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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I have known since 9th grade that I wanted to teach special education. My family came to tour FSU because my twin sister was interested in attending. I originally wasn't considering FSU, but after touring, I liked what I saw and heard and I looked more into the College of Education. I found information on the special education program and I was sold when I read about the BS/MS set up the program offered.
Dr. Marty Swanbrow Becker, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, was recently invited to author a blog post for the Brookings Institution. The post discusses the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and how we can leverage it to increase awareness about suicide prevention among students. Check out the article below:
I currently work for the Denver Broncos as their Partnership Activation Coordinator. My job entails working with our official sponsors and executing the details of their contracts. All game day and off-season activations that you see happening behind the scenes, we plan and arrange. The type of clients I work with can range from Fortune 500 national companies to local Colorado businesses.
Are you a member of any student/campus organizations? If so, which ones? I am a board member of the Instructional Systems Students Association (ISSA) and I am the head of the reporting committee in ISSA.
I actually have three different job titles at the moment: Satellite Program Coordinator, FSU Satellite Program in Visual Disabilities; Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI); and Transition Coordinator, Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind Transition Program.
I am an Assistant Equipment Manager for both the Men's and Women's Basketball teams at FSU. My main job is to wash the laundry for both teams, prepare and pack their uniforms and distribute Nike apparel to the players and staff. During home games, I sit by the bench and assist the players, coaches, and trainers by getting towels or anything else they may need. The best part of my job is being able to work directly with a representative from Nike to order and receive all the clothes and shoes that the players wear.
Here in the FSU College of Education, one of our greatest strengths is the collaboration of our faculty and students across all four departments on research that informs both policy and practice. Our latest efforts are focused on education, equity, and global citizenship. Topics covered include gender differences in math and science education, international teaching and learning, social justice, local politics and access to education, and inequality in youth sports programs. Read on to see our latest publications in these areas.