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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 including our new online master's degree program in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities. Watch the new video about it on iTunes U.

If you do not have the free iTunes player, you will need to install it to view the video. Get it here.

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.

Best regards,

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

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Leonard Burrello

USF College of Education Faculty Secure $1.2 Million to Prepare Students for Leadership Roles

Leadership Preparation in Policy and Community Reform

Leonard Burrello, Ph.D., Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (DELPS), Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill, Ph.D., Professor, Special Education (SPED), Anthony Rolle, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, DELPS, and Brenda Walker, Ph.D., Professor, SPED, received a grant of over $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education for Leadership Preparation in Policy and Community Reform. Read more.

Click here for a full listing of recent grants.

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Gladis Kersaint

Kersaint appointed to leadership role in USF College of Education

Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D., professor of Mathematics Education in the department of Secondary Education, has been appointed Interim Anchin/TECO Energy Endowed Chair in Education Innovation, Director of the David C. Anchin Center and Associate Dean for Research, effective November 14. Read more.

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Gladis Kersaint, Donna Elam, Dean Colleen S. Kennedy, President Judy Genshaft, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia

Tampa Bay Educational Partnership Welcomes New Leader

"USF is so very pleased to cement its partnership with the Hillsborough County Public Schools by appointing Donna Elam, Ed.D, as the Director of the Tampa Bay Educational Partnership effective Nov. 9," said Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D., Dean, USF College of Education. Elam will be charged with the responsibility of coordinating and overseeing the activities generated under the Tampa Bay Educational Partnership. Read more.

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Kevin Gordon

Doctoral Student in Education Leadership & Policy Studies Appointed Provost of St. Petersburg College

Kevin Gordon, the Gibbs High principal who is widely credited for jump-starting a turnaround at the long-troubled school, is headed for a top post at St. Petersburg College. Kevin Gordon says his decision to leave Gibbs for St. Petersburg College was bittersweet. Gordon will receive his doctorate in educational leadership in December. Read more.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' Legacy Lives at USF

USF was one of the first universities to partner with Apple on iTunes U, adopt technology for teaching

“USF sends its condolences to Steve Jobs’ family and everyone at Apple,” said Colleen Kennedy, dean of USF’s College of Education. “Steve Jobs was a visionary leader whose work has revolutionized education. Because his company gave us the ability to distribute at no cost digital content, we really have been able to teach the world to read. He has made such a positive impact on education.

“Truly he has left a lasting legacy. We will always be indebted to him and all our colleagues at Apple,” Kennedy said.
Read more.

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USF iTunes U Surpasses 20 Million Downloads!

In good company with Yale, MIT and UC Berkeley

Since launching in 2007, USF has garnered more than 20 million downloads on iTunes U and is now tied with Yale University, MIT and the University of California Berkeley. Read more.

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Tutor-A-Bull and Prosperity Park Webisodes Win Coveted Telly Awards

Rosemary Closson's "Prosperity Park" garners two awards

USF’s Media Innovation Team brought home 10 Telly Awards, recognizing their work with video story-telling. Two COEDU videos received three awards, including a Bronze People's Choice Award for the Tutor-A-Bull Unstoppable webisode. Read more.

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Brandon Haas

Studying Survivor Testimonies

USF graduate students are using the IWitness beta program to study Holocaust testimonies in the Shoah Foundation archive.

In 1943, Jewish prisoners who tried to escape from a Nazi death camp set up in Poland armed only with work tools were no match for machine guns and a hostile anti-Semitic countryside. But despite the Nazi’s best efforts to hide the existence of this place and this event, eyewitnesses brought the truth to light. Read more.

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Luis Perez

His Eyes Without Light, but His Mind Enlightens

by Geovanny Abrego for Centro Tampa translated by Luis Perez

For Luis Perez, being legally blind has not been an obstacle to achieving his goals. Perez, 39, is studying for a Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of South Florida (USF), where he also teaches and offers training for school teachers on using technology in education. Read more.

