Classroom Management Workshop Scheduled for March 29th

USFSM College of Education and the PRIDE (Promoting Recruiting, Increasing Diverse Educators) organization is proud to present a free training workshop with Jim Shaulis, Sarasota County School Board Professional Development representative, on Classroom Management.  This workshop will help both new and experienced educators who are current students in the College of Education at USFSM learn how the classroom environment affects student achievement, how to develop and implement an effective behavior plan, and how to make the connection between classroom management and instruction among other topics.  This workshop is free and includes dinner but you must RSVP to attend.  To RSVP contact the organization at  and note your name and whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student at USFSM.

The Importance of Youth Purpose and How to Support It Webinar on 3/22/12 with Dr. Jenni Mariano

The concept of youth purpose is based on the work by William Damon at the Stanford Center on Adolescence over a number of years.  This topic was the focus of the Winter 2011 New Directions for Youth Development  entitled ‘Support and Instruction for Youth Purpose.’  This webinar will feature guest speakers Dr. Jenni Menon Mariano, who edited the volume, as well as authors Betsy Levine Brown and Devora Shamah, a researcher.  The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 22 trom 1:30-3:00 EST and is free, but registration is mandatory.  Visit this link to register:

Dr. Byrd-Blake Selected as Panelist for Discussion on the Evolving Structure of Public Education: March 8, 6-8 pm

On Thursday, March 8th from 6-8 pm at the Harvest Tabernacle Church (209 North Lime Ave. in Sarasota), Dr. Byrd-Blake will serve as a panelist for an important panel discussion on the current state and future of community safety and the evolving structure of public education.  This panel is part of the Sarasota City-County District 1 Community Forum hosted by the City of Sarasota Commissioner Willie C. Shaw and Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason. For more information, please contact Shavon Reed-Agard, Communication Coordinator for the Newtown-North Sarasota Redevelopment Office at (941) 365-2200 ext. 3221 or .