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Wednesday Update for February 15, 2017

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Between Hell & Hope: Teaching Humanity in an Imperfect World – Thursday, March 16, 5:00-6:30pm
Author Leanne Lawrence will give a presentation on her book about her experience teaching students at the Alachua County Jail. Light refreshments will be served. Event details here

District’s Teacher Recruitment Fair Info – Marion County, South Carolina
Marion County School District in South Carolina will host its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on  Saturday, March 4 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  You may pre-register by completing a Job Fair Quick Form located here.

A $1500.00 New Graduate Assistance Stipend is given to all new graduates completely certified and an additional $1500.00 salary supplement is given to teachers certified and teaching in the following areas:

Special Education (K-12)
Middle Level math, science, social studies, ELA
Secondary math, science, social studies, English

Marion County, South Carolina is located in the northeastern portion of South Carolina. We are approximately 1 hour from Myrtle Beach and approximately 2 hours from Charleston and Columbia, SC and Wilmington, NC.  We have just under 5,000 students and all of our schools are Title I and qualify for student loan forgiveness for several loans. Please check our website frequently as all vacancies are posted once they become available. We look forward to meeting you at our career fair and to reviewing your application. 

Building Healthy Academic Communities National Summit – April 6-7, 2017
Don’t miss the third national summit on best practices in promoting and sustaining wellness in academic settings! The National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) welcomes transdisciplinary leaders, faculty, students and staff from academic institutions of all sizes, as well as policy makers from professional organizations and academia who are committed to improving health and wellness outcomes in institutions of higher learning and their surrounding communities. Visit the 2017 Summit website to learn more and register to attend today!

Heartland Teacher Recruitment Fair – Saturday, April 8, 8:30am-2:00pm
The Heartland Educational Consortium will be holding it’s second annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 8, 2017. Representatives from the six Heartland Districts (DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee) will be present to interview candidates. As of today’s date we are hiring for a large variety of subject areas, but we are especially
anxious to interview candidates with the following certifications:  Elementary Education K-6, English 6-12, Exceptional Student Education K-12, Math 5-9, Math 6-12, Reading K-12, Guidance and Counseling K-12, Foreign Language – Spanish K-12, All Science Certifications (including Biology & Chemistry). Pre-registration for the event is required. More information pertaining to our Districts, the event, and registration process can be found on the attached flyer and on our website.

Is a Heartland District right for you? Watch our video to obtain more information about teaching in Heartland.

1st Annual Diversity Graduate Research Symposium – Wednesday, March 22nd
The University of Florida Black Graduate Student Organization is pleased to announce its 1st Annual Diversity Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 22nd, in the Reitz Union.

All graduate students are eligible to submit original research abstracts (300-word limit). Click here to submit abstracts and register for the symposium. Registration and abstract submissions are free. The submission deadline is Friday, February 10th. Please see attachment for further details.

Harvard Student Research Conference 2017 – Friday, April 7th
Now in its 22nd year, SRC is the country’s largest student-run conference on educational research and will take place on Friday, April 7. Last year, we had approximately 400 attendees from over 30 different institutions across the U.S. and Mexico. This year’s theme, “Spanning the Divide: Building Bridges through Research,” intends to spark a meaningful dialogue on how educational research can play a key role in bringing together different communities to tackle education’s greatest challenges. Students may submit research proposals and/or register to participate as an attendee via our website.  Research proposal submissions are due by Friday, February 17th.

For more information about the conference, please visit

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.

