Florida Department of Education Warns Teacher Preparation Participants That Data May Have Been Accessed Without Authorization

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Florida Department of Education Warns Teacher Preparation Participants That Data May Have Been Accessed Without Authorization

~ No indication data has been used inappropriately ~

Tallahassee, Fla. (June 21, 2013) – Personal information of teacher preparation program participants was exposed on the Internet during a transfer of data between servers housed at Florida State University, the entity performing work under contract with the Florida Department of Education.

During the transfer in late May, FSU’s Florida Center for Interactive Media moved the data to a new server, but failed to enact security measures to restrict access to only authorized individuals.

For a period of 14 days, personal information of about 47,000 participants in Florida teacher preparation programs during academic years 2009-10 through 2011-12 was publically accessible. (Note: academic years include summer, fall and spring semesters, so the last participants affected by the breach were enrolled in spring 2012.) FDOE was made aware of the failure to properly secure the data on June 11 and immediately worked with university officials to close the access, clear all cached data files, and run security checks to ensure the information was only accessible by authorized users.

An initial investigation indicates the personal information may have been accessed 23 times via Google, which may have included unauthorized access. There is no indication the data has been used inappropriately. The university and the department are notifying through all possible means any individuals whose information may have been exposed.

“This is unacceptable. All Floridians deserve our unceasing protection of their personal information and must have confidence that it will never be exposed for the potential of illegal use,” said Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett. “I have ordered a top to bottom review of the security of every database and our staff is expediting the transfer of all confidential information into servers directly monitored and secured by the department.”

“The university takes the protection of personal information very seriously and took immediate action to remedy the situation,” said Liz Maryanski, FSU’s vice president for university relations. “We are working closely with the Department of Education to notify those affected and will continue to assist.”

In addition to contacting those that may have been affected, the department will have staff available Monday to assist anyone who may have been impacted. That number is 866-507-1109 and will be in operation Monday afternoon. The cost of ID protection will be provided for those affected.

While the incident is being investigated, program participants who suspect their Social Security number or other personal information may have been misused or that they may be the victim of identity theft should contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338). Affected persons may also call their local sheriff’s office and file a police report of identity theft, keeping a copy of the police report.

To protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft, individuals are encouraged to place a free fraud alert on their credit files. A fraud alert notifies creditors to contact individuals before opening new accounts in their name. Call any one of the three major credit reporting agencies at the numbers below to place a fraud alert and receive letters from the agencies with instructions on how to receive a free copy of their credit report.

Experian – 1-888-397-3742
Equifax – 1-888-766-0008
TransUnion – 1-800-680-7289

USFSM Alums hired at local schools

Six alumni from the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have recently been hired by local schools.  Heidi Keegan, a 2012 graduate from the Masters in Educational Leadership program has been hired as an Assistant Principal at Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda.  Dave Masony, a 2011 graduate of the Masters in Educational Leadership program was hired by Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, also as an Assistant Principal.  Neil Armstrong Elementary School hired Grace Shepard as an Assistant Principal.  Grace graduated in 2012 with her Masters in Educational Leadership.  Valley Hayes, a 2012 graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, was hired to a full-time teaching position with Toledo Blade Elementary School in North Port.  Manatee High School has hired Melissa Gagnon as Assistant Principal.  Melissa graduated in 2009 with her Masters in Educational Leadership.  Lastly, Amanda Semrinec, who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2011 was hired to teach 6th grade math at Manatee School for the Arts.

“We are so proud of all of our graduates,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “I think it speaks volumes about our program to hear that students who graduated two and three years ago are reconnecting with faculty as they look for jobs and that the faculty are more than willing to be references for these students.  A University level education is about so much more than what happens in the classroom.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Master’s Degree information session on July 11th

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will be hosting a Master’s Degree information session for anyone interested in learning more about the available programs this fall.  It will take place at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Wednesday, July 11th from 6-7pm.  The event is free and open to prospective students and their guests.

The session will include information about the following Master’s degree programs: Business Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, Hospitality Management, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Reading Education, Teaching in Elementary Education, Teaching in Exceptional Student Education, and English Education.  A brief overview of admissions processes, financial aid, and other services will also be available. Attendees will be given a campus tour and will have the opportunity to meet with Academic Advisors who will discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other pertinent details.

Registration can be found by visiting www.usfsm.edu/admissions and clicking on the event link.  Questions about USFSM can be directed to 941-359-4330 or kjander2@sar.usf.edu.

Three faculty members awarded for excellence at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Three faculty members at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) have recently been awarded for excellence. Nominations were solicited from a variety of people for each award, including students, deans and faculty members.

Eleven nominations were submitted for the Excellence in Teaching Award and Dr. Anurag Agarwal, Associate Professor of Information Systems/Decision Sciences in the College of Business, was selected from those nominees by the Faculty Senate’s Awards & Rewards Committee for his diligence, creativity, and his ability to successfully teach some of the more difficult courses offered at USFSM.  Dr. Agarwal was also recognized for his assistance to other faculty members looking to strengthen their own teaching.

The Excellence in Research Award nominees were selected by USFSM faculty members and deans.  Five faculty members were nominated and Dr. Jim Unnever, Professor of Criminology in the College of Arts & Sciences, was selected based on his extensive body of research, the fact that his research has been cited by other researchers over 1300 times, his publications in the top journals in his field, and his ongoing research work.

The Excellence in Service Award encompassed service to the university, service to the academic discipline, and service to the community. Nominations were solicited from all of the members of the USFSM community for this award. There were eight nominees for this one and Dr. Elizabeth Larkin, Professor of Childhood Education in the College of Education, was selected by the committee for her extensive contributions to USF as a faculty governance leader, her consistent service as a journal editor and reviewer over the years, and for her work with children in the local community through Schools and the Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization.

The awarded faculty members were announced at a Faculty & Staff Recognition event held on campus.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Alumnus Awarded a Fulbright Research Postgraduate Grant

Michael Jones, an alumnus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education has been awarded a Fulbright Research postgraduate grant to Laos. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Laos and maintenance for the academic year.

Jones received his Master’s Degree in Teaching from the USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2007. He is the executive director of Open Equal Free (OEF), a not for profit he established that works to improve the quality of education in the developing world. OEF connects educational professionals to lesson plans, news, information, networking opportunities and other resources. He has served on the board of directors for a local and national nonprofit in the US, taught for six years both in the US and abroad, and worked as a teacher trainer and education consultant for an NGO in Cambodia. Jones has given presentations on developing curricula for the developing world in Singapore, on rethinking Education for Development, in Cambodia, and on the power of the open content movement at TEDx.

“I’m so excited to have been awarded a Fulbright grant,” said Jones. “Not only is it a tremendous honor, but it will allow me to continue my work on improving the quality of education in the developing world. I’ve always thought, and research repeatedly shows, that education is a vital key for improving one’s life. I feel so lucky to be empowered to spend a year helping to improve lives in Laos, and hope to make my work adaptable and usable in countries all over the world.”

The Fulbright research grant will allow Jones to travel to Laos and research educational practices being implemented in Laotian schools and the effectiveness of NGOs at influencing and improving pedagogy in the schools they work with. He will be looking at how well modern educational practices are being adapted for Laotian schools and what difficulties teachers and NGOs face in adapting them. Jones will be working with both Open Equal Free and Child’s Dream to connect with schools and create resources (lesson plans, learning materials, and activities) designed to improve education and teacher quality in Laos.

“Michael has a strong commitment to Open Education Resources and Creative Commons licensing. He is successfully working to meet the educational needs of children in rural Cambodia, but in a much larger sense, he is a leader in modeling how effective education is practiced in the 21st Century,” said Dr. Rebecca Burns, Asst. Professor of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) USFSM College of Education and one of his former professors.

