The Electronic VOYAGER Volume 22 – Number 1 – September 2009
International Conference May 2009 Winners: 10th Place: Global Issues Problem Solving/Team, Junior Division:
Corning Elementary, Corning, Iowa: Aunica, Beth, Mikayla, Regan LeAnn Morris, coach rd 3 Place: Presentation of Action Plans/Middle Division: Queen Elizabeth Hospital School, Bristol, Great Britain Oliver, Christian, Patrick, Alexander Bronnie Dullroy, coach rd 3 Place: Global Issues Problem Solving/Team, Senior Division: Eastern Iowa Home Schoolers, Iowa City, Iowa John, Rebecca, Brittany, Seth Paula Lawson‐Moore, coach th 5 Place: Scenario Writing/International Competition, Senior Division Gladbrook‐Reinbeck High School, Reinbeck, Iowa Angela Wrage Pattie Bailey, coach th 10 Place: Global Issues Problem Solving/Team, Senior Division: White Lake High School, White Lake, South Dakota Jill, Brandon, Mollie, Sam Linda Dodds, coach
KEEP IN MIND DATES (cut out & post): October 4‐6th: ITAG; Iowa FPSP will be there! Stop by the booth! October 20: Practice Problem #1/postmark date November 5‐8th: NAGC; Deb will be there & presenting as FPSPI Board Prez December 8: Practice Problem #2/postmark date December 15: Scenario postmark – EARLIER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS! December 18: CmPS registration form due January 5: CmPS Progress report due January 12: AbPS Junior/Middle first booklet due January 25‐29th: Qualifying Problem Competitions – check with your AEA for specific dates February 1: QP postmark date February 9: AbPS Primary booklet due March 16: CmPS to Iowa judges April 6: AbPS Junior/Middle second booklet due April 6: CmPS 6 page report and addendum to international office April 9/10: AFFILIATE BOWL, Iowa State University, Ames
GLOBAL ISSUES! It’s official! The Team Booklet component of Future Problem Solving is now named GLOBAL ISSUES PROBLEM SOLVING. After numerous surveys of affiliates worldwide and stakeholders outside of education, it was clear that Global Issues was the most meaningful term for our international program. NOVICE TEAMS This new component was so successful last year that we are continuing it this year. If you are a first or second year coach with first or second year FPSers, you qualify for the Novice Division. This division has evaluators who spend considerable time helping new teams develop their skills. HOME STAYS Three of our coaches, Paula Lawson‐Moore, Donna Bohlmann and Hollie Weber hosted IC‐bound students from Australia prior to IC 2009. The Australian FPSers had a wonderfully American experience staying a few days here in Iowa and so did our host families and friends. This coming year we want to make arrangements much earlier than we did last year. IC 2010 will be held at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, June 10‐13th so we will be checking with you sometime later this fall to see if you’d like to host students from another part of the world in early June. IOWA MENTORING We are currently ‘partnering’ with South Dakota. Their Affilate Director of some 30+ years has retired and until they find someone to take her place, Iowa has offered to provide basic services, such as registration and evaluation. We’re excited about this relationship with a near neighbor and hope their students will be able to attend our State Bowl. South Dakota will have their own IC invitations and so will we, just as it’s always been. So far we have registered seven SD teams and hope to have more!
Last year we mentored three teams from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital School, Bristol, Great Britain. The three teams, coached by Bronnie Dullroy, did so well that we recommended that they attend IC. Their Middle team members were the 3rd place winners in the skit presentations at IC! Ms. Dullroy and her students are hard at work again this year and their program has vastly expanded! They’ve even convinced another school to try FPS, and we will mentor them as well. That’s not all, folks! We have been asked to mentor Portugal with another delightful lady, Ivete Azevedo. Ms Azevedo is starting out with the Action‐based component, with the goal of moving into Community Problem Solving. We’re looking for Spanish‐fluent CmPSers who might be able to bridge the communication gap to help Ivete’s Portuguese students. Can anyone help? GOING GREEN It’s been a bit of a learning curve for me here to put all the materials into folders to send out as attachments to you when you register. I think we’re going along just fine now but it took some getting used to. I’m thrilled to think of the savings to the state program in postage and printing costs. We had hoped to have the ‘real’ online booklet ready from International this fall, but it’s still in the process of being created. I figure we’re a year away from having it for our affiliate use. So I worked first with the Google Docs program to see if we could get a booklet & evaluation program worked out. We could but it would be very cumbersome from my perspective – I’d have to assign each member of each team a different code number and I just didn’t want to go there. So I tweaked the booklet by simply ‘left aligning’ it and it appears that this should work for those of you who have teams and/or individuals who’d prefer to type in
their booklets. This option would only be for the two practice problems, however. I just haven’t had the time to sit and fool with an online evaluation document for our evaluators and I’ve now made the decision to NOT do so. We’ll just have to wait for the ‘bells and whistles’ online booklet program, which is being created this year. So, the typed booklet is purely an option for your teams that would prefer to type than handwrite. Please print out their work, affix the coversheet and send to me, as always. Be sure to include the team number! COVER SHEETS I first thought to tell you to use colored cover sheets for each booklet, but then I decided that was silly, as I am the only one who sees the covers so plain white is just fine! KATHY HENDERSON’S ONLINE COURSE Kathy is in the process of writing an introductory course for FPS. It’s really neat, is accessible online and it even has a quiz at the end! If you’d be interested in looking at her course which takes just a few minutes, do contact her: email@example.com. JUSTIN’S A DADDY! Justin Lightfoot and his lovely Tami are the proud parents of Kaylin Rebekah Lightfoot, born September 5th. She’s just beautiful and we wish they lived closer than Ballwin, MO so we could watch Kaylin grow up! Justin’s an attorney now but he still evaluates for us in IA and for the international program. We are very sharing but we are not ready to share Justin with our MO neighbors. REGISTRATIONS Registrations are coming in very nicely. We’re a little ahead of where we were last year at this time for Global Issues Teams, which is a good thing! I’ve just registered our 128th team this morning! We’ve got a good start on Global Issues Individuals as well as Action‐based Teams and Scenario Writers, too.
