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Wednesday Update – May 10, 2017

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Be Inspired by Top Education Innovators
Since January, the Walton Family Foundation has been on a video journey — traveling from Washington, D.C., to Oakland to Denver to New Orleans — visiting top innovators in education. Through this journey, we learned how bold education innovators are rethinking old ideas and experimenting with new approaches to expand opportunities for students. We invite you to watch the six videos in the series to be inspired by some of the most exciting people and ideas in education today.

U.D.I.G. (Understanding Dyslexia in Gainesville) meeting – Monday, May 15, 6:00-8:00pm
We will have a guest speaker, Dr. Jon Mundorf, an award-winning teacher and internationally recognized practitioner of teaching to meet the needs of all learners. He will share the principles of Universal Design for Learning (U.D.L.) and how they yield classrooms in which all students have success. Meeting will be at P.K. Yonge Community Classroom.

Questions? Email: Blake Beckett: or Kara Dawson:


Summer Professional Learning – Technology in Teaching – Friday, June 9
Join P.K. Yonge for a one-day educator-hosted conference highlighting work taking place on the P.K. Yonge campus. Our blended learning and technology initiatives are driven by five tenets of student learning. Sessions will focus on how we are working to create dynamic and engaging learning environments that integrate various technologies in support of our goals. This conference is only $35. Registration deadline is May 15. Further information here.

Career Fairs

Palm Beach County Job Fair – Saturday, May 20 (deadline to register May 13)
Palm Beach County Schools invites you to the 2017 Teach Palm Beach Job Fair on May 20. This event will feature all Palm Beach County schools. The last day to register online is May 13. More details here.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Church by the Sea Preschool (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Looking for a teacher. Open to an individual with a degree in early childhood or elementary education. Hours for teachers are 8AM-2PM. All interested individuals please email resume to or mail to:
Att:Kristi Byk
Church by the Sea Preschool
2700 Mayan Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Education Project Coordinator
Education non-profit, District to District, is a team of educators that helps districts work together to help students learn more and at higher levels. D2D is currently hiring for an education project coordinator in Florida. Please view the position and application at

Instructor – P.K. Yonge
P.K. Yonge’s elementary program moved into an innovative 21st century, state-of-the-art facility in fall 2012.  PKY elementary teachers are organized in learning communities (K-1, 2-3, 4-5) so that they may collaborate to design and deliver curriculum aligned with the Florida Standards and to address the individual learning needs of our students.  Seven teachers work together in a shared space that includes different-sized rooms and common open spaces that are visible to all that teach and learn in the community.  The ideal candidate would have elementary teaching experience, recent success in closely collaborating and coordinating with teaching colleagues, and strategies for leveraging technology to support student learning and facilitate collaboration and communication.  Application and details located here.

Gainesville Thrives Website and Media Intern
Gainesville Thrives (GT) is a volunteer, non-profit organization with the mission of improving literacy for the underserved citizens of the Gainesville community.  We link the faith-based community with various organizations for the purpose of promoting tutoring and mentoring. We are currently seeking a volunteer to maintain and enhance the GT website and social media. An interest in community outreach and service learning is desirable. We hope you will consider this valuable and much needed volunteer opportunity. Please email a CV to Kate Fletcher: 

Apopka High School
Apopka High School located in Orange County has many openings for the 2017-2018 school year. If interested, please complete the Career Interest Form. Job openings and location information located on the Apopka High School website.

Okaloosa County School District – Teach at the Beach!
Hiring for the 2017-2018 school year in: Math, Science, Special Education, Speech Language, School Psychologists, and Counselors. See attachment for additional details.

Intern / Aide Needed
4 year old daughter with Down syndrome currently attends Stepping Stones preschool at Trinity UMC in a typical 3 yr. old classroom and is doing pretty well. However for next fall in pre-k, she will need an intern or aide to assist her with understanding directions, center time, transitions, etc. She will be attending school Mon- Fri from 9am-12pm. My daughter is potty trained, she speaks in phrases and knows a lot of sign language, she knows her abcs, numbers thru 20, colors, shapes, days of the week, etc. Most of the 3 yr old curriculum.  She has difficulty focusing and paying attention, and struggles with fine motor skills. If you are interested or in need of volunteer hours for Fall 2017, please contact Carol Dungan at 352-682-5545.

Volunteer Opportunities

Balance180 Hands-On Volunteer Opportunities
Balance 180 is a local non-profit organization that focuses on integrating children with varying abilities through sports. Our volunteers work 1-1 or 2-1 with our athletes who have disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and cerebral palsy among others. This is a great hands-on learning experience for student volunteers.