The Office of National Scholarships identifies, recruits and mentors high achieving students to apply for national merit scholarships across all disciplines. The scholarships and fellowships are for creative, motivated and academically strong students who are leaders in and out of the classroom.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Three awardees to be recognized at USF Sarasota-Manatee Commencement on May 6

On Sunday, May 6, 2012, two students and one professor will be recognized during the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s (USFSM) Commencement ceremony at the Manatee Convention Center for outstanding achievements.

Kate Shackelford, a senior graduating with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, has been selected to receive the Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by USFSM’s Student Government Association.  As President of the PRIDE (Promoting, Recruiting, Increasing Diverse Educators) Club on campus, Kate played an active and hands-on roll in her education.  She held internships at both Ballard Elementary School and Rogers Garden Elementary School during her time as a student and hopes to obtain full time employment locally now that she has graduated.  As a result of Kate’s leadership, PRIDE has volunteered at events like the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival and organized a Homecoming Dress Drive with Southeast High School to allow students to have access to dresses for school dances.  Kate also works part-time by giving private horse riding lessons to youth and is a Big Sister with the Big Brother, Big Sister organization of Manatee County and helped facilitate a partnership between the organization and PRIDE.

Shawna Machado, a senior graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award.  This award is presented by the Alumni Association.  Working on plans to study abroad on a Fulbright Scholarship before returning to USF Sarasota-Manatee for a Master’s Degree, Shawna embodies outstanding in more ways than one.  A member of the Social Justice Initiative, the Psychology Club and the Sarasota School of Social Justices, she also works as a Family Advocate for Hope Family Services and volunteers in the community on top of maintaining her status as a full time student.  She is passionate about serving the underserved, working with victims of abuse and homelessness, and speaking for those who do not have a voice.

Professor Ross Alander, Senior Lecturer in Management Studies for the College of Business, has been selected by the students as the Spring 2012 Outstanding Professor.  He has an extensive and comprehensive background in Human Resources and Organizational Development in health care, the auto industry, professional employer organizations, with service companies, with professional groups, the public sector and not for profits.  Ross has held a number of management/leadership positions at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors, including being a factory (foreman) supervisor.  Moving into the area of health care, he served as Personnel Administrative Manager of E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing (Michigan) and as Vice President of Human Resources at Lansing General Hospital (Michigan), then for 10 years as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Tampa General Hospital, where he led a team of 200 members.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and economics and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and recently attended the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law.

Florida Teacher Evaluations Discussion to be held April 27

On Friday, April 27, 2012, local teachers, administrators, and those considering careers in education are invited to attend “Florida Teacher Evaluations: Your Job Depends on It” from 4-6:30pm in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  Hosted by USFSM’s College of Education, this event will feature local Principals from Manatee, Sarasota and Pasco counties who will discuss the Teacher Evaluation Model adopted in Florida and how it is interpreted in each district.

The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating an RSVP is required.  A link to the RSVP form can be found by visiting the College of Education website at www.sarasota.usf.edu/COE.  Questions about the event can be emailed to Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, at mbyrdblake@sar.usf.edu.  This event is also serving as the West Central Symposium for FATE (Florida Association of Teacher Educators.)

5th grade students invited to (SM)2ART Fair at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On March 3, 2012 the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will host the (SM)2ART Fair for 5th grade students.  (SM)2ART stands for Sarasota-Manatee Sensational Mathematical Art and was developed by Dr. Patricia Hunsader, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Children’s Literature in the College of Education (COE) at USFSM along with a team of USFSM students majoring in Education at the university.

“At the USF (SM)2ART Fair, math, art, and fun will collide in an array of neon,” said Dr. Hunsader.  “Fifth-graders will experience over twenty-five hands-on mathematical art projects that allow them to explore shapes, symmetry, optical illusions, pop-ups, fractals, origami and more. This is math like you’ve never seen it – engaging, exciting, motivating…..and educational, too!”

This free event for 5th grade students will take place at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail from 9:30-12:30pm on Saturday, March 3rd.  Space at the event will be limited and pre-registration is required.  The online registration form can be found at www.sarasota.usf.edu/smart.  Once registration is full, a waiting list will be developed.  Questions about the smart fair can be emailed to Dr. Hunsader at hunsader@sar.usf.edu.

The College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing those who enter the field of education as teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles in business, industry, and the non-profit sector related to education.  Our graduates are in demand throughout the state and region for their excellent preparation to impact learning.  The USF College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  To receive national accreditation, a college must meet the six NCATE standards.

5th grade students invited to (SM)2ART Fair at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On March 3, 2012 the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will host the (SM)2ART Fair for 5th grade students.  (SM)2ART stands for Sarasota-Manatee Sensational Mathematical Art and was developed by Dr. Patricia Hunsader, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Children’s Literature in the College of Education (COE) at USFSM along with a team of USFSM students majoring in Education at the university.

“At the USF (SM)2ART Fair, math, art, and fun will collide in an array of neon,” said Dr. Hunsader.  “Fifth-graders will experience over twenty-five hands-on mathematical art projects that allow them to explore shapes, symmetry, optical illusions, pop-ups, fractals, origami and more. This is math like you’ve never seen it – engaging, exciting, motivating…..and educational, too!”

This free event for 5th grade students will take place at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail from 9:30-12:30pm on Saturday, March 3rd.  Space at the event will be limited and pre-registration is required.  The online registration form can be found at www.sarasota.usf.edu/smart.  Once registration is full, a waiting list will be developed.  Questions about the smart fair can be emailed to Dr. Hunsader at hunsader@sar.usf.edu.

The College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing those who enter the field of education as teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles in business, industry, and the non-profit sector related to education.  Our graduates are in demand throughout the state and region for their excellent preparation to impact learning.  The USF College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  To receive national accreditation, a college must meet the six NCATE standards.

Community members tapped for PAInT Advisory Board at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Several members of the community involved in either arts, education or both have been asked to join the PAInT (Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching) Advisory Board for the College of Education (COE) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The group has been tasked with making local connections that will help the College of Education (COE) begin developing curriculum centered on arts infusion.

Dr. Elizabeth Larkin, Professor of Childhood Education in the COE is the lead for this new initiative and is excited about what it will mean for students, both at the University and in the local schools.  “Our USFSM College of Education graduates will benefit from the faculty partnering with a variety of arts organizations and collaboratively exploring effective curriculum design and strategies for enhancing learning,” she said.  “We are focused on developing critical and imaginative literacies to help students listen carefully to different perspectives, reflect on professional practices, find innovative solutions by reframing problems, and express ideas with clarity and conviction. We will be documenting our work, and using the outcomes to build our programs.”

While the initiative is still in its early stages, the university has already incorporated several activities and events to its annual agenda that help make PAInT a reality.  In early February, the Children’s Literature Symposium, in its 6th year, will bring together educators for a two day workshop exploring variants in children’s media.  Then, in early March, 5th graders from around the county are invited to participate in the SMART Fair on campus, an event that allows students to make the connections between math and art by participating in hands on activities.  These events, along with classroom curriculum, faculty brainstorming sessions and involvement by the local arts community will continue to unfold this initiative.

“PAInT really does set us apart,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education.  “It’s going to allow our students the opportunity, through their internships and teaching in the local schools, to take advantage of the tremendous resources we have in this community and take those to the classroom.  It will create a learning environment in our local schools like none other.  We are very excited about that.”

Members of the PAInT Advisory Board are: Shelly Dorfman with the Lincoln Center Institute; Nancy Roucher, a member of the Arts Education Task Force; Stephen Miles, Provost, New College of Florida; Judy Sedgeman, newly appointed Director at Manatee Tiger Bay; Johnette Isham, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton; Elizabeth Power, Executive Director of the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast; Robert Warren, Director of Education and Community Engagement at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Gregory Chesnut, Director of Music at First Congregational Church; Angela Hartvigsen, Fine Arts Program Specialist for the School Board of Sarasota County; and Sherry Lawrence, Curriculum Specialist, K-12 Arts & Gifted Education Director and Project STAGE for Manatee County Schools.

