Message from the Dean: I'm pleased to share with you this edition of Impact, the e-Newsletter of the College of Education at the University of South

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Message from the Dean:

I'm pleased to share with you this edition of Impact, the e-Newsletter of the College of Education at the University of South Florida. As the 9th largest public College of Education in the nation, with over 52,000 graduates, we are making an impact on the lives of many people. We are committed to preparing the next generation of educators and educational leaders by offering nationally accredited and innovative programs on the Tampa campus at the bachelor's, master's, Ed.S. and doctoral levels and via our extensive online delivery system, offering graduate degrees, certificates, and endorsement programs.

We're proud of the fact that U.S.News & World Report ranks the College of Education as 21st in the nation in generating external research funding. This edition of Impact highlights some of the research and demonstration projects faculty are conducting in the Tampa Bay region and throughout the State. We know that our work is only possible through the strong partnerships we have established with local school districts, agencies, community organizations, and the private sector. If one or more of our initiatives sparks an interest, or suggests an opportunity for collaboration, please let me know.

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FCIT Celebrates 2 Billion Hits!

Julia Johansen is a Peace Corps volunteer who prepares Ukrainian teachers and other Peace Corps volunteers to teach English in small villages and towns. With many Ukrainian students never having heard an American speak, she says there is a huge need in these schools for access to native speakers’ voices. Read more.


USF Research Finds Value in Reading Program

USF professor calls progress unprecedented as TUNEin to READING shows gains ranging from 27 percent to 214 percent.

The sad news about U.S. students struggling with low reading scores is hardly a surprise anymore, and news about a reading improvement program that actually works is all-too-rare. But it appears TUNEin™ to READING may soon generate positive headlines with its winning approach to improving reading skills, particularly with new research from the University of South Florida College of Education on its side. Read more.

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Batsche and Curtis Receive over $2.2 Million from FLDOE

George Batsche, Ed.D., and Michael Curtis, Ph.D., from the Department of Psychological and Social Foundations, have received a grant from the Florida Department of Education in the amount of $2,206,642 for their Student Support Services (SSS) Project. SSS will provide coordination, development and implementation of quality student services to Florida Schools and to serve as the Department of Education's pivotal point for student services in the state. Congratulations!

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2011 Children's Festival a Huge Success!

Hundreds from the community gathered for this fun event. Congratulations to the grand prize winner of the 2011 Children’s Festival logo contest, Alexandria Johnson, a 12th grader at 
Armwood High School!

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Dr. Peter Black, Senior Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Holocaust Workshops for Educators Hosted by COEDU

Belfer First Step Program partnership with U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, AACTE, USF, and five other universities throughout the U.S.

Drs. Michael J. Berson and Stephen Thornton, from the Department of Secondary Education, hosted a one-day workshop on Holocaust education for over 100 pre-service and in-service teachers from the surrounding areas in January. Goals of the workshop were to provide general knowledge about the events of the Holocaust; use the history of the Holocaust as a model for teachers and teacher candidates; prepare them to teach about the Holocaust in middle and secondary (6-12) school settings; to use national and state content standards in teaching about the Holocaust; and to consider the ethical implications for classroom teachers in teaching about the Holocaust. Dr. Peter Black, Senior Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gave the keynote address. A Holocaust survivor, Judith Szentivanyi, also spoke at the event and answered questions from the teachers. Watch the video at
Special thanks to Sally Levine and Laura Boughton from the US Memorial Holocaust Museum, Dr. Mark Greenberg of the USF Library, and Dr. Edward Kissi.


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Michelin Golf Classic Raises over $275,000 for Local Children's Charities

Tutor-a-Bull and Joshua House tutoring programs among the recipients.

The 2011 Michelin Golf Classic, held on January 17th at World Woods in Brooksville, Florida, raised over $275,000 to benefit education. Proceeds from this annual event, begun in 1994, support multiple charities including the Joshua House, Kids Place, the USF Tutor-a-Bull Partnership Program, the Michelin Golf Classic 9th Grade Incentive Program, and other educational organizations.
The College of Education is grateful to Mr. Olin Mott for his vision and commitment to the strategic value of College of Education tutors working with struggling middle and high school students and to the Michelin Golf Classic Board of Directors for their shared vision and continuing contributions to educational excellence.

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COEDU Launches Mobile Giving Initiative for Tutor-A-Bull on Brighthouse Networks

Approximately 100 tutors from the USF College of Education are tutoring children in 15 middle and 3 high schools in the Hillsborough County Public School System. We have over 20 sponsors of this extremely successful program. The middle and high school students get the personalized attention they need and, as a result, have demonstrated learning gains and improved self-esteem. The tutors gain hands-on teaching experience. It is having an positive impact on all involved parties and on our community.

Visit the Tutor-A-Bull Program website. Watch the Webisode!

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Pictured counter-clockwise from back: Michael Stewart, Ph.D., Danielle Dennis, Ph.D., Patty Alvarez-McHatton, Ph.D., Dean Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D., Mr. Sander Piek, and Anthony Rolle, Ph.D.

Netherlands Policy Advisor Visits the COEDU

Mr. Sander Piek, Policy Advisor with the International Policy Department, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, of the Netherlands visited the College on Tuesday, February 8. Mr. Piek discussed teacher education programs and numerous K-12 and higher education issues with Dean Kennedy and faculty.

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Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Cassandra E. Davis, of Seffner Elementary School (B.A. '83 & M.A. '91). Read more.

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Palm River Elementary teacher and COEDU alumna named Hillsborough's Teacher of the Year

Cynthia Folsom Crim, (M.Ed., '10) is a math resource teacher at Palm River Elementary School in Tampa. Congratulations! Read more.


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Disability Advocate and Spoken Word Poet LeDerick Horne Visits USF COEDU

We were fortunate to have this dynamic and powerful presenter in February. This event was sponsored by the COEDU Diversity Committee, the COEDU, the Department of Special Education, Students with Disabilities Services, and Fraternity and Sorority Life.


Annual Strawberry Sales!

Benefitting the USF College of Education Migrant Student Success Fund

Please Mark Your Calendars for Thursday, March 24th & Friday, March 25th
College of Education
Please contact Georgia Mackenzie: or 813.974.0378

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