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Special Thursday Edition – November 30, 2017

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3rd Annual SESPECS Research-to-Practice SymposiumFriday, December 1
The Third Annual SESPECS Research-to-Practice Symposium will focus on bringing together all of our Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies graduate students with faculty from within and outside of UF’s College of Education in a professional conference-like environment. Dr. Howard Wills will serve as our keynote speaker highlighting his work in applied research in supporting adolescents and young adults with autism. Additional details attached.

Research Talk on Emerging Methods in Meta-Analysis and Technology Scaffolding
Project LENS in the School of Teaching and Learning is sponsoring a webinar on the methodological aspects of doing rigorous meta-analysis. The talk will take place on Tuesday, December 5 at 11 am in the Terrace Room, Norman Hall. Our speaker is Dr. Brian Belland from Utah State University. He is known for his research on technology-based scaffolding of STEM learning. Brian has recently published this work in two RER articles and an open access book. Please see the flyer for more details about his talk. I hope you can join us either in person or online!

Teacher Job Fair 
Somerset College Prep Academy and Somerset Academy St. Lucie located in Port Saint Lucie, Florida is looking to hire teachers for the upcoming school year. Somerset is going to be hosting a job fair on January 27, 2018 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Somerset Academy St. Lucie (4402 SW Yamada Drive Port Saint Lucie, Florida).

We have a few different sign up bonuses that we offer our teachers such as: up to $800 relocation fee if the applicant lives outside of a 1 hour drive radius, $500 sign on bonus if the applicant lives inside a 1 hour drive radius, and a $250 referral fee. If you have any questions, please contact Brianna Zirger, Enrollment Officer at 772-343-7028 or email

Interested but don’t know if you qualify? Stop by, we’ll have a Certification team available, who will help guide you through the certification process and offer information sessions throughout the night. Click here to Pre-Register and earn more chances to win!

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Internship Orientation for Fall 2018 InternsThursday, December 7 at 9:30am
Early Childhood, Elementary & Special Ed Students who will be doing their FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP in Fall 2018 must attend Thursday, December 7, Norman Hall Auditorium Room 137 – 9:30am ALL STUDENTS.

Opportunity for Graduate Students
The Center for Ethics and Education is pleased to announce an essay competition for graduate students. We are looking for essays that use philosophical insight and argument to address an important issue in educational policy and/or practice. The problem the essay addresses might arise in early childhood education, compulsory education, or post-secondary education, or in the way children are raised in families. Details here.

Eligibility: The author or co-authors must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in an accredited college or university, but must not yet have defended their PhD by December 1st, 2017. Co-authors will split the cash prize.

·         The author/s of the first prize paper will receive $3000 and an invitation to participate as a discussant in one of the Center’s regular workshop-style conferences (invitation includes airfare, accommodation, food).
·         The second prize winner/s will receive $2000.
·         Third prize will receive $1000.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Hiring Tutors
The UF College Reach-Program is hiring tutors to work with middle and high school students. Must be available Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:30pm. Interviews will be held from Thursday, November 30-Friday, December 8. Further information located here.

Part-time Support Specialist position
Santa Fe College’s Office of Community Outreach and East Gainesville Instruction is seeking to hire a part-time support specialist. This position will be located at the Blount Center (401 NW 6th Street) and will provide support services for outreach efforts both at the Blount Center and in the community. This is a great opportunity for someone who desires a meaningful position working in our community, and who is happy with part-time employment. Click here for more information. 

Middle/High School Social Studies Teacher
Resilience Charter School is currently seeking a full-time Social Studies Teacher to begin January 2018 at an innovative new school in Gainesville, Florida. Resilience is a pioneering, leading-edge educational environment that is designed to truly engage and empower students and teachers.

Visit and for more information about the school. Additional details located here. Come join our dynamic, collaborative team of dedicated educators!

Education Jobs in Marion County Public Schools
Join the exciting changes happening in Marion County Schools! Led by Dr. Heidi Maier, MCPS is embracing 21st century research-based approaches to education. This is an opportunity to join a grass roots movement to support children reaching their full potential. Don’t wait, these positions will not last! Positions include First through Fifth grade teachers; Elementary Music and PE teachers; High School Math, English, Science, and Social Studies Teachers; and Exceptional Student Education teachers at all levels. For more information contact Keven Norton at or apply here.