Recently COE faculty participated in a one day retreat led by Shelly Dorfman and Nancy Roucher where they were submerged into arts integrated learning.  The retreat utilized books, artwork, music and creative discussion to help the faculty members grasp how impactful arts integrated teaching can be.  Due to the successful nature of the discussion and experiences at the retreat, the COE has scheduled a follow up meeting to continue in their discussions and to begin to work through how these new tools will be integrated into their own teaching.

The College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing those who enter the field of education as teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles in business, industry, and the non-profit sector related to education.  Our graduates are in demand throughout the state and region for their excellent preparation to impact learning.  The USF College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  To receive national accreditation, a college must meet the six NCATE standards.

Sixth Annual Children’s Literature Symposium to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) to be held on Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th.  This year, the Children’s Literature Symposium brings together presenters from across the United States and internationally who address the topic of “variants” in children’s and young adult literature and media: books with plots that build upon folklore or other previously written tales.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s symposium is Dr. Perry Nodelman: Professor Emeritus at the University of Winnipeg; author of Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books, The Pleasures of Children’s Literature (with co-author, Mavis Reimer), and The Hidden Adult: Defining Children’s Literature.

“The Children’s Literature Symposium highlights one of the most effective ways to have a positive impact on a child’s educational future: reading,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean & Professor in the College of Education at USFSM.  “The College of Education is pleased to sponsor the symposium, offering insights to scholars and teachers, both current and future, and bringing internationally-known expertise to Sarasota and Bradenton as only a hometown research university can do.”

Registration includes light lunch, snacks/beverages on Friday, as well as continental breakfast, lunch, snacks/beverages throughout the day Saturday.  More information about the Children’s Literature Symposium can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/coe/ where online registration is also hosted.  Questions can also be directed to Diane Lewis in the College of Education at 941-359-4217.

The College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing those who enter the field of education as teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles in business, industry, and the non-profit sector related to education.  Our graduates are in demand throughout the state and region for their excellent preparation to impact learning.  The USF College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  To receive national accreditation, a college must meet the six NCATE standards.

USF Sarasota-Manatee fall Commencement to be held at Van Wezel this Sunday

On Sunday, December 11th  the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will hold its 56th Commencement Convocation for the Fall 2011 graduating class at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in downtown Sarasota.  Beginning at 2:00pm, the ceremony will recognize 38 Master’s degree candidates and 230 undergraduate students.  Dr. Arthur M. Guilford, Regional Chancellor, will represent USFSM and USF Board of Trustees Vice Chair Harold W. Mullis will preside.

During the ceremony, several awards will be presented, including: Outstanding Professor, presented by the graduating class to Dr. Patricia Hunsader in the College of Education; Outstanding Graduate, presented by the USF Manatee-Sarasota Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to Krystalle Nichols, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education; Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the graduating class to Andrea Javed, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Accounting through the College of Business; and the Webeke Award, presented by the graduating MBA cohort to classmate Joseph Ramsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tricia D. Hunsader is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate mathematics education. Dr. Hunsader earned her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education and a cognate in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2005.  Dr. Hunsader is co-author of Mathematical Literacy: Helping Students Make Meaning in the Middle Grades (2008) and has published articles in journals including Reading Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, Dimensions in Mathematics, Florida Reading Quarterly, Principal, and Education Digest. Her research interests focus on elementary mathematics classroom assessment, the link between reading and mathematical problem solving, and the influence of mathematics curriculum on student achievement. She has conducted Hands-On Mathematics teacher workshops in the United States, Guatemala, and at several schools in Cambodia. She is passionate about her work with the Asia’s Hope orphan organization in Cambodia, and travels there twice annually.  One of Dr. Hunsader’s career goals is to equip her students to be effective teachers of mathematics by developing their conceptual understanding and their love of the subject. She is honored to receive this award as a confirmation that her students have learned to share her enthusiasm for teaching mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Javed, an Accounting major in the College of Business, was born in Manila, Philippines.  She came to the United States with her family at the age of 16.  She graduated from Lecanto High School and holds both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degree in Accounting.  She has lived in Sarasota for 5 years with her husband, Adnan.  While a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Andrea was an active member of the Accounting Society for 3 years and has carried various roles with the club, including President.   During her year as president, she facilitated five Accounting Society events with participation from as many as 125 accounting students per event.  While remaining committed to her studies as a USFSM student and remaining involved with the Accounting Society, Andrea has also worked full-time as Accounts Receivable Specialist.  Andrea graduates today with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proud member of Sigma Phi Theta, Krystalle Nichols is graduating today with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.  During her time as a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Krystalle was involved with USFSM2, a club dedicated to teaching math in low-economic schools and PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators.)  While remaining active in each of these groups, Krystalle also held internships with Rogers Garden Elementary School and Willis Elementary School and currently holds a position with A Readiness Learning Academy as Lead School Age Teacher.  Krystalle has found the time to volunteer in the midst of her many commitments at Math Nights for two elementary schools, the walk for Juvenile Diabetes, and has been a fundraiser for Myakka State Park and the “Backpack for Kids” program at the Salvation Army.  On top of all of these activities, Krystalle has maintained a near perfect GPA and graduates today Magna Cum Laude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Chicago, IL, Joe Ramsay, winner of this year’s Webeke Award, grew up in Oakville, CT.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, PA where he also did some graduate level work in Organizational Leadership.  Joe is currently a Sales Manager and plans to use his MBA to obtain a leadership role.  “The professors challenged me with new material, new ways of viewing a problem, and gave me concrete tools to use in the marketplace,” he said.  “They knew and loved their subject matter deeply and inspired their students to dig-in as well. They teach from their own passion, and that resonates deeply.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee fall Commencement to be held at Van Wezel this Sunday

On Sunday, December 11th  the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) will hold its 56th Commencement Convocation for the Fall 2011 graduating class at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in downtown Sarasota.  Beginning at 2:00pm, the ceremony will recognize 38 Master’s degree candidates and 230 undergraduate students.  Dr. Arthur M. Guilford, Regional Chancellor, will represent USFSM and USF Board of Trustees Vice Chair Harold W. Mullis will preside.

