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Wednesday Update for January 18, 2017

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12th Annual Conference of the Social Sciences: From Social Problems to Social Promise
The Florida Society of the Social Sciences (F3S) invites you to attend their 12th Annual Conference at the University of Florida on Saturday, April 15th. The conference theme, From Social Problems to Social Promise, highlights the role of research in addressing social inequalities, cultivating a sense of hope, and providing more equitable solutions for the future. We are excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Carla Shedd, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University. See attached flyer for more information about the conference and the keynote speaker.

Are you looking for a way to present your research? We welcome papers and poster presentations from graduate students (and advanced undergraduates) in the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields. We also welcome workshop proposals from students, faculty, and community leaders. Please see the attached flyer for the call for submissions.

Pasco County Schools Instructional Job Fair – Thursday, February 23rd 
Pasco County Schools, located in Pasco County just north of Tampa Bay, is kicking off their hiring season for the 2017-2018 school year on Thursday, February 23rd. This job fair is your best opportunity to secure an instructional position with us! We will be conducting on-the-spot interviews, and giving contingent offers for 2017-2018 school year. Attendees are asked to pre-register here. See flyer for additional details.

Seminole County Public Schools Teacher Job Fair – Saturday, March 4th 
Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS), located near Orlando, FL, is looking for qualified teachers to join our educational team for the 2017-2018 school year! Soon-to-be graduating and alumni, please join us on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Lake Howell High School (4200 Dike Road Winter Park, FL 32792).

School Administrators from each school site will be interviewing and offering teacher contracts for instructional critical shortage areas for the 2017-2018 school year on the spot! Pre-registration is required. List of Critical Shortage Areas. See flyer for additional details.

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week – April 3-7th
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 14th
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 18th, 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 19th
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 20th, 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 28th, 2:00 pm (assemble at 12:30 pm)
Master’s & Specialist’s Degrees Only: Friday, April 28th, 8:00 pm (assemble at 6:30 pm)
Bachelor’s Degrees Only: Sunday, April 30th, 2:00 pm (assemble at 12:30 pm)

More information at


Kappa Delta Pi Application — deadline Friday, January 20th, 4pm
Applications for College of Education’s Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, are due this Friday, January 20th, by 4pm.  Our application can be found on our website.

Kappa Delta Pi is a service centered organization that hosts many educational events for local students, such as Literacy Alive and Family Math and Science Night. This semester, our meetings will have many panels including teaching out of state, a parent panel, a teacher panel and an administrative panel.  Check out our full schedule of meetings and events this semester here. Please email us at with any questions.

The College of Education awards study abroad scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students through an annual scholarship selection process. There will be five study abroad awards available @ $1,500 each. Eligibility for study abroad awards require that students be enrolled in the College of Education. All information submitted will be verified and only complete applications will be considered. To apply, please complete the attached Study Abroad Scholarship Application along with a 500-750 word essay as described on the application. Complete applications are due to by 4:00pm, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd. Award decisions will be made and recipients contacted by Monday, February 13th. Contact Michael Caprino at with questions.

Additionally, please find information below regarding the UF in Ireland: Language & Education study abroad trip this summer that is being co-sponsored by UFIC and the College of Education. For a list of other UFIC-sponsored study abroad trips, please visit the UFIC website.

UF in Ireland: Language & Education – This 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 (EDG 4930 or EDG 6931: Language & Education in the Republic of Ireland), 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 (

Summer FLAS Competition (applications due Monday, March 13th)
Through support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Latin American Studies offers FLAS Academic Year Fellowships to support participation in an intensive study program of a less commonly taught Latin American language (i.e., Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Maya, Quechua, etc.). Priority given to students pursuing a Master’s degree, graduate certificate, or undergraduate minor/certificate in Latin American Studies at UF. Please review the Center’s website for the full list of requirements and application materials.

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

STUDENT TEACHING APPLICATION FALL 2017 — deadline Monday, January 30th, 5pm
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 30th, 5pm. Please email a PDF of your completed application to Rebecca Kidwell at, no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 30th.

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: deadline Wednesday, January 18th, 11:59pm
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, January 18, at 11:59 p.m., at the following link. Questions? Email Dr. Kevin Baron at

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

Assistant Professor Fresno State
The Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies, Fresno is currently conducting a search to hire an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) to start in AY2017-18. An official announcement of the position is attached.  We are seeking a candidate who is capable of doing research and teaching in the areas of Chican@/Latin@ education.  We are especially looking for a candidate who has demonstrated quality teaching or shows promise of being an excellent teacher and has an active research agenda.

