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Summer Registration
Have you registered for summer? Please take a minute and register for any courses you will be taking this summer (and fall, too!). Decisions to close course sections are made, in part, by considering enrollments to date. At this time, it appears many students have not yet enrolled for summer. Thanks for acting promptly so we can avoid closing sections of courses students need.

Are you interested in getting involved in a leadership role within the college? 
The Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE) is a student-led group that advocates for the success of graduate students across all three schools (STL, HDOSE, SESPECS) within the College of Education. In addition to social events each semester, SAGE plans and presents professional development and networking events to support students’ needs and interests, as well as the annual COE Research Symposium in the Spring.

If you are a current graduate student and would like to be a part of the SAGE leadership team, please see the descriptions below for the open positions for the 2018-2019 school year and the link to apply. Applications are due by Friday, April 20th, followed by online voting to determine elected officers.

Position Descriptions: (Each position requires a 1-year commitment from May 2018 to May 2019)

President. This individual will lead meetings and be the main point of contact with our Faculty Advisor and the COE Deans. This person will also be responsible for leading the group in planning all events throughout the school year.

Executive Officers (VP, Secretary/Webmaster, Treasurer). These individuals will take on various roles throughout the year, including creating and moderating professional development events, fostering cross-departmental collaboration, and planning social activities. In addition, each position will also be responsible for the following.

Vice President – Assists President with the planning of professional and social events. Represents SAGE at meetings or events when the President is unable to attend.

Secretary/Webmaster – Responsible for documenting meeting minutes and updating websites and social media pages.

Treasurer – Responsible for all monetary purchases with SAGE funds and maintaining an up-to-date record of the budget.

Apply here. Please email SAGE First-Year Representative, Amira Al-Khatib, at with questions about the application or election process.

Alcohol and Technology Research
A University of Florida study on alcohol use and smartphone technology is seeking participants. Study involves an in-person session and two-week period using smartphone technology. The study does not involve taking medication. Compensation is available. See attachment for more details.

Join the Heinz Fellows Program!
The Heinz Fellows Program offers an extraordinary, year-long opportunity for forward-thinking, social justice-oriented individuals who are interested in advancing equity in education. Fellows will work in urban schools in collaboration with teachers, staff and school leaders to support students in academic, social, and emotional growth while building knowledge and skills necessary to work in urban contexts.

Learn more and apply at Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday May 4, 2018  The program is scheduled to begin June 25, 2018 and end June 28, 2019

Questions? E-mail

Employment & Internship Opportunities

UF America Reads – application deadline April 18
UF’s America Reads program is currently hiring tutors for the Summer and Fall 2018 semester. America Reads is a Federal Work Study program that provides literacy tutoring to at-risk students in elementary schools and community centers in the local Gainesville community. Paid positions starting at $10/hour are available for students enrolled at the University of Florida who are eligible to receive Federal Work Study as a form of financial aid. Tutors must be available at least 3 days per week for a combined minimum of 8 hours per week. Applications can be found on the America Reads website at and should be submitted via email at Any further questions should be directed to the America Reads staff via email at​

Camp Laurel South
Currently hiring camp counselors for the summer of 2018. We are looking for educators, 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 interested in this opportunity, please contact Drew at or call 800-327-3506. To apply online, visit our website at

FSBD Part-time Parent Advisor – Ocala, Marion, Alachua
Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind (FSDB) Parent Infant Program (PIP) provides home based early intervention in the natural environments of infants and toddlers and supports children and their teachers in Pre-K classrooms. Together with the family, certified professionals address the family’s concerns and help to determine priorities for their child. Flexible Schedule. Resources Provided. Paid Travel & Training. For more information, click here.

Boulware Springs Charter (Northeast Gainesville)
Boulware Springs Charter is looking for teachers for our upcoming school year which starts July 9, 2018. We are a year-round school with an extended school day. Last year, our school was 5th out of over 3,000 schools in Florida for learning gains in reading.

Applicants must be driven individuals who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure student success. An ideal candidate is able to create and deliver engaging lessons to diverse groups of students at all levels. Strong classroom management is a must. The job requires an individual who is energetic, a creative thinker, self motivated, and dedicated to teaching children. Prior teaching experience is preferable. Please do not apply if you do not have a valid Florida teaching certificate. If interested, please contact the Director Kay Abbitt at or 352-244-9732.

Job Type: Full-time  /   Salary: $43,000.00 to $46,000.00 /year

Boulware Springs Charter (Northeast Gainesville)
This sub position is for a 1st grade classroom from May 1 – May 25. The hours are from 7:45 – 4:15 Monday – Friday. Responsibilities include implementation of lesson plans, grading as needed, and classroom management. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years college credit. If interested, please contact the Director Kay Abbitt at or 352-244-9732.

Job Type: Temporary  /  Salary: $18.00 /hour

Virtual Internship Program
The Bob Graham Center’s Virtual Internship Program (VIP) was designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of UF’s most motivated students while providing valuable work experience. Students will sharpen their communication skills and learn web-based proficiencies that any employer will find valuable. Internships bridge the gap between the educational and professional worlds and a virtual internship provides the added benefit of offering an experience that will prepare students for a 21st Century professional setting. Placement offices include iCivics, a national non-profit focusing on civics-based learning games in a digital environment, and the Levy County School District. Deadline to apply is May 5. For more information contact faculty advisor Dr. Kevin Baron at

KenMont and KenWood Camps Staff
Currently recruiting staff members for this summer at KenMont and KenWood Camps to work alongside 200 other college students. Some details about KenMont and KenWood Camps: We are a premier summer camp located in Kent, CT about 2 hours from New York City. We have a 200 acre facility which includes team sports, individual sports, waterfront activities, arts programs, and outdoor adventure activities! 

Our campers are from ages 8 to 15 and come from NY, NJ, CT, FL, MD, CA and various other places. Our staff is from all over the world- all across the US, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

If you are interested in working at a summer camp, please contact Liza Fishman at

Rotary Youth Camp of North Florida
Seeking to hire for the following summer camp positions: Camp Counselors, Activity Leaders (Archery, Drama, Recreation, Crafts, Music, etc.) Lifeguards, Nurses, and Cooks (must be able to do Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy, and Casein Free).Staff have 7 days of required training and 2 camp sessions. Session I: K-6 grade, Session II: 7grade and Up (including adults). Contact information and other details located on the attachment.

UAA Assistant Learning Specialist Position
The University Athletics Association, Inc. (UAA) at the University of Florida is currently seeking applicants to fill the position of Assistant Learning Specialist in the Otis Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence.

The Assistant Learning Specialist position is a two-year full-time (approximately 40 hours/week) paid internship intended to provide a practical, hands-on experience in the area of Learning Services Support for student-athletes while pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Florida.  Interested applicants can receive additional information and apply here.

Questions about the position and/or posting can be directed to

Childcare & Tutoring

NANNY FOR HOMESCHOOL BOYS: Hi! We are searching for an experienced and unflappable nanny for our two homeschooled boys, ages 9 and 7. If you love kids, are silly and fun, patient and kind, and can problem solve on your feet, then this is the job for you! We live in High Springs, a 20 minute drive north of Oaks Mall, 5 miles west of I-75.

The outcome for this position is to relieve some of the homeschool and household duties in care of our two boys so mom & dad can work. Hours required are two, four-hour shifts per week. Preferably M-W afternoons, however we can be flexible.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Creating a stimulating and creative environment. This is not a babysitting job. It requires your leadership in planning for activities, games, and projects that will be interactive and immersive for the boys.
  • Keep both boys engaged in either creative play or their homeschooling
  • Proactively caring for boys laundry (one load for each) and enlisting boys to help you with sorting & folding
  • Ensuring the boys put away their various projects and toys in the correct spot (!!) at the end of the day
  • Building a relationship of trust and expectation that you are their advocate and unconditional loving caretaker

We have a fantastic wooded backyard, cupboards overflowing with project materials, and a huge park and awesome library nearby.

The boys are sweet-natured and super-creative and will love your attention. Outdoor play is encouraged as well as imaginative play or project-based learning (no electronics!). They also love to read and narrate stories while you type them on their computer.

We are a laid-back family used to having nannies, so please feel free to speak up and ask any question! Note, one or both parents will be home during the day, however we are well-versed in staying out of your way. The kids will be 100% yours unless you ask us to step in to help. Please be comfortable with pets and have experience as a nanny as well as experience providing transportation for children.

PK Yonge teacher is searching for light cleaning help at home, with a possible opportunity to also babysit in the future. The position would start as 5 hours a week at $20 an hour and would include household chores such as dishes, laundry, and picking up around the house. The hours can be scheduled around your class times, but we would like them to be consistent from week to week. We are looking for someone who is reliable and responsible. For more information, email

Part time nanny needed

Monday to Friday 4.5 hours a day, for a happy 2.5 year old girl in our home. We live near the Millhopper library. Looking for someone to begin in March until at least August. The ideal candidate would be great with kids and dogs, reliable, trustworthy, creative and punctual. Please email me at Thank you!

Grad Student to start in August

I am looking for a grad student to help my 2 older kids….Noah going into 8th grade at Ft. Clarke and Mary going in 6th at Lincoln.
Starting Aug. Pref twice a week for both. preferable separate individuals. Female for my daughter and male for my son.


Hours for Noah: It would have to be sometime between 4-6:00 during the week and then once during the weekend (pref Sunday)
Hours for Mary: Between 4-6:00 during the week and then once on the weekend (pref Sunday)
Please contact Michelle Massias at 352-317-5726 or email

Study Abroad

Summer A 2018 Study Abroad Programs –Australia, New Zealand, and/or Fiji– Sustaining Humans and their Environments
Tourism, Recreation and Sports Management is offering three interdisciplinary study abroad programs with a focus on sustainability open to all majors: 
North Queensland, Australia – LEI 4955/LEI 6931 (6 credits) May 14th-June 10th, 2018. Field-based course including two research days on the Great Barrier Reef, live with an Australian farm family and study rural life, spend two nights in the Outback experiencing “life off the grid”, take part in a service learning project on an Aboriginal owned ranch, and finish the program exploring Sydney. 
New Zealand – LEI 4955/6931 (6 credits) May 15th -June 8th, 2018.  Field-based course with a focus on sustainability and natural resource management across the South and the North islands of New Zealand.  Learn about eco-tourism in Kaikoura and swim with dolphins, experience adventure tourism in Queenstown, learn about Maori culture, and visit Hobbiton and learn about movie related tourism  
Fiji – LEI 4955/6931 – (3 credits) June 10th-19th 2018.  Field-based course with three days working on an ecotourism project on Barefoot Island in the Yasawas, experience life in a traditional Fijian village, and visits to the Nadi craft markets. This program can be taken by itself for 3 credits or may be added to the North Queensland or New Zealand program for a total of 9 credits.
Find out more at our information session:  Wednesday February 28th Florida Gym 320 at 5pm.  
Contact Dr. Heather Gibson, for more information. Instagram @FloridaDownUnder; Twitter @FLDownUnder

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.

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