During the ceremony, several awards will be presented, including: Outstanding Professor, presented by the graduating class to Dr. Patricia Hunsader in the College of Education; Outstanding Graduate, presented by the USF Manatee-Sarasota Chapter of the USF Alumni Association to Krystalle Nichols, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education; Golden Bull Service and Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the graduating class to Andrea Javed, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Accounting through the College of Business; and the Webeke Award, presented by the graduating MBA cohort to classmate Joseph Ramsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tricia D. Hunsader is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate mathematics education. Dr. Hunsader earned her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education and a cognate in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2005.  Dr. Hunsader is co-author of Mathematical Literacy: Helping Students Make Meaning in the Middle Grades (2008) and has published articles in journals including Reading Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, Dimensions in Mathematics, Florida Reading Quarterly, Principal, and Education Digest. Her research interests focus on elementary mathematics classroom assessment, the link between reading and mathematical problem solving, and the influence of mathematics curriculum on student achievement. She has conducted Hands-On Mathematics teacher workshops in the United States, Guatemala, and at several schools in Cambodia. She is passionate about her work with the Asia’s Hope orphan organization in Cambodia, and travels there twice annually.  One of Dr. Hunsader’s career goals is to equip her students to be effective teachers of mathematics by developing their conceptual understanding and their love of the subject. She is honored to receive this award as a confirmation that her students have learned to share her enthusiasm for teaching mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Javed, an Accounting major in the College of Business, was born in Manila, Philippines.  She came to the United States with her family at the age of 16.  She graduated from Lecanto High School and holds both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degree in Accounting.  She has lived in Sarasota for 5 years with her husband, Adnan.  While a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Andrea was an active member of the Accounting Society for 3 years and has carried various roles with the club, including President.   During her year as president, she facilitated five Accounting Society events with participation from as many as 125 accounting students per event.  While remaining committed to her studies as a USFSM student and remaining involved with the Accounting Society, Andrea has also worked full-time as Accounts Receivable Specialist.  Andrea graduates today with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proud member of Sigma Phi Theta, Krystalle Nichols is graduating today with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.  During her time as a student at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Krystalle was involved with USFSM2, a club dedicated to teaching math in low-economic schools and PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators.)  While remaining active in each of these groups, Krystalle also held internships with Rogers Garden Elementary School and Willis Elementary School and currently holds a position with A Readiness Learning Academy as Lead School Age Teacher.  Krystalle has found the time to volunteer in the midst of her many commitments at Math Nights for two elementary schools, the walk for Juvenile Diabetes, and has been a fundraiser for Myakka State Park and the “Backpack for Kids” program at the Salvation Army.  On top of all of these activities, Krystalle has maintained a near perfect GPA and graduates today Magna Cum Laude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Chicago, IL, Joe Ramsay, winner of this year’s Webeke Award, grew up in Oakville, CT.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, PA where he also did some graduate level work in Organizational Leadership.  Joe is currently a Sales Manager and plans to use his MBA to obtain a leadership role.  “The professors challenged me with new material, new ways of viewing a problem, and gave me concrete tools to use in the marketplace,” he said.  “They knew and loved their subject matter deeply and inspired their students to dig-in as well. They teach from their own passion, and that resonates deeply.”

Rogers Garden 5th graders present art for halls at USF Sarasota-Manatee

5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School presented art to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The project, initiated by Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, a professor in the College of Education at USFSM along with student club PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators) was designed to encourage the students to begin exploring what college is all about.  The students, 5th grade teachers and Principal Ann Broomes from Rogers Garden came to USFSM to officially present the pieces and take a tour of the campus.

 

Rogers Garden 5th graders presenting art for halls at USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Friday, December 2nd at 10am, 5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School will present artwork titled “What I can be with a college degree” to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  The project, initiated by Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake, a professor in the College of Education at USFSM along with student club PRIDE (promoting, recruiting, increasing diverse educators) was designed to encourage the students to begin exploring what college is all about.

“While the fifth grade students were making these drawings of what they could be with a college degree, I suggested that if they could write and draw their idea on paper, why shouldn’t they be able to live the idea in life,” said Roy London, the Art Instructor at Rogers Garden Elementary School working with the 5th graders on this project.  “As was taught to me by my father and my teachers, I try to bestow upon my students the idea that they should try to work hard now (while they are young) with their minds so that they won’t have to work hard later (when they get older) with their backs.”  Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake also sees the benefit for the 5th grade students along with the opportunity it provides for her current students.  “Completing the project allowed many of the students to envision college as a possibility for the first time. Hopefully, we were able to plant a seed that will continue grow with encouragement.”

The public is welcome to attend the unveiling of the art pieces on the 3rd floor at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  More information and an RSVP can be found online at http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/coe/.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor elected to Board of Directors for Children’s Literary Assembly

Dr. Thomas Crisp, an Assistant Professor of Reading in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Children’s Literary Assembly (CLA) for a three year term.  The CLA is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, has its own refereed journal, the Journal of Children’s Literature, and publishes the annual “Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts” list.

Dr. Crisp received his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from the College of Education at Michigan State University where he worked in children’s and adolescent literature and literacy instruction.  His research is primarily focused on children’s and adolescent literature, reading, and literacy instruction and centers on the intersection between theory and practice. His scholarship reflects a trans disciplinary approach to the study of reading: including balanced approaches to comprehensive literacy instruction, literary analysis, critical examination of texts, pedagogical and curricular uses of books, and the cultural construction of literature, childhood, and child culture across time.

For more information about the College of Education at USFSM, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/COE.

USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty article purchased almost 800% more than next best-selling article in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

Dr. Stephen Graves and Dr. Elizabeth Larkin, both faculty members in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, learned that their article, entitled “Lessons from Erikson: A look at autonomy across the lifespan” has been purchased 3,640 times.  That is almost 800% more than the next most purchased article, which was bought only 410 times.  This same article has been recognized as the most often downloaded and most often cited article in the Journal.

“We were very pleased to receive the news that our article has been downloaded 3,640 times,” said Dr. Graves.  “It was actually astonishing to learn that the number of times grew from 300 to 3,640 in a short period of time. It is the ultimate compliment to have other professors and researchers find our work useful and validate the work that we are doing.”

Dr. Stephen Graves is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. His professional experiences include teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida, the University of Memphis, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, and at Manchester College in Oxford, England.  Dr. Graves received both his Ph.D. and M. Ed. from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Elizabeth Larkin is also Professor of Childhood Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Larkin holds an Ed.D. and M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education, and a B.A. from Bard College.  Dr. Larkin’s major research emphasis is intergenerational matters.  She has served as liaison in Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships with local public schools.

“Our students are so fortunate to be learning from faculty who are so highly regarded in their field,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USFSM.  “Dr. Graves & Dr. Larkin should be exceedingly proud of this achievement.  Our faculty members put a lot of time and energy into their research in order to provide our students with current and relevant information.  When academic professionals from around the globe are looking to the research and writing of our professors, it emphasizes yet again that we have some of the best faculty in the world right here at USF Sarasota-Manatee.”

Among those who download the most often from the Journal are institutions such as the University of Oxford, Baylor University and St. Mary’s College, along with other national and international institutions of higher education.  According to their website, The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR) is the forum for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and advocates staying abreast of the latest intergenerational research, practice methods and policy initiatives. This is the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field integrating practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives.

The stages of psychosocial development articulated by Erik Erikson describes eight developmental stages through which a healthily developing human should pass from infancy to late adulthood. The purpose of the paper by Graves and Larkin, published in 2006, is to examine issues related to autonomy across the life span and to draw comparisons between a young child’s search for autonomy and an older adult’s efforts to maintain autonomy. A definition of autonomy and an explanation of Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development are included.  The paper concludes with implications for caregivers regarding their practices with young children and older adults.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields.  Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee and/or the College of Education, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

Graduate level information session coming at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students with a Bachelor’s degree interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to attend an upcoming information session about graduate level programming at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

The session will cover Graduate level degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, Business, and Hospitality Management and will be offered on Saturday, September 17th at 9:30am in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  “Gear Up for Grad School” includes an introductory information session, an Alumni panel discussion, breakout sessions with faculty and program specialists, a financial aid workshop, campus tours, and a cookout in the courtyard.

The Alumni Panel will feature: Dan Callendar, Regional General Manager for WCI Communities, Inc.; Ann Broomes, Principal at D. Rogers Garden Elementary School; James McManemon, Graduate Research Assistant; Charlie Thorpe, Lieutenant at  the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office; and Alwin Woodall, Social Worker for the State of Florida.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the event, please contact Katrina Anderson at kjander2@sar.usf.edu or 941.359.4334.

USF Sarasota-Manatee helps local school districts comply with new state law requiring online coursework

A new Florida state law requires incoming 9th grade students to take at least one online course before they graduate.  The law, effective this fall, will also have an impact on teachers, specifically those who do not know how to teach an online course.  The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is addressing this need by offering to teach the teachers.

“Teaching a course online differs from teaching a course in a physical classroom,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The demands on educators today differ from those only a few years ago, and advances in technology are central to the future of teaching.  The educational community has asked for this program, and we are pleased to provide it.”

The certificate program offered at USF Sarasota-Manatee, called Online Pedagogy, will be offered starting this fall to current USFSM students along with any interested local teachers.  Inquiries about this and other classes in the College of Education should be directed to the Academic Advising Office at 941-359-4330.  Information can also be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu.