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


Call for Proposals for the 2nd Annual COE Student Research Symposium
All undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and practitioners in the field of education are invited to submit a proposal to the second annual University of Florida College of Education Student Research Symposium sponsored by the Education College Council (ECC) and Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE). Our theme, Strengthening Dialogue through Diverse Perspectives, is meant to further the dialogue we fostered last year. The symposium intends to facilitate cross-disciplinary communication and, to that end, we hope this annual event draws interest across the college. Like last year, we understand the term “research” broadly and welcome submissions of original social science research, historical inquiry, practitioner inquiry, and other research projects that further our knowledge and understanding of education in a variety of settings, both formal and informal. Faculty members who have worked with undergraduate and graduate students and intern/mentor teacher pairs who have engaged in practitioner inquiry are especially encouraged to submit abstracts. 250-word abstracts may be submitted for presentation as roundtable discussions or poster presentations.

Deadline for Submissions: 11:59pm EST, Friday, March 3, 2017
Submit your proposal via the Google Form located here: Submission Form

Early submission is encouraged. Those submitting proposals will be notified by March 13th of their status.  If you have any questions, please contact SAGE officers Vera Wei Ma and Brittney Castanheira at

Education Library – Dr. Seuss – Thursday, March 2, 10am-12pm
The Education Library will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Thursday, March 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We are looking for 5-6 COE students/faculty/staff who are able/willing to read their favorite Dr. Seuss story to the Baby Gators who will be visiting to help us celebrate! Please contact Rachael Elrod, Head of the Education Library if you are interested in participating at A limited number of costumes will be available if you wish to dress up for the story time! Thank You!

Summer programs at UF for teachers and students
For almost 60 years, we have provided opportunities for teachers and students to explore research opportunities at the University of Florida. We are delighted to share information about the numerous 2017 summer programs for teachers and students offered by the Center for Precollegiate Education and Training. Application review begins March 17 for all student programs. Each are highlighted here and more information including application instructions are available at Scholarships are available for many of our programs. We encourage you to explore our website to find out more about our programs and share these opportunities with others.

Education Library: Streaming Videos via Kanopy
UF Libraries has a subscription to streaming videos via Kanopy. It contains 455 videos under the subject of “Education”.
Browse Kanopy at For off-campus access see

Graduate Student Research Series: a four-session series
The Smathers Libraries is offering a research series series covering the following themes:
Finding Scholarly Sources
Reading Scholarly Sources Effectively
Building Scholarly Knowledge in Your Field
Tips for Writing an Effective Scholarly Paper

Appropriate for both graduate and professional students. See flyer for additional details.

2017 University Women’s Club Undergraduate Scholarships – deadline Friday, March 3 by 4:30 p.m.
Each year the University Women’s Club awards up to 17 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to junior or senior undergraduate men and women. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 and have demonstrated service to the university and/or community. These awards are given in honor of Former First Ladies of UF.

There are some designated areas of interest for a few of the first ladies such as Art/ Art History, Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Music, Science and Theatre and Dance. The general application form and requirements can be found at:

The Rita O’Connell Scholarship is also selected by the UWC. These awards ($1,000) are given to students who have achieved success as students while persevering through physical or cognitive disabilities. There aren’t specific GPA requirements, but the application process must be followed.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Oak Hall Summer Programdeadline Friday, February 17, 12pm
The Oak Hall Summer Program is pleased to announce that it will hold a group interview day for summer camp positions listed below.  Interested applicants should submit a resume and copy of application found at to by Friday, February 17 at 12 p.m. Further details here.

PACE Center for Girls Internship Program deadline Monday, March 27th
The PACE Center for Girls Internship Program offers a select group of outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to non-profit management of a school just for girls. Interns are involved in some aspect of programming, administrative duties, development, special events, and outreach.

We accept students currently enrolled in a bachelor or master’s degree. We also accept recent graduates (maximum one year after graduation). PACE internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 10 hours/week. Application deadline is March 27, 2017.

4-H Camp Staff
This is a full-time, 1 Spend your summer working with youth aged 8-18 in the Florida 4-H Camping Program. Teach classes, facilitate programs, and lead activities at one of our 4-H Camp Facilities. See website and flyer for additional details.