Teaching is very important to us (we are on a semester system with a standard four-course teaching load that is reduced for the first two years to 3-3). The Department also supports the research agenda of its members. Interested individuals can find out more about California State University, Fresno by visiting the university website.  The university also has a website for New/Prospective Faculty. Vacancy announcements for all full-time faculty positions can be located at

Aspiring Teachers! Perfect Summer Job Opportunity!
Incredible summer opportunity for current and future teachers – Be a camp counselor at Pocono Springs Camp! Pocono Springs Camp is currently hiring for the summer of 2017. Being a part of the College of Education at the University of Florida shows you have a passion for children and working with them is part of your future! Working at summer camps is an amazing opportunity to develop and refine skills that will enhance your teaching practice for years to come! Working with children in the camp setting is unparalleled and deepens teachers’ ability to connect with their students in the classroom. Not only that, it’s a great resume builder and a life experience that leaves you with lifelong friendships and a summer home!

We are a 5-week, coed, residential camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Our staff will be at camp for a minimum from June 16th to July 28th! For a short film clip about Pocono Springs Camp, please enjoy this video on our website: Pocono Springs Camp Video

Paid Summer Teaching Opportunity in NYC
We are seeking highly motivated sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates and graduate students to serve as our Teaching Fellows. PMP’s five-week program uses an innovative near-peer mentorship model that pairs students in grades K-8 with high-achieving role models from the same community. Our competitive fellowship places college students with an interest in education and a passion for narrowing the achievement gap in front of these classrooms in the schools that need them the most. Teaching Fellows will undergo comprehensive training that prepares them for the rewarding responsibility of leading a classroom and will receive one-on-one support from a NYC-certified teacher throughout the summer.  Our Teaching Fellows are instrumental in combating the summer learning loss and narrowing the achievement gap in NYC.  This is a full-time, paid position.

If you are interested in pursuing teaching and making a difference this summer, please view the job description and flyer. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 6th. To learn more about our Teaching Fellowship, students can also join us for one of the two webinars we will host on January 31st and February 13th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm EST. Students can visit our website to sign up to receive an email reminder about the webinar.

Summer Teaching Positions Available: Teach Reading to Students of All Ages This Summer
·    Earn more than $7,000 during summer. Teachers typically earn between $500-$800/week while teaching.
·    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 and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2017. 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 learn more about teaching for the Institute and submit an online application here.

Southern Teachers Agency  
Southern Teachers Agency, the premiere placement agency for private independent schools in the South, is accepting applications for 2017-2018 job openings. If you are interested in working with Southern Teachers Agency to find a position at a private/independent school, please visit their website.

Additionally, Southern Teachers Agency will be holding a Best of the South Job Fair on Saturday, February 4th in Atlanta, GA. The fair is free for active candidates. To become “active,” students must complete the online application, be accepted by Southern Teachers, and interview with their Southern Teachers placement counselor.  In order to register for the Atlanta job fair, the deadline for students to complete their application is January 23 at 5pm(ET).  There will also be another job fair in Washington, DC on March 25th.  Registration opens on February 5th. This fair is also free to active candidates with Southern Teachers Agency.

Since 1902, Southern Teachers have helped thousands of teachers find jobs from Maryland to Miami to Midland, TX. The service that Southern Teachers Agency provides to candidates is free. Also, candidates do not need a teaching license or education major to be considered.

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

Yoga 4 Youth &/or Therapeutic Summer Camp Programs: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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.

Project Rousseau
Are you looking for a way to give back to high school students, right here in Gainesville, through mentoring? Project Rousseau welcomes you to apply! Project Rousseau is a non-profit organization that helps underserved youth reach their full potential and pursue higher education by administering four pillars of programming: comprehensive one-to-one mentoring, academics, community service, and broadening horizons. We are looking for quality mentors to form safe, stable and supportive relationships with high school students. We will be having an information session Thursday, January 26 at 6pm  in the Reitz Union room 2315. If you have any questions, please contact:

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.

Childcare – Tutoring

Tutor Needed
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding is searching for a UF student willing to tutor a middle school student in Williston, FL. This student has requested help particularly for world history and math. We would like to arrange one-on-one tutoring at the Williston Public Library. We have a small stipend available to cover travel costs. Please contact Aaron Ganas at

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.

Spring 2017 – Seminars

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

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