Wednesday Update for November 18, 2015

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Wednesday Update for November 18, 2015

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General Announcements

Florida Education Association (FEA) Presents Funding a Classroom Community:
FEA will be holding it’s 3rd workshop of the semester on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:30pm in Norman Hall Room 250. We are pleased to be hosting teachers and administrators from around the area, as they share tips and tricks on how to “feed the pig” in funding YOUR classroom. We look forward to seeing you there!

UF Teaching Center (; 392-2010) has one GRE Workshop on left on Thursday (11/19) from 5-7 p.m, to help students prepare for the Math section. Students may register at:

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’s/master’s) and dual degree (master’s/PhD) options. MSM combined (bachelor’s/master’s) students can save time and money by “double counting” credits between the bachelor and master degrees.

Join us at an information session to learn more! Wed., Nov. 18th at 6 pm in Hough Hall 120

Topics covered:
From 6-7 pm: Session for ALL program options (traditional, combined and dual degree). Learn about the MSM program, admissions process and meet current students.
From 7-8 pm: Learn how the combined (bachelor’s/master’s) option works and create a tentative “combined” academic plan with the help of MSM advisors.

For more information, visit or email us at

Please join SAGE for a much needed study break on December 6 from 4:00-6:00pm at First Magnitude Brewery. SAGE will provide the snacks and soda, but the beer is on you. All graduate students in (and friends of) the College of Education are welcome. For more information, find us on Facebook:

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.

Smathers Libraries has recently received a $490,000 three-year grant from IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library  Services) and we are looking for graduate students to work for us.

The grant is titled “Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces”. This project seeks to answer: 1) How do students working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines identify types of digital resources? 2) How do students determine the credibility of digital resources? By making the student the study’s central focus and capturing “point of selection” behavior when seeking STEM information in a simulated open-web environment, the project team will provide insights to create impactful changes in the discovery and utilization of digital scholarly information, to improve student’s information literacy, and to establish the life-long learning skills needed by tomorrow’s professionals. Research results and recommended changes in information literacy instruction will be disseminated broadly through workshops, webinars, conference presentation, published articles, and white papers. Positions available: Program Assistant and Research Assistant

Support Norman Hall Renovations at the University of Florida
Join the Renovate Norman Facebook page to share your stories and show your support by signing the petition! Together, let’s make the College of Education #AbovetheNorm 

Toys for Tots
The 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign has officially started. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys now through December 23rd. For the Alachua County Toys for Tots program, click here. Toys for Tots provides toys to children in the age range of infant to 12 years old. Below is the list of COE toy drop sites:

CEEC – 1345K Norman
Dean’s Office – 140 Norman
HDOSE- 1215 Norman
Lastinger Center – G315 Norman
SESPECS- 1403 Norman
STL – 2423 Norman
Student Services/RRMA – G416 Norman

If you have any questions or would like to make a monetary donation, please contact Jennifer Wrighton at or stop by 140 Norman. We will do your shopping for you or you can make a check payable to “Toys for Tots”. Thanks in advance for your contribution.

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.

Internship Orientation for Fall 2016 Interns Thursday, December 10, 2015
Early Childhood, Elementary & Special Ed Students who will be doing their FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP in Fall 2016 must attend Thursday, December 10, Norman Room 250 – 9:30am ALL STUDENTS.

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.

Courses and Seminars

LAE 6446 Multicultural Literature for Children and Adolescents
In this eight-week online course, we will explore the nature of a single story and consider whether traditional literacy curricula permit students to see themselves in the texts they read. Course readings, activities, and discussions will focus on examining the nature of multicultural texts in today’s classrooms. Final projects will allow students to create a digital text set based on students’ needs and interests in multicultural literacy. Please email Dr. Kathryn Caprino at with any questions.

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

2nd Grade Teaching Position (full-time)  
Boulware Springs Charter School in Gainesville, FL is seeking a highly-qualified classroom teacher for a 2nd grade teaching position. The position is available immediately. 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.

Qualified applicants will have:
– an elementary teaching certificate (or be eligible to receive one)
– the ability to manage a classroom with warmth and fairness
– a sense of humor
– the ability to work cooperatively on a team
– flexibility and a willingness to “jump in” when needed

– a prorated salary based on an annual salary of $48,600 (the school year has already started so total salary will reflect start date)
– a 2% contribution to an IRA in your name

For more information, please visit To apply, please email Kay Abbitt at and include your name, contact information, a resume, and a cover letter explaining your qualifications and why you think Boulware would be a good fit for you.

