Wednesday Update for October 28, 2015

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Wednesday Update for October 28, 2015

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General Announcements

URGE the State of Florida to Support Norman Hall Renovations at the University of Florida
UF Student Government has an exciting initiative! Your College of Education Senator is working with other agencies within SG to help lobby the State to secure funding for the renovation of Norman Hall. Norman Hall is in a state of critical disrepair and funding from the state is necessary to complete renovation projects that will ensure the future of the University of Florida College of Education. UF Student Government sees the renovation of Norman Hall as a top legislative priority and UF External Affairs needs student support to voice this urgent need. An online petition has been launched and has already garnered over 750 signatures. We need your support! Please sign this petition and write a statement of your support as a College of Education member. Together, let’s make the College of Education #AbovetheNorm

M.S. in Management (for non-business majors) – Information Session
Interested in diversifying your skills? The Master of Science in Management (MSM) program is designed specifically for students from non-business majors. MSM students gain a solid business foundation and strengthen transferable skills to open up advancement opportunities within their undergraduate major field or business sector.

The program offers traditional, combined (bachelor/master) and dual degree (Master/PhD) options. MSM combined (bachelor/master) students can save time and money by “double counting” credits between the bachelor and master degrees.

Join us for an information session on Wed., Oct. 28th at 6pm in Hough Hall 120 to learn more!

Success in ServiceUF International Center, HUB
Interested in serving? On Wednesday, November 4th from 10:30am-12:00pm, join representatives from Peace Corps, Teach for America and City Year to hear their experiences serving and to learn about the opportunities to serve in each of these organizations.  You will hear about basic requirements, a typical day, and post service career pathways. Contact the UF Peace Corps Recruiter, Bobbi Stienmetz for more information at

Careers in Academia Workshops
Are you a graduate student considering a career in academia? The Career Resource is offering these workshops to learn more about navigating a job search for faculty or post-doctorate positions.

The Education College Council (ECC) meeting to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 has been cancelled. If your club has updates to share or any questions, please email ECC at

2015 Florida Connected Conference – Raising Global Awareness in Florida Classrooms
We are anticipating 300 educators from around the state of Florida to come together in the name of global education and global citizenry. In partnership with several University of Florida area studies centers, we are confident that this conference will inspire educators to create global citizens in their classrooms. To reserve your spot, submit this form.

A Registration Fee of $15​ will include a light ​breakfast, lunch, a conference t-shirt, and a $2 donation to Professional Development for Educators in Haiti! Please direct any questions to We are looking forward to a fantastic event and hope that you will be able to join us this November!

UF Teaching Center (; 392-2010) offers this free workshop Monday through Thursday, 11/16-11/19 from 5-7 p.m, to help students prepare for the Math and Verbal sections of the GRE. Verbal sessions are M & W, Math sessions are T & R.  Students may register for any or all four sessions here:

Save the Date: Paper Tigers – November 16th
Please join UF’s Education College Council and College of Education, in partnership with the River Phoenix Center for Peace Building, Peace4Gainesville, Alachua County Public Schools, PACE Center for Girls, UF’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, Center on Children and Families, The Bob Graham Center, and Florida Society for the Social Sciences for a screening of the James Redford film Paper Tigers. The event will take place on November 16th from 6:15-9:15pm in the New Physics Building, Room 1002. A complimentary pizza dinner will be offered before the film and a panel discussion on how to build a trauma responsive community in Gainesville will follow.

UF Scooter and Motorcycle Rally will be held on November 21, 2 hours before kickoff (TBA) against Florida Atlantic  University.  We will be giving away safe riding gear.  Register and enter to win helmets.  #gatorsgearup  and RIDE SMART!  Contact Dr. Maria Coady ( for additional information.

Save the Date: Special Education Research to Practice Symposium – December 4th
The First Annual Special Education Research-to-Practice Symposium will focus on bringing together our special education Dual Certification MEd and Ph.D. students in a professional conference-like environment with Dr. Mary Little as the keynote speaker. Please see flyer for more information.

UF’s Black Queer Collective and HLXQ
LGBT Affairs has added two new discussion groups. The Black Queer Collective at UF serves as a social and cultural group for LGBTQ+ identified Black and/or African-American students. This group assumes the unique ability of addressing Hetero-normative, homophobic, and transphobic practices in the black community, while also critiquing the neglect of the black experience in queer communities. HLXQ stands for Hispanic-Latinx Queers and is a discussion group for individuals who identify as Hispanic/Latinx and Queer. They assume the challenge of creating a safe space to explore those intersecting identities. For meeting times and additional information, please contact Alandria Mustafa at

Students for Anti-Bullying Initiatives (SABI)
This organization was established for the purpose of educating college students on the prevalence of, effects of, and reasons behind bullying. For more information and to apply for one of the available positions, please visit the SABI Facebook page.

