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Wednesday Update for November 9, 2016

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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.

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!


Local Deaf Culture Workshop – Thursday, November 10
North Central Florida Signing Alliance Inc., a local non-profit organization interested in advocating for equal communication access and increasing awareness of ASL and Deaf culture in the Gainesville community will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, November 10 from 6:15-8:15p on the University of Florida campus. The workshop, titled “Deaf Culture 101: How to Become an Ally,” will provide in-depth information on Deaf history, Deaf culture, and hearing privilege. The presenter, Ms. Yary Santiago, graduated from Gallaudet University with a Master’s degree in Deaf Studies concentrating in Cultural Studies and now teaches Deaf Culture and ASL in Clearwater, Florida. This workshop could encourage students to pursue interests in Deaf education. Knowledge of American Sign Language is not required, as we will be providing voice interpreters for the hearing audience. Event details.

Last Week to Donate Books! Book Drive for Read to Me program
The College of Education is hosting a book drive to collect new and gently used children’s books (3 months – 12 years) for the county’s Read to Me program. The program gives incarcerated parents the opportunity to create a recording of themselves reading a children’s book and then send a copy of the book and recording to the inmate’s child or children.

Examples of donations we are collecting:
·         Picture books
·         Activity books
·         Short stories
·         Poetry
·         Chapter books/novels
·         Monetary donations (used for purchasing recording devices)

There will be donation boxes located in the Education Library and the Dean’s Office (140 Norman Hall). The COE will be accepting donations until next Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Internship Orientation for Fall 2017 Interns – Thursday, December 8, 2016
Early Childhood, Elementary & Special Ed Students who will be doing their FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP in Fall 2017 must attend Thursday, December 8, Norman Hall Auditorium Room 137 – 9:30am ALL STUDENTS.

For more information please visit:

CURBS Fall Forum – November 17
The Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students (CURBS) will be holding its first annual Fall Forum on November 17th at 7:00 PM in the HPNP building. The Forum offers the chance to network amongst our current Executive Board and Ambassadors. We invite you to come learn how to become an Ambassador for the Center to increase awareness and improve the quality of undergraduate research at the University of Florida. Event details and website. For questions, please email

Guest Lecture by Professor Peter Fries
Dr. Peter Fries, Professor Emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University, will be visiting UF on Tuesday, November 15. He will be presenting a talk titled “Reader miscues as evidence for how people read” in Norman Hall. Details are attached.

Not sure how to find the Education Library??? These videos will help!

Education Library via Inner Road  
Education Library via Norman Field
Education Library via Norman Hall 

Employment & Internship Opportunities

One Room School House (Gainesville, FL) 
Gainesville’s first public charter school is seeking teachers interested in making a difference in East Gainesville. One Room offers an academic schedule for grades VPK-8th in a small school environment giving teachers the opportunity to teach with a style that works best for them and their students. Contact information and other details here.

Education Station and Preschool-Now Hiring 
Our team is growing! Gainesville’s premier preschool is now hiring! We have one full time and one part time position available. The part time position is flexible and school schedules can be accommodated. Applicants should be hard-working, dependable, caring, nurturing, a team player with a positive attitude, and be comfortable communicating with parents and peers. We are seeking highly-trained teachers (A.A., B.A., or C.D.A, 45-hour, CPR, and/or 1st Aid are a plus)! Position to commence in the next two weeks.

Please email resume, or apply in person. Application available here. Additional information located on the Education Station & Preschool website.

Substitute Spanish Instructor
$25 per class for substitute Spanish instructor. Possibility for long-term work. Teach children 5-11 in small groups in well established after-school program held at private and public elementary schools throughout Gainesville. Instructor must be a native speaker or fluent in Spanish. Contact Kaydie Vistelle at Fun Languages 352.372.6885 or email at

English Teacher starting January 2017  (Ocala, FL)
West Port High School has one, possibly two, secondary English positions coming available in January. We are looking for highly motivated teachers that are interested in working at a comprehensive, high performing, high school. Please contact Assistant Principal, Ginger Cruze at for further information.

Summer Internship Opportunity at Berkley Preparatory School
Berkeley Preparatory School seeks passionate, optimistic and tenacious college students to serve as our Berkeley Academy teachers this summer! The Berkeley Academy is a free, signature service program aimed at helping highly motivated, low-income students in our Tampa Bay community reach their unique potential and achieve their dream of going to college. For more information and to apply, please visit The priority deadline to apply is December 4, 2016.  Due to the competitiveness of this program, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application prior to the priority deadline.

