Wednesday Update for November 4, 2015

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Wednesday Update for November 4, 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 800 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

Please join SAGE for our November Panel: Understanding IRB
Monday, November 16, 12-1pm in the Norman Hall Terrace Room
Ensuring that research projects on human subjects are approved under the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at UF is an essential element of a research-based graduate degree. Unfortunately, navigating the IRB can sometimes be tricky, and doctoral students don’t always have a complete understanding of the ethical importance of the IRB process. This panel discussion will feature faculty members across the College of Education who have had diverse experiences with the IRB. Participants will discuss why they need IRB for their particular lines of inquiry and will help demystify the process. A question and answer session will follow. As always, there will be snacks! For additional information, please email SAGE’s secretary, Lisa Lundgren at

Colloquium with Dr. Edwin W. Martin – Reflections on Special Education
On Friday, November 20th, Dr. Edwin W. Martin will be visiting the COE to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act​, now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). He will share his perspectives on the history, key issues and players, and lessons learned from his experiences that have relevance to the present and the future at a lunch time colloquium in the Dean’s Conference Room from 11:30am-1pm. It promises to be an interesting session! Please RSVP by Nov 13th to Lynette Beacher (

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 Monday, November 16 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. For more details check out our Facebook event:

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.

2016 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference
Open to all UF Undergraduate Researchers! The Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) is one of the nation’s largest multi-disciplinary research conferences. It is an annual event open to all undergraduate researchers in the state of Florida to present their research in a poster forum. For further details, click here.

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

Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) 2015-2016 trip registration has opened!
FAB is a UF student lead service organization housed in the Center for Leadership and Service and offers experiential-education based service trips that are open to all University of Florida students. This year, FAB is offering 17 Alternative Break trip.  Each trip focuses on one social issue and provides cultural and historical education as well as the opportunity to engage first hand with the social issue and contribute to change efforts.

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.

Courses and Seminars

FYC 6222 – Parenting & Child Relations
The purpose of this fast-paced and engaging course is to develop in-depth knowledge and skills about healthy parenting practices and child-related outcomes. The course is open to all graduate majors and is perfect for anyone who will be working with, or advocating for, parents and children. More info here.

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

America Reads is currently hiring for the Spring semester!
The America Reads Program is currently seeking UF students to tutor elementary and middle school children at area schools and after school programs in reading. Applicants must have Federal Work Study as part of their financial aid package and must be available for at least six hours per week.

To apply go to Applications due Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Pasco County Schools Instructional Job Fair
As we get closer to the Fall Instructional Job Fair, we have added several door prizes including an iPad Mini and tickets to a Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s game! In order for attendees to be eligible they must pre-register. See flyer for registration information.

WHERE:    Wiregrass Ranch High School – Gymnasium
WHEN:     Thursday, November 12th from 3:00 p.m. – 6:30p.m.
TARGET:  Teachers and Student Services Candidates

We are looking forward to connecting with anyone interested in becoming a teacher or working in Student Services.
·         We will have principals from our Elementary, Middle, and High Schools as well as managers representing our   Student Services department.
·         We will have someone available to speak about out Professional Development Certification program for non-education majors and degree holders.

We are excited to meet upcoming and recent graduates and speak to them about current and upcoming teaching opportunities for the 2016-2017 school year. We will also have door prizes and giveaways! Please feel free to distribute the flyer to students, and on social media as you see fit.

If you have any questions please contact Lori Perreault at 813-794-2845 or

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

Early Childhood Tutor
Dr. Hanguk Ryu, a University of Florida visiting professor from South Korea, is looking for an Early Childhood student who would be interested in tutoring his two children. He has a 5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. Expectations for the tutor would be to read and play with the children, helping them become familiar with the English language. Initially the tutor would start with one session per week with the opportunity to have multiple sessions per week as the children become familiar with the tutor. This is a paid position. If interested, please contact Dr. Ryu via both email addresses: and

Part-time Nanny after school 2-4 days per week starting in February 2016
. Duties include transportation from school to home or activities and overseeing homework. Sweet 9-year-old twin girls. Must have car and/or bike. Please email resume and references to

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

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