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June 2011

I hope you are enjoying summer break. For those of you who are on campus teaching I'm sure you've noticed we are as busy during summer session as during the regular academic year!

As you will see in this issue of the Dean's Update, our faculty, students and alumni are making a difference via several grant funded research projects and programs to improve the academic performance of K-12 students and to increase their physical fitness. Our graduates are making an impact and are being recognized for their teaching abilities. Other faculty are reaching out to counselors and helping them acquire new knowledge and skills in working with military families.

I am always heartened to learn about the difference our faculty, students and alumni are making in our community. 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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Michael Curtis, Ph.D. (top) and George Batsche, Ph.D., (bottom)

Healthy Schools for Florida

Curtis and Batsche awarded over $525,000 from FLDOE

Drs. Michael Curtis and George Batsche, from the Department of Psychological & Social Foundations have been awarded a $401,874 grant from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for their, "Healthy Schools - Physical Activity Project." The project will assist the FLDOE in providing training and curriculum to implement the Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids physical education curriculum for each of Florida’s Public middle schools. The goal is to create a sustainable, evidence-based middle school physical education program that will lead to an increase in the number of students who become physically active for a lifetime.

They have received $128,272 for the, "HIV/AIDS Prevention Education" component to assist the FLDOE in providing training, consultation, resource development, technical assistance, and personnel and travel administration related to the HS-HIV/AIDS component.

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Donna Elam, Ed.D.

Funding will support local magnet schools and help ensure student success

Elam Awarded over $175,000 from the School Board of Hillsborough County

Dr. Donna Elam from the David C. Anchin Center has been awarded $100,000 from the School Board of Hillsborough County for the, "Magnet School Assistance Program." The Anchin Center will collaborate with Magnet Staff and Principals to provide support on their themes through research and collecting data on the progress, challenges, and best practices with Single Gender, Creative Science working with diverse student populations.

Dr. Elam has also been awarded $79,578 from the School Board of Hillsborough County for her, "Performance Outcomes With Effective Rewards II (POWER II)," project. The project is funded via US Department of Education Program, "Teacher Incentive Fund," through Hillsborough County Schools to support administrative professional development on cultural competency and student success.

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George MacDonald

New David C. Anchin Center Assistant Director Secures Grant

Funding will support the Magnet School Assistance Program

George MacDonald (COEDU Graduate Student pursuing a Ph.D. in Research and Measurement with a Cognate in Mathematics Education and Cognition, and the new in the Assistant Director for Research and Grant Development in the David C. Anchin Center) has been awarded $34,221 from the School Board of Hillsborough County for the, "Magnet School Assistance Program." The David C. Anchin Center will partner with Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) to provide research and data analysis for the U.S. Department of Education Magnet School Program.

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Marcus Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

MoreHealth Invests in PE Research

Marcus Kilpatrick awarded over $10,000 to study energy expenditure

Dr. Marcus Kilpatrick has been awarded $10,824 from MoreHealth, Inc., for his study, "A Comparison of Physiological and Perceptual Responses to Sport Activities in Physical Education." The goal of this research project is to determine the amount of energy expenditure related to intensity and duration during physical activity while performing flag rugby and how it may compare to other sports of similar intensities and durations of physical activity.

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Jose Coll, Ph.D., Carlos Zalaquett, Ph.D.

First Annual Summer Institute on Counseling the Military and their Families held at USF

The Institute on Counseling the Military and their Families was developed in recognition of the increasing need for counseling professionals to become knowledgeable of the issues our military populations and their families face.

The Summer Institute, held June 10, provided educational training to prepare professionals to give relevant counseling and psychotherapy and develop a directory of services that will support service members and their families. Presenters included: Dr. Herb Exum, Professor & Chair of Psychological and Social Foundations and Dr. Carlos Zalaquett Professor & Clinical Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program, as well as Dr. Jose Coll, USF COEDU Alumni and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, among others. Coll Presented, "Insights into Military Culture, Trauma, and Spirituality," Co-Author of, "A Civilian Counselor’s Primer for Counseling Veterans."

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Betsy Doone, Ph.D. and therapy dog, Shiner. (photo courtesy of Lora Crider)

Therapy Dog, Shiner, Provides Autism Learning Support

Students and teachers at Pizzo Elemetary learn with K-9 Pal

A $5,000 established researcher grant has enabled Drs. Doone and Colucci to study the effects of including a therapy dog in classrooms for students with Autism. The project is entitled, "K-9 PALS (Providing Autism Learning Support)." They have partnered with the teachers (all COEDU alum) of three Autism Spectrum Disorders classes at Pizzo Elementary School. Shiner (pictured left with Dr. Doone) is the therapy dog they take into the classrooms twice a week. The teachers decide how to utilize Shiner during classroom visits and Drs. Doone and Colucci observe the students’ behaviors and their interactions with Shiner. Drs. Doone and Colucci are collecting data on the students’ behaviors and anecdotal information, including student comments and for some, increased vocalizations. Doone said, "Although by no means a magic bullet, we have seen positive effects on students’ behaviors."

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Julia Poore

Council for Exceptional Children Award Recipient is COEDU Alumna

Julia Poore (MAT '10) was given the 2011, "Rookie of the Year" award from the Council for Exceptional Children. She is an ESE teacher at Sligh Middle (Magnet) School in Tampa. CONGRATULATIONS!

Social Science Education Alumna Uses Technology in her Class

Freedom High School students discuss immigration with El Paso students via videoconference. Border violence, job competition and other hot-button topics are addressed.

Sociology and American government teacher Melissa Haas (MAT '08) attended the videoconference and helped her students compose the questions they were going to ask the other schools in advance. She said it was a great opportunity for her students to study culture from the perspective that our society is made up of so many different nationalities. Read more.

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USF student, Courtney Pollard

Heart of Darkness or The Hunger Games?

USF English Education student Courtney Pollard argues some contemporary young adult fiction has the same literary value as the Classics.

For a generation of young readers, it’s werewolves over The Sea Wolf and Team Edward over Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The thought of wading through one of the dusty, old classics of middle and high school reading lists might as well be punishment devised by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Read more.

Listen to the University Beat piece here.

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Summer Bridge Programs Make a Difference for First Generation Students

Students discover their unique learning styles.

COEDU Alumni, Jeffrey Hall, Ed.D., (Higher Ed. Leadership '11) was the first member of his family to go to college. The odds against a first-generation college student just making it through undergrad years — let alone earning a doctorate — are staggering. Read more.

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