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Wednesday Update for January 4, 2017

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January 5th @ 6pm in Beaty Library – PEER ADVISING
The Campus Diplomats will be serving as peer advisors, alongside professional UF advisors, so that IA, Transfer, and PaCE students may ask for clarification or advice regarding their future coursework at UF. This is a great opportunity to gain personal academic advice from a student as well as course planning advice from a UF advisor.

January 6th @ 6pm in Pugh Hall’s Ocora Room – INVOLVEMENT FAIR
The Campus Diplomats will be hosting an Involvement Fair for IA, Transfer, and PaCE students to learn about student organizations and available resources at UF. Also, hear from successful IA, Transfer, and PaCE students about how getting involved on campus impacted their college careers.

PANDAS Documentary Screening – Thursday, January 19
My Kid is Not Crazy — A search for hope in the face of misdiagnosis. Invitation attached.

Say “NO” to Plagiarism: For teaching ELLs/ESLs (Presented by MESSAGE)
Friday, January 20, 11:30 am-12:45 pm (Terrace Room, Norman Hall Addition)

– Do you think English language learners (ELLs) or international students in you class always plagiarize because of dishonesty or laziness?
– Have you wondered an effective way to deal with students’ plagiarized work?

We will provide you with multiple perspectives and strategies to effectively tackle such challenges!   *See attached flyer for details


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 

$10,000 Grant – Projects for Peace – Deadline Approaching
The Davis Foundation will award one grassroots project developed by undergraduate students $10,000 for a project to be implemented anywhere in the world during the Summer of 2017.

Final Proposals due Friday, January 6, 12pm. Details here.

Civic Scholar Research: Early Childhood Education
The Bob Graham Center is now accepting applications for its 2017 Civic Scholars program. If selected, participants will investigate the critical challenges facing Florida’s counties as they seek to improve early childhood education services for families in their community. Students will research the issue, interview stakeholders and write a report. The center will do its best to accommodate county preferences, but scholars are expected to meet all program requirements regardless of the county to which they are assigned. Upon completion of program requirements, each student will receive a $500 stipend. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 18. For more information, visit

Become a CURBS Ambassador!
CURBS Ambassadors serve as liaisons and official representatives of UF Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students (CURBS) to UF organizations, faculty and administration. Ambassadors hold research advising hours, host research focused events, connect students to faculty and present workshops training students on how to become a top researcher. CURBS Ambassadors are committed to constructing the best undergraduate research institution in the country and maintaining UF as the best research institution in Florida.

Applications are due January 8th. To learn more of how to become an Ambassador, come to our Info Session on Thursday, January 5th at 7pm in room 170 of Pugh Hall.  Contact:

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowships
Through support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Latin American Studies offers FLAS Academic Year Fellowships to support training in Brazilian Portuguese and Haitian Creole. See flyer for FLAS requirements, graduate and undergraduate tuition coverage, and contact information.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Opening at Starke Elementary
Starke Elementary in Bradford County has an opening for an English Language Arts teacher in 4th grade.  The start date would be January 2nd or as soon as possible.  Please contact Mr. Brett Beckett, Assistant Principal of Starke Elementary, at 904-966-6046 for more information about the position.

Summer Internships in Local Government
Need an internship next summer? The Bob Graham Center for Public Service and Florida Blue Key’s Local Government Internship Program offers a variety of internships in City and/or County Manager offices across the state of Florida each summer. Interns receive on-the-job training in fields such as business/finance, engineering, landscape design and public administration. The application deadline is Sunday, January 15 and acceptances will be sent on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply early. For more information or to review current available opportunities visit the Bob Graham website. For questions relating to academic issues, contact Dr. Dickison at For information on location of the internships or duties contact Craig Hunter at

Summer Teaching Positions Available: Teach Reading to Students of All Ages 

·         Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $800 per week
·         Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups
·         Help students of all ages develop their reading skills & ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2017 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

We hire people who:
·         Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
·         Are responsible, hard working, and have good communication and organizational skills
·         Will be patient and supportive with students

The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at:

4-H Youth Development Advisor and County Director  
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has begun recruitment for a 4-H Youth Development Advisor and County Director serving San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Please see the attached Position Vacancy Announcement. The submission deadline is January 6, 2017.

Immediate Opening for Math Teacher in Gainesville – Part or Full Time
Resilience Charter School is focused on 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 is an integral part of the school, supporting students’ growth with principles of mindfulness and restorative justice.  We work to infuse multicultural perspectives throughout the curriculum across content areas and will provide equity training for our staff at least annually.  We are committed to creating an innovative learning community with authentic educational opportunities for students.

This could be an excellent opportunity for a graduate or professionally experienced student who wants to work part-time while still in school. The ideal candidate for a teaching position will be seeking a highly collaborative and reflective teaching environment and committed to innovative approaches to education. Positions can be filled by two part-time teachers (one middle and one high school) or one full-time teacher.