“We are excited to be offering the Online Pedagogy certificate,” said Dr. Osborn.  “Ultimately, the children of the USF Sarasota-Manatee region are the ones who benefit.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields.  Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor returning to Africa to continue research at refugee camps

Dr. Lynn McBrien, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, leaves Sunday morning for Africa on a third research trip studying schools and culture in refugee camps. McBrien, who specializes in Psychological & Social Foundations in her teaching at USFSM, focuses her research specifically on children affected by war, child soldiers and resettled refugees.

“It is my hope to create a 3 to 4 year program to expand post-war networking, communications, and reconciliation, particularly with war-affected children,” said McBrien. “When you are working in cases where people have been deeply injured – psychologically, physically – reciprocity is essential. I cannot go in and take from them knowledge and research and not try to find a way to give back.”

Another reason for McBrien’s return? “What most people don’t know is that Florida is typically in the top 3 states in the U.S. for resettling refugees – sometimes we are #1,” she said. “Because we have such a high percentage of resettled refugees here, it is absolutely critical for teachers to understand what they have been through – years and years of trauma, malnutrition, lack of water – it can cause classroom behaviors teachers do not expect. It is my goal to bring this knowledge to my classroom so I can help the students I’m teaching to go into the classrooms in our community and be well equipped to handle these situations with as many tools in their bag as I can provide.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields. Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu or call (941) 359-4330.

Competitive international grant awarded to USF Sarasota-Manatee professor

Dr. Thomas Crisp, Assistant Professor of Reading in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has been awarded the International Reading Association’s Elva Knight Research Grant for promising research that addresses significant questions for the discipline of reading/literacy research and practice.

The grant is awarded to approximately 5 scholars per year drawn from an international pool. It is the intent that such grants will provide researchers with the opportunity to develop important perspectives on the reading/literacy field. Dr. Crisp joins previous recipients from the United States, Australia, Mexico, Nigeria, Argentina, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

Crisp received his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from the College of Education at Michigan State University where he worked in children’s and adolescent literature and literacy instruction. He was recently selected as Florida’s Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading by the Florida Reading Association to one faculty member per year who is an innovator and leader making substantial contributions in the field of reading education.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields. Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, visit www.sarasota.usf.edu or call (941) 359-4330.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Awarded Separate Accreditation

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee today was awarded separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

SACS is the private, non-governmental organization that accredits educational institutions in the southern states of the United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia). The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

“We are extremely proud that we are now separately accredited and excited about the possibilities ahead,” said Regional Chancellor Dr. Arthur Guilford. “This now means that we will be able to design new programs, grant our own degrees, make faculty decisions, award diplomas, and have all advising, admissions and financial decisions here instead of in Tampa. It is a lengthy, but necessary and worthwhile process and I am so proud of our faculty, students, staff, community and President Genshaft for their incredible support.”

Institutions seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-review process in which they assess how well they are meeting their educational missions, goals, and expected outcomes, and making improvements as needed. The institution is then visited and evaluated by a committee of experts from across the country. USF Sarasota-Manatee is committed to upholding the highest standards of teaching, research, and service, and earning separate accreditation shows the strength of their students, faculty, and staff.

“This is a terrific statement of quality for USF Sarasota-Manatee, and of maturity for the whole USF System,” USF System President Judy Genshaft said. “Congratulations to the entire team!”

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee opened in the 1974-75 academic year, providing courses for upper-level undergraduates, graduates and continuing education students. In a few years USFSM will begin recruiting a freshmen class. Today, the campus serves more than 4,500 students annually at its two location – the main campus on the border of Manatee and Sarasota Counties and in North Port.

USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty article cited and downloaded more than any others in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

Dr. Stephen Graves and Dr. Elizabeth Larkin, both faculty members in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, learned that their article, entitled “Lessons from Erikson: A look at autonomy across the lifespan” has been downloaded 344 times, more than any other article in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships.  This same article has been cited 202 times (as of May 2010), also more than any other article in the Journal.

“When I first looked at the number, I walked into Liz’s office and said, ‘Do you think they’ve made a mistake?’” said Dr. Graves.  “We’ve heard that the average number of citations of professors in AAU institutions is around 12-14 times.”

Dr. Larkin agrees.  “To be cited over 200 times is extraordinary,” she said.  “So to know the article has been downloaded this many times is just incredible.”

Dr. Graves is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. His professional experiences include teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida, the University of Memphis, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, and at Manchester College in Oxford, England.  Dr. Graves received both his Ph.D. and M. Ed. from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Elizabeth Larkin is also Professor of Childhood Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Larkin holds an Ed.D. and M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education, and a B.A. from Bard College. She has served as liaison in Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships with local public schools.

“Our students are so fortunate to be learning from faculty who are so highly regarded in their field,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USFSM.  “Dr. Graves & Dr. Larkin should be exceedingly proud of this achievement.  Our faculty members put a lot of time and energy into their research in order to provide our students with current and relevant information.  When academic professionals from around the globe are looking to the research and writing of our professors, it emphasizes yet again that we have some of the best faculty in the world right here at USF Sarasota-Manatee.”

Among those who download the most often from the Journal are institutions such as the University of Oxford, Baylor University and St. Mary’s College, along with other national and international institutions of higher education.  According to their website, The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR) is the forum for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and advocates staying abreast of the latest intergenerational research, practice methods and policy initiatives. This is the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field integrating practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives.

The stages of psychosocial development articulated by Erik Erikson describes eight developmental stages through which a healthily developing human should pass from infancy to late adulthood. The purpose of the paper by Graves and Larkin, published in 2006, is to examine issues related to autonomy across the life span and to draw comparisons between a young child’s search for autonomy and an older adult’s efforts to maintain autonomy. A definition of autonomy and an explanation of Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development are included.  The paper concludes with implications for caregivers regarding their practices with young children and older adults.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields.  Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee and/or the College of Education, please visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education hosting spring meeting to discuss Senate Bill 736

On Saturday, June 11, 2011 USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education, in partnership with the Florida Association of Teacher Educator’s (F.A.T.E.), will host a panel discussion regarding Senate Bill 736: Student Success Act.  The meeting is open to the public and will begin promptly at 8:30am in the USFSM Selby Auditorium at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

The panel will discuss Teacher Evaluations, Performance Pay, Student Growth Measurements, Salary Schedules, and Teacher Contracts.  Members of the panel include:

Ms. Ann Broomes, Principal, Rogers Garden Elementary School

Mr. Scott Boyes, Principal, Samoset Elementary School

Dr. Denise Cantalupo, Supervisor of Assessment & Accountability

Dr. Lynette Edwards, Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Pam Houfek, Director Professional Development/Teacher Evaluation

Mr. Eddie Hundley, Principal, Palmetto Elementary School

Dr. Richard King, Professor – USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education

Dr. Laura Kingsley, Principal, Fruitville Elementary School

Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean – USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education

Mr. Mike Wilder, Coordinator School Leadership Development

While this meeting is free and open to the public, an RSVP is required.  Please follow the blue RSVP link at www.sarasota.usf.edu/COE.  If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email Dr. Marie Byrd-Blake at mbyrdblake@sar.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields.  Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education forms Advisory Board of Education Leaders in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

The Advisory Board for the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) met in May to discuss upcoming goals and plans for the program.

USFSM’s College of Education is home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing those who enter the field of education as teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles in business, industry, and the non-profit sector related to education.

