Wednesday Update for September 23, 2015

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Wednesday Update for September 23, 2015

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General Announcements

Ed Talks: Critical Conversations in EducationThursday, Sept 24th
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 from 5:00-6:15pm.

Queering Education Workshop Series for COE Graduate Students, Faculty, & Administration (Part 1 of 2)
On Thursday, Sept 24 from 12-1:30pm in the Norman Hall Terrace Room, College of Education graduate students, faculty, and administration are invited to attend the first workshop of a two-part interactive workshop series focusing on how to proactively be inclusive of LGBTQ people and issues within their specific educational context (courses, dissertations, office culture, assignments, etc). Those interested in attending should RSVP here by September 23: Please contact Brittney Beck at with questions.

Teaching for Social Justice will hold a planning meeting on Monday, Sept. 28th at 12:00pm in Norman Hall, Room 2411. Anyone interested in social justice education is welcome to attend.

International Center’s 21st Annual International Student Awardsnominations due Sept 30th
These awards are to honor the University of Florida’s international students for their outstanding achievements in academics and service. Nominations due to the Office for Student Services by Wednesday, September 30th.

CPR training available through GatorCPR
See to register. Use discount code:  ROSSIE

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.

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:

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

Please join SAGE for our October Panel: Creating a Research Poster
Want to go to a conference and present your data in a succinct way? Create a research poster! Need to prep yourself for the poster session for Graduate Student Research Day? Join The Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE) at this panel detailing the methods for creating a quality research poster. Fellow graduate students who have created award-winning posters and professors who have judged poster presentations will share their advice and expertise. Information will include graphic design considerations, tips on presenting the data, and ideas for honing your poster presentation skills. A question and answer session will follow. Attending this panel will automatically enter you into the Graduate Student Research Day raffle in which you could receive an iPad!

This panel will take place in the Norman Hall Terrace Room on Thursday, October 15th from 2:30-3:30pm. For additional information, please email SAGE’s secretary, Lisa Lundgren, at or visit SAGE’s Facebook page.

ECC T-Shirt Design Contest
Please consider submitting an original t-shirt design to the Education College Council’s T-Shirt Design Contest! Entries that promote the College of Education’s #1 ranking are encouraged, but any design promoting the College of Education is welcome! The winner receives a free t-shirt. All entries are due to by October 16th

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.

Webinars on using APA library databases
APA has a series of three 30-minute sessions created just for students and faculty. Our Basic session will help students learn to search APA’s databases efficiently, and our Advanced session helps them dive deeper into search fields and limiters. Lastly, our session on Results Management covers topics such as creating search alerts and other techniques for managing search results. All sessions include live search demos.

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

Teaching Positions
Elementary School Teaching/Elementary Teacher at Bronson Elementary, Title 1. For additional information and to apply, click here.

2nd grade social studies teacher at Yankeetown School. Please click here for more information and an application.

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.

Job Opportunities at Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS)
Learn more about opportunities in HCPS through Teach in Tampa and apply today. Additionally interns may view the calendar of events and register online for upcoming activities.

Beginning Precious Steps Learning Academy
In need of creative ideas to help set up classrooms that will promote growth and development for children in the community and help them to expand their imagination. Please see flyer for further details.

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 (

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.

Babysitting/ Nanny/ Tutoring

Tutor Needed
I am interested in possibly hiring a student to tutor for the fall and spring semesters for a one hour session twice a week. There will be at least 1 student (7th grader at Oak View Middle School) and possibly an 8th grade student as well. I think that both can be tutored at the same time.  I would like to make sure homework is on track and being done correctly and reviews for upcoming exams are done as well. If interested, please contact

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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