Wednesday Update for March 2, 2016

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Wednesday Update for March 2, 2016

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ECC Elections
The Education College Council, the umbrella organization representing all clubs in the College of Education, will be holding college-wide officer elections for the 2016-2017 academic year in early April. Officers of ECC gain valuable leadership skills and have the opportunity to learn the inner-workings of a Student Government organization, while at the same time providing a space in the college for collaboration and communication. A call for nominations for officer positions (president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary) will be sent out in mid-March.  If you are looking for a way to have your voice heard in COE by serving on the Education College Council, please be on the lookout for this call for nominations! All undergraduate and graduate students in the college are encouraged to nominate themselves or others for a position. If you have any questions, please contact the current ECC president Stephanie Schroeder at

Peace Corps Application Workshop
Wednesday, March 16th, 3:00-4:30pm, UF International Center, HUB

Resume tailoring, writing a strong motivation statement, the timeline for decision making and other insider tips will be discussed at this workshop.  We’ll go through the application together and talk about how to make your submission stand above the rest.  Contact your campus Peace Corps advisor with questions at

Flu Shield Survey
Every year influenza sweeps across the United States. While there are two types of vaccines available to combat influenza, many people choose not to get vaccinated or struggle to find the time or need to do so. The purpose of this study is to identify possible barriers and motivations in relation to influenza vaccination rates among college students. In addition, this study hopes to draw comparisons between the trends of vaccine utilization among University of Florida students as compared to national college students. Finally, the study aims to assess if there is a preferred method of vaccination (Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine “Nasal Spray” vs. Inactivated Influenza Vaccine “Shot”).

Your responses to the questions in this survey are very important to us as researchers attempting to increase the vaccination rate at UF. The data collected will be used in the future to increase the number of students vaccinated which will ultimately reduce the number of students who fall ill with the flu. This survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and will be completely anonymous.

The Disability Affairs Cabinet through Student Government is hosting a screening of Lizzie Velasquez’s: “A Brave Heart”. This screening will take place on Tuesday, March 8th in the Reitz Union Auditorium.

In partnership with New Student and Family Programs and the Disability Resource Center, we will be providing popcorn and soft drinks at this event. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for refreshments and the screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you need accommodations, please email We hope to see you there! More information available here.

Looking for ways to get more involved with FEA? Here’s your chance!
Florida Education Association at UF is looking for energetic people to join our advertising committee.This is a great opportunity to meet other future educators and learn about the benefits FEA can provide you and your peers.​ Being part of the advertising committee entails announcing our meetings and events throughout the College of Education.​

If interested, please fill out the information in this Google doc form and we will be sure to get in contact with you.

18th Annual UCF Literacy Symposium – Crossing Boundaries: Literacy and STEAM Education
Keynote speakers include, Nell Duke from University of Michigan, June Maker form University of Arizona, Ms. Diane McKee, 2016 FL Teacher of the Year, and Carrie Morgridge from Colorado. We also have a great number of featured and other speakers who will present cutting-edge work on literacy and STEAM—you do not want to miss this event! Register here. If interested in presenting at this year’s UCF Literacy Symposium, proposal information is available here*Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.  We hope to see you on April 1, 2016 at UCF, College of Education & Human Performance, Education Complex Building. For more information, please contact Event Organizer is Dr. Vicky Zygouris-Coe.

Turn your STEM into STEAM! Join us Summer A 2016 in Florence, Italy to learn more!
Add some international experience to your teaching portfolio! Students from all disciplines  are welcome to join us Summer A 2016 in Florence for a new class- Insects In Italy! Learn the history of how insects and insect-vectored pathogens have shaped the food we eat and human history by exploring art, science, and food production in Italy. You will visit multiple museums, historical locations, and tour agricultural operations (bee houses, olive groves, small animal dairies, and vineyards) to explore these intertwined disciplines. And we have a weekend field trip to Venice scheduled! Registration closes March 18th! Learn more about this UF Study Abroad opportunity

March 10: School-to-Prison Pipeline with American Bar Association President Paulette Brown
The “school-to-prison pipeline” refers to policies and practices that push school children, especially at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the criminal justice system.  This pipeline reflects the prioritization of incarceration over education. On March 10 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, ABA President Paulette Brown will explore how inadequate resources, ineffective discipline policies and an increased reliance on law enforcement has resulted in a funneling of students into the juvenile justice system. Introductory remarks with be given by Alachua County School Superintendent Dr. Owen Roberts.