Members of the newly formed Advisory Council include:

Terence Devine

Manatee School for the Arts

Assistant Principal

 

Lynette Edwards

School Board of Manatee County

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

 

Pamela Houfek

Sarasota County School System

Director of Professional Development Teacher Appraisal

 

Wendy Katz

Sarasota County School System

Administrator Instructional Support Services

 

David Mahler

Out of Door Academy

Head of School

 

Cynthia Newell

C4 Promise Project

Project Manager/Facilitator

 

Dr. Jane Rose

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

 

Dr. Judy Sedgeman

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Director, Institute for Public Policy and Leadership

 

Alicia Stritz

Imagine Charter Schools

Primary Math Teacher

 

Mike Wilder

Manatee County School System

Coordinator of School Leadership Development

 

Yvette Robison

North Sarasota Library

Manager

 

Dr. Rebecca Burns

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Assistant Professor, College of Education

 

Dr. Patricia Hunsader

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Assistant Professor, College of Education

 

Whitney Patton

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Student

 

Cydelle Quinn

Sarasota County School System

Program Specialist for Professional Development Department

USFSM professor presented with Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award for her work and research with women’s issues

Dr. J. Lynn McBrien, assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), has been presented with the 2011 USF System Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award for her research and work with refugee girls and women in the United States.

 

The USF System WLP Faculty Research Award recognizes USF System faculty whose research and creative efforts focus on women, women’s issues and women’s initiatives.

 

McBrien’s primary area of research examines the effect of war on girls and women who have resettled in the United States, those who have remained in refugee camps and those who have returned to their native countries post-war.  She has explored the connection between discrimination and academic motivation in adolescent refugee girls and evaluated refugee agency programs working to create bridges between new refugees to the U.S., social services, and schools.

 

“Dr. McBrien’s research and achievements with refugee youth and women in Uganda, Ghana, and Liberia have brought worldwide recognition to the university,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, dean of the College of Education at USFSM.  “Her contributions as a leader in women’s issues have enhanced the reputation of USF Sarasota-Manatee around the globe.”

 

McBrien plans to continue with development of educational programming for use locally, statewide, nationally and internationally with women and girls affected by war.  She will also work with the USF Library Holocaust and Genocide Studies Digital Special Collection with a section on Northern Uganda.

 

McBrien was supported in her application by Osborn and was recommended for the award by Niki L. Kelly, director of Refugee Youth and Naturalization Programs, Florida Center for Survivors of Torture at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc.

 

USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy was pioneered by President Judy Genshaft and Carol Morsani.  Since its inception, members and friends of USF WLP have come together to create a network of community leaders who are educating, supporting and guiding women and students scholars in their growth as leaders and philanthropists. To learn more about the USF WLP, please contact Barb Lewis at 941.359.4737 or barblewis@sar.usf.edu.

Undergraduate summer application deadline May 2nd at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The summer application deadline at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is Monday, May 2nd.  Summer semester will begin on Monday, May 16th.  The application can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu/students/Prospective/apply.php or can be obtained by calling 941-359-4330.

The application deadline applies to each of the 3 colleges (College of Business, College of Education & College of Arts and Sciences) and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  A wide variety of programs are offered at USFSM, including but not limited to: Elementary Education, History, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Pre-Business, Hospitality Management and Applied Science.  These programs are comprised of diverse coursework, study abroad opportunities, internships, on campus student clubs, access to professional organizations and hands-on experiences.  USF Sarasota-Manatee students enjoy the privileges of students through the USF System with access to student athletic tickets, Alumni networking, USF System events and more.  Students at USFSM also enjoy a 19:1 student to faculty ratio, providing access to and personalized attention from world class instructors.

If you have questions about the application or setting up an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 941-359-4330.

Undergraduate summer application deadline May 2nd at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The summer application deadline at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is Monday, May 2nd.  Summer semester will begin on Monday, May 16th.  The application can be found online at www.sarasota.usf.edu/students/Prospective/apply.php or can be obtained by calling 941-359-4330.

The application deadline applies to each of the 3 colleges (College of Business, College of Education & College of Arts and Sciences) and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  A wide variety of programs are offered at USFSM, including but not limited to: Elementary Education, History, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Pre-Business, Hospitality Management and Applied Science.  These programs are comprised of diverse coursework, study abroad opportunities, internships, on campus student clubs, access to professional organizations and hands-on experiences.  USF Sarasota-Manatee students enjoy the privileges of students through the USF System with access to student athletic tickets, Alumni networking, USF System events and more.  Students at USFSM also enjoy a 19:1 student to faculty ratio, providing access to and personalized attention from world class instructors.

If you have questions about the application or setting up an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 941-359-4330.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor awarded $1.2 million to improve early childhood education

Dr. Rebecca Burns is finally able to link her passion with her research, thanks to a $771,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation and in-kind contributions from the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA), totaling $1.2 million of support.

As an assistant professor of ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and  former project coordinator for RCMA, Burns’ interests lie in helping the children of migrant workers get proper childcare while their parents work, many times as farmhands and fruit pickers.  RCMA operates 80 childcare centers in farm communities, targeting the rural poor.  More than 80 percent of RCMA teachers are from Hispanic immigrant-farmworker families.

“There is often a deep cultural gap between migrant families and traditional childcare centers, and mothers aren’t willing to send their children to those programs” Burns said.  “RCMA hires early childhood education teachers from within the migrant community and provides them with the necessary training to provide an educational learning environment for children while their parents work.”

The current project, entitled “A USF/RCMA Collaboration: Scaffolding the First Generation Scholar in Early Childhood Professional Development, Language Acquisition, and Literacy,” is a collaboration between USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Polytechnic and is the first time the two universities, both within the USF System, have collaborated on a project of this magnitude.

Dr. Smita Mathur, assistant professor in the USF Polytechnic Division of Education and principal investigator of the project, developed a teacher training program called Scaffold the Scholar that will be the model for the program.  Burns, the co-principal investigator on the project, will also serve as the Literacy Coach Coordinator and Project Evaluator.

“RCMA teachers understand migrant children, the culture and lifestyle, but they often need help with English language acquisition and literacy,” said Mathur, who also serves on the board of RCMA.  “Scaffold the Scholar provides those missing ingredients.”

The Helios Education Foundation has a coverage area from Dade City to Palmetto and as far east as Winter Haven.  With the grant, 109 early childhood education teachers from RCMA centers in the Helios funding area – Manatee, Hillsborough, Polk, and Pasco counties – will receive 90% of their tuition paid for the three year project.  The grant will enable newly hired teachers to take the required Florida Child Care Professional Credential coursework and established teachers to take college credit-bearing courses leading to the BS in Early Childhood Education.

“These are exciting times for everyone in this partnership,” Burns said.  “RCMA’s mission is to open doors to opportunity, and this project provides a golden door.  Dr. Mathur and I look forward to demonstrating a successful model for professional development for this under-served group of educators, who are rural, low income, first generation English speakers, and often first generation high school graduates.  The greatest contribution of our work will be the bilingual, bicultural scholars themselves, scholars who are uniquely well-qualified to teach the children in their communities and prepare them for the challenges of the future.”

“USF has stepped outside the box in this grant,” said Barbara Mainster, RCMA’s executive director.  “They’ve recognized that education has to adapt to meet demographic changes and respect students’ contributions.  And the Helios Foundation has recognized that such innovations need to be funded.  We’re excited and pleased.”

Starting April 1, the first cohort of 20 RCMA teachers will begin the 40-week Scaffold the Scholar program, which will run parallel to credit-bearing education courses at USF Polytechnic.  Objectives include promoting language and literacy, ensuring college success, and enhancing self-esteem and personal empowerment.

While Scaffold the Scholar will benefit teachers, Mathur says it also has direct and positive impact on preschool aged children, their families, and all of society.

“The way I see it, we as a society have two options: we can empower children and families to learn and contribute to society, or we can ignore them and develop a permanent underclass for which we will all pay for life,” she said.  “Forget the politics and face the facts: these migrant kids are born here and are a part of our population.  When we empower kids, we also empower parents and create productive and contributing members of society.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee collects over $1,200 to support education in struggling countries as part of Worldwide Engagement Week

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee celebrated Worldwide Engagement (WE) Week from February 21-25.  The event highlighted the university’s engagement with international partners to broaden students’ perspectives and advance faculty research.