Polk County Job Fair  
Polk County School District will be holding their next intern and graduate job fair on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 4-6pm. Principals will be conducting interviews for those who wish to secure employment for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and possibly for the 2016-2017 school year. Contact information and location available here.

Musician and Student Volunteer Opportunities
Mt. Zion AME Church is looking for 2-3 student volunteers to assist with building our youth department, ages 10-18. The commitment is 20-25 hours monthly, Sundays (10a-1p,) Thursdays (evening, 2 hours, 5p-7p) and one Tuesday a month (evening, 1 ½  hours, 6:30p-8p). They are also looking for a musician. The commitment is 18-20 hours per month, Sundays 10a-1p and Thursdays 6p-7:30p for rehearsal. A stipend will be provided. Position descriptions and contact information available here.

Blueprint Schools Network is a nonprofit organization that partners with states, districts and schools to promote educational equity and improve life outcomes for students. Blueprint is currently working with public school districts in Boston (MA), Salem (MA), Denver (CO), St. Louis (MO) and East St. Louis (IL).

Blueprint is seeking Blueprint Fellows to serve as math tutors/instructors in the K-12 school system in the aforementioned cities. Attached job description provides more information. Their recruiting team is constantly seeking qualified applicants, but they are especially interested in December graduates at this time to fill immediate openings.

After School Employment at Shell Elementary  
Currently looking for education majors to work at Shell Elementary in Hawthorne, which is approximately 20 minutes East of Gainesville, close to Hwy. 301 & Hwy 20. This is a paid position, @ $10.50/hr plus an additional hour of pay for a mileage incentive. The duties include leading small groups of students in a variety of activities such as support help with reading, math, science (specifically STEAM/robotics/engineering), art, health. The job may entail supervising a supper meal and recreation time as well.

The program operates 2:50-5:50pm, Mondays,Tuesdays,Thursdays and 1:35-4:35pm Wednesdays. School site needs someone about 9-12 hours/week. This would be a tremendous opportunity for an education major, as this program meets academic requirements as approved by DOE using Florida Standards, and we measure progress using assessments and district collected data.  Students would be hired as Alachua County School District employees, but not as teachers.  The position is called Tutor, but it is not a tutoring service. If interested, please email Melissa Montgomery at

The UF Boys and Girls club is a new organization started to facilitate interns for the three Boys and Girls club centers here in Gainesville. We focus on using UF students to better their afterschool and summer programs by providing tutors and support for the children to learn and grow in a safe environment. Following internship completion there could be opportunities to be employed by Boys and Girls Club and advance to the local and national level.

The application deadline for the Spring 2016 program is November 30, 2015.  All application materials, including cover letter and resume, must be submitted on or before the application deadline. Interns must work at least 10 hours a week anytime between 2-6pm Monday thru Friday with a schedule of your choosing.

Internship positions available:
Administrative Intern
Outreach Team
Social Media/Web Development Intern
Program Coordinator Intern
Marketing/Public Relations Intern
Event Management Intern
Multimedia Intern

We are looking for people passionate about teaching and bettering the community.  We want to provide the most skilled and helpful students to the organization so they can make a difference for the children and the Gainesville area. For more information or to join our cause, please email

Heart Pine School located in Gainesville, Florida is now hiring both long term and on-call/short term substitute teachers.  Please click here for details about the long term sub position and contact information.

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.

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

Part-time Sitter Needed
UF Alumni couple looking for a part time sitter for our infant in our Micanopy home. Approx 20-25 hrs per week during Spring Semester (January – May). Please send resume to:

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 5 year old son. Expectations for the tutor would be to read and play with the child, helping him become familiar with the English language. Initially the tutor would start with two sessions per week with the opportunity to have multiple sessions per week as the child become familiar with the tutor. Each session would be for two hours. This is a paid position. If interested, please contact Dr. Ryu via email:

Seeking Tutor for 2015 ­ 2016 Academic Year, Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-6:30pm ­
3rd Grade Mathematics & Reading Comprehension, Pay rate $15/Hour,
Must be able to travel to Gainesville (in-home tutoring), Experience
Required. Contact: Magen Baker at or (352) 494-4704

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.

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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