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Wednesday Update for October 26, 2016

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Graduate School Information Day – Friday, October 28
The UF Graduate School coordinates the annual Graduate School Information Day. Representatives from various departments within UF will be available to provide information and materials regarding their specific programs, admission requirements, funding opportunities and research. This event is open to the public and admission is FREE! More details here.

Writing and Publishing: Student Alliance of Graduate Students in Education (SAGE) is holding its third professional event of the fall semester in the Terrace Room on Wednesday, November 9, at 12-1pm. Featured Panelists include Dr. Jean Crockett, Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt, Dr. Zhihui Fang, and Ms. Elizabeth Currin. For more information, please check SAGE’s Facebook Page:

International Education Week (November 14-18)
Save the date
to celebrate International Education at the College of Education on Tuesday, November 15 from 11am-2pm in the Terrace Room! Details forthcoming…stay tuned!

Alachua County Public Schools Career Fair – Thursday, November 10th (4pm-6pm)
Explore Your Options!
Ask Questions. Make Contacts. Start a Career.  Meet a variety of departments. Network. Receive tips on resume writing and information on Teacher Certification. Potential on-site interviews. On-site childcare provided. Refreshments. See flyer for additional details.

Join us for Pasco County School’s Fall Instructional Job Fair on November 10th
Pasco County Schools is hosting our Second Annual Fall Instructional Job Fair on Thursday, November 10th. This event is open to graduates and upcoming graduates of all majors who are interested in teaching. Pre-register at See flyer for additional details.

EduGator Tailgate on Saturday, November 12, 2016
The UF College of Education would like to invite ALL COE ALUMS and a guest to the 2016 EduGator Tailgate Party! Hopefully you can join us for a good time on Saturday, November 12, 3 hours before kickoff! There will be lots of food, drinks, music and giveaways, all under the big tent at the UF College of Education, Norman Hall on the Brick Plaza (located between Norman Hall and 13th Street). Please RSVP by November 2.


Flu Shots – November 1st from 9-11 a.m.  
Chomp the Flu! SHCC will be in 158 Norman on Tuesday, November 1st to administer the flu shot for COE students, faculty, and staff. Please bring your Gator1 ID card and your health insurance card.

FL Public School System on Trial: Education Adequacy under the Constitution
Thursday, November 3rd from 3-4pm. Invitation attached.

Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship
The Summer Teaching Fellowship is a unique, highly competitive teacher recruitment and preparation program designed to introduce college juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to teaching and urban education reform. Through hands-on experience, tailored professional development, and individualized coaching, Fellows develop the skills necessary to lead high-achieving classrooms. By the end of the summer, Fellows are great candidates for full-time positions at Uncommon and are very strongly considered for teaching roles that would begin after completion of their undergraduate careers. Additional information here and on their website.

SAGE Looking for a First Year Rep
The Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE) is looking for a first year representative to join the team! The first year rep. will work with current SAGE officers to plan and execute events and socials from Spring 2017-Fall 2017. Applicants must be first-year graduate students in the College of Education. The deadline to apply is November 15th. Visit the SAGE Facebook page to apply:

$10,000 Grant Projects for Peace
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! Learn more here!

The Brown Center for Leadership & Service will be offering one-on-one proposal advising by appointment from November 7 – December 2, by appointment. Though we can’t help with the project idea, we will offer guidance on how to improve the written proposal.

The UF Teaching Center offers this workshop Monday through Thursday, November 7 – 11, from 5-7 p.m. each day. The Verbal sessions are Monday  & Wednesday, and the Math sessions are Tuesday & Thursday. Go to, then “study skills” then workshops” to register.

UF’s Writing Studio offers free one-on-one writing tutoring for all UF students.  Our tutors are mostly graduate students, and they work with students from freshmen to grad students, from all fields, and on documents ranging from one-page memos to dissertations.  We help many students with personal statements and application essays for graduate school, too.  We provide half-hour appointments; we are open at our main office M-F from 10:00 – 4:00, and in Library West M-R from 5:00 – 8:00 in the evening.  To make an appointment, go to our website at, choose “Writing Studio,” and you’ll see directions on how to make appointments.

2017 Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) now accepting applications for an Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop to be held Thursday, April 27th – Saturday, April 29th during the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. This workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Applicants are sought who have potential and interest in pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field.

Fall ‘16 Graduate Student Research Series  
Could you use a little help with your research? Help with finding better scholarly sources like books and journal articles? Help with reading and making sense of the sources you find, and then writing up your paper? Schedule is located at 

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Employment & Internship Opportunities

Kindergarten Teacher (Lecanto, FL)
St. John Paul II Catholic School – Full time (standard annual teacher contract) with benefits and pension. SJP2 is seeking a dynamic Kindergarten teacher to take extra special care of our students. This position begins November 2016. Our ideal candidate is a model of educational best practices and professionalism.  This teacher is a dedicated, highly organized and an energetic team player with a strong early childhood background. Appropriate Florida State Certification is a requirement. Practicing Catholic is ideal, but not required.

