Wednesday Update for January 20, 2016

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Wednesday Update for January 20, 2016

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If you are completing your full-time internship this SPRING as an Elementary, SITE, or Special Ed intern, plan to attend the Professional Orientation Seminar on Wednesday, January 27th at the Kirby Smith Board Room. The session will be from 1:30-3:00pm.  Two local principals will share information about interviewing and expectations of first-year teachers. Questions will also be answered about certification. For more information, please contact Rebecca Kidwell at

UF Study Abroad Fair – January 27th – 10:00am-3:00pm at UF Plaza of Americas
The UF International Center invites students and faculty to learn about current study-abroad programs and opportunities at the UF Study Abroad Fair.

Study-abroad programs help UF students discover new cultures, increase global awareness, enhance foreign language skills and establish new connections. UF faculty is also strongly encouraged to lead their own study-abroad program and teach abroad. Overseas internship opportunities are available for students seeking internship credit. Most financial aid can be used for study-abroad programs and study abroad can be used to satisfy summer residency requirements.

UF study abroad program directors, independent program providers and former study-abroad students will be available to share their international experiences. The UF Study Abroad Services staff will be available to explain the application process and help students and faculty begin their process and find the right program. The International Center encourages prospective “Global Gators” to visit here for more or call (352) 273-1539 for more information.

2016 University of Florida Impact Awards
The Center for Leadership and Service presents the 2016 University of Florida Impact Awards. Nominate students, faculty, businesses, and community nonprofit agencies who demonstrated a commitment to leadership and service in the past year. The annual Impact Awards recognizes and celebrates individuals at the University of Florida and in the community in 8 different categories. Nominations close Friday, February 19th. For more information visit Categories include: Emerging Leader, Distinguished Mentor, Outstanding Service Organization Leader, Model of Leadership, Outstanding Graduate Student, Leadership and Service Advocate, Exemplary Service Partnership and Extraordinary Student Volunteer.

Scholarships, Research & Funding

Call for Proposals for 2016 College of Education Research Symposium “Fostering Dialogue”
March 31, 2016, Norman Hall UF

All undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and practitioners in the field of education are invited to submit a proposal to the first annual University of Florida College of Education Research Symposium sponsored by the Education College Council (ECC) and Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE). Our theme, Fostering Dialogue, is meant to facilitate cross-disciplinary communication and, to that end, we hope the first COE Research Symposium draws interest across the college. As a result, we understand the term “research” broadly and welcome submissions of original social science research, historical inquiry, practitioner inquiry, and other research projects that further our knowledge and understanding of education in a variety of settings, both formal and informal. Faculty members who have worked with undergraduate and graduate students and intern/mentor teacher pairs who have engaged in practitioner inquiry are especially encouraged to submit abstracts. 250-word abstracts may be submitted for presentation as roundtable discussions or poster presentations.

Deadline for Submissions: 11:59pm EST, Thursday, February 25, 2016

Submit via Google Form – Early submission is encouraged. Those submitting proposals will be notified by March 7th of their status. If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Schroeder at

The 2016 UF Best UR Paper Contest is coming! Any UF undergraduate researcher can compete. If you want to enter, you must submit your paper to The UF Journal of Undergraduate Research, no later than February 19th and indicate that you want it to be considered for the contest. If you want to reserve the paper for a later submission to a peer reviewed journal, also indicate that you do not want it considered for publication in JUR. Please send an email to to confirm that you have submitted.

Are you an undergraduate student interested in doing funded educational research? Apply for the University Scholars Program!

The College of Education has the opportunity to award 3 selected undergraduate students, who will be designated as University Scholars, the opportunity to work one-on-one with a chosen faculty member on a research/creative project of mutual interest. Students participating in this program will receive a $1,750 stipend to support research efforts under the faculty mentor.  This funded research will be conducted during the student’s junior or senior year.

In order to be eligible, students must have earned a 3.3 upper division GPA or a 3.0 GPA for a minimum of 75 credit hours of completed coursework.  Additionally students must not graduate with their undergraduate degree before Spring 2017. More information can be found at and If selected, students must attend a mandatory orientation session at the UF Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Application available on the College of Education’s website. Due Friday, February 19, 2016.

Invitation to the 2016 Harvard Student Research Conference
Harvard’s Student Research Conference, the country’s largest student-run academic conference on education, is now accepting presentation proposals for the 21st annual conference on March 25, 2016. This conference is an excellent opportunity for masters and doctoral candidates in the field of educational research to receive constructive feedback, present research, and learn from peer projects. For more information on how to register to attend or on how to submit a proposal, please visit our website: If you have any questions about the conference, please  contact the sub-chair, Samantha Herrick:


Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
The Black Student Union is hosting community organizer Josh Everett from The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center for an info session on Wednesday, January 20 at 6pm at the Institute of Black Culture to discuss careers in community organizing with individuals interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice.

