Wednesday Update for February 3, 2016

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Wednesday Update for February 3, 2016

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UF’s Stomp the Swamp for Autism
UF’s Stomp the Swamp for Autism is an annual fitness event organized by IMPACT Autism to benefit UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. The 8th Annual Stomp the Swamp will be held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, February 6 from 10 am- 12 pm. Gates open at 9am.

Outstanding Leader Award (OLA) Spring 2016
·        Spring 2016 Outstanding Leader Award information and criteria are attached
·        Deadline for the application is Tuesday, February 16th @ 4pm

Film Screening
Please join the Education College Council for a free screening of the film The Hunting Ground, a documentary highlighting the experience of rape survivors on college campuses. The screening will take place Tuesday, February 23rd in the Graham Gallery, Graham Residence Hall on UF Campus. Light refreshments will be served from 6:00-6:15pm and the film will begin at 6:15pm. A discussion will follow. Check out our Facebook event and RSVP here:

The Crossroads: Rising Tide Project
Crossroads: Rising Tide brings the power of performance art to bear one of the great conversations of our time — humanity’s growing unsustainability and the quest for truly meaningful response. Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6pm for a performance that combines art with science, to emotionally connect people with issues of climate change and sustainability. More information on the Facebook page and website. Please reserve your free ticket here.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Workshop – March 19th, 8:30am-3:30pm
This year’s spring workshop is at Morningside Nature Center, 3450 E. University Ave. The workshop is open to any forestry, wildlife, agriculture, natural resource, education, recreation, or ANY student interested in learning how to teach youth about the environment.

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome! Formal and non-formal educators can attend as well. This is a great opportunity to build your resume and learn new skills for teaching youth about environmental issues, become a certified Project Learning Tree Educator, receive a copy of the PLT PreK-8 Guide, and more! See flyer for more information and registration. The workshop is $5 and includes your PLT PreK-8 curriculum guide book.

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

17th Annual UF Undergraduate Research Symposium – Open to ALL UF Undergraduates!
Join over 250 UF Undergraduate Researchers on Thursday, March 24th at the campus wide showcase of undergraduate research being conducted in all disciplines and colleges. Click on the following links for more information: event description, submit an abstract, tentative schedule. Abstracts are due Thursday, March 3rd.

Submission Extension for the 2016 Harvard Student Research Conference
The deadline to submit original research to the Harvard Student Research Conference has been extended. The new deadline for submission is Friday, February 12th. You can submit a proposal using our website:

As a reminder, SRC is the largest student run conference on education in the entire country. This year, it will be held at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Friday, March 25th. All kinds of education research are accepted for the conference – qualitative and quantitative, work done through internships and class projects, completed and ongoing research. A list of FAQs has been compiled to help clarify any questions you may have about the conference and the proposal submission process. Follow our Facebook page for more helpful submission tips and updates! Please email for any further questions.

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.


Pre-School Director  – deadline Friday, February 5th
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 OPS Position 
The Dual Enrollment program, housed at COE, is seeking a student with an interest in advising to join our team. As a dual enrollment assistant, you will have the ability to work with high achieving high school students that are taking courses online at the University of Florida.  Further details are located here.

CITY YEAR- Hiring Now!
Are you looking for a POST-GRAD or GAP YEAR opportunity?
Would you like an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others?
Wondering how you can develop or build on professional and leadership skills?
Check out CITY YEAR and the amazing work they are doing throughout the nation!

City Year is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. City Year is an education based Americorps program that employs 18-25 year old individuals to serve as full-time tutors and mentors in high poverty schools in the country. Serve where you want! City Year is based in 27 cities from Los Angeles, CA to Little Rock, AR and provides the opportunity to explore a new place. City Year also provides extensive training, a weekly living stipend, access to exclusive scholarships, an education award of $5,775, leadership development, and more! Apply today at – Positions are filling quickly!

Searching for a personally rewarding English teaching job? Interested in experiencing Japanese culture first-hand? Excited by the chance to live and work in Tokyo? Graduates with teaching and/or coaching experience are encouraged to apply to International Education Services (IES), an established language training consultancy in Japan. Click here for more information.