Prior to hiring, applicant must complete Safe Environment training and a Level II Background Check as required by the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Ongoing professional development including catechism education is a requirement of the position. Interested parties should please contact the Principal at

4th Grade Teaching Position (Lake City, FL)
Columbia City Elementary ( K-5 school. Apply here. Contact Assistant Principal Michael Christie at

Guidance Counselor (Ocala, FL)
Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Ocala, Florida is currently seeking a guidance counselor to support students in grades K-5. A qualified candidate would possess a Master’s Degree and have state certification in Guidance and Counseling. For further details please contact Angelique Haworth at 352-671-7250 or

Instructors for the Winning Reading Boost program
Do you or someone you know have the passion and time to help struggling students learn how to read? The UF Lastinger Center for Learning is transforming the lives of local children through their Winning Reading Boost program and needs experienced instructors to lead our teams! Instructors must be available Monday – Friday starting in January for approximately 2-3 hours per week each afternoon. To learn more about this paid opportunity, please contact Dr. Lisa Langley at or at 352.273.4106.

University Press of Florida at UF
Seeking interns for the spring semester in the areas of acquisitions, sales and marketing, and advertising and design. Our internship program offers students of all majors the opportunity to gain employment experience in the business of book publishing. To apply, students should complete the application at Deadline is Friday, November 18.

America Reads Hiring Tutors
UF’s America Reads program is currently hiring tutors for the Spring 2017 semester. America Reads is a Federal Work Study program that provides literacy tutoring to at-risk students in elementary schools and community centers in the local Gainesville community. Paid positions starting at $10/hour are available for students enrolled at the University of Florida who are eligible to receive Federal Work Study as a form of financial aid. Tutors must be available at least 3 days per week for a combined six hours per week. Applications can be found on the America Reads website at and should be submitted via email at or in person to the America Reads office located in G504 Norman Hall. Any further questions should be directed to the America Reads staff via email at

Job Opportunity: Early Childhood Educators (Maitland, FL)
The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is currently seeking Early Childhood Educators to teach at its award-winning, nationally accredited Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center. The school’s classrooms range from infants through Pre-K. The positions are full-time on a rotating schedule of 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and offer competitive salaries, benefits, and educational opportunities.  To learn more about the positions and to apply, visit

KIPP Jacksonville Schools seeks new educators for the 17-18 school year that desire to begin their teaching career with the best start possible. We are accepting applications for our Baker Teaching Fellowship where Fellows are full-time, certified lower elementary teachers. Full-time salary for the Fellowship year is $42,500 and upon successful completion of the program and an offer of a first-year Lead Teacher position, the salary increases to $47,000. Start an application today at or email Allison Cook at to set up a time to talk or take a tour of our campus.

Jobs Opportunities at Santa Fe College –

Pilot test opportunity for FTCE General Knowledge Test (GK): Reading Subtest
Advantages of Pilot Test Participation (There is no cost to participate in the pilot test.)
For each test form completed, participants will receive $50 cash in the form of a check (mailed to the address provided). Participants will respond to items that may appear on future versions of the General Knowledge Test (GK): Reading Subtest examination. For eligibility and other details, click here.

Volunteering – Service

Winning Reading Boost program
Want to transform a child’s life in just a few hours a week? Volunteer with the UF Lastinger Center for Learning’s Winning Reading Boost program. Each afternoon beginning in January, our team of instructors and volunteers will help struggling students learn how to read at local Alachua county elementary schools. Learn how you can be a part of one of our winning teams!

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
Two volunteers needed for the Speech and Debate High School program beginning Monday, November 7th at P.K. Yonge School. No experience necessary—Only a desire to make a positive investment in the lives of students. You choose your days. Please contact the Speech & Debate Director, Theo Lightbourne, at 352-392-1554 extension 266 or by email at if you are interested.

Calling Volunteers!
The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council are looking for leaders, co-leaders, chaperones and even those who like to share their expertise with STEM to crafts. To volunteer, it’s a $15.00 registration, good for one year, plus $6.25 for a background check that is good for 3 years. All of our volunteers are trained, 2 trainings on the computer and 2 in person trainings. Please contact Amanda Varrasse at

BACKPACKING WITH A PURPOSE – applications due by November 17th 
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 explore some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

Childcare – Tutoring

Tutor Needed
I need a tutor to teach English for my 1st grade girl. She is a little bit behind in reading and writing  $15-16/hour. ESOL or elementary education, Language Arts major Student (no freshman); Graduate Student preferred. Location is across from Santa Fe College. If you are interested, contact me at or text (770) 825-1113.

