The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every area of life, with the field of education being no exception. Teachers and students around the world have had to adapt to a new way of teaching and learning. With school closures and the subsequent increase in the use of technology for instruction, education looks very different now than it did a year ago.
The only thing better than reading a good book is sharing it with others. Whether you read for pleasure, for growth or for learning (or some combination of the three), reading is a great habit. It’s been shown to increase your brain’s functionality, your ability to empathize and even reduce your stress levels.
Students have formed study groups for about as long as formalized education has been around. Having fellow students in the same proverbial boat as you can serve as a powerful network of support not only academically, but also personally. Some groups can create friendships that last long after graduation, but on rare occasions, some can even become family.
Mia Hines is an academic advisor in the B.S./M.S. teacher preparation program in the Florida State University School of Teacher Education. In this video for the School of Teacher Education Colloquium Series, she talks about the need to diversify the educator workforce. Nationally, teachers of color only make up 18% of classroom teachers. To help improve the representation, teacher preparation programs are attempting to recruit and retain more students of color. However, programs are discovering this to be challenging.
This evening, we were proud to honor eight graduates of the FSU College of Education who have made a positive impact in their respective fields:
After completing all the prerequisites for entry to a graduate program in the College of Education at FSU, I was told by my department head that my final hurdle was to enroll in and successfully complete Dr. Ken Brewer's EDF 5400 Statistics course. It was the fall semester of 1988. I was 37 years old and like so many others of Brewer's students, had been absent from a formal higher education learning environment for more than 10 years. I was terrified, but also confident, attributable to having spent a lifetime as a student, teacher, trainer and educational consultant.