P.K. Yonge High School Chemistry/Chemistry Honors
This is a full-time, 10-month instructional position that reports to the K-12 Principal of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School.  The ideal candidate would have experience teaching high school Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, and/or AP Chemistry. Recent training in educational technology and/or experience as an online learner is also preferred as P.K. Yonge instructors are expected to leverage technology to support student learning and to facilitate collaboration and communication.  Further details are available on the P.K. Yonge Employment website. A complete position description and application are available here.

P.K. Yonge High School Math Instructor
This is a full-time, 10-month instructional position that reports to the K-12 Principal of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. The ideal candidate would have high school mathematics teaching experience and recent training in educational technology and/or experience as an online learner. Further details are available on the P.K. Yonge Employment website. A complete position description and application are available here.

P.K. Yonge K-12 Librarian
This is a full-time, 10-month instructional position that reports to the K-12 Principal of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. The ideal candidate would have experience as a K-12 librarian and recent training in online research and instructional uses of educational technology. Further details are available on the P.K. Yonge Employment website. A complete position description and application are available here.

Middle School Mathematics Position
North Broward Preparatory School is seeking a middle school teacher with experience and expertise in teaching mathematics. Applicants should feel comfortable teaching a Foundations of Math course in order to develop students’ number sense. Practical applications to topics and concepts should be emphasized with real world problem solving and their strategies. Applicant should also be able to teach Pre-Algebra to reinforce and facilitate the transition from concrete to more abstract mathematics.  This teacher will also serve as an advisor to a group of students, meeting with them weekly for mentoring, academic coaching, leadership training, team building, and community service initiatives.

For more information about North Broward Prep, please visit our website. To apply for the position click here.

Clemson University Summer Camp Counselor Opportunities
We are currently recruiting students for our counselor positions at both 4-H Summer Camp and Camp Voyager. 4-H Summer Camp, located in Summerton, South Carolina, works with youth ages 8-14 and focuses on water activities, high adventure, sports and recreation, and much more. Camp Voyager works with youth ages 10-14 and focuses on GPS devices, PDAs, video and digital cameras, and editing software, Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, drones, video games and much more. Summer camp flyer

Summer Employment for Education Majors
Florida Elks Youth Camp is hiring male and female staff members to work with 9-13 year old campers. Staff must be available for all 8-weeks of camp, June 4th-July 29th. College scholarship opportunities are available. Applications will be available February 1st at Click here for more information.

Camp Laurel South is hiring college students, teachers and coaches!
Spend the summer of a lifetime in the beautiful state of Maine!
Camp Laurel South is currently hiring camp counselors for the summer of 2017. We are looking for teachers, coaches and college students who enjoy working with children.

We are a coed, residential camp in Casco, Maine. For a short film clip about Laurel South, please enjoy this video. If you or any other qualified applicants are interested in this opportunity, please contact Drew at or call 800-327-3506. To apply online, visit our website at

Volunteering – Service

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Glen Springs Elementary School Carnival
Glen Springs Elementary School will be having our annual school carnival on Friday, March 17th from 4:00-7:00pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help us run the booths so parents will be available to be with their children at the carnival.

The parents, faculty, and students have commented for several years of how thankful we are for the UF volunteers, and how essential you are to the success of the carnival.  100% of the proceeds go to support the school. Please contact Rachel Prater, Glen Springs Carnival Committee at if you are interested in volunteering at our event.

N.M.B. A Heart of Hope Program is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 youth organization that is searching for student volunteers/interns that will provide academic assistance to our youth. We serve youth ages K-12th grade. Our tutoring program is Monday-Thursday from 2-6pm. All volunteers/interns are greatly needed asap. Our organizations work with interns. If you are interested, please contact Ms. London @ 352-278-1869.

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.

Childcare – Tutoring

SAT coach
I am a UF graduate student who is looking for an SAT prep coach for my 16 year old son. He is an 11th grader at Buchholz High School. He took the SAT once. If interested, please contact Rosanna Kingston at 352-217-0800.

Spring 2017 Seminars

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

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