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October 2010

Dear Colleagues,

In this issue we are highlighting some of the many initiatives underway in the College and the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni. As you can see from reading these articles, the COEDU is engaged with local schools & our community, undertaking significant interdisciplinary research, and blazing new trails in technology.

I am always heartened to learn about the difference our faculty, students and alumni are making locally and globally. I hope you will enjoy this issue of the Dean's Update.

Best regards,

Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Dean & Professor, College of Education

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COEDU is on the Cutting Edge of Virtual Teacher Education

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

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Pictured above, L to R: Dean Colleen Kennedy, Rocky the Bull, LeRoy Selmon, Dick Greco, Wade Boggs, Jim Dent, Olin Mott, the Michelin Man

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

The USF College of Education will be the first college at USF to utilize mobile text-to-give through a television mass solicitation outlet.

Local businessman and philanthropist, Olin Mott, was able to help us solidify a partnership with Brighthouse Networks to air a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to promote the Tutor-A-Bull program. Read more.

Dorothy Thomas Foundation Gives Generous Gift to the COEDU

We have received a generous gift from the Dorothy Thomas Foundation. The Foundation is our newest sponsor for the Tutor-A-Bull program. Thank you!

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Allan Feldman and Interdisciplinary Team Receive $974,000 NSF Grant

An interdisciplinary team of faculty from three USF colleges – Arts and Sciences, Education and Marine Science – as well as the Hillsborough County School System, the Florida Aquarium and the University of Puerto Rico, are joining forces to study climate change and sea level rise. With nearly $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundations' Climate Change Education Partnership, this diverse group of experts is on a mission to improve climate change education via their Coastal Areas Climate Change Education (CACCE) Partnership.

“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 and co-p.i. for the partnership. “Therefore, it has begun a major effort to develop new ways to educate the public about the issue.”

Look for the full story on the front page of the USF website next week.

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L to R: Roy Winkelman, Ph.D., Director, Florida Center for Instructional Technology and Julie C. Smith, Vice President of External Affairs, Southeast region, Verizon

FCIT Receives $60,000 Grant From Verizon

The Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida’s College of Education received a $60,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to raise teachers’ awareness of the free educational resources available on Verizon Thinkfinity and to train teachers to use those resources. The announcement was made at Pinellas Park High School. Read more. More grants.

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L to R: Dean Ron Jones, Dean Colleen Kennedy, Director, Kun Shi (史昆), Dean Donna Petersen, VP, Research & Innovation, Karen Holbrook, Dean Maria Crummett, Provost Ralph Wilcox

Confucius Center Welcomes New Director, Kun Shi (史昆)

The Confucius Institute at the University of South Florida is proud to welcome its new director, Mr. Kun Shi! Mr. Shi has been working in the area of Chinese language teaching and culture for over a decade and has extensive experience in this area both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Shi is well-versed in program planning and reporting, staff management, organizing workshops, and statewide conferences, all of which will benefit his leadership role at the Confucius Institute. Read more.

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MAT programs in Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Russian Approved

The USF College of Education recently received approval from the Florida Department of Education to offer the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Russian for grades K-12 with an ESOL Endorsement. Read more.

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iteach Initiative Launched in the COEDU

iteach is an initiative resulting in a special designation that recognizes preservice teachers for their engagement in intensive preparation with digital technologies. A primary focus of iteach is to establish the College of Education as a center for technological innovation. Participating students will be equipped with the latest mobile technology and will refine their skills to integrate these resources into the teaching and learning process of their classrooms. Michael Berson, the iteach Director, is currently holding sessions for faculty to get to know iteach. We would like to invite you to learn more about iteach and give you the opportunity to informally share your thoughts and opinions as we develop and pilot this initiative. We will be available in the iteach Lounge (formerly the Laptop Lounge) on Wednesday, October 6 from 12:15-1:00 pm, and subsequent iteach introduction sessions will be offered throughout the year.

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Troy Loker Receives 2010 American Psychological Association of Graduate Students LGBT Dissertation Scholarship

Troy Loker, a 5th year doctoral student in the School Psychology Department is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) for his dissertation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues. Troy's dissertation is titled "Learning from voices of diverse youth: School-based practices to promote positive psychosocial outcomes for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning) high school students". He is currently doing his doctoral level internship in Pasco County Schools at Northwest Elementary and Ridgewood High Schools. Congratulations, Troy, for your outstanding achievement!

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Students go on Vertical Venture

Students from the undergraduate program in Physical Education & Exercise Science recently visited Vertical Ventures in Tampa to work on their rock climbing skills. The class, related to Instructional Design and Content in Secondary PE, is taught by the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science new faculty member, Dr. Sara Flory.

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4th Annual PE Welcome Back Lunch

On Monday September 13, the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science hosted the fourth annual welcome back lunch for the School’s 110 physical education and exercise science undergraduate students. This is an annual opportunity for the School to welcome new students into the program and also have faculty and students meet and get to know each other outside the classroom.

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