Childcare Needed
In search of a full-time nanny for our 15 month and 3 year old daughters, Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:30 (we can be somewhat flexible about the time). The 3 year old goes to daycare every day. We need someone who is professional, responsible, clean, non-smoker and knows how to stimulate a toddler’s development. The ideal candidate will have an excellent driving record and reliable transportation, will be punctual, will have a fun and patient personality, and will enjoy playing with our daughters. We live in Haile Planation. Our 3 year old goes to Abacus learning center in Haile. Occasionally, we will ask the nanny to take her to school at/around 9:00 am or pick her up at/around 4:30 pm.

Please contact Jim at 401-480-9488 or Jingjie at 646-266-3088, and/or email We will appreciate it if you can send your resume/description of your experience.

New Community Tutoring Program Needs Tutors 
UF’s new community tutoring initiative which provides both online and in-person tutoring for high school students through a partnership with Tutor Matching Service, is a great way for current UF students to make money or earn some volunteer hours. More info at

Spring 2017 – Courses, Seminars, Study Abroad

Undergraduate Courses
EDA 4930: Introduction to Education Policy (Section # 1004)
Instructor: Dennis A. Kramer II, Ph.D.
This course is an introduction to education policy and analysis. In this course, we will explore: (1) the history of education policy in the United States; (2) key federal and state policies impacting K12 and higher education; (3) the purposes of education/policy; and (4) theoretical and conceptual approaches to policy analysis. In considering contemporary education policy in the U.S., we will pay attention to: current debates, policy designs and their assumptions, and findings on implementation and (intended and unintended) outcomes. In addition, unlike many courses in policy analysis, we will turn a critical eye to the act of policy analysis itself, considering what it means to be a policy analyst and what kind of policy analysis students might engage in as part of their practice

EDA 4930: Athletics and the University (Section # 05D6)
Instructor: Dennis A. Kramer II, Ph.D.
This course will look at the history, organization, finance, governance, leadership and symbolism of athletics as a key part of the political economy of the contemporary university.  With student athletes as a primary unit of analysis we will review the history of intercollegiate athletic competition, the symbolic role of athletics in society and the future of athletics on postsecondary campuses. Within the broader study of athletics we will turn attention to issues of institutional equity, gender and power in the modern university.

EDA 4930: Foundations of Social Justice in Education (Section # 1019)
Instructor: Lauren “LB” Hannahs
Adams (2013) states, “social diversity and social justice are often used interchangeably to refer to social differences as well as to social inequality. These two terms are closely related but not interchangeable.” This course will clarify these differences and situate inequities in education within a social justice framework, focusing on the systemic factors that create inequities and maintain oppression. Students will develop a strong understanding of social justice education, apply a social justice perspective to inequities in education, and engage in an action-based project to further understand social justice-based activism.

EDG 4930 or EDG 6931: Language & Education in the Republic of Ireland
The study abroad will take place April 23 through May 6, 2017. Students will stay in Homestays around Dublin (week 1) and County Donegal (week 2) and will attend schools in both settings. This study abroad is officially a Spring semester course for 3 credit hours, so students in our undergraduate programs can use Bright Futures toward this program. See flyer for additional information. Please contact Maria Coady with any questions (

PHA 4933: Medications and Health
What Medication Questions Come to Mind? Depression, Acne, Travel Medicine, Medical Marijuana … Answers to these and Many More. See flyer for contact information.

POS 4956 or AFA 4905: African Americans in Paris Spring Break Course
Students can earn 2-3 credits for the African Americans in Paris (POS 4956 or AFA 4905) class that will be offered in Paris, France during spring break 2017. Before we leave for Paris, the class will have to watch online lectures and documentaries and write three 3-4 page papers. In Paris, we will visit a number of historic sites of significance to African Americans. Students will also have a free day so that they can visit additional sites in Paris on their own or take a day trip to a nearby city. The $2500 cost for undergraduates doesn’t include airfare, but does include lodging, some meals, transportation in Paris, and tickets to all of the site visits. Please contact Dr. Sharon Austin, Director of the African American Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science at or click here for more information.

UF in India: NGOs and Development
FYC4427/6243: Non-Governmental Organizations
FYC4932/4941/6932: NGOs: The Field Study   Health
Dr. Muthusami Kumaran, faculty member in Family, Youth, & Community Sciences, IFAS is offering a study abroad program to India in Summer 2017. Click here for contact information and other details. Program information located here

Graduate Courses
EDH 7505: Financing (Economics) of Higher Education
Instructor: Isaac McFarlin, Ph.D.
Can higher education make a person more productive?  What are the benefits of a college education?  How do colleges and universities respond to declines in state appropriations?  Are there effective policies to stimulate college-going among high-achieving, low-income students?  These questions and others are in the domain of the economics of higher education.  To address these issues, we will use basic principles from economics such as supply and demand frameworks and human capital models to better understand individual and institutional decision-making within the higher education sector. Topics will include trends in sources of revenue and expenditure for higher education; the role of information, financial aid and incentives; admissions-related policies; the labor market returns to attending college, and other economic forces shaping postsecondary institutions. Empirical content for the course will be drawn from research using modern quasi-experimental and experimental methods.

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