Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate receives Fulbright Award-Visits USFSM Campus!

Michael Jones, a graduate of our Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education K-6/ESOL (MAT), was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study teaching practices in Laos over the next 10 months to determine which are most effective in that nation and why.  Before he leaves, Michael will visit our campus on Monday, 6/25 and address students, graduates and faculty at Johnathan’s Cafe at 3:00 pm.  Michael graduated from New College with a degree in psychology and political science and then went on to graduate with a master’s degree in teaching at USFSM.  Since 2007, Michael has taught in Thailand, Cambodia and Florida.  In 2011, Jones founded Open Equal Free, a nonprofit Internet-based organization that seeks to make basic materials  about teaching strategies, suitable for use worldwide, accessible at no cost to schools. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to listen to Michael address education in rural, third world settings, Fulbright awar ds and teaching, and Open Education Resources and TeachBuzz lesson plans.

6th Annual Children’s Literacy Symposium Dates Announced!

The theme and the dates for  2012 USFSM College of Education Children’s Literature Symposium (CLS) have been announced.  The theme is “The Same Text but Different:  Variants in Children’s Media” and the sympoisum will be held on the USFSM campus on Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Perry Nodelman (Ph.D., Yale University), Professor Emeritus at the University of Winnipeg and author of Words About Pictures:  The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books, and The Hidden Adult:  Defining Children’s Literature among others. Visit for information and online registration.

Art Installation of Rogers Garden Elementary Young Artists

On Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10 am just outside the College of Education wing on the 3rd floor, come see the wonderfully creative expressions  by 5th grade student artists from Rogers Garden Elementary School!  In collaboration with the College of Education under the guidance of Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, the children were asked to draw a picture in response to the theme of “What I Can Be with a College Degree.”  This art installation event is open to the public.

Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies

Join us for a midday treat of cookies and Innovative Teaching Strategies, Friday November 18th at 11:45 in the Selby Auditorium. Janet King will share her experiences with online course development, and discuss the instructional design process.  Please RSVP to Steph at Thank You, and I hope to see many of you there!

Check out the Hallway

Noticed the beautiful artwork in the first floor hallway?  Take a peek!  Eleven local artists have their work displayed at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces showcased or for a list of artists contact the College of Education for more information.