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Wednesday Update for February 22, 2017

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Job Fairs

Volusia Schools Instructional Job Fair – Teach by the Beach!
Volusia County School District located in central Florida is currently  recruiting teachers for our 2017-18 school year. The Job Fair will be held Friday, April 14 from 7:45am – 3:00pm. This job fair is by invitation only. Capacity is limited. To receive an invitation, you must complete all 3 steps by 12pm on Friday, April 7th:

  1. Complete VCS employment application: Click here to begin
  2. Complete Gallup Teacher Insight portion of the online application
  3. Send name & certification area to:

We are interested in all education majors as well as subject area majors: Biology, English, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies.

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. 

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.

Events and Announcements

University of Florida’s GatorNights presents A Conversation with James Patterson and Michael Connelly on Friday, February 24 at 8:30 p.m. in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing including Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. Michael Connelly, a 1980 graduate of the UF College of Journalism and Communications, is the bestselling author of  29 novels and one work of non-fiction. Following the conversation, Patterson and Connelly will be available to sign books.

The free event is co-sponsored by the UF College of Journalism and Communications, the UF College of Education, GatorNights and RUB Entertainment.

M.S. in Management Info Session (for non-business majors) – Tuesday, February 28th, 4-5:30pm
The University of Florida’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) program is specifically designed to help non-business majors diversify their skills, and we’re hosting an on-campus information session to provide you with the program details. Event sign up and other details located here.

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!

Leadership Development Retreat – Applications are available now through Friday, March 3
LeadUF is a foundational leadership retreat where students will learn about, reflect on and develop their personal leadership framework. LeadUF is based on the understanding that leadership is a life-long journey developed by our experiences and engagement in the community and world.

The weekend incorporates large group activities, small group discussions, reflection, outdoor experiences, time to connect with other leaders and lots of FUN in a beautiful location. LeadUF is designed to accommodate different learning styles during the overnight, off-campus retreat to provide participants with skills to make positive change. Visit the LeadUF website for more information.

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

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

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.

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!


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.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

MDA Summer Camp for Students at UF
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is looking for volunteer counselors, over the age of 18, to attend MDA Summer Camp at Camp Suwannee in Live Oak, Florida from June 11-17. It is an overnight camp where the volunteer will be responsible for one camper, provide the personal care they require, and be their buddy through a fun filled week. MDA Camp is a great opportunity for students studying in the medical/applied science/education field to get experience working with children with disabilities who have a wide range of needs. More information available 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.

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.

Backpacking with a Purpose
Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to explore some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

Childcare – Tutoring

Local family seeks daily help with two-year-old twin girls. Daily schedule consists of picking girls up from local school at 11:45am and watching them at home until 5:00pm. Additional evening and weekend time may be requested depending upon availability and need. Previous experience with twins and/or multiple toddlers preferred. References will be requested. If interested, please contact Joe at

Seeking full time nanny (30-35 hrs per week) to care for toddler during the day and then preschooler in afternoons. Duties include playing, feeding and preparing meals, keeping children on schedule, and household chores (i.e. laundry, dishes, etc.). Candidate may be asked to do occasional pick up of preschooler from school. Candidate must:
•            Be CPR certified
•            Have at least 3 yrs of experience caring for children b/w ages of 0-8 yrs.
•            Must be a non-smoker

Can begin immediately. Candidates with early childhood education background preferred. If interested, please send resume and 3 professional references (references from family members will not be accepted) to Compensation will commensurate with experience and work load. All candidates will be subject to background and driving record check.

Algebra II and Pre-Calc Tutor
I am looking for a weekly math tutor who can review algebra 2 and pre-calc with my two teenagers to ensure understanding of concepts and applications. The schedule can be somewhat flexible and prefer someone who can come to the house. Great opportunity for a college student! Please contact

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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