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Allan Feldman

USF and Hillsborough County Public Schools Hosted Climate Change Symposium and Showcase for Educators

NSF grant helps fund innovative educational practices on climate change science, social impacts and adaptation in our communities.

Secondary school teachers, informal science educators, postsecondary educators, and professionals will came together for the Climate Change Symposium and Showcase on November 7, 2011 at Blake High School from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Read more.

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6th Graders to Help Get ''Green'' Grant

The University of South Florida is looking to score a six-figure Federal Grant to help make their main education building even more energy-efficient.

The University of South Florida is looking to score a six-figure Federal Grant to help make their main education building even more energy-efficient. Read more.

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James Williams

15th Annual Education in Action Luncheon Focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities

Author & Speaker James Williams gave the keynote address this year at the 15th Annual Education in Action Luncheon, hosted by Dean Colleen Kennedy, Ph.D., USF College of Education, November 14. The event emcee was Keith Cate, from NewsChannel 8 and husband of Paula Cate, a member of our Psychological and Social Foundations faculty. We announced new the Jack B. Richardson Endowed Scholarship in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities for our new online Masters level program in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities at the event, which was attended by Jack and Alice Richardson.

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Steve Thornton, Dean Colleen S. Kennedy, Cheryl Ellerbrock

Ellerbrock and Shircliffe Receive USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Awards

"Receiving the USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award is such a honor as there are numerous exemplary educators here at USF," said Cheryl Ellerbrock, Ph.D. "Teaching is my life; there is no other career I would rather be doing than teaching. I would like to thank all my dedicated students who I have the pleasure to work with each semester; my supportive colleagues; and my loving husband, son, and family who understand and support my passion for teaching," she added.

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Barbara Shircliffe, (next to) Dean Colleen S. Kennedy and Sherman Dorn and Kofi Glover, Vice Provost for Human Resources and Facilities

Shircliffe said, “Undergraduate teaching is an exciting experience in and of itself, but being recognized by colleagues and students for doing something I love makes it even more rewarding. Thank you for this special honor!”

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Dean Colleen S. Kennedy, and Pam Stewart

COEDU Hosted FACTE Conference

The Florida Association of Colleges of Education conference was hosted by the USF College of Education this year. Kudos to Associate Dean, Mike Stewart for planning and hosting such an outstanding conference. Participants were impressed by James Welsh's Showcase Presentation titled, “Educational Change and Innovation in the Digital Age,” that featured technology initiatives in the COEDU. Pam Stewart, the new FLDOE Chancellor of the Division of Public Schools, addressed FACTE. Pam received her bachelor’s degree from USF in Elementary Education ('75). Pam's daughter, Leigh Ann Stewart '04, BS, Elementary Education, is currently a kindergarten teacher in St. Johns County. We're so proud to have Pam as the Chancellor of the Division of Public Schools.

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Angel Arroyo and faculty award nominator Sara Flory

Students Receive Hispanic Heritage and Outstanding Latino/a Educator (OLE) Awards

Angel Arroyo, a senior physical education major in the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science (PE) recently received both the Successful Hispanic Student Award (given by the University of South Florida) and the Outstanding Latino/a Educator (OLE) Award (given by the USF College of Education). Pablo Gallego Alvarez, a graduate student in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and an alum of the School of Physical Education & Exercise Science also received an OLE Award and a USF Hispanic Heritage Pathways Award. He was nominated by Dr. Vonzell Agosto. Read more and see the other OLE recipients here.

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Migrant Workers and Education

Oct. 14 panel discussion at USF shed light on migrant workers’ struggle for education.

“Equipped with a heritage that emphasizes hard work and perseverance, along with support provided by the migrant education program, an increasing number of students from farm worker backgrounds are achieving academic success,” said Ann Cranston-Gingras, Director of the Center for Migrant Education. “However, many still are not able to overcome the challenges imposed by the mismatch between the migrant lifestyle and traditional educational structures.”

Read more.

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