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February 2012


Dear Colleagues:

I attended the emergency USF Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting yesterday afternoon. There is no question that the proposed Senate budget proposal would be devastating to: USF, our students, the Tampa Bay region, and the State. As President Genshaft, the Board of Trustees, and members of the USF administration, alumni, and friends so eloquently expressed at the BOT meeting, "Now is the Time for Action." The President's e-mail below contains all of the information you need to send an effective, personalized e-mail to your legislative representatives and to the Governor. I urge you to act today, on your personal time and using your personal e-mail accounts, to let your very strong voices be heard! Now is the time to mobilize all of your networks. To find your legislator, click here.

Once again, thanks for all you do to educate the next generation of educators and educational leaders. We've got "a whole lot of educating to do" convincing policy makers about the importance of higher education to the education, health, and well-being of Floridians and to the economic recovery of our State.

Best Regards,

Colleen S. Kennedy
Dean, College of Education

Best regards,

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

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Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D.

Ann Cranston-Gingras appointed Chair of the Department of Special Education

Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D., has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Special Education, effective May 5, 2012. Cranston-Gingras is a Professor of Special Education, Director of the Center for Migrant Education and Acting Chairperson of the Department of Adult, Career and Higher Education. Read more.

In the News

Sherman Dorn, Ph.D., Chair and Professor in Psychological and Social Foundations Department quoted in a Tampa Bay Times article. Read here.

Helios STEM Research Program featured on University Beat

Listen to part 1 and part 2 of the podcast.

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Gladis Kersiant, Ph.D.

Gladis Kersaint Recipient of National Technology Leadership Award

Congratulations to Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D., and her co-authors (Hollylynne Lee, Suzanne Harper, Shannon Driskell, Keith Leatham) who are recipients of the National Technology Leadership Award for their paper titled, "Teachers' statistical problem solving with dynamic technology: Research results across multiple institutions" from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

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Luis Perez

Luis Perez to attend Summer Institute for Apple Distinguished Educators

For the fourth year in a row, Luis Perez has been selected by Apple to attend the Summer Institute for Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE's). This year's institute was more competitive than most because it is a global event to be held in Cork, Ireland and it was open to all ADEs worldwide (more than 1,500 people).

Perez is an alumnni of the Instructional Technology program and is currently enrolled in the Special Education doctoral program. He anticipates defending his dissertation later this year. Perez said, "I am really looking forward to attending and bringing back what I learn to the USF COEDU."

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Aaron Craig

Fit2Go

Exercise is Medicine

Read the Q & A with Aaron Craig, creator of Fit2Go series on USF on iTunes U. Aaron is an Interdisciplinary Education Ph.D. student, with a specialization in Higher Education and a cognate in Exercise Science and Public Health.

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Monica Verra-Tirado, Ed.D.

Pasco's special education director hired to lead state-level bureau

COEDU alumna Monica Verra-Tirado, Ed.D., (Educational Leadership, '09, M.A., Special Education '96, B.A., Elementary Education, '92) will lead Florida's Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services in administering the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and providing technical assistance to schools, districts and families.
Read more.

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Daniel Macko

Daniel Macko named Cimino Teacher of the Year

COEDU Alumni, Daniel Macko (Physical Education & Exercise Science, '09) named Cimino Teacher of the Year
Read more.

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Jayme Joslyn, Ed.D.

Jayme Joslyn Principal at first English-Hebrew Charter School

COEDU Alumna Jayme Joslyn, Ed.D., (Educational Leadership, '11) Principal at first English-Hebrew Charter School
Read more.
Ben Gamla Clearwater Charter School website.

Learning is WonderBull!

Children's Festival March 3

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