Call for Proposals: Innovative Campus and Community Projects
The Bob Graham Center is seeking proposals for innovative student projects that will strengthen the UF campus, Florida communities, or both. The best proposals will be invited to give a short presentation and the most promising and feasible project proposal will be awarded $5,000 to pursue its implementation.  These projects can take many different forms, with a focus on social, economic, educational, health, or political issues, but they must be collaborative, groundbreaking, and promote achievable objectives. Learn more about proposal requirements, deadlines and previously funded projects 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. Click here for information session dates and program contact info.

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

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.

Harvard Student Research Conference Friday, March 25th
SRC, hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the nation’s largest student-run conference on education research. This year our conference theme is “Innovating for Equity: Creating Opportunity through Research” and we have approximately 140 presenters from 21 universities across the country.  Our keynote speaker is Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, a leader in the educational technology/MOOC space.

The conference will be held on Friday, March 25th from 8am-6pm. The fee for attending the conference is $45, which includes a light morning breakfast, lunch and evening reception. Click here to register. Students are also welcome to follow the SRC Facebook page for important conference updates.



Teach, Lead, Make a Differenceapply by Friday, March 4th
Seniors, if you haven’t finalized your plans for next year, I encourage you to consider a non-traditional, post-graduate opportunity with Teach For America. If you are even 1% interested in creating an option for yourself after graduation, take 5 minutes to register on the website to get connected to events, alums and more information. The application is non-binding, so starting one does not mean you’re locked into applying. Juniors, you can apply early as well for our March 4th and April 20th early junior deadlines. Remember, it’s all about giving yourself options! Click here for more information.

The Guardian Catholic Schools, St. Pius and Holy Rosary, now accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year for:

·        first grade teacher – applicants must be Florida certified in Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education (age 3-Grade 3)
·        teachers in grades 3-5 – applicants must be Florida certified in Elementary Education (grades K-6)

If interested in these positions, please know and understand the mission of our schools, which can be found at The ideal applicant will have experience or be familiar with research based instructional strategies and the CHAMPS approach to classroom management. Interested and certified applicants must effectively differentiate instruction for children at various levels. Applicants should send resume, cover letter, Diocesan Employment Application, and three references from an educational setting to Principal Lauren May at

4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps Positions
AmeriCorps is currently looking for members for the 2016-2017 service year, starting August 15th. In our program, AmeriCorps members serve as afterschool instructors, providing hands-on science education programs in agriculture and STEM fields to elementary and middle school students in low-income schools. These positions are great for newly-graduated students who have an interest in teaching, working with youth, low-income communities, or science topics including gardening, animal science, natural resources and engineering. Click here for more information.

Queen of Peace Catholic Academy is looking to hire Extended Day staff. Staff is scheduled Monday – Friday from 2:00 – 6:00PM.  Staff members are responsible for promoting a Christian-based environment, actively engaging in enrichment activities with students, providing homework help and continuously maintaining a safe and fun environment for everyone.  There are also opportunities to work with the school’s summer camp program and help teach a wide range of classes. If interested please email Jessica Wilburn at

Nursery Teacher/Caregiver
First Baptist Church of Gainesville (14105 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606) is in need of two qualified preschool nursery workers of the Christian Faith. We are looking for workers who have a love and passion teaching children about our Lord and Savior, and understands that they will be involved in Children’s Ministry. Click here for additional information.

Middle and High School Teachers (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies)
Resilience Charter School is currently seeking middle and high school ELA, math, science and social studies teachers for an innovative new school in Gainesville, Florida. Resilience will be a pioneering, leading-edge educational environment that is designed to truly engage and empower students and teachers.

Resilience Charter School will utilize project-based learning where students can collaborate and design authentic solutions to real-world problems, working with mentors and partners in the community. Social emotional learning will be an integral part of the school, supporting students’ growth with principles of mindfulness and restorative justice. Multicultural perspectives and Black History will be infused throughout the curriculum across content areas, and equity training will be required for the board, directors, teachers and students. We are committed to 21st Century Learning in a culturally diverse community.

Full description and application instructions at Visit or for more information about the school.

