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Wednesday Update – February 7, 2018

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COE Outstanding Graduate Student Awards     
Nominations for COE Outstanding Graduate Student Awards are now being accepted by EduGator Central (COE-Office of Academic & Student Services).  Faculty may nominate an outstanding graduate student for an award by submitting nomination materials according to the instructions below.

Please take this opportunity to nominate an outstanding COE graduate student for one of the following three graduate student awards, to be presented at our annual Recognition Dinner on Friday, April 20.  Nominations are open to all COE graduate students who were/are enrolled in at least two of the following three terms at the UF College of Education: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018.

The following nomination forms list the criteria for each award:     
· Outstanding Graduate for Professional Practice
· Outstanding Graduate for Leadership
· Outstanding Graduate for Research

NOMINATING PROCESS:  COE Faculty should submit a one-page letter of nomination.  A maximum of two additional letters of support (up to one page each) will be accepted and may come from COE or other UF faculty.  The nominee’s vitae/resume must be included with the nomination.

All nomination materials must be submitted electronically to  BY 5:00 P.M. ON Monday, February 26, 2018.

Spring 2018 Graduate Student Research Series     
Could you use a little help with your research? With finding better scholarly sources and building scholarly knowledge? All UF Graduate and Professional Students are Welcome. Click here for dates, topics, and location.

Call for Proposals: 2018 COE Research Symposium 
All undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and practitioners in the field of education:

You are invited to submit a proposal to the University of Florida’s third annual College of Education Student Research Symposium, sponsored by the Education College Council (ECC) and Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE). The date of this year’s Symposium is Thursday, April 5th, 2018.

During this 50th anniversary year of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our theme, “A Critical Collaboration in ‘Times of Challenge and Controversy'”, serves as both a tribute and a call to action. The symposium intends to facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue and, to that end, we hope this annual event will draw interest across all three schools within the college.

As in previous years, 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.

For more information about proposal formatting and submission, please see the attached “Call for Proposals” document and the submission link below. The deadline for all proposal submissions is March 1st, 2018. Submission link.

If you have any questions about the submission process or presentation formats, please contact SAGE President, Brittney Castanheira at Additionally, if you are interested in volunteering to help with the Symposium, either before or during the event, please contact SAGE officer, Masashi Otani at or click here to sign up now!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 13th Annual Conference of the Social Sciences
The Florida Society of the Social Sciences (F3S) invites paper, poster, or workshops to be presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Social Sciences (CSS). This day-long, interdisciplinary conference, themed Advancing Public Knowledge in a Changing Social Landscape, will be held at the University of Florida on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

For the past 13 years, the Florida Society of the Social Sciences (F3S) has strived to provide unique forum Florida’s students of the social and humanistic sciences scholars to engage with others around issues of social import and impact. The cornerstone of F3S’s efforts is the Annual Conference of the Social Sciences, where over one hundred graduate and undergraduate students come together to present and discuss their work with a broad audience that crosses disciplines, professions, origins, and walks of life.

We are excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker: Dr. Roberto G. Gonzales, Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Please submit a 250-word abstract of your paper, poster, or workshop presentation here. The submission deadline is March 16, 2018. 

The UF Teaching Center offers this workshop Monday through Thursday, February 19-22, from 5-7 p.m. each day. The Math sessions are Monday & Wednesday, and the Verbal sessions are Tuesday and Thursday. You can register for just the math sessions, just the verbal sessions, or all four. Go to, then “study skills” then “workshops” to register and learn the workshop location.

University of Florida Dietary Intake Study – Undergraduate Students
I am a masters student in the Food Science and Human Nutrition department conducting an IRB approved study (study number: IRB201702863) assessing dietary intake of fruits and vegetables and eating behaviors in University of Florida students. To be eligible to participate, you must be a current University of Florida undergraduate student between the ages of 18-29. It is an online survey that will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

Your help in completing this research study is voluntary and would be greatly appreciated! For any questions you may have, you may contact our faculty supervisor, Dr. Langkamp-Henken at or (352)-294-3721.

