Dr. Liz Larkin Recognized for her Service by Faculty Peers

At the Faculty/Staff Recognition Day event hosted by Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford on Aprl 12, 2012, Dr. Liz Larkin from the USFSM College of Education was recognized for her exemplary service as a faculty member both within the university and in the community.  The award was determined by her faculty peers.  Congratulations to Dr. Larkin for a well deserved recognition!

Spring 2012 Commencement Honors College of Ed graduate, Kate Shackelford

Yeterday, Kate Shackelford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. That in itself is a wonderful accomplishment, but Kate was also awarded the Golden Bull Award for Service and Leaderhsip for creating programs to inspire elementary school students from tough socio-economic neighborhoods to include college in their future. Congratulations to Kate! To read more, click here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/05/07/4028807/a-passion-to-survive-and-a-passion.html#storylink=cpy

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 PRIDE@sar.usf.edu  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:  https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/449/personalopt2.asp?formid=meetcyd&c=7229968

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 sarasotagov.com .

Calling all Teachers: 2 For 1 on Friday, 2/24! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Join us at 4:00 pm in B-226 for an information session about our graduate programs and stay for a presentation by Dr. Louise Wilkinson, sponsored by the Bay Area TESOL organization, on ‘Understanding Language in Diverse Classrooms:  What All Teachers Need to Know’!  RSVP for the presentation to www.sarasota.usf.edu/TESOLevent

Contact Diane Lewis, Graduate Program Academic Advisor for the COE, at dlewis@sar.usf.edu or (941) 359-4217 to come to the info. session.  Hope to see you there!

Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT)

The USFSM College of Education is proud to announce the formation of PAInT!  Under the leadership of Dr. Larkin and the PAInT Advisory Board, this program addresses the conclusions from recent studies that regardless of economic background or academic ability, students learn well through art. Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Terry Osborn, sees this organization and movement as positive way to impact what USFSM graduates do for local schools.  Come join the fun at any of the upcoming events putting these theories into practice or contact Dr. Larkin at llarkin@sar.usf.edu to find out more:

Children’s Literature Symposium:  February 3-4, 2012   http://www.childrensliteraturesymposium.org 

USF (SM)2 Art Fair:  March 3, 2012 To register, go to www.sarasota.usf.edu/smart/ 

More information forthcoming about Pt. 2 of the Imagination Conversations, a conference in April and the annual Perlman Music Program during the winter holidays.