USFSM COE Faculty/Dean Participate in Imagination Conversations

On November 7th, 2011 at the Ringling College of Art and Design, members of the College of Ed faculty and the Dean met with diverse leaders from across professions to discuss the role of Imagination in their work and lives.  The Imagination Conversations are a part of a project of the Lincoln Center Institute as a 2 year national initiative of 4o conversations featuring a series of panel discussions.  The LCI  mission is “driven by its conviction that the imagination is an essential cognitive skill that can and should be taught… and that the arts enrich our schools, enliven our classrooms, and engage our students in exploring wondrous possibilities.”  Shown below from left to right are COE faculty members:  Dr. Tary Wallace, Dr. Lynn McBrien, Dr. Rebecca Burns, Dr. Lora Kosten and Dr. Liz Larkin.

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.

Dr. Tom Crisp Donates Children’s Books!

In today’s Manatee H-T is an article detailing Dr. Crisp’s ongoing work to donate $12,000 worth of children’s books to teachers, schools, school districts and others with a demonstrated a need, or a committment to social justice.  If you are interested, or know someone else who might be, please visit and follow the ‘book giveaway’ link to find details on how to apply. A minimum of one box of 5o books will be given away each month.

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.

Live Chat!

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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.