As soon as I receive your registration, I’ll email you out all the materials you’ll need for the component or components you’re signing up for. SCENARIO WRITING Do encourage your students to write a scenario – we’ve had some wonderful scenarios in the past and we want to see this continue. Students often write their scenarios on their own time and bring the scenario in for coach‐consultation. EVALUATORS Wow! We’ve trained six new evaluators this fall already! If you’re interested in training to be an evaluator, please contact Paula Lawson‐Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rena Vetter: email@example.com. Five of the six trainees are former FPSers! Former coaches, Tonya Nicholson, Pattie Bailey, Sheryl Bewyer, should be proud their students want to continue (forever…) as FPSers! AEA SUPPORT Each year I send a letter to the TAG liaison person at all our Iowa AEAs explaining what we’re doing in FPS. I also ask them to continue supporting our training efforts with a $250 fee. We don’t charge for training sessions and so we very much appreciate the financial support we get from the AEAs which helps defray our expenses in training. Last year we received the $250 from the following AEAs: AEA 1; AEA 11; AEA 9; Great Prairie AEA; AEA 10 and AEA 13. Of course, we are very grateful to AEA 267 which provides our program with an office and other services. BE SURE TO THANK YOUR AEA LIASON PERSON! REMEMBER Please remember ‐ DO NOT post any of the future scenes on the internet. Some affiliates use the practice problems as competitive problems. Our southern hemisphere affiliates have a completely different school year from ours so they are presently gearing up for their Affiliate Finals. Thank you!
PHOTOS FROM IC I’ll finish up with as many IC winners’ photos as I have. I’ll also include our two CmPS teams’ photos. Please bear with my inexperience in figuring out how to make these photos fit nicely in this newsletter. Know that I DID try! The photos may take a few minutes to load. But do wait for them. It’s well worth the wait to see these lovely
FPS faces! (Except for the goofy one at the very end – not you, Bronnie!) You might have to click to get some of the photos.
3rd Place: Global Issues Problem Solving/Team, Senior Division, with their Aussie Home Stay friends, in royal blue, who placed 1st/Team, Senior Division: The Eastern Iowa Home Schoolers:
from left to right: Brittany, Rebecca, Seth, John
5th Place International Scenario Winner: Angela Wrage
10th Place/Global Issues Team Problem Solving/Junior Division: “The Corning Girls”
from left to right: Beth, Mikayla, Regan, Aunica
Our Great Britain Friends/3rd Place Presentation of Action Plan/Middle Division: From left to right: Alex, Oliver, Deb, Christian (IC flagbearer from Great Britain), Patrick and Steve Ward, the viceprincipal
Our South Dakota Friends, the 10th Place Senior Division Global Issues Team at IC:
from left to right: Lindsey, Allison, Kristen, Nick, coach Linda Dodds
Rena Vetter’s students, Midland Community School, Iowa’s First Place/Middle Division CmPS champions:
from left to right: standing: Tiffany and Gabi seated: Tyler, Ryan, Cole
Hollie Weber’s students from Central Lee Middle School: Iowa’s CmPS Second Place/Middle Division Champions. From left to right, front: Jordan, Camille; back: Ramon, Alexis, Archie
Ivete’s poster about FPS in Portugal is on the next page. Is anyone able to translate it ? Her website is lovely also: www.tcportugal.org.
We have Bronnie Dullroy, Great Britain’s coach, and Deb finally getting to meet one another at IC:
That’s it, folks, until the next time! ENJOY YOUR WORK WITH FPSPI AND YOUR WONDERFUL STUDENTS!