This summer, we have two opportunities to work with our athletes:

1. Adaptive Gymnastics Classes- Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm from May 27th-July 29th. This is a gymnastics class that is specifically designed for children with varying abilities. We set up the gym in 4 rotations that include vault, floor, beam, and bars, so that our athletes can work on a variety of motor skills. Information on this program can be found in the flyer below. If you are interested in being a part of the Adaptive Gymnastics volunteer team, please contact Ashley Tringas at No gymnastics experience is required to volunteer.

2. Balance 180 Summer Camp- Monday-Friday (mornings) from July 10th-July 28th. Summer camp is a life-changing experience where you have the opportunity to work with kids with special needs to help them make friends, enjoy gymnastics, dance, create arts and crafts, and play games. The camp is available for kids ages 2-15 with and without special needs (see flyer for more details). If you are interested in participating in summer camp, please contact Natalie Ziev at

Worlds Largest Swim Lesson 2017
Mark your Calendars for June 22! The World’s Largest Swim Lesson is back! #GNVSwim4Life #WLSL

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is recruiting volunteers.   Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of a Guinness World Record attempt at all 3 City pools; H. Spurgeon Cherry Pool, Dwight H. Hunter “Northeast Pool” and Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool. Please contact Volunteer Program Coordinator, LaShundra Coley’Hale at

Student Volunteers – Youth Empowerment Opportunity
As one of the UF Projects for Peace Recipients for summer 2017, my organization, T.E.A.M.S., will be sponsoring excited low-income students from 4 non-profit summer programs in Tarpon Springs to come participate, be introduced to, and learn the joys of music this summer.  The T.E.A.M.S. program will incorporate concepts of world peace, teamwork, and life skills over a 4-week exploration of the arts. In June, this includes band the first 2 weeks, painting the 3rd week, and percussion the 4th week.

You do not have to be a master of the arts to participate, a lot of the external nonprofit curriculum is focused on summer bridge and preventing summer learning loss. Tarpon is 1 of 5 at risk zones in Pinellas County; 1/5 children are below the federal poverty line; and the dropout rate is far higher than accountable because if students don’t fail out, it doesn’t reflect the graduation rate. As young members of this community pioneering change for our future generation, our goal is to offer these young kids opportunities, already supported by their school system, that will help keep them engaged academically through and maybe even past high school. Coming from a music and athletic background, we know the most important skills you learn in life come from working on a team and we want to give everyone the opportunity to experience that.  If you would like more information, please email Jeanette Misuraca,, or visit our Facebook page @TEAMSprojectsforpeace. You can also get in touch with Chris Touchton at

Childcare – Tutoring

Seeking an enthusiatic and responsible caregiver for my 14 year old son and 8 year old daughter starting Fall 2017 (and summer 2017 if available). We live in SW part of town near Haile. Requirements: Safe driving record, good references, non-smoker, and reliable car. Duties: Include pickup from school, helping with homework, driving kids to activities, supervise outdoor play, help with minor chores such as kids laundry. Hours for Fall 2017: 2.40PM-5.30 PM (+/- 30 mins), Monday through Friday (approx. 12 hrs per week). If sitter’s availability is only for part of the week will still consider those applications as I am willing to consider splitting the week between two sitters. Please contact Asmita @ cell: 352-246-2073 for further details and send CV to

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, sports and Social communication area as tutor at home or home school in Gainesville. (Experience with elementary education or special education students is desirable, but not necessary.) If you are interested, please contact the boy’s mother, Cindy, by phone/text at 7273016344, or at

Searching for Part-time toddler sitting
We are looking for someone interested in doing some part time sitting with our 3.5 year old and 22 month old.  We’re in need of an hour or two between 2 and 5 o clock 2-4 days a week.  Our daughter is 3.5 years old and very active and smart.  She has some sensory processing disorder issues, so we would definitely need someone who is able to keep her engaged in a quiet, calm manner.  Our son is 22 months and is very sweet and quiet.  He usually plays by himself with minor supervision.  Currently, we do not have anyone to watch the kids and we’re hoping to build up to a point where we can confidently leave both children with the caretaker for an hour or two.  For the short term future, one of us would also be at home during the time frame.  Our goal is to introduce this new system to the children and if it’s working well, increase the number of visits per week.  Please contact Eric Atria at 352-214-8051 or email

Courses and Seminars (Summer and Fall 2017)

EDG 4910: Education Undergraduate Research
Fall 2017, Wednesdays, Periods 3-4 – Undergraduate Research in School Mental Health. See attachment for course description and instructor information. Interested in registering? Please contact Daniela Wojtalewicz,

LAE 6869 Teaching Digital Storytelling
8-week online course starting May 8 (Summer 1). Course is aimed at helping practicing teachers and graduate students incorporate digital storytelling into their professional context. Contact Dr. Kathryn Caprino at for more information. Course flyer

School of Teaching & Learning (STL) Graduate Seminars.

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