization is looking to award up to three $1000 scholarships to deserving  young women in the field of education. Please see flyer for details.

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

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

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Tutoring: English tutoring for a 10 and a 14 year old from Argentina for two weeks (9/21 – 9/30/2015). It could be 2 or 3 times per week. Contact: Walter Keiniger

Sitter Needed
Occasional sitter for 12 year old girl needed in NW Gainesville (child of UF Faculty). Must have own transportation for after middle school or weekend care. Pay rate $10-15 per hour. Please email

Tutor Needed for help with middle school study, especially reading and writing. 1 or 2 times a week (for 2 hrs). Pay $15~20 for an hour. Preferably female tutor. Near Oaks mall. Email or text 352-300-2191

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