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Wednesday Update for January 11, 2017

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Save the Date: 2nd Annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week – April 3-7
The UF Graduate School is excited to announce UF’s 2nd Annual Graduate Student Appreciation. This week-long spring 2017 event is designed to celebrate the accomplishments, contributions, and, most importantly, show appreciation for the more than 12,000 UF graduate students! The event, scheduled for the week of April 3-7, will showcase the work of our amazing graduate students and highlight the services they provide to the university and the community through research, teaching, and mentoring.

If you would like to be involved, please contact the Division of Graduate Student Affairs via e-mail at or via telephone at 352-392-6444.

Volusia County Schools JOB FAIR for teachers – Friday, April 14
Volusia County School District located in central Florida is currently recruiting teachers for our 2017-18 school year. Instructional Job Fair will be held at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach on Friday, April 14. Capacity is limited. Applicants must currently hold or be eligible for FLDOE certification. Questions should be directed to or 386-734-7190 ext. 20168. See attachment for application details.

Failure Factories – Wednesday, January 18, 6pm
In 2015, the Tampa Bay Times began publishing an investigative series which explored the effects of a school district’s decision to re-segregate its schools. The series, Failure Factories, exposed how failed promises of money and resources resulted in five “average” schools becoming some of the worst over an eight year period. The series was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2016

Michael LaForgia, one of the award-winning reporters, will speak at the Bob Graham Center on January 18 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora about his investigation into the Pinellas County school district and the tremendous impact that the investigative series had on education policy and programs in the district.

Facing tremendous scrutiny after the release of Failure Factories, Pinellas County began proposing sweeping fixes to the school district—three of the five schools profiled have now been designated magnets to attract diversity and better teachers.

The U.S. Department of Education opened a civil rights investigation into the matter and additionally opened an investigation into the district’s use of federal Title I dollars to determine if the money was properly spent. The event is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live at

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

Spring 2017 Commencement ceremonies for the College of Education
Location: Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Doctoral Candidates: Friday, April 28, 2:00 pm (assemble at 12:30 pm)
Master’s & Specialist’s Degrees Only: Friday, April 28, 8:00 pm (assemble at 6:30 pm)
Bachelor’s Degrees Only: Sunday, April 30, 2:00 pm (assemble at 12:30 pm)

More information at


Alachua County Public School Volunteer Sign up
Select volunteer opportunities for Classroom Placements this Fall 2016. Click here for sign up dates, times, and locations!

Scholarship Opportunities for COE Students – application due by January 20th, 4pm
Applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 College of Education Scholarships Program. Students who will be enrolled in Fall 2017 or who have applied for admission in Fall 2017 are eligible to apply. Click here for further instructions.

Spring 2017 Degree Application Deadline — Friday, January 27 @ 5pm
Graduating this term? Be sure to apply for your degree before the January 27, 5pm application deadline. Apply through ONE.UF > Student Self Service > My Record menu> Certificate/Degree Application.

If you are completing an Early Childhood, Elementary or Special Education full-time internship in the Fall 2017 term, applications are due by Monday, January 30, 2017. Please email a PDF of your completed application to Rebecca Kidwell at, by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 30.

Professional Orientation Seminar
If you are completing your full-time internship this SPRING as an Elementary, SITE, or Special Ed intern, plan to attend the Professional Orientation Seminar on Wednesday, February 1st at the Kirby Smith Board Room. The session will be from 1:30-3:00pm. Two local principals will share information about interviewing and expectations of first-year teachers. Questions will also be answered about certification. For more information, please contact Rebecca Kidwell at

Social Anxiety Group for UF Students
Seeking volunteers for a dissertation study on treatments for social anxiety disorder on a college campus. Please see attachment for additional details.

GatorCPR discount
GatorCPR offers a discount for First Aid & CPR/AED even below the student rate when they use the promo code: “Rossie”. Class Schedule Here:

First Aid with CPR/AED training rates:
Professionals: $80
Student Rate: $69
Rossie Students: $65

PAID Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Early Childhood Education
Apply to take part in the Bob Graham Center for Public Service’s 2017 Graham Civic Scholars Program. Selected students will receive a $500 stipend to study early childhood education in Florida’s counties. Each selected student will be assigned a county — or a small group of counties — in which to research issues related to early childhood education.  More information and program requirements can be found in the application, which is due Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11:59 p.m., at the following link. Questions? Email Dr. Kevin Baron at

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

ASTRA (Ability Service Training Responsibility Achievement)
Need volunteer hours? Or just love doing some good? ASTRA is having our 1st General Body Meeting for the spring semester on Monday, January 23rd in Stuzin 102 at 6:00 pm. We offer a diverse array of volunteering opportunities and would love to see new faces! We will have a team-building activity, refreshments, and an update on upcoming service/fundraising events. If interested or have further questions, please find us  on Facebook at ASTRA @ UF.  We hope to see you there!

City of Gainesville Recruiting Afterschool Tutors
Passionate, willing and eager to be impactful in the lives of student’s grades 1st – 8th by rendering non-paid volunteer services at one of the four locations listed below. Students can contact the Interim Volunteer Program Coordinator LaShundra Coley’Hale at or 352-393-8335 to discuss questions or concerns or simply complete the attached application along with a resume in a PDF file for review of their accomplishments.  After receiving and reviewing both, the student will be contacted directly to schedule an interview.

Also attached is additional volunteer information which list current and ongoing volunteer opportunities with the City of Gainesville. Please stay connected by visiting

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

Math Tutor Needed
I am looking for someone to tutor my son in Algebra 1 Honors twice a week, preferably at the Tower Road Library or in my home off of Tower Road.  He is in 8th grade and is taking Algebra 1 Honors at Florida Virtual School. He has excellent math skills but needs a little extra help with the different processes that he is learning. Please contact

Part-time nanny needed for Spring Semester  
UF faculty member looking to hire a reliable person to help during late afternoon/evening on Thursdays (5 to 8:30 pm) for the Spring Semester. Additional babysitting opportunities possible on weekends.  Duties include picking up my 9-yr old girl and 6-yr old boy  (soon to be 10 and 7) from school and driving them to sports activities or to home and help with homework and housework at home (emptying dishwasher, making lunches for next day, etc.).  My children love outdoor activities and having someone to play games or read a book with.  Prior experience as a babysitter/nanny required along with at least one reference. Experience providing transportation for children is a bonus. Contact Andrea Dutton at 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 – Seminars

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

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