University Press of Florida – Internship  – deadline December 1
University Press of Florida at UF is seeking interns for the Spring 2018 semester in the following areas:

Editorial, Design, and Production
Advertising and Design

Our internship program offers students of all majors the opportunity to gain employment experience in the business of book publishing. To apply, students should visit and complete the application form found on that page.

Education Station & Preschool – Now Hiring!
Our team is growing! Gainesville’s premier preschool is now hiring! We are looking for full and part time teachers with open availability. Applicants should be hard-working, dependable, caring, nurturing, a team player with a positive attitude, and be comfortable communicating with parents and peers. We are seeking highly-trained teachers (A.A., B.A., or C.D.A, 45-hour, CPR, and/or 1st Aid are a plus)! Positions start within the next two weeks.

Please email resumes to, or apply in person. Application is located here. Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 6:30am-6:30pm

Volunteer & Service Opportunities

Volunteer at the Harn Museum of Art
Information Session: Saturday, December 2 @ 1pm
The Harn Museum has two new volunteer opportunities, so it’s an exciting time to join the team. Participate in educational programs in-house and out in the community that introduce new visitors to the museum and the joy of experiencing great works of art. Join us for this brief information session to learn about the activities, responsibilities and training program for these two new roles – Early Learning Volunteer and Art for Life Volunteer. For questions about these volunteer opportunities or the information session, please contact Brandi Breslin,

Early Learning Program Volunteer
Be a part of this new program to bring Head Start and Kindergarten students on a museum field trip. Work with museum educators and docents to welcome young visitors, prepare the museum classroom, and assist children with art-making activities.

Art for Life Volunteer
Join this successful outreach program for senior citizens who are unable to visit the museum. Art for Life volunteers work in teams to present and discuss works of art from the Harn collection and to make connections with participants’ past experiences and memories.

Museum University Student Educator (MUSE) Volunteer
Explore and activate current exhibitions at YOUR art museum. Become a M.U.S.E (Museum University Student Educator) for Spring 2018 to plan tours and activities that transform, surprise and challenge. All majors welcome. Weekly meetings on Thursdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m. First Meeting (and Museum Nights) is Thursday, January 11. Visit for the application and details. Submit the application to or drop it off at the museum by December 31.   *Please note this volunteer opportunity (a one-semester commitment) will not be discussed at the Information Session. Please contact Elizabeth King, Visitor Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator at with questions.

Education/Social Work Volunteer Opportunity in South Africa!
One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2018 Education & Social Work program in Cape Town, South Africa this summer! Students and alumni of University of Florida are invited to participate in a unique volunteer opportunity. Over 1,000 students from over 100 universities (from Harvard to Hong Kong) have served abroad with One Heart Source and gained the skills, experience, and network to take their lives and resumes to the next level while serving those most in need. Members will engage with both theory and practice, developing themselves as culturally sensitive and responsive mentors and educators, while exploring education as a driving force for social change. Details here.

Courses & Seminars – Spring 2018

EDG 4910: Education Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018, Thursdays, Periods 3-4 — Undergraduate Research in School Mental Health. See attachment for course description and instructor information. Interested in registering? Please contact Daniela Wojtalewicz,

Study Abroad – Summer 2018

African Americans in Paris
Dr. Sharon Austin, Director of the African American Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science, is teaching an African Americans in Paris class during spring break 2018. Students can earn 2-3 hours of credit hour and the course is open to all students, all majors, and to both graduate and undergraduate students. In Paris, we will visit a number of historic sites of significance to African Americans. The $2846 cost for undergraduates doesn’t include airfare, but does include lodging, some meals, transportation in Paris, and tickets to all of the site visits. Please contact Dr. Austin at or click here for more information. Application and additional details available here. ​

Study Abroad: Sustaining Humans and their Environments
The Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management is offering three interdisciplinary field-based STUDY ABROAD programs during Summer A 2018 on the theme of “Sustaining Humans and their Environments” open to all majors.  Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Details here.

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