Attention College of Education Faculty:
If you have suggestions of books for the library to purchase, please contact either Rachael Elrod at or Tiffany Baglier at with your recommendations.

International Conference: Poverty, Globalization and Schooling: A Holistic Approach
You are invited to participate in an International Conference called: Poverty, Globalization and Schooling: A Holistic Approach, that will take place at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, FL, February, 18-20, 2016. For information, click here.

Courses and Seminars

Graduate Seminars in School of Teaching and Learning – Spring 2016

EDF 6812/EDG4930 Comparative and International Education.  Tour education around the globe without leaving UF.  This course, facilitated in seminar format, will explore education from multiple perspectives, including international development, literacy and language, teacher education, education for economic and social justice.  Offered Mondays, periods 6-8.  Contact Dr. Maria Coady ( for additional information.

Opportunities and Employment

Baker Teaching Fellowship Applications Available for 2016-2017 School Year!
KIPP Jacksonville Schools is accepting applications for the Baker Teaching Fellowship which starts in July of 2016. These fully certified teachers will receive mentors under a master Lead Teacher, serve as a full staff member in their school, and have instructional responsibilities over the academic year. It is the perfect opportunity to continue to grow as a new educator. The positions are fully salaried with benefits and you get the security of obtaining a job well before you graduate if accepted. You can read the full job description and apply by clicking this link or copying and pasting into your browser. Email Lauren at with further questions!

Make a Difference as a Volunteer Tutor
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church is seeking volunteer tutors for its Saturday Academy. Tutors will be asked to make 3-4 visits per year and to plan interactive mathematics and science activities for students from the local community. The Saturday Academy’s schedule is aligned with Alachua County’s school schedule and runs 11am-1pm each Saturday. To volunteer to receive more information, please contact Mrs. Tennessee Jones (352.332.2367), Mrs. Catherine Mickle (352.376.0993) or Mrs. Rose Turk (352.378.3812.

Opportunities for Leadership and Service
Here at The Center for Leadership and Service, we like to foster the leadership development of each student through the importance of service to others. That being said, there are a few upcoming events, opportunities, and updates that the CLS would like to share. If you are interested in these opportunities and have the drive to make a real difference in the world, please click here.

OPS educational tech assistance with College of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy is looking for an Educational Technology Assistant to work 20 Hrs/Week OPS position. Work will involve course development work in Canvas, create graphics and manage graphics and prepare content for content production, review content for its validity etc. prior to posting, build quizzes, update links due dates and test course prior to release.
Experience –  Some experience with Canvas or other learning management systems, good graphics skills with using software such as Photoshop, good time management and ability to handle multiple projects to meet deadlines. Rate $15.00/ Hr. Start date Asap. Please contact with resume, and sample of work.

Elementary After School Enrichment Positions Available
Innovative program introducing the sport of fencing to Elementary students in one hour classes.The Florida Fencing Academy will provide you with the training necessary to work in an elementary after school enrichment program. See flyer for details.

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
Algebra 1 tutor needed for 14-year old female high school student in Gainesville. Please contact Tazi Thelismont at 561-317-8337; For experienced tutors, pay is $30-$40 an hour.

Nanny Needed
We are looking for a nanny to help with our two-year-old daughter and three-month-old son. One of us, either my wife or I, will be home during the time we need somebody. Looking for someone to start very soon, as of November. Ideally Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Please email

Seeking an enthusiatic and responsible caregiver for our 12 year old son and 6 year old daughter starting January 2016. We live in SW part of town near Haile. Requirements: Safe driving record, good references, non-smoker and reliable car. Duties: Include pickup from school, helping with homework, driving kids to activities, supervise outdoor play, help with minor chores such as kids laundry. Hours: 3.30PM-5.30 PM (occasionally upto 6PM), Monday through Friday (approx. 10 hrs per week). If sitter’s availability is only on Mon, Wed and Fri or only some days of the week that would work as well. CONTACT: Asmita @ cell: 352-246-2073 for further details and send CV to

Help needed
UF faculty member looking to hire highly motivated, mature and reliable person to help with after-school care for their 6 years old daughter. Tasks will include picking her up from a school (on Mon, Wed, Thursday & some Fridays) and stay with her until 5:30pm (help with homework/tutoring for reading and writing and light household chores). Must have own transportation and good driving record. If interested, there will also be additional babysitting opportunities in the evening and weekend also. Contact

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