Florida Association of Partners 
in Education 
 October/November 2015 Newsletter
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Up Coming Events
Family Engagement Month
Great American Teach-In
December 07th 
Deadline Nov 7th!
FAPE STEM One-Day Workshop
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation - NASA Educator Resource Center, Kennedy Space Center
Monday December 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM --
Blast off with FAPE for a one-day conference at the NASA Educator Resource Center. The focus is on STEM and parent/community engagement! Geared for teachers, volunteer coordinators, business partnership specialists, parents and administrators. Includes a box lunch, Imax and Astronauts Speak Theater, access to the Visitors Center and a parking pass and the 
NASA Educator Resource Center.

 Focus on STEM & Parent /Community Engagement! A conference for teachers, volunteer coordinators, parents and administrators. Register Now!
For more information contact Liz Stark @1-352-355-7250 x252 or email: flpie2014@gmail.com
January 27 - 29 2016
National Mentoring Month
2016 National Mentoring Summit
The National Mentoring Summit is convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and garners support from both the private and public sectors.

Florida Association of Partners in Education 
President's Message
It is my honor to recognize the recipient of the 2015 Adele  Graham Award to Sara Au, Business Partner  Coordinator,  Orange County Public Schools. This award is  presented  annually to recognize an individual district volunteer and  business partnership coordinator who has  given tirelessly to build the statewide school volunteer  program.
     Sara Au is President-Elect of the Florida Association of Partners in Education, runs the Orange County (Orlando) Partners in Education program. 
Left to right: Liz Stark, Sara Au & Michelle Roberge

     Orange County, Florida has more than 1,100 wonderful Partners in Education that contribute meaningfully to the 10th largest school district in the nation/ Sara manages those relationships and provides effective training for school- or department-based coordinators.
     Sara sits on the Superintendent Jenkins' Faith-Based Partners in Education Advisory Council, and has helped to spearhead the Fraternity & Sorority Initiative for volunteerism. She's cultivated a STEM-track of partnerships within her district, as well. Sara was in the inaugural class of the OCPS Management Leadership Academy, and is the author of two books on parenting.
      As you continue your incredible work around the state, please be aware of the support that you have from your FAPE organization as well as from each other. You're invited to contact any member of the FAPE Board regarding any area of assistance you feel we could provide. Please remember to visit the FAPE website (www.flpie.net) often as there are incredible resources located on this site.

With a smile,
Michelle Roberge, 
Florida Association Partners in Education, President
District Volunteer Coordinator, Pinellas County Schools

FAPE Board left to right: Dorothy Spradley, Liz Stark, Sara Au, Chephus Granberry, Misa Mills. Back row: Adrienne Jackson, Debi Elfen, Michelle Roberge and Kelli Walker

2015 Fall Leadership _______________________________________________________
On September 21-22, 2015, district volunteer and community involvement coordinators met at the Florida Department of Education's Fall Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Fall Leadership conference was held in conjunction with the Florida Department of Education's Educational Strategies and Student Engagement Institute. The Fall Leadership conference, which originated in 1975, has been providing training modules and materials for district coordinators for over three decades.

Mentor Success Stories - From Take Stock in Children
You only make a first impression once. Gary Avin, a mentor with the Take Stock in Children Lee County Program, remembers teaching this important life lesson to his young mentee. His student, Clifton, had arrived at a mentoring session wearing flip flop sandals with socks and a pair of sweatpants for a mentoring session. Gary spoke to him about his appearance, teaching him that first impressions always matter. Clifton protested at first, but the next meeting showed up with pants and close-toed shoes. This set the tone of his mentoring sessions with Gary.   Read more