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A Century of Advocacy: Celebrating Margaret K. Lewis

Lewis graduated in 1939 from what was then known as the Florida State College for Women. She went on to become a special education teacher in Panama City, advocating for students with special needs who were traditionally barred from attending public schools and kept out of public view. She was firm in her belief that all students had a right to a good education and fought tirelessly to ensure just that.

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Starting a Doctoral Program: Advice for Future Students

Starting a doctoral program can be daunting. But fear not there are lots of people who have been in your shoes with plenty of helpful tips to ease you into the transition. We asked current Higher Education doctoral student, Allison Peters, for her advice to future students looking to pursue a doctoral degree:

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Four Reasons for Teachers to get a Master’s Degree

Teachers, we know what you’re probably thinking. On top of teaching every day, a huge stack of assignments to grade, and lesson planning to do, completing a master’s program is probably the last thing on your mind, but we’ve got four good reasons why it should be at the top of your list. Getting a master’s degree as a teacher can be difficult, but the rewards are more than worth it.

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International Education at FSU: Celebrating Diversity

Every year, International Education Week highlights the accomplishments of students and education programs that seek to build a global community. At Florida State’s College of Education, our international students bring unique experiences and diverse voices to enrich our classrooms. We have students from all over the world with more than 50 countries represented, including South Korea, China, Turkey, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Australia, and India, to name a few.

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Learning Design & Performance Technology: Evolution of ISLT

It’s not a stretch to say that Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) was born and forged at Florida State. What started in the 1960s as a minor in Educational Research, known as computer-assisted instruction (CAI), became one of the world’s first Instructional Systems programs in 1972. Now, a little more than 40 years later, ISLT offers a new major: Learning Design and Performance Technology.

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A Better Back to School: How to Thrive in Fall 2018

Whether this is your first semester at Florida State University or you have graduation in sight, back to school is an exciting time. Even if you are an “old pro” when it comes to being a college student, the start of every semester can still feel exciting and even overwhelming at times. But fear not! We’ve put together some tips on how to make your back to school transition go smoothly. 

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Teaching and Learning

Faculty and student scholars from across the College of Education at Florida State University are conducting research addressing the theme of “Teaching and Learning.” Topics covered include how to improve teaching and teachers at both the K-12 and college levels, faculty-student interaction, teachers’ professional development, teaching strategies for different domains, student motivation, models of formative assessment, and learning strategies. Their work on these issues may affect teachers, students, and the institutions they belong to in the U.S. and around the world. Read on to learn more about our latest publications on these topics.

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2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Spotlight, Part 2

The Florida State University College of Education's Distinguished Alumni Awards honor the best of our graduates. Part two of our series spotlights Patricia Clements, who won the Government and Community Service Award, Cay Holbrook, who won the Postsecondary Systems Award, and Janet Pilcher, who won the Business & Industry Award.

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How STEM Education Helps Humanity Reach the Stars

The February 6 launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy 'the most powerful operational rocket in the world' is one for the history books. The enormous rocket, which measures 70 meters and can carry 64 metric tons into space, launched Elon Musk's personal Tesla roadster into space while blasting the late David Bowie's iconic Life on Mars? To a casual observer, the rocket looked like something out of a science fiction movie, particularly when the pair of enormous booster rockets guided themselves back to Earth and landed gracefully in unison.

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2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Spotlight, Part 1

Every year, Florida State University’s College of Education spotlights extraordinary alumni during the Distinguished Alumni Awards. For more than 25 years, the College of Education has given out a number of awards to recognize work done in a number of fields. This year, the College gave out six awards across five categories, including K-12 Education, Business & Industry, Government and Community Service, Postsecondary Success, and the Trailblazer Award.

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Learning Evolved: Online Master's Degree

For those of us who lived through Y2K, it’s almost funny to reflect on the tension and fear leading up to the New Year. When the clocks hit midnight on December 31, we were warned that computers would go haywire, data would disappear, and life as we know it would come to a standstill. Of course, the world didn’t end, but in a lot of ways, 2000 marked the beginning of a massive change. The internet revolutionized industry, new technology expanded the job market, and virtually every aspect of our society—including education—changed as the Information Age began­ in earnest.

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What Can You Do with a Teaching Degree (Besides Teaching)?

Not everyone who goes to college knows what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Most people can agree on that idea. What most people don’t as often acknowledge is that not everyone who completes college knows what they want to do afterwards. For some people, a degree is a stepping stone into a career; for others, it’s the beginning of a life journey. Either path is okay (as long as you’re happy!).