Boulware Springs Charter School (Gainesville, Florida)
Boulware Springs Charter School is seeking a highly-qualified classroom teacher for a full time instructional position available immediately. Responsibilities include creating and implementing innovative and rigorous lesson plans, managing a classroom of students, assessing and monitoring student progress, communicating with parents, using data driven instruction to adjust to student learning, teaching character education, creating a warm environment, and working as a team member throughout the school.

Qualified applicants will have:
— an elementary teaching certificate (or be eligible to receive one)
— the ability to manage a classroom with warmth and fairness
— a sense of humor
— the ability to work cooperatively on a team
— flexibility and a willingness to “jump in” when needed

— a prorated salary based on an annual salary of $48,600 (the school year has already started so total salary will reflect start date)
— a 2% contribution to an IRA in your name

For more information, please visit To apply, please email Kay Abbitt (Director) at to indicate your interest and include your name, contact information, and a resume.

Full Time Job & Internship Opportunities in China
We currently offer a broad range of opportunities for students and graduates who major in education and are interested in teaching English in schools located in China. Currently we have over 50 English teachers mainly from Australia, U.K. and U.S.

With our expansion of locations in 9 major cities in China, we are looking to hire many more qualified students and graduates as English teachers. We have designed programs for both full-time employment and internships.

Volunteering – Service

FIT for All looking for Volunteers
FIT for All is a fitness program for individuals with special needs. Our mission for this program is to become the fitness models for adults with special needs all around the world.  We are currently seeking volunteers for the Spring semester to help out with our training sessions. We are starting our Spring session on Monday, January 9 and the program runs Monday-Friday for the entire semester with a one-week break for Spring Break (March 6th-10th). There are three different classes per week:
Tuesday, Thursday: 2-2:45pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 3-3:45pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 3-3:45pm

Attached is an interest letter and the volunteer packet for you to learn more about the program.

Yoga 4 Youth & Therapeutic Summer Camp Programs: Mindful Milestones, Milestones in the Making, Inc
Licensed counselor, coach & yoga instructor, Brianna Schiavoni, is looking for volunteers to help with monthly therapeutic yoga classes & summer camps (June 2017). Mindful Milestones’ initiatives offer therapeutic yoga & small group programs as an affordable means to mental health and wellness. Youth participants typically have chronic conditions, like ADHD, anxiety & diabetes. In order to maintain low cost, the program utilizes university volunteers to act as behavioral supports during these classes. Volunteers will receive personalized training in behavioral modalities and oversight by a licensed professional – thoughtful letters of recommendation are issued respectively. Volunteer commitment ranges 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.

Childcare – Tutoring

Study Buddy
I am looking for a “study buddy” for my 15-year-old daughter who has ADHD. She needs someone to keep her focused on her homework and help her stay on top of her assignments and organized. I would like someone Monday – Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30.  Please contact Laurie at 352-226-3903 if interested.

Tutor Needed
Family, originally from China, is offering a paid opportunity for one or more students whose native language is English to assist a 9-year old boy on the autism spectrum in Reading/writing, Math, Arts, sports and Social communication. Tutor at his home or home school in Gainesville. (Experience with special education students is desirable, but not necessary.) If you are interested, please contact his mother, Cindy, by phone/text at 727-301-6344 or at

Tutor Needed
We are looking for a tutor for our daughter.  She is 10 years old, in fourth grade and attends Oak Hall. We would prefer the tutor is, at least, a junior level student. We want the tutor to meet her at school at 3:30 p.m., or at our home at 4:00 p.m., on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, and work with her for 30-60 minutes each session, depending upon the amount of homework she has that day, and if the homework is review material or new concepts. Our daughter will need to be tutored in reading, Singapore math, social studies, and science.

Our daughter is a good student and, typically, receives A’s and B’s in her coursework.  She is conscientious and curious. She does have an accommodation plan in place, due to her poor vision.  She is corrected with glasses to 20/40 and requires small accommodations, such as a large print dictionary and/or a magnifying glass for small font size.  She is becoming a good advocate for herself in expressing her needs when she has trouble seeing her work. We are willing to pay an hourly rate, based upon the experience level of the tutor.  Interested students can email

Spring 2017 – Courses, Seminars, Study Abroad

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

LAE 6939 (02GB): Graduate Seminar on Literacy, Family and Culture. See attachment for details.

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 (

EEX 3093: Exceptional People: School & Society
This course covers the Social Science and Diversity designations for the general education requirements effective Spring 2017. Also, it is part of the Disabilities in Society minor if you are considering a minor. This course and the minor sequence of courses are relevant to all majors. Course handout attached

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.

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.

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