Events throughout the week included yoga, free salsa lessons, information about study abroad opportunities, international food and clothes, and a collection for schools in Ghana, Cambodia, and Honduras.  Student and faculty-run groups collected almost $1,200 and a large amount of school supplies to send to the international groups.

As part of the week of events, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) presented a lively panel discussion on immigration legislation. Former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, D-Sarasota and an Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida, moderated a panel discussion regarding the implications of pending immigration legislation and the consequences on Florida agriculture, business, law enforcement, and the state’s economy.  Panel members included Casey Welch, Director of Congressional Affairs for Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland; C.J. Czaia, Founding Board Member of UnidosNow!; Kelly Kirschner, Mayor of the City of Sarasota; and Darren Wilburn, Private Investigator.

To round out the week, Hiu Zhi Song, survivor of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and author of “Crossing the Wall,” presented her experiences growing up in communist China.

“This has been such a rewarding experience, bringing together faculty, clubs and student organizations to present information about social justice worldwide,” said Dr. Lynn McBrien, assistant professor in the College of Education and organizer of the event.  “As a global university, our goal is to make a difference in the world, as well as the communities where we live.  This event helped to bring awareness to students, faculty, and the community.”

Prestigious speaker line-up to focus on illustration at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota from 8:30am – 5:30pm.  This year’s Children’s Literature Symposium conference includes presentations that address innovations and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature.   The conference is open to the public and registration information can be found online at ChildrensLiteratureSymposium.org.

The speaker and presenter line-up for this year includes several award winning and highly successful professionals involved in all aspects of children’s and young adult literature.  They are:

  • Mary GrandPré, best known for her illustrations and cover designs for the Harry Potter series.
  • Kenneth B. Kidd, Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida, where he also serves as Associate Director of The Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.
  • Poonam Arya, associate professor of Reading, Language, and Literature at Wayne State University where she teaches courses in literacy theory and research, reading assessment, and critical pedagogy.
  • Marianne Berkes, former teacher, children’s theater director, and children’s librarian, is the author of nine (and counting) award-winning children’s books inspired by her love of nature.
  • Thomas Crisp, co-chair for the symposium and Associate Professor of Reading at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
  • Brittany Hiller, fourth grade teacher at Out of Door Academy and alum of USF Sarasota-Manatee with a Master’s in Reading
  • Janeen Mason, award winning writer and illustrator of children’s books
  • Debbie Reese, leading researcher and educator in the field of American Indian representation in literature.
  • Frank Remkiewicz, author and illustrator who has illustrated books by many authors, including Alma Flor Ada and Betsy Byers. He is perhaps best known for his illustrations in the Horrible Harry and Froggy series.
  • Breakout presenters will be: Poushali Bhadury, Patrick Cox, Tammy L. Mielke, Weimin Mo, Theresa Murzyn, Sarah Park, Stella Reinhard, Bridgid Shannon, Gwen Athene Tarbox, and Jocelyn Van Tuyl.

“The Children’s Literature Symposium highlights one of the most effective ways to positively impact a child’s educational future:  reading,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The College of Education is pleased to sponsor the symposium offering critical insights to teachers both current and future, and bringing internationally-known expertise to Sarasota and Bradenton as only a hometown research university can do.”

Through this symposium, participants and presenters will seek to enrich understandings of the history and contemporary trends impacting the role of image and illustration in children’s texts. Speakers include nationally recognized scholars, critics, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators.  A book-signing by authors and illustrators will be held at the end of the day.  News and information will also be updated via Facebook by following “Children’s Literature Symposium.” Early-registration fees are as follows: General Public $75; alumni/USF-system faculty/staff: $50; students of USFSM, SCF, New College $30 (add $15 for lunch/snacks).  Registration includes coffee/bagels, snacks, and lunch.  Accommodation information, maps, speaker information and more can be found online at www.childrensliteraturesymposium.org. If you have questions or would like to request further information about the Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please contact Diane Lewis at DLewis@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4217.

Children’s Literature Symposium conferences center on issues related to the study of children’s and young adult literature. The overarching goal of these symposia is to critically explore genres of children’s and young adult literature through scholarship, research, and criticism. By bringing together scholars, critics, and researchers in the fields of literary analysis, education, and library information sciences, the Children’s Literature Symposium seeks to engage participants in critical discussions about children’s and young adult literature.

2010 Adult Education Administrator of the Year passionate about influencing the next generation of teachers at USF Sarasota-Manatee

It takes less than ten seconds to understand Linda Agresta’s passion for education upon meeting her.  Her excitement for the field of education along with innovative ideas, creative programming and her impact on training and teaching effective teachers landed her as the recipient of the 2010 John E. Lawrence Adult Education Administrator of the Year Award at the Annual Adult and Community Education (ACE) Conference in Orlando.  As the Assistant Director of Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) and a Professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), she has immersed herself in what she finds exceedingly important.  “It’s about training the next generation of educators and helping them to understand the level of impact they can have on students,” she said.

Agresta teaches English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to students in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee and was involved in the development of the program over 20 years ago when it started in Tampa.  With close to 20% of Florida residents being Spanish speakers, Agresta sees this as an imperative need for next generation teachers.  “Making students comfortable in the classroom when English isn’t their first language is so crucial.  As a teacher, you are responsible for educating students equally, so these classes really provide the necessary tools for our students to be prepared to go out and provide an optimal learning environment in the local schools,” said Agresta.

Mary Cantrell, Director at MTI and Linda’s boss and mentor finds her teaching at USFSM a benefit, both personally and professionally.  “I think the more people that you can impact in your life, that’s a good thing.  Linda has enthusiasm for learning – we want educators who are excited.  Being an educator is one of the best careers in the world – you can make a difference each day, make things better.  If she can influence the next group of teachers, help them see the opportunity before them, that’s better for everybody.  Linda teaching at USFSM is a huge benefit for everyone,” said Cantrell.  “It’s a wonderful school – a great place to make an impact and we’re happy that she’s doing so.”

For more information at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee or the College of Education, please contact Katrina Anderson at (941)359-4200 or visit www.sarasota.usf.edu.

USF Sarasota-Manatee hosts “literary salon” to discuss best seller

On February 8 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Arts and Sciences and Institute for Public Policy and Leadership will present “An Afternoon Salon: Engaging ‘The Book Thief’” in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

The event will be an interactive exploration of the world renowned book, which has won numerous awards and has been listed on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller List for over 100 weeks.  Set in Nazi Germany, it describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II.

Attendees will sit in a semi-circular forum to allow easy interaction with a panel comprised of USF Sarasota-Manatee students, high school students, and senior citizens.  Light refreshments will be passed, lending to a true literary “salon” ambience.  A brief video of an interview with the Australian author, Markus Zusak, will begin the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  For more information, please call (941) 359-4602 or visit http://www.sarasota.usf.edu/ippl.

USF Sarasota-Manatee academic advisor named Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor for USF System

Jenny Infanti, an Academic Advisor for the College of Education and Applied Science at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award, presented by the USF System.  Academic Advisors from each of the four campuses (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, and Sarasota-Manatee) are nominated.

Jenny was nominated based on several accomplishments in Online Orientation, Language Speech and Hearing Sciences Advising, the Undergraduate catalog, Academic Regulations Committee website and forms and her regular duties of advising undergraduate students.

Illustrator of the Harry Potter book series to speak at USF Sarasota-Manatee Children’s Literature Symposium on February 5th

Mary GrandPré, best known for her illustrations and cover designs for the Harry Potter series, will be the keynote speaker for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Children’s Literature Symposium on Saturday, February 5, 2011.  The symposium will be held in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota from 8:30am – 5:30pm.

