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

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Message from the Dean:

I'm pleased to share with you the inaugural 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 children, families, and adults on a daily basis. 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 15th 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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Shellie Pfohl, director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

USF Showcases Active Gaming Research for President Obama’s Fitness Director

Executive director of President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to address area educators, tour USF’s active gaming research lab at Belle Witter Elementary.

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For more information about the Education in Action Luncheon, click here.

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Pictured top: Michael Curtis, Ph.D., bottom: George Batsche, Ph.D.

Helping Florida’s Educators Increase Student Achievement

Florida Department of Education awards USF College of Education additional $2.3 million for statewide project focused on improving learning.

Bringing research-based practices to more than 25,000 educators in the state of Florida – practices that help improve student learning and promote positive behaviors, giving children of all abilities the opportunity to succeed academically.

For more than four years, that has been the goal of George Batsche and Michael Curtis, professors in USF’s Psychological and Social Foundations Department and the Institute for School Reform in the College of Education. Read more.


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Florida PROMiSE Delivers Mathematics and Science Eduction with $22 Million Grant

Math & Science Education Gets $22 Million Boost

Florida’s three Public Research – Flagship Universities (USF, FSU, & UF), are educating Florida’s mathematics and science teachers with support from PROMiSE (Partnership to Rejuvenate and Optimize Mathematics and Science Education in Florida), a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education and awarded by the Florida Department of Education. Now totaling nearly $22 Million, PROMISE recently received its third and final installment of $7,829,513. Read more.


Pictured left to right: Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D. and Allan Feldman, Ph.D. Photo: Aimee Blodgett

Grant to Prepare Math and Science Teachers for Tampa Bay

USF receives $1.2 million grant to provide scholarships for students committed to becoming math and science teachers.

A $1.2 million grant awarded to USF by the National Science Foundation will go a long way in helping ensure the success of students who are committed to becoming tomorrow's science and mathematics teachers.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $1.2 million Robert Noyce Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant to an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. Read more.

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COEDU is on the Cutting Edge of Virtual Teacher Education

The COEDU was honored to be highlighted in Education Week for our efforts to prepare teachers to teach online. Read the Education Week article.

Virtual-Teaching Internship – One of Only Two in the Nation – Helps Prepare Education Majors for 21st Century Teaching

The USF COEDU is partnering with Florida Virtual School – one of the first virtual schools in the United States – to offer pre-service teachers a robust virtual-teaching experience.

USF is one of only two institutions in the nation to offer a virtual-teaching internship. The opportunity is available to all students in the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science, and several graduate students in school counseling and counselor education also have participated. Read more.

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Pictured left to right: MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Bruce Jones, Ph.D., David C. Anchin Center, USF President Judy Genshaft, Bill Strickland, Donna Elam, Ph.D., David C. Anchin Center

Advanced Placement Summer Institute Draws Nearly 1,000 Educators

Almost 1,000 educators from around the State, key policy makers and educational leaders gathered at the Embassy Suites on July 26th to launch the 3rd Annual Advanced Placement Summer Institute. Bruce Jones, Ph.D., Director, David C. Anchin Center & Associate Dean for Research said, "Our highly successful Advanced Placement Training Program, that is offered through the David C. Anchin Center, represents an ongoing commitment to ensure that our teachers throughout the state of Florida are well prepared to provide a rigorous world-class curriculum to K-12 students who must be 'global ready' to chart their futures as highly productive citizens." Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp., was the keynote speaker. Strickland is the recipient of numerous awards including the MacArthur “Genius” Award for leadership and ingenuity in the arts.


Pictured left to right: Shannon Suldo, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Shaunessy, Ph.D.

AP and IB: Who Thrives, Who Struggles and at What Cost?

USF professors receive prestigious federal award to study academic success and mental health among IB and AP students.

As college admissions standards rise, so does the pressure on students to participate in rigorous curriculum as early in their high school careers as possible.

And students are doing that across the country, signing up in staggering numbers for Advanced Placement courses and International Baccalaureate programs. Read more.

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Pictured left to right: Allan Feldman, Ph.D., Jeffrey Ryan, Ph.D. Photo: Aimee Blodgett.

Educating People About Climate Change

NSF grant makes interdisciplinary USF team part of national effort to increase climate science literacy.

Dr. Allen Feldman, Science Education, is a co-principal investigator of the interdisciplinary USF team awarded $974,000 by the National Science Foundation: The Climate Change Education Partnership to educate students, teachers and the general public about global climate change and its impact.

“The National Science Foundation is concerned about what appears to be a lack of understanding among U.S. citizens of what climate change is and how it affects their lives,” said Allan Feldman, professor of science education in the College of Education’s Department of Secondary Education. “Therefore, it has begun a major effort to develop new ways to educate the public about the issue.” Read more.

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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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