All UF students and alumni are welcome. RSVP at

DART hires and trains organizers to lead campaigns on a broad set of justice issues including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Education reform in low-performing public schools

Positions start August 15, 2016 in Charleston, SC, Columbus, OH, Lexington, KY, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and St. Petersburg, FL. Starting salary $34,000/year + benefits.

Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent speakers of Spanish and Haitian Creole are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit Still have questions? Contact Hannah Wittmer at or (202) 841-0353.

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.

Interested in a Change of Scenery? 
Denver Public Schools will be at the University of Florida Career Showcase on Tuesday, January 26th and will be having a Meet & Greet/Q&A afterwards at the Reitz Union Starbucks. If you are interested in employment opportunities in Denver, please join them from 3:30-5:30pm. Click here for more details;

Student Employment Opportunity 
We are looking for advanced graduate students to administer standardized assessments to preschool children with disabilities for an IES randomized-controlled trial on embedded instruction. This is a short-term, hourly position that involves training, administration, and scoring of the standardized assessments and travel to and from schools in Clay County and St. Johns County. Experience working with young children with disabilities and administering standardized assessments is strongly preferred. Child examiners must attend a training in March and must be available a minimum of 2 days per week (~10-20 hours/week) between April 4 and May 13. Child examiners will be paid $15/hour plus mileage.  This is a great opportunity for students interested in research and gaining more assessment experience with young children with disabilities. If interested, please email Dr. Mary McLean (

Camp Counselor Positions 
Florida Elks Youth Camp is looking for summer camp counselors. As it stands, our program offers a great opportunity for our counselors to gain experience in behavior management, planning/organization, and teamwork. Counselors work for 8 weeks (June 12 – August 6). We pay $300/week, and we provide all room and board at no cost to our staff. Our campers are 9-13 years old, and they stay with us for week-long sessions.  Each counselor is paired with a second staff member and given a cabin of 7 campers. Each cabin is then grouped with 5 other cabins for activities—so there is a great mix of both small and large group organization. See flyer for additional details.

Pre-School Director 
First United Methodist Church in downtown Gainesville is looking for a full-time director for our preschool. The search is open until Friday, February 5. Please click here for further information.

Part-Time Work for Special Needs Child
My 11 year daughter has spina bifida and my wife and I are looking for one or two students that are interested in working some part-time hours this semester (mostly afternoon) to assist with picking up from school, getting her to Dr. appointments. Health care training would be helpful, but not required. Please send resume to along with the hours you are able to work.

Interns or Practicum Students
The City of Newberry Parks and Recreation department is looking for multiple interns or practicum students for the fall semester. These students would work directly with the Programs Supervisor in organizing and running the City’s Child Development Program. Please see flyer for additional details.

Teknology Solutions Positions
Internship opportunity that can lead to a full-time paid position. Areas of specialization we’re looking for are graphic design, education, and content writing. Experience with social media, online advertising, product placement or other promotional strategies are preferred. Interns will be expected to devote 15-20 hrs/week. Click here for more information. If interested, please contact David Moore at

Signature Tutoring Services 
Signature Tutoring Services ( is seeking educators in the Ocala, Florida area for part-time tutoring positions. Please click here for further information. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further, please e-mail, or call 561-501-3628.

Graham Center Seeks Graduate Assistant 
The Bob Graham Center at UF is seeking a dynamic and personable graduate student to join its team. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with a GPA that meets the graduate admission requirements, Must be enrolled in a Master’s/Phd Program at the University of Florida. Further details located here. 

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.


I am looking for a COE student who is interested in helping tutor my 13 year old autistic son. It would require a few hours each week at our home in SW Gainesville. Primary focus is helping him with his homework. Please email or send a text to 352-207-5500.

Part-time Nanny Needed
After school 2-3 days per week and help in summer. Duties include transportation from school to home or activities and homework help.  Bright, cheerful, independent eleven-year-old with mild physical impairment (walks using a walker). Must have reliable transportation.  Larger vehicle preferred but not required.

