Wednesday Update for December 2, 2015

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Wednesday Update for December 2, 2015

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General Announcements

Florida Education Association (FEA) Winter Social:
FEA will be hosting our annual Winter Social this Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:30pm in Norman Hall Room 250, to help wrap up the fall 2015 semester. Come and enjoy an evening filled with seasonal activities that can be beneficial for your future classroom.  Also keep in mind that we are still collecting Angel Tree donations. Donations must be in by December 11th at the Student Resource Center (SRC) in Student Services.

The Florida Opportunity Scholars Academy of Leadership (FOSAL) is a year-long leadership development program, with an emphasis on self-awareness and career planning. FOSAL teaches third and fourth-year first-generation UF college students necessary skills that will assist in their transition out of college and into the workforce and/or graduate school. We recognize you are first in your family to graduate and plan for what is next, so we want to help you prepare for the next step!

The FOS Academy of Leadership focuses on the following four core learning objectives:

·         Leadership skills and how to be an effective leader: FOSAL students will learn about basic leadership principles and how they can apply the principles to daily life as well as in their future careers
·         Self-Awareness: FOSAL students will develop a deeper understanding of themselves, through a strength-based curriculum.
·         Career Preparation: Through conversations about networking, professionalism, and etiquette, FOSAL students will better prepared to begin a career after college.
·         Global Citizenship: FOSAL students will be able to more fully understand what it means to be a global citizen.

Students with various career aspirations and from all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants should not be planning to graduate before December 2016. The application for our FOSAL 2016 cohort closes on Friday, December 4th, at 5PM. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience personal and professional growth through the FOS Academy of Leadership!

If you have questions regarding FOSAL, please contact Stephanie Forgas (MFOS Graduate Assistant),

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.

Please join SAGE for a much needed study break on Sunday, December 6 from 4-6pm 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:

Film Screening
Teaching for Social Justice will be screening the film “40 Years Later:  Now Can We Talk?,” a documentary film about the legacies of school desegregation on Wednesday, December 9 from 6pm-7:30pm in 2309 Norman Hall. Please see our Facebook page for more details:

Internship Orientation for Fall 2016 Interns Thursday, December 10th
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.

Inquiry Showcase
You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Fall Semester Inquiry Showcase on Friday, December 11th from 3-7pm in the Norman Hall Auditorium. This event allows all comers to share in the research conducted by practitioner researchers of all levels on their personal professional practice. Showcases, like this, allow researchers and those interested in the ongoing dialogue on education to meet to discuss research and celebrate the practitioners’ dedicated inquiry. We look forward to seeing you there!

UF Freshman-Seniors with Reading Disorders
Interested in participating in a study about reading disorders? See flyer for more 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 is underway collecting new, unwrapped toys now through December 23rd for the Alachua County Toys for Tots program. 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!

Courses and Seminars

Interested in College Sports?
Register for a New Spring 2016 Course: EDA 4930 – Intercollegiate Athletics & the University (see attachment for more information).

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

English Teacher 
Thomas Jefferson School (TJS) located in Chile is hiring an English Teacher (and possibly Department Head). Please see position description and FAQ regarding working at TJS and living in Chile. Contact with any questions.

US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria
US teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they are also important resources for first-hand information about the United States and the “American way of life.” The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs (BMBF) finances this program, which is administered by Fulbright Austria (Austrian-American Educational Commission). While the participants in this program contribute to the Fulbright goal of promoting mutual understanding, this is not a Fulbright grant program. For information on the Fulbright student program in Austria, please consult the Institute for International Education at or the website of Fulbright Austria.

You can find more information about the US Teaching Assistantship program, including how to apply at Only online applications will be accepted. Please note that the application deadline for the program year 2016-17 is January 15, 2016. Program description and an informative program flyer are located at Please contact Program Officer Dr. Jürgen Hörmann at with any questions.

PACE Center for Girls provides girls & young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling and advocacy. We are seeking undergraduate and graduate students of any background to work one-on-one with our staff and students. Please see attachment for available positions.

The PACE Center for Girls Internship Program offers a small group of outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to non-profit management. We accept students currently enrolled in a bachelor or master’s degree. We accept recent graduates as well (maximum one year after graduation). Internship assignments vary greatly in terms of content. However, interns are normally involved in some aspect of the programming, administrative, development, special events, and outreach of PACE Center for Girls. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. To apply and for more information, click here.

Part-Time Nursery Teacher and Classroom Assistants Needed
The Servants of Christ Anglican Church is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated teachers and assistants to work Sunday Morning during services, as well as, weekday and evenings shifts available. Infant through pre-k teachers needed. $10/hr. Background checks required. Contact Kim Harris at

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.

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

Ocala physician interested in hiring tutor for her two 9th and 10th grade children. Both are superior students looking for extra help outside the classroom. Ideal tutoring times: four days per week, for 2 hours per day after 4pm. Please email Poorti Riley at for more information.

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 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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