Summer Job or Internship opportunity in Maine
Camp Laurel South is a residential summer camp in Maine seeking college students to be activity instructors and camp counselors for the summer of 2017. Visit our website where you can watch a video clip detailing the Camp Laurel South Staff Experience. This is a great summer experience that can fulfill internship requirements. Any qualified applicants who may be interested, please contact Drew at, or call 800.327.3506. Apply here.

Volunteering – Service

Florida Alternative Breaks – Education Inequity
Only 6 spots left
in this one-week long, service experience focusing on the issue of Education Inequity. During Spring Break, volunteer at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where their mission is to provide all children an education and to end the cycle of poverty. More information available here.

TailGator Team Recycling Program
The Office of Sustainability needs your help this Saturday, November 12th. Volunteers help distribute recycling bags and educate tailgaters on recycling at UF. Shifts are two hours, and volunteers will receive snacks and refreshments for their help. Plus, volunteers who help at two or more shifts will receive a free t-shirt! This year we are competing in the SEC Gameday Challenge to have the best recycling and waste diversion rate in all of the SEC, so our volunteers will help us make it to the top! To sign up and learn more, please click here.

Adam’s Camp
Adam’s Camp is a Colorado-based company that works with children, adults, and families with special needs. In the summer we have therapy programs for younger children as well as adventure camps for older kids and adults who experience special needs. Volunteering at Adam’s Camp is a great experience working with individuals with special needs as well as networking with other individuals in the field. More information is available on their website and through these handouts: Winter Week and 2017 Volunteer Opportunities.

Kanapaha Middle School in Gainesville is looking for volunteer Mentors for middle school students. The time commitment is 1 hour per week – Monday–Friday. Volunteers complete this volunteer application. Contact Preston Wilson, Ed.S. at 352-955-6960 for additional information.

Childcare – Tutoring

Tutor Needed
My name is Ms. Head and I am looking for a tutor for my child. She is currently in the 4th grade and struggling in reading and a little in math. I would like to have someone twice a week for a hour to a hour in a half.  If you are available, please give me a call as soon as possible (352)792-7754.

Qualified English Tutor Needed
I am searching for a qualified reading and essay writing tutor for two elementary girls. Please contact 352-283-9756 for more information.

Math Tutor Needed
Looking for math tutor for 13-year-old eighth grader to strengthen foundation in Algebra; seeking someone with math background/interest who is motivated and reliable.  Pay negotiable.  Must have reliable transportation.  Contact Lanza Caldwell at (352) 317-1630 or

Spring 2017 – Courses, Seminars, Study Abroad

Undergraduate Courses

DEP 4930: The Developing Mind and Brain: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
New Class in Department of Psychology  – Ever wonder how the brain develops? Or how the developing brain supports learning, memory, attention or emotion processing? Are there important time periods or sensitive periods for brain development? And what happens when things go wrong? This course will be a broad overview of current research and methods in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. More details here.

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

EDG 7252: Perspectives in Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education (Doctoral Seminar)
Instructor: Vicki Vescio, Ph.D.
This course will involve a collaborative exploration of enduring issues related to teaching and learning in classrooms at all levels. The central questions we will confront appear simple, yet their answers have deep implications for education: What should schools teach?  Who should decide how schools teach? How should the effectiveness of schools be evaluated? Traditional answers to these questions have been the topic of theoretical writings and research studies for close to 100 years.  However, despite decades of work, the answers to these questions are still debated in contemporary education without a consensus within the profession.  Simultaneously, decisions about curriculum are being made through a political process that may, or may not, be influenced by the knowledge of educators. For example, current debates around issues such as standardized assessment, accountability, vouchers, charter schools, the teaching of evolution, performance-based pay, reading instruction, and grade level retention (to name just a few) are largely political debates and the decisions which will impact schools are typically legislative in nature.  In this course we will focus on these prevailing controversies to explore how they have come to impact our current system of education.

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.

LAE 6865: Teaching Media Literacy (online)
Instructor: Dr. Angela Kohnen
Media Literacy is the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, CREATE and ACT using all forms of media. More details available on the attached flyer.

School of Teaching & Learning (STL) Graduate Seminars. See flyer for more information.

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