This year’s Children’s Literature Symposium conference includes presentations that address innovations and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature.   The conference is open to the public and registration information can be found online at ChildrensLiteratureSymposium.org.  Early registration for a discounted fee is available until January 20, 2011.

“The Children’s Literature Symposium highlights one of the most effective ways to positively impact a child’s educational future:  reading,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The College of Education is pleased to sponsor the symposium offering critical insights to teachers both current and future, and bringing internationally-known expertise to Sarasota and Bradenton as only a hometown research university can do.”

Through this symposium, participants and presenters will seek to enrich understandings of the history and contemporary trends impacting the role of image and illustration in children’s texts. Speakers include nationally recognized scholars, critics, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators.  A book-signing by authors and illustrators will be held at the end of the day.  News and information will also be updated via Facebook by following “Children’s Literature Symposium.” Early-registration fees are as follows: General Public $75; alumni/USF-system faculty/staff: $50; students of USFSM, SCF, New College $30 (add $15 for lunch/snacks).  Registration includes coffee/bagels, snacks, and lunch.  Accommodation information, maps, speaker information and more can be found online at www.childrensliteraturesymposium.org. If you have questions or would like to request further information about the Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please contact Diane Lewis at DLewis@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4217.

Children’s Literature Symposium conferences center on issues related to the study of children’s and young adult literature. The overarching goal of these symposia is to critically explore genres of children’s and young adult literature through scholarship, research, and criticism. By bringing together scholars, critics, and researchers in the fields of literary analysis, education, and library information sciences, the Children’s Literature Symposium seeks to engage participants in critical discussions about children’s and young adult literature.

Save the date for the 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee

This year’s Children’s Literature Symposium conference includes presentations that address innovations and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature.

On Saturday, February 5, 2011, the University of  South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education will host its 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium from 8:30am-5:30pm in the Selby Auditorium on campus. This year’s Children’s Literature Symposium conference includes presentations that address innovations and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature.   The conference is open to the public and registration information can be found online at www.ChildrensLiteratureSymposium.org.  Early registration for a discounted fee is available until January 20, 2011.

“The Children’s Literature Symposium highlights one of the most effective ways to positively impact a child’s educational future:  reading,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The College of Education is pleased to sponsor the symposium offering critical insights to teachers both current and future, and bringing internationally-known expertise to Sarasota and Bradenton as only a hometown research university can do.”

Through this symposium, participants and presenters will seek to enrich understandings of the history and contemporary trends impacting the role of image and illustration in children’s texts. Speakers include nationally recognized scholars, critics, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators.  A book-signing by authors and illustrators will be held at the end of the day.  News and information will also be updated via Facebook by following “Children’s Literature Symposium.” Early-registration fees are as follows: General Public $75; alumni/USF-system faculty/staff: $50; students of USFSM, SCF, New College $30 (add $15 for lunch/snacks).  Registration includes coffee/bagels, snacks, and lunch.  Accommodation information, maps, speaker information and more can be found online at www.childrensliteraturesymposium.org. If you have questions or would like to request further information about the Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please contact Diane Lewis at DLewis@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4217.

Children’s Literature Symposium conferences center on issues related to the study of children’s and young adult literature. The overarching goal of these symposia is to critically explore genres of children’s and young adult literature through scholarship, research, and criticism. By bringing together scholars, critics, and researchers in the fields of literary analysis, education, and library information sciences, the Children’s Literature Symposium seeks to engage participants in critical discussions about children’s and young adult literature.

Rogers Garden Elementary 5th Grade to visit USF Sarasota-Manatee

On Thursday, November 4th approximately 50 5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School in Manatee County will visit the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  The students will arrive at 10:00 am take a tour of the campus, which includes the career services, fitness center, Jonathan’s Café, the College of Business, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management and classroom. The students will complete their day with a photo and lunch in the courtyard.

Students from the College of Education PRIDE (Promoting, Recruiting and Increasing Diverse Educators) Group will lead the tours for the visiting 5th graders.

Rogers Garden is one of three Professional Development Schools in partnership with USF Sarasota-Manatee.  Students working toward a degree in Education do their internships, observations and student teaching in these Professional Development Schools, which also includes Ballard Elementary School and Daughtrey Preparatory School of Arts & Sciences.

Catherine Day, a Recruiter in Student Services at USFSM facilitates the visits for local 5th grade students and believes they are an important way to teach young children that attending college is an attainable goal and that they can receive a degree from a prestigious university right in their hometown.  “It’s important for 5th graders to begin to plan their education and career futures, especially given that they will soon be entering middle school,” she says. “It is important for them to envision what a university education looks like and can be.”

USF Sarasota-Manatee student honored with Florida Achievement Award

Michelle Cogswell, an Elementary Education senior at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, has been selected by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW) to receive the FCSW Florida Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions and service to her community.

The Florida Achievement Award recognizes women who have improved the lives of women in Florida and/or who have served as positive role models for women and girls in their community.

The award was presented to Cogswell at the USF Women’s Seminar in Tampa on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. in Gibbons Alumni Center-Traditions Hall.

As the Vice President of P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting, Recruiting and Increasing Diverse Educators) at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Cogswell has mentored teenage youths at the Police Athletic League (PAL) Charter School in Bradenton and has tutored students at one of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s professional development schools, Rowlett Elementary.  She also volunteers in Newtown for the “Summer Learning in the Park” program, in which she reads to elementary school children to keep them on their grade level through the summer.

“Michelle has shown her commitment and dedication to students of diverse backgrounds, and is an excellent positive role model for young women in our community,” said Marie Byrd-Blake, advisor of P.R.I.D.E. and an assistant professor of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “Michelle believes strongly in giving back to her community and making a difference, and proactively seeks out opportunities to make education among diverse populations a priority.”

Cogswell has been making a difference internationally as well.  In April 2010, she was one of fourteen students from USF Sarasota-Manatee who visited the Children of the Light Mission in Honduras to deliver a donation of food and useful items to the mission.  Students spent five days with the children and the mission, which works to rescue and educate children that are abandoned in Honduras.

“For me, teaching is about reaching the student who needs a little bit of extra encouragement in order to succeed,” said Cogswell.  “Many of the students I work with come from a background where education is not a priority, and I know I can help them reach their full potential.”

Educational Leadership students at USF Sarasota-Manatee to learn real-world experience from local administrators

On Wednesday, October 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host a panel discussion of local public school administrators who have graduated with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the university.

Current USF Sarasota-Manatee students who are pursuing their degrees in Educational Leadership will have the opportunity to listen to real-world experience from educational leaders in the Sarasota and Manatee school systems.  Most of the students are currently teachers in public and private schools in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Hillsborough Counties.

“The students in the Educational Leadership program often ask questions in class about how they can prepare themselves for administrative positions,” said Lynda Boyer, instructor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “Being able to talk to someone who has gone through it helps them have a clear understanding of the expectations.”

The Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee is a program designed to develop outstanding leaders, supervisors, and principals for local and national schools.  According to Boyer, many of the students who graduate from the program look forward to coming back to the university to talk about their experiences.

“We try to have relatively recent graduates of the program on the panel,” she said.  “Local administrators who have graduated in the past five years or so have a good understanding of what current students are going through, what the current market is like for administrators who are just starting out, and can give tips on what to expect.”

The administrators on the panel will discuss their typical day, the stresses and opportunities that come with the job, and why they are passionate about education.  Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and network at a reception following the event.

“Since most of the students currently work in the local school system, this event will give them the opportunity to make connections with administrators outside of their own schools,” said Boyer.

Panelists at the event include:

  • Carrie Armstrong, Sara Scott Harllee Middle School
  • Jeannie Galindo, Bayshore High School
  • Greg Sander, Orange Ridge- Bullock Elementary
  • Brandon Albritton, Bay Haven Elementary

For more information about the event, please call Catherine Day at (941) 359-4644.