Wednesday Update for December 9, 2015

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Wednesday Update for December 9, 2015

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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.

Florida Education Association (FEA) – Angel Tree Donations
FEA is still collecting Angel Tree donations. Donations must be in by December 11th at the Student Resource Center (SRC) in Student Services.

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!

Toys for Tots
There are 14 days left in the “Toys for Tots” holiday toy drive. New, unwrapped toys are being collected now through December 23rd for the Alachua County Toys for Tots program which 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!

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)
Masters Specialist, Bachelor Degrees: O’Connell Center, Saturday, December 19, 2:00 pm (assemble at 12:30 pm)
More information at

Courses and Seminars – Spring 2016

EDG 4930 Section 1554 – Mobile Technologies and Education: International Perspectives
Mobile technologies have become ubiquitous and provide access to information and learning materials for anyone, anyplace. Explore the different ways in which mobile technologies such as cell phones, tablets, and wearables are currently being used in formal and informal environments. Students will identify strategies used for teaching with mobile technology and how these are adapted based on socio-political, economic, and educational contexts. Offered Wednesdays Periods 4-6. Contact Dr. Swapna Kumar ( for additional information.

Graduate Seminars in School of Teaching and Learning

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.

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.

Scholarships, Research & Funding

Complete applications are due by 4:00pm, FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016.
The College of Education awards scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students through an annual scholarship selection process.  Eligibility for individual awards is determined by the College of Education based on a student’s Fall 2016 classification. Students who will be enrolled in Fall 2016 or have applied for admission in Fall 2016 are eligible to apply for College of Education Scholarships.  All information submitted will be verified and only complete applications will be considered. Scholarship descriptions, the scholarship application, and recommendation forms are available at Contact with questions.

2016 Projects for Peace – $10,000 grant for undergraduate students
Deadline to apply:  January 8th, 2016

The University of Florida, a partner institution in the Davis United World College Scholars Program, is pleased to announce an opportunity for undergraduate students to design a grassroots project for peace anywhere in the world!  The Davis Foundation will award the winning project $10,000 for the project to be implemented during the summer of 2016. Undergraduate students use their creativity to design a project that focuses on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict.  Due to this generous funding, UF students have had the opportunity to travel and perform service projects all over the world (Niger, Brazil, Bolivia, Haiti, Rwanda, Mexico, Tanzania, Cambodia, India, Palestine, Swaziland, Macedonia, & Uganda). Learn more

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


Fall Graduates!  Career Opportunity:  4th Grade Teaching Position available in West Putnam at Interlachen Elementary School, a very short commute away.  Please apply at and/or call Diana Drew, Assistant Principal.

Southside Elementary School (Bradford County)
Currently have two teaching positions available:  K-5 ESE teacher who would push in to classrooms and pull students for intervention and a general education 2nd grade teacher.  Anyone interested may contact Assistant Principal Denise Ricks, or Principal Earnest Williams,, 904-966-6061.

Winter Job Fair/Pinellas County Schools
Pinellas County Schools is offering a Winter Teacher Job Fair for 2014 or 2015 graduates in Elementary Education K-5, Early Childhood PreK-3, Exceptional Student Education K-12, English/Language Arts 6-12, Reading 6-12, Science 6-12, Math 6-12, School Psychologists, Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, and Speech/Language Pathologists. Please see flyer for further details.

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.

Apple Opportunity for COE Students 
Apple is hiring Gators! We are looking for UF students who are passionate about technology and love teaching others.

As an AppleCare College Advisor, you’ll work from home and help customers have the best experience possible.  You’ll be provided with comprehensive paid training, a network of peers, and all kinds of resources to promote your career development.  And even while working part-time, you’ll be eligible to receive full corporate benefits like tuition reimbursement, paid time away, charitable matching, and the potential to grow in a career at Apple.

All majors enrolled at UF through May 2017 are encouraged to apply online:

Institute of Reading Development
Seeking candidates for Summer 2016 teaching positions. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support. Click here for further information.

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.

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. For additional details, please visit

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

Service and Volunteering

Florida Cicerones Recruitment
Interested in becoming a student ambassador for the University of Florida? The Florida Cicerones serve as the official campus tour guides through the Office of Admissions. We work with the University Athletic Association by hosting potential student athletes and their families. We assist the office of the President during Dr. W. Kent Fuchs’ events in the President’s house or the sky-box during football games, and we perform community service in the Gainesville community with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club and TOPSoccer. Click here for further information.

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.

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


UF Freshman-Seniors with Reading Disorders
Interested in participating in a study about reading disorders? See flyer for more information.

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 

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