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Autism Awareness Month at FSU's College of Education

One in 68 children born in the United States are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The diagnosis rate has increased over the years, prompting researchers to investigate ASD. FSU's College of Education faculty have joined the research efforts and have added valuable insight into the debate over the years. As part of Autism Awareness month, we're looking at some of this ongoing autism research happening in the College of Education.

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FSU's College of Education: Beyond the Numbers

U.S. News and World Report recently released its rankings for top graduate schools in the country. FSU's College of Education saw its graduate program jump six spots, claiming #35 among public universities. We're proud to be recognized for the work that our students and faculty do, and we know that FSU's College of Education is only going to keep getting better and better'particularly with the support of our alumni and friends.

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Remembering the Legacy of Stephen Hawking

With the news of Stephen Hawking's passing today, there is undoubtedly a void in the scientific community. Yet, just as Hawking hypothesized that black holes can get smaller and eventually disappear, so too will this void shrink as young scientists build off of Hawking's tremendous legacy. FSU's College of Education does its part to help inspire the next generation of students, including its FSU-Teach program, which helps students get ready to teach math and science. Now more than ever, the world needs scientists who can help unravel the mysteries of the universe and follow in the footsteps of the late physicist.

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Welcomed Wellness: Why Wellness Should Be on Our Minds

Whether you are an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a professional entering the workforce, you know that life can get a little overwhelming. Managing school, work, personal relationships, workout routines, and social activities can be challenging. Everything seems to be so important that we lose sight of the most important part of our lives: ourselves. Wellness and self-care should be something we think about every day, but the reality of modern living means that oftentimes our own wellbeing is one of the last things we consider.

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Femina Perfecta: Honoring Women in the College of Education

Before there was Florida State University, there was the Florida State College for Women. The College, the third largest women's college in the nation at its height, contributed to the overall identity of modern day FSU, down to its current seal. In fact, the seal for the Florida State College for Women and FSU's seal are virtually identical in design, save for the inclusion of Femina Perfecta on the College seal, which translates into The Complete Woman. The idea of a complete woman, it turned out, became the values of FSU: Vires, Artes and Mores.

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Diversity in the Classroom

There is a broad range of lived experiences brought into the classroom environment by the ethnically, culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse students we are charged with teaching. As educators, we have a commitment to creating an inclusive community of learners where respect for these differences is a priority. Educators can make a difference in their classroom by knowing and understanding the cultural background of students, as well as help them to know, understand and respect each other's. A conscious effort to include diverse perspectives and instructional materials in the learning environment should be a priority, especially in rethinking how instructional strategies and information help students connect with the teacher and each other.

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Super Bowl LII: A Breakdown of the Big Event

The popularity of the Super Bowl in the U.S. is rooted in the popularity of football, particularly the NFL, and sustained by the spectacle the event has become. Professional football still ranks as the top spectator sport in the United States, and while the strength of the position may be declining, other sports (notably NASCAR and collegiate football) have not yet surpassed the popularity of professional football. The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of professional football, and in one sense draws attention because the best teams are competing.

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Out-of-School Influences on Learning and Instruction

Faculty and students from across the College of Education at Florida State University are conducting research focused on out-of-school influences on learning and instruction. Their work on these issues highlights important considerations for teaching and learning in whatever contexts it occurs, both in the U.S. and around the world. The wide range of topics covered include grief among U.S. college students, parenting challenges of gifted children in Italy, teachers' use of social media, economic relevance of instruction, and the effects of state and federal policy on teachers and students. Read on to learn more about our latest publications on these topics.

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School Psychology Awareness Week 2017

November 13-17 is National School Psychology Awareness Week. The goal of this week is to recognize the role that school psychologists play in schools and to join others across the country in making a commitment to be agents of positive change in schools. This year's theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Educators Should Care About Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The Florida Department of Education defines bullying as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or unreasonably interfere with the individual's school performance or participation.

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FSU COE's Top Picks for Good Reads

September 6th is National Read a Book Day. In a world where digital media is king, it's important to remember the benefits of reading good old-fashioned books (think stress reduction, keeping your mind sharp, and better sleep).We asked our faculty and staff here in the College of Education about their favorite books. Read on to learn about their must-reads!

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Student Spotlight: Alyssa Hernandez

I applied to the FSU COE from a recommendation from Bill Mattera ' a graduate of the college's Higher Education program who was the residence hall director and my supervisor in undergrad. Bill was a proud Seminole during football season, which is quite noticeable at a college without a football team! The fellowship I received definitely influenced my decision, too!

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