UF in Ireland: Language and Education. This unique and informative 3 credit study abroad will take place from 27 April to 10 May this year. The study abroad is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Please email Maria Coady for more details.

For other announcements and events at the University of Florida, please click here.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Post-Graduation Opportunity
Montgomery County Public Schools in Montgomery County, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC) is actively identifying outstanding candidates to work with our students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Maryland during the 2018-2019 school year & beyond.

As one of the nation’s largest school systems, with some of the highest graduation rates, and 37 National Blue Ribbon Schools, we feel like our exceptional school system would provide an excellent match for you.

In order to teach in Montgomery County, students must have at least a Bachelor’s degree (preferably in the content area in which they are seeking employment). If interested, apply here and attach the following documentation:

  • A Complete Resume
  • All Unofficial Transcripts from Colleges and Universities attended – Foreign Transcripts must be evaluated.
  • SAT/ACT test scores (if taken)

Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute
Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute, a division that focuses primarily on summer camp programming throughout the state of South Carolina is looking to recruit students for counselor positions at both 4-H Camp and Camp Voyager. Program flyer attached.

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. Position description attached.

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. Position description attached.

Gainesville Country Day School
Currently has 3 preschool positions open. 2 Full Time VPK certified positions, and 1 Part time, M-F 830-1pm, floating position. Please send resumes to GCDSINFO@GMAIL.COM. For more information click here.

Summer Teaching Positions: Teach Reading to Students of All Ages
· Earn more than $6,500 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $550-$700/week.
· 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 2018 teaching positions. 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, hardworking, 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 submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute.

Positions at P.K. Yonge
· Assistant Principal & Instructor
· High School Counselor
· 6-12 Physical Education, HOPE, and Personalized Learning
· High School Spanish/Portuguese Instructor
· Middle School Engineering and Technology
· High School Economics/Government and Advanced Placement Government/Economics Instructor
· Middle School Science Instructor

Paid Summer Teaching Opportunity 
Practice Makes Perfect (PMP), a NYC-based organization that partners with schools to provide academic summer programming for students in high-need communities is seeking highly motivated sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates and graduate students to serve as our PMP Teaching Fellows.

PMP’s intensive five-week program uses an innovative near-peer mentorship model that pairs struggling students in grades K-8 with high-achieving role models from the same community. Our competitive fellowship places 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. PMP 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 paid position.

For more information and to apply, please visit or email

Volunteer & Service Opportunities

Discover the wider world and connect with change makers making a positive and lasting impact in their communities.

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit that runs travel, community service, and experiential education programs around the globe. We dig into social justice issues while working in solidarity with local activists, non-profits, and communities. We want you to join us in the fight for a better world. It’s time to make the whole world your classroom!

Programs are filling up quickly, so apply as soon as possible. Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs. Apply by March 8th. Can’t travel in the summer? We travel all year long!

Childcare & Tutoring

Childcare Needed
My name is Sara Smith. I am a member of Rivercross Church and we are looking for childcare help on the first Wednesday of each month for our Mothers of Preschoolers Group (MOPS). Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 14 from 9:15-11:45am. Pay is $15/hour. Please feel free to contact me at 352-246-7055.

Nanny Needed
We are a professional couple looking for a caring and responsible nanny to care for our two young children – six and three year old boys to start in August.

You must love children and be mature, reliable, trustworthy, punctual and organized. You will need to work Tuesday-Friday around 12-6 depending on the day, with an occasional evenings/weekends. Duties will include picking up from school, taking to afterschool activities, homework, making meals/lunches, laundry, and light housekeeping. We are a non-smoking household and you must be a nonsmoker. You must have a reliable car and clean driving record. Please contact Nicole Foland at or 352-246-8560.

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