Welcome to Learning is for Everyone of Tampa

LIFE of Tampa welcomes everyone, of all races, ethnicities, religions, family compositions, sexual orientations, learning styles, lifestyles, abilities and disabilities, and asks only that rules of civility, kindness and compassion be honored by all, for all.

This homepage and our online discussion group serve as an announcement and resource list for a variety of activities and events.

Visit LIFE of Florida for a great list of statewide and general learning resources.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Water Atlas Training for Homeschool Educators - Pinellas County

Pinellas County's Department of Environmental Management has a training opportunity for all home-school parent teachers. The Water Atlas is a website that houses regional water quality data, documentsand a great deal of educational material. A set of curricula has been written for use with the Water Atlas. The training is provided free of charge and lunch will be provided.

You can view the Water Atlas from the site below. The curricula are available directly from the website, just go to education and click on `Curriculum for Teachers'. There you will find PDF and MicrosoftWord versions of the Teacher's Guides and Student Handouts.


www.wateratlas.org is the regional website where other county information can be accessed.You may contact me by phone or e-mail if you or any other teachers you know would be interested in attending.

We are in the process of scheduling more daytime and evening dates so if you are interested but cannot attend, please let us know.

Thanks, we hope to see you this summer.

Anamarie Rivera
Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County Watershed Management Division
300 S. Garden Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33756Phone: (727) 464-4425
Fax: (727) 464-4403
Email: ARivera@PinellasCounty.org

First Amendment Class agenda & companion online site link

I'm posting the agenda for the 1st Amendment Class we're starting this afternoon at Jimmy Keel Library, along with the link the myicourse online companion material. Even if you can't make theclass, you're welcome to use the online resources:

First Amendment Class

Course Outline

Online companion material at University of LIFE


Class I - Monday June 30 – 3pm – 5pm

Constitution and Bill of Rights Overview

Introduction to the First Amendment

Class II – Monday, July 7, 3pm-5pm

Understanding Religious Liberty

We'll view 1st Freedom First film:

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Separation of Church andState…but Were Afraid to Ask

Class III – Monday, July 21, 3pm-5pm

Understanding Freedom of the Press

Panel discussion, Situational Ethics role play

Class IV – Monday, August 4 – 3pm-5pm

Understanding Freedom of Speech

Short film Case studies, Situation Ethics games

Class V – Monday, August 18, 3-5pm

Bringing it all Home –Understanding the Freedom of Assembly and Petition

And using the First Amendment in Your Life

To use the myicourse site, go to https://universityoflife.myicourse.com/user/register to register free for access to the First Amendment course material. Once your registration goes through (I think it's pretty quick), click on "Course Catalog" in the navigation menu on the left, then "enroll"in the First Amendment Multicourse Module.

Once you do, you'll see four courses -- try the pretest together, for fun, to see what you know already. Then the rest of the course material will become available to you. Don't worry about the "1000 hours" reference you'll see. It's just an arbitrary (large) number to keep the final assessment off line. And we're using "assessment" in the loosest sense of the word, here.

All of this is to be enjoyed at whatever level you'd like to enjoy it and, hopefully, to learn from it.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

First Amendment Class starts June 30 at Jimmy Keel Library

Our First Amendment class will start Monday, June 30th, at Jimmy Keel Library in Tampa and run from 3-5pm , two days a month.

The current class schedule is:
June 30th
July 7 & 21
August 4 & 18th

We can add more classes if needed, but we should be able to cover most of the material within 10 hours.

I'll be posting a suggested materials list soon, and hope to have the University of LIFE companion site up and running by the end of this week.

***Please RSVP with a final headcount of students (adults welcome!) by Friday, June 27.***

This class is best for youth 12 and up, and will cover a variety of information and cases pertaining to the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Email me at willinghamster @gmail.com to RSVP or with questions.

The class is free, but a Network for Good donation of your choice to Learning is for Everyone, under whose auspices I'm providing the class, would be very much appreciated.


Terri Willingham
LIFE of Tampa

Monday, June 16, 2008

Apple's Home to Homeschools

From Apple Computer:

Homeschooling has grown significantly over the past several years, with current estimates of up to 2.2 million homeschooled students. At Apple, we have focused on building technology solutions for education for over 25 years. And now, recognizing the growing demand of homeschoolers, we are making the full range of Apple's educational products and solutions available to homeschools.

You qualify as a homeschool if you:

*Provide a complete school curriculum for the children you homeschool
*Meet the homeschool (teaching) requirements set forth by your appropriate Department of Education

If you have further questions regarding verification, call us at 1-800-MY-APPLE.

* Buy a qualifying Mac and iPod with your Apple education discount from June 3, 2008, through September 15, 2008, while supplies last, and be eligible for a rebate up to $299. Terms and conditions apply.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

TBO.com: Home-schoolers Plant Garden At Starkey Preserve

Yay New Port Richey Homeschoolers! :-)

Complete story at http://suncoastpasco.tbo.com/content/2008/jun/14/pg-personal-growth/

NEW PORT RICHEY For several local home-schooled children, Starkey Environmental Education Center in Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is kind of a "school away from school.

"Hardly a week goes by that NPR Homeschoolers, a community organization of home schooling families, doesn't have some sort of a session at the center, usually tapping recreation leader Katie Mac Millen's vast knowledge of nature. Some weeks they are at the park more than once. They even have the occasional overnight event."

As home-schoolers, we don't limit ourselves to books," said parent Sandy Goldman. ...

From Hillsborough County Library Services Regarding Recent Circulation Policy Changes

June 14, 2008

Dear Library Customer

As the Manager of Materials and Circulation Services for Library Services Department, I am responding on behalf of Library Administration to any concerns related to recent changes in the library circulation policies. We sincerely regret any inconvenience or misunderstandings. These revised policies were approved by the Library Board as part of the library’s response to an audit performed by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Several of the audit findings related to how the library manages the risks to materials purchased with tax dollars. To ensure that amounts due for fines and lost materials do not become excessive, the limits were lowered in order to reduce risk. We understand that this does affect the borrowing habits of our customers like you who use the library heavily for purposes such as homeschooling. Please feel free to obtain a library card for each of your family members. A family of four could have 200 items checked out at one time and have 60 items on reserve. Our on-line catalog offers a feature called My Booklist. It saves titles into a customized list that is accessible through your library card record. If you look up a title, but have reached the request limit, you can press the Add to Booklist button (right next to the Place a Hold button) and it will automatically save the title for future reference or to place a request. A similar on-line tool can be found at LibraryElf.com.

Another factor taken into consideration by the Library Advisory Board was a comparison to other comparable or area libraries. The comparison showed that our previously very generous limits (99 books per card and 50 holds) were not similar to that allowed by most libraries. The attached chart illustrates how the revised limits bring us more in line with our peers around the state and locally.

Staff will continue to monitor individual needs and suggest ways to improve the borrowing program. I trust that you will continue to find many books of interest to you and your family in Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries. Please do let me know if you have any questions or other concerns and thank you for using your public library.


Marcee Challener
Manager, Materials & Circulation Services
Hillsborough County Library Services Department
900 Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

CC: Joe Stines, Director, Library Services Department