If interested please email name, afternoon days/hours available, and contact number to

We are looking for a responsible and caring person to watch our infant son, born in November, during the spring semester, starting in February.  Hours are flexible but hoping for 20-25 hours a week with potential for more hours later in the semester (happy to consider someone 2-3 full days a week or 5 half days, etc). Looking for someone who has experience with infants, good references, and is a non-smoker.  Willingness to drive him places is a plus but not necessary. If interested, please contact Lauren at 484-557-4950 or

I am seeking an English tutor for my 14 year old daughter who is bilingual in English and Korean. Tutoring is needed in English skills, especially speaking and writing. One or two times a week till the end of February. If interested, please call 352-870-4627 or email

Family, originally from China, is offering a paid opportunity for one or more students to assist an 8 year old boy on the autism spectrum in an after- school program in Gainesville.  (Experience with special education students is desirable, but not necessary.)  If you are interested, please contact the boy’s mother,  Cindy, by phone/text at 352-300-8115, or at

In search of after-school babysitting for two boys (8 and 5), Monday-Friday, 3:15-5:15. We need someone to pick them up from their school bus stop at Westside Park, play with them in the park, help 3rd grader with homework if needed/help kindergartener with reading, and supervise at home until our return. The ideal candidate will have an excellent driving record and reliable transportation, will be extremely punctual, will have a fun personality, and will enjoy playing with rambunctious boys who build Legos and hunt lizards. We live 10 blocks from campus near the 16th Avenue/13th Street Starbucks. Please contact Michelle at 352-727-1243, and send resume/introduction to

11th grade student needs assistance preparing for tests and ensuring assignments are complete for the following subjects: Chemistry, Honors English, History, & AP Environmental Science. If interested, please contact 352-226-9643.

Child needs help in reading and math. The tutor would need to come to Norton after school. Two or three days a week at the most for an hour each. Pay would be around $20-25 an hour. Please email

I am in need of a tutor for my eight year old. My child is having some mild issues with a reading disorder characterized by below average reading fluency and comprehension skills. We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible due to the third grade testing that will be held the end of March 2016. Please contact Ms. Head at (352) 792-7754.

Service and Volunteering

Take Stock in Children Mentors
The Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program is currently looking for about 30 volunteer mentors in the community for our Alachua County public school students in grades 7-12.

Take Stock in Children is a mentoring and scholarship program that pairs low income, deserving students with a  volunteer mentor who meets with them once per week during their lunch time, at their school. Our students are awarded a 2-year scholarship upon graduation and successful completion of our program.

Mentors serve as positive role models who are there to motivate and help their student achieve their highest potential. For more information, please click here.

Volunteer & Intern Opportunity: Yoga & Other Special Projects
Milestones in the Making, Lisa Schiavoni & Associates is a family-owned & -operated private practice serving children & families in Greater-Gainesville for 30+ years. Our staff is looking for volunteers to assist with a number of ‘Yoga 4 Youth’ initiatives &/or for special projects. Further details and position descriptions are available here

Interested parties should send a resume with cover letter ASAP to Applicants should include (1) what about the position interests you AND (2) communicate general scheduling availability in their inquiries. Volunteers will be expected to pass a background check.

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.


Did you make the Dean’s List?
Calling all College of Education UNDERGRADUATE students that received a 3.75 or higher in Fall 2015! In recognition of your hard work, you have earned your place on the Dean’s List. Congrats! If you would like a formal certificate to celebrate your accomplishment, please email from your Gatorlink address (include your full name). We will confirm when you can come collect your certificate for your professional portfolio. Keep up the good work and stay Gator strong!

Student Government Elections are Soon!
The Spring 2016 Student Government Elections are upcoming and the College of Education needs an undergraduate Student Senator (available to anyone with 60+ credits). Anyone with less credits may apply for a Freshman Seat (0-29 Credits) or Sophomore Seat (30-59 credits).  Graduate Students may also slate for a Graduate Student Senate Seat.

Qualifying & Slating for Senate candidates will be:

Sunday, January 24th from Noon – 6pm
Monday, January 25th from 9am – 7pm
Tuesday,January 26th from 9am – 5pm

Qualifying & Slating occurs in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. The SG Elections will be held on February 16th & 17th from 8:30am-8:30pm. Also please note the deadline for all Absentee Ballot requests (for satellite campuses, online students, students who cannot vote at a polling location, etc) is 5pm on February 3rd. Check for more information or contact the Supervisor of Elections at with any questions.

Current COE Senator Maddie McClinton would also be happy to help anyone interested in these positions for the upcoming year! Feel free to contact her at

SAVE the DATE: College of Education Career Fair
The College of Education will host the annual Careers in Education event from 5:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, April 6th on campus in the newly renovated Reitz Union Rion Ballroom.

Stress Management Study
The STRESS Study Team at the University of Florida is seeking students who can participate in a treatment study that involves learning and building stress management skills. Students eligible for participation will receive a $20 gift card at the end of the study. Click here 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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