Clemson University – Summer Camps
4-H Summer Camp Counselor works with children from ages 8-14, and focuses on water activities, high adventure, sports and recreation and much more. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Camp Voyager works with children ages 8 – 14 and focuses on making campers inventors with LittleBits programmers with Lego Mindstorm NXT robots, and drivers of their team’s Sphero robot during competitions. Campers also enjoy activities like paintball, low ropes and high ropes courses, a climbing wall and waterslide, as well as a newly added game room. For more information and to apply, please click here.

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!

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.


Tutor needed
I am looking for a tutor for my kids, one of them is 7 year old boy and the other is 10 year old girl. They really want to meet a warm and reliable tutor for studying English. Please contact Junghee at 352-363-9208.

We are in need of a responsible young woman to assist with our teenage daughter who is 15 and two dogs. Our dogs are a Labrador Retriever and Australian Shepherd and both are very sweet and playful. Our home is on an acre in SW Gainesville near Haile Plantation about 5-10 minutes west of I-75 off SW Archer Road. The ideal candidates would have their own vehicle and come stay out our house for a weekend or infrequently a week if we are working or attending a conference out of town. Our daughter would need to be dropped at the bus stop at approximately 7:15 A.M. and the house watcher could do whatever they wanted until about 3:15 P.M. On weekends, our daughter is very self-sufficient and will probably want to relax around the house or hangout with friends. For the right person, this could be a very fun job and a nice break from being on campus or in a small apartment. Please contact Kurt at if you have any questions or are interested in meeting.

Tutor needed
Tutor needed for nine-year-old daughter (third grade) who is home schooled. Tutoring would be in mainly in writing and reading.  Please call Jade at 352-275-4661 for more details.  We live just off campus.

My son has ADHD and is in 7th grade at Fort Clarke Middle and he needs help in math and writing. Ideally, this tutor would come to our house and help him with his homework and the concepts he is struggling with. Flexible with pay, minimum of $10/hr. If interested, please email Michelle Seibold at

Tutor/Study Skills Coach
I am looking for a tutor/study skills coach for my 6th grade son (12 years old). Commitment would be approximately 3 days per week from 2:30 – 3:45. Tutoring would happen in Norman Hall or at P.K. Yonge.  I would be particularly interested in an individual with knowledge of dyslexia and who is able to connect well with an adolescent boy. Contact: Kara Dawson

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

I need tutor. My kid (2nd grade) and my friend’s kids (5th grade). We want twice a week. Pay $10/hour. Location is NW 39th ave.
If interested, contact

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. Flexible with pay, minimum of $15/hr. If interested, please contact Paul Manning at 352.214.4092 (cell)

Service and Volunteering

The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) Ambassador Applications are open!
The CLS is looking for outgoing, motivated, and personable students dedicated to representing the CLS as an office and hub for service and leadership on campus.  This group of students is responsible for promoting our mission and raising the profile of the CLS.  Ambassadors participate in and assist with major CLS initiatives, give presentations on leadership and service across campus, and focus on both student and alumni outreach.

Candidates who enjoy public speaking, have excellent interpersonal communication skills and a desire to learn about leadership, personal values, service, reflection and social change are encouraged to apply by March 20th!

Yoga 4 Youth: Mindful Milestones, Milestones in the Making, Inc
Brianna Schiavoni has a BA in psychology and a Masters in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) working with children managing chronic conditions like AD/HD, anxiety and diabetes. In collaboration with her mother (Ed.S) and Lisa Schiavoni’s longstanding private practice: Milestones in the Making, Inc; Brianna has launched a series of innovative and affordable mental health services programs in Gainesville. Yoga 4 Youth initiatives offer therapeutic yoga as an affordable means to mental health and wellness. Participants enjoy yoga-based activities and games that build skills in a range of areas, including: attention, self-regulation, social skills, motor skills, language & communication, self-esteem & body-image.

In order to maintain low cost, the program is looking for university volunteers to act as behavioral supports during these classes. Volunteers will receive personalized training in behavioral modalities and oversight by a licensed professional. Position expectations range from 3-15 hours per month; and require a commitment of >1 academic semester. Some yoga experience is desirable. Interested parties should send resume and cover letter to and are welcomed to explore &/or for more information.

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by our early bird deadline on February 29th! Sace is limited.  *Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs.

Check out where we go: 


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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