Part-Time FWS Position
UF’s America Reads program is currently hiring tutors for the Spring 2016 semester. America Reads is a Federal Work Study program that provides literacy tutoring to at-risk students in the Gainesville community. Tutors start at $10/hour and have to have to be eligible to receive Federal Work Study as a form of financial aid. Tutors must be available at least 3 days per week and for a combined six hours per week. Applications can be found on the America Reads website at Any further questions concerning the application deadline should be directed to the America Reads staff via email at

The School Board of Levy County is seeking a teacher for secondary 9-12. Click here for the position description. Application information and other available positions located at

Pasco County Job Fair 
Pasco County Schools is hosting a Spring Instructional Job Fair on Thursday, February 25th. This event is open to graduates, interns, and upcoming graduates of all majors who are interested in teaching. We will be conducting on-the-spot interviews, and giving contingent offers for 2016-2017 school year.

Candidates will have the opportunity to:
·         Meet and interview with principals/managers from our Elementary, Middle, High Schools, and student services department.
·         Learn about Pasco County Schools’ culture, benefits, professional development opportunities, and the support we offer all  of our teachers.
·         Win door prizes including a Garmin Activity Tracker.

Attendees are asked to pre-register at: If you have any questions, please contact 813-794-2845 or email at

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 (

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.

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 have two kids who are students at PK Yonge (8th & 10th grade) and they need help with math. Ideally, this tutor would meet them after school at PK and help them with their homework and the math concepts they are struggling with. We would prefer to have a tutor that may currently be an intern at PK or has a familiarity with the faculty and campus. If interested, please contact Paul Manning at 352.214.4092 (cell)

I need a tutor to teach English to my daughter who is in 7th grade and Korean. Tutoring would be twice a week. $15~20/hour. Location is 1105 Fort Clarke Boulevard. Preferably native woman tutor with her major in ESOL/Bilingual Education, Language Arts. If you are interested, contact me at

In search of after-school care for our 14 month son, 4:30-6:30ish.  (Currently not needed until 5:30 pm, starting May 16 – 4:30 secondary to swim lessons).  We need someone to pick them up at their daycare on campus, then take him to his swim lessons at Westside Park, then bring him home, play with him, feed him dinner and bathe him.  The ideal candidate will have an excellent driving record and reliable transportation, will be punctual, be willing to teach our son and play with him.  We live at the corner of Tower and Archer.  Please contact Sonia at 419-367-8911, and send resume/introduction to 

Service and Volunteering

Fall in Love with Peace Corps
Thursday, February 11th
UF International Center, HUB

If you are questioning if Peace Corps might be an option for you, come hear about why others have fallen in love with serving abroad. Join Bobbi and another RPCV to hear about true Peace Corps love stories and get some general information about the opportunities available, benefits, and the application process too. Contact the UF Peace Corps Advisor, Bobbi Stienmetz for more information at

GREEN Spring Break 2016 | Iceland: Renewable Energy & Sustainability
This Spring Break, we invite you to do more with your time off. Join us on an abroad adventure to Peru or Iceland to gain hands-on industry exposure, check adrenaline-rushing adventure excursions off your bucket list, experience an exciting indigenous culture, receive academic credit & supercharge your resume, rediscover your passions, and more. Apply Now! Learn more.

DreamNovation 2016 Summer Camp Program
DreamNovation, a Canadian federally registered non-profit organization, is looking for 1 Program Manager, 6 Camp Leaders and 36 international volunteers to participate in its 2016 Summer Camp Program. With its innovative and experienced team, this sustainable volunteering project aims to foster an equitable and close-knit community in rural China. This program provides a meaningful opportunity for volunteers to work together with a team of education and volunteering professionals and local community members to understand and improve elementary education in rural migrant communities of China. This program also requires volunteers to immerse themselves within the local culture and community. The application and additional information is located at

Volunteer Opportunity
Gators for Equal opportunity is recruiting new volunteers. The primary purpose of GEO is to promote volunteer service in underprivileged communities. If you want to help people in need, if you want to know Hispanic immigrants culture, if you want to practice your teaching skills from your class, or if you just want to volunteer, we offer a great opportunity for you. You can make a difference to the kids’ life. WE NEED YOU!
Time: Every Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm
Address: 14608 NW 140th St 32615, Alachua (We offer carpools)
If you want to know more, visit our website or Facebook page! Questions: email or

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.


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.

Are you interested in research? Would you like the opportunity to contribute to a University of Florida research study? Gabrielle Darville, a UF doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Education & Behavior is looking for 60 – 70 men at UF to pilot test a NEW digital game to be used in her dissertation research study on sexual health.  If you are interested in serving as a research participant or have specific questions pertaining to this opportunity not outlined in the details, please send an email to Gabrielle Darville at

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!

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.

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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