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Wednesday Update – November 7, 2018

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PATHWAYS TO TEACHING – Wednesday, November 14th

Current educators will share tips on how to build meaningful experiences that will prepare you for work in  a school.

Explore various opportunities that the College of Education and UF have that can lead you to becoming a teacher.

UF Master of Health Administration Open House – Friday, November 16th
Learn how YOU can make a difference with the UF MHA Program. Register Now!

International Education Week – November 12-16, 2018 
Please join us to celebrate International Education Week! The COE will celebrate with an international food tasting and other exciting festivities on Friday, November 16th, 2018, from 12:30pm-2:30pm located at Friendship Plaza on the northeast side of the COE library at Norman Village.

Student Intern Reception (Broward County) – Monday, November 19th
Representatives from Talent Acquisition/Instructional will be presenting valuable information about your transition to Broward County Public Schools. Topics presented will include application procedures, certification, compensation and new teacher support.

4th Annual SESPECS Research to Practice Symposium – Friday, November 30th, 10am-1pm   
The Fourth 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. Michael Coyne will serve as our keynote speaker highlighting his work in vocabulary development within an MTSS framework. Following our keynote presentation, refreshments will be served and students will display their own research work during a poster session. We cordially invite all UF College of Education faculty and students to attend this event.


Libraries Charity Drive   
Greetings! Our annual Charity Drive is going on now. You can find donation boxes located throughout the library branches for you to place your donations. See attachment for a list of items needed.

Graduate assistantships in Youth Development & Family Sciences   
Are you interested in becoming an academic, non-profit, or federal agency researcher?  Our graduate students are focused on cutting edge topics that will make them competitive across a range of prevention science opportunities. See attachment for details.

Assistantships are available, and the deadline for applications is January 15. For questions, please contact Coordinator of Academic Programs, Gregg Henderschiedt, at or Graduate Coordinator, David Diehl at

IES Education Policy Postdoctoral Position 
The Education Policy Initiative (EPI) seeks candidates interested in deepening their knowledge of rigorous, applied quantitative education policy research for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. We will accept applications submitted online. Please visit our website for instructions. We will begin reviewing applications on November 1 and will continue until the positions are filled. See attachment for additional details.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will hold an online information session on Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm eastern to discuss careers in community organizing with UF students and alumni interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice.  RSVP at

DART hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants’ rights
* Police accountability

Positions start January 14, 2019 in St. Petersburg and Jacksonville, FL, Columbus, OH, Lexington, KY and Charlottesville, VA.

Positions start August 12, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Fort Myers, FL, Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Columbus, OH, Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, and Columbia, SC.

Starting salary $38,000/year + benefits.

Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit Still have questions? Contact Hannah Wittmer at or (202) 841-0353.

Union County High School – Lake Butler, Florida
UCHS has two full-time instructional positions available for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • English Language Arts teacher (Grade 10)
    •  This position is currently filled by a long-term sub and is available immediately.
  • Intensive Reading teacher
    •  This position will be available on November 26.

For more information please contact Julee Ricketson at, or visit to apply.

Putnam County School District’s Job Openings – Application Deadline: Until Filled  *unless otherwise noted

Middleton Burney Elementary
Teacher, ESE Teacher

Interlachen High School
Teacher, Math/Science

Ochwilla Elementary
Teacher, VE

Kelley Smith Elementary
Teacher, FourthJenkins Middle School
Teacher, Civics 5-9 ESOL Preferred
*Application Deadline: November 13, 2018

Miller Middle School
Teacher, Science
Teacher, Social Studies

Price Middle School
Teacher, Science

Crescent City High School
Teacher, Math

Peaceful Paths Spring 2019 Internship
The Child & Youth Program at Peaceful Paths is looking for interns and student volunteers for the spring and summer semesters. Peaceful Paths is a certified domestic violence agency for the tri-county area. Many children are often affected by violence in their homes, our Child & Youth Program is dedicated to providing a variety free and confidential services to address their needs. The center provides our interns and volunteers with many opportunities for growth and learning in areas such as child welfare, victim advocacy, and primary prevention. We also go out into the community and work with youth from elementary to high school with curriculum focused on healthy friendships, relationships, and intimate partner violence prevention. A lot of our programming is developed by us and is a great opportunity to create, teach, and work with youth in our community. See attachment for additional details.

Teaching Opportunities in South Florida
Downtown Doral Charter Elementary and Upper School have an innovative bilingual and bicultural curriculum; approximately 60 percent of the instruction occurs in English and the rest either in Spanish or Portuguese. The elementary school started operations in the 2015-2016 school year but has received various awards and has achieved an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education.

Our upper school (6th – 12th grade program) opened in August 2018 with 6th grade only, however, it will open in August 2019 with 6th – 9th grade students.  Our enrollment will be growing from 100 students to 778 students in the next year.  Therefore, we will be hiring many teachers as the founding staff of this beautiful campus.  I invite you to view a short video that describes the bilingual and bicultural curriculum that we will offer.  The video also showcases the amazing brand new state of the art Downtown Doral Charter Upper School facilities. Visit Elementary and Upper School for the position vacancies.

Berkeley Academy Paid Summer Teaching Internship – Winter Application Deadline, December 3rd

June 3 – July 26: Highly selective, eight-week, competitively paid internship. ALL MAJORS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!

JOIN OUR TEAM AND MAKE AN IMPACT THIS SUMMER! Berkeley Preparatory School seeks passionate, optimistic, and tenacious college students to serve as our Berkeley Academy teachers this summer!

The Berkeley Academy helps highly motivated, low-income students in our Tampa Bay community reach their unique potential and achieve their dream of going to college.

Due to the competitiveness of this program, we strongly encourage interested applicants to apply by the winter deadline. Limited housing is available. Visit: to apply! Questions? Please contact Kim Graham Lawless, Director of the Berkeley Academy at 813-885-1673, ext. 2583

Summer Job Opportunity in Maine
Camp Laurel South is currently hiring camp counselors for the summer of 2019. 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.

Laurel South is considered one of the most prestigious children’s overnight residential summer camps in the nation. During the summer, we serve about 800 children (ages 7-15) and employ a staff of around 225. The majority of our staff are college students hired to teach an activity area, as well as living with a group of campers.  Our diverse program offers a wide range of activities from athletics, waterfront, inner arts, nature, adventure, culinary, etc.

If interested, please contact Drew at or call 800-327-3506. To apply online, visit our website at

Childcare – Tutoring

Childcare Needed
Gainesville family seeks afterschool childcare for four children ages 8, 7, 6 and 6 years old. If interested, please email Chris at

Tutors Needed
My name is Reathea Felder. My husband and I are over the youth ministry at my church Open Door Ministries. Our youth ministry ranges in ages from 13-18. Beginning in January, we would like to offer tutoring services to students especially those with difficulty in math, sciences, and reading. We would like to have a tutor once a week from 1-2 hours to assist students needing help in those areas. If anyone is interested please contact me at 727-515-5392 or email me Thank you

I am currently looking for a caregiver for my 22 year old son who is diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. Our current need is for the following:

– Hours: 3:30- 5:30pm Monday- Friday
– Clean driving record
– Safe and reliable transportation
– Must be able to pass all background checks
– Must be reliable
– Must be responsible, patient, offer guidance, be fun, and love to laugh

Our son is funny and goofy and and working on learning how to be an adult. We would like the applicant to be willing to help him with this journey. Work will include picking him up from his day program at 3:30 and then working with him until we come home at 5:30. We want someone who will guide him through daily living skill (but NOT DO these things for him). Also someone who will have fun with him and treat him like he is a young adult. Our son loves to be out in the community, he loves music and movies, and being goofy.

We are willing to hire more than one person if you cannot work all 5 days. If you are interested please contact Elizabeth Gutierrez

Tutor needed for High School Freshman
Looking for a tutor that has the educational skills and patience to tutor my 14 yr. old 9th grade daughter in the subjects of Math & Science. My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD she is very smart but gets bored/loses focus very easily. Looking for someone who may be able to introduce her to new strategies that will help her obtain the knowledge she being taught as well as effective studying habits. Tutoring needed Mondays and Wednesdays, Mondays and Thursdays, or Tuesdays & Thursdays for one hour during the times 6:00-8:00 (whichever time slot/days that works best for you). I can also be flexible with the days. We can discuss a neutral location to meet. If interested and for further details please email me

Babysitter Needed
Babysitter needed for 2 boys ages 14 & 12,  Monday-Friday from 7:15 to 8:50 and M, T, TR and F afternoons 3:00-5:30 (sometimes 4:30).  Hired sitter will take boys to their respective schools.  Schools near each other. Good driving record a must.  Rate: $10.00 HR. Other sitting opportunities may occur as current sitters schedules change.  Email:

Live-in nanny/Au Pair
Looking to offer a room (furnished or otherwise) in my home in exchange for part-time childcare help for my two boys ages 7 and 5. I am a single mother with shared custody, so there would be approximately 3 days a week when the children are not in the home (Monday morning until Thursday after school). Responsibilities would mirror that of an Au Pair: childcare help, especially on weekends, supervision and assistance with homework, chores, and home projects (like gardening or creative building).

Light household chores would be required, but mostly to set an example and model habits of participation and organization to the children. They are capable of their age-appropriate chores and are encouraged at all times to participate in every aspect of respecting and caring for our home ie.  straightening up, taking out trash/compost/recycling, loading and unloading dishwasher, setting the table, learning to cook/bake/sew, collecting/sorting/and putting away laundry, cleaning their own rooms/messes, watering plants, basic yard work, etc.

We enjoy an active lifestyle with limited screen time and a focus on diverse cultural and educational opportunities. We have a piano and craft room, which you would have access to. Artistic and musical activities are greatly encouraged, as are dance, performance arts, and martial arts. My main goal is having regular one-on-one time with each individual child, some nighttime babysitting, as well as the option to bring them on occasional weekend work trips and winter ski trips (all travel expenses would be covered).
You will have a private room, wi-fi, and full access to the shared rooms in the home.

Requirements: Good communication skills, a positive vibe, tidy habits, previous experience working with children, safe driving record, good references, non-smoker, and reliable vehicle. A native or fluent speaker of either German or Spanish preferred (this is a multilingual home). Please contact Geraecka at with references/resume, personal expectations, and what you are excited to contribute as a new member of our family.

Childcare opportunity – Spring Semester
We are seeking a responsible, fun, experienced childcare provider to work Mondays approximately 1:30-4:30pm to care for and transport our 9-year old daughter. She is easy, down to earth, and enjoys cooking, nature, reading, and art. Starting Jan 7th. NW Gainesville. 15$/hour. Also, occasionally need evenings and other days.  Must have reliable vehicle and a clean driving record. Please reply to if interested.

Looking to hire a reliable person to babysit our 3 year old son a few days a week starting immediately.  Would prefer Tuesday and/or Thursday from 8am to 4pm with some variability in hours. Responsibilities would primarily be for our preschooler but would need some after school assistance with 10 year old twins on a rare occasion.  Some light household chores would be required at times (general straightening up, folding toddlers clothes, some dishes, etc)

Requirements: Prior experience as a babysitter/nanny, safe driving record, good references, non-smoker, and reliable car. Please contact Janna at with references/resume.

Spring 2019 – Courses and Seminars

EDG 4910: Education Undergraduate Research (in School Mental Health)
Dr. Joni Splett’s research focuses on the prevention and intervention of emotional and behavioral concerns for youth in schools. She is currently working on projects related to universal mental health screening, child and adolescent mental health service utilization trends in school and community settings, expanding multi-tiered systems of support to be inclusive of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention (Interconnected Systems Framework), and continued development and testing of a cognitive-behavioral, self-regulatory intervention for girls in middle school demonstrating relationally aggressive behaviors and their families called GIRLSS (Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports).

To participate in this research you will need to sign up for the spring 2019 course EDG 4910 (see attachment). Please email to receive an application. Applications are currently being accepted. Additional Course details can be found here.

African Americans in Paris Spring Break Class
Dr. Sharon Austin, Director of the African American Studies Program and Professor of Political Science, is teaching an African Americans in Paris class during spring break 2019. 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 $2750 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.  If interested, please apply here.

EDG 6931: Doctoral Seminar on Rural Education 
Although nearly one-third of Florida’s schools are considered “rural” following US education definitions of rurality (NCES, 2004, 2006), we know very little about how schools function in rural settings (Nugent, Kunz, Sheridan, Glover, & Knoch, 2017) and ways to improve learning for rural students. This advanced graduate level seminar explores rural education, and unpacks ‘rurality’, stereotypes and beliefs